Strawberry Update: Finally, a great tasting Michigan strawberry!
Picked strawberries are now available daily – since they are just starting, we do tend to sell out before the day is over. It’s best to call ahead until we have lots so we can save them for you.
- Picked berries: $3.50 quart
- $26 for a flat of 8 quarts, either ordered ahead or available when we have them. Please call 269-244-5690 to place your order and we will call you when they are ready.
U-pick strawberries will be starting soon! Please check back around June 11th for a better idea on when the u-pick patch might open. If the weather cooperates, we are going to try to open u-pick for the weekend of June 13th….
- U-pick strawberry pricing will be $1.75 quart. Please bring quart containers if you have them, if not, you may borrow ours for picking and use your own containers (bowls, tubs, etc.) to get the strawberries home.
- If you are trying to pick larger quantities of berries (over 5 cases or 80 quarts), please call us in advance. We would like to work with you to schedule you in on a day when we have lots of berry availability. Ask to be put on our “large quantity list.” 269-244-5690.
- We welcome customers who want to take advantage of being on a farm and enjoy the u-pick experience. We know there are many families who would like to have their children understand where their food comes from and how it grows. Some of you have shared that the experience is almost more important than how many berries you pick! If you are newcomers to strawberry picking and want some advice, just let us know when you arrive and we will give your family information on how berries grow and show you how to pick them.
Schedule for the 2015 season once we do open for U-Pick:
- We will open the field at 8:00 am and it will remain open until we are picked out or until 12:00 pm daily
- We are offering two afternoon picking options this year: Mondays and Thursdays from 4 pm to 6 pm.
- We plan to open each day weather permitting, closing only for berries to ripen if the weather turns cold. If we close the field for ripening, we will make that decision the day before, so please call us the day/night before you plan to come to make sure we are picking that day. For safety, we will close the field during lightning or a thunderstorm.
On to our regular schedule programming! Other produce available at the market:
Asparagus: $2.25/lb. for green asparagus ($2/lb. if you buy ten pounds or more). We will have it for about one more week!
- Tomatoes, $2/lb
- Greenhouse cucumbers, $0.75 (small salad-size cucumbers) or $1.50 (extra-long cucumbers)
- Greenhouse peppers, $1 each
Produce from Becca: As always, my produce is grown with organic standards in mind without synthetic chemicals. I’ve been impressed by how quickly some things sell out on the weekends! If you want, call ahead and we’ll set some aside for you – 269 244 5690.
- Kohlrabi ($2.25/lb.) and Kohlrabi Greens ($2/large bunch) both from the hoophouse.
- Lettuce from the schoolhouse and from the hoophouse, $3/half pound bag.
- Basil from the hoophouse, $1/bag.
- Limited amounts of Kale (Red Russian, Siberian, Curly, and Tuscan) and Collard Greens $3/half pound.
- Leeks and Spring Onions, $2/bunch.
- Turnips and Radishes, $2/bunch.
The u-pick herb garden is looking great right now with parsley, sage, dill, rosemary, lemon balm, thyme, oregano, mint, chives, cilantro, and more. U-pick herbs are $1/bag, look for the bags and scissors hanging on the large bird overlooking the garden. Bring your recipes and pick them fresh.
Annual Bedding Plants: This is the end of plant sales—-hurry out if you still need them for your garden!
- Vegetable Plants: Mostly what we have left is peppers, tomatoes, winter and summer squash, melons, and eggplant.
- Annual Flowers: Just a few flats of assorted flowers left
Perennial Flower Plants will be available into June: yarrow, sweet William, coneflowers, delphinium, baby’s breath, daisies, statice, bee balm, rudbeckia, black-eyed Susans and salvia. We have them in many color choices!
Other Local Products:
- Thick Greek-style yogurt
- Meat: from Drake’s Country Cuts in Cassopolis, Michigan.
- Pecan and Cashew brittle
- Honey and Maple syrup
From the Bakery:
With strawberry season here, we will be making two of your favorite items this weekend. First, our strawberry glazed pie, topped with fresh whipped topping. Second, our own home-made shortcakes. We use an old fashioned recipe and they are a heavy-sweet cake, sold individually or in a 6-pack. Just add our fresh strawberries to top them (or some people like them plain). Please feel free to call and order any of our items in advance at 269-244-5690.
This weekend in the bakery we will also have:
- Donuts: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Cherry, Buttermilk and Blueberry. Friday is National Donut Day, so on Friday only, donuts will be $1 off per dozen!
- Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Blueberry Rhubarb, Cherry, Rhubarb, and Strawberry Rhubarb
- Strawberry Glazed Pie–fresh strawberries in a glaze sauce topped with whipped cream
- Strawberry Shortcake
- Cookies: Cut Out, Monster, Lemon, Triple Berry, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses and Double Chocolate
- Bread: Cinnamon, Whole Wheat, Vegetable, Honey Oatmeal, Italian, Multi-Grain, Tuscan, and Hamburger Buns/Hot Dog Buns
- Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns
- Muffins: Double Dutch Chocolate, Strawberry, Pistachio, Wildberry, Raisin Bran
- Dessert Bars: Cream Cheese Cookie, Caramel Brownie, Mississippi Mud, Tiramisu, Lemon, Chocolate Truffle, Peanut Butter Mousse Brownie, Chocolate Caramel Mousse Brownie
- Welch’s juice as well as jelly is now available in the bakery. We are Welch’s Growers and are pleased to offer products made from our grapes!
Line of gift items: Check out our small line of gift items we are getting from GANZ. You will find them tucked all over in the market or the bakery.
Find us at local Farmer’s markets:
- Tuesday: Texas Township Farmers Market from 4pm – 7pm.
- Thursdays: Three Rivers Farmers Market from 1pm – 6pm, at The Huss Project table.
Hubbard’s Brandy is available and we’ll be doing a tasting session this Saturday from 1-3.
Happenings on the farm this week: This week we couldn’t get into our fields for 4 days due to the 3 plus inches of rain we got over the weekend. Despite a few ponds that formed, we were happy to get that amount of rain – we don’t irrigate our vineyards or orchards and they needed a good drenching. Since I am usually the first one to find fault with the weather, let me say that this week’s weather is perfect for strawberries, which like cool nights and nice days to size up nicely. The rainy days allowed us to get at some more maintenance items that we had put aside and work in the greenhouse tying up the tall tomato plants again.
A slow and tedious job the crew is working on is going back through our grape vineyards and checking each vine: taking off growth that we don’t need and helping to train new plants to grow if the vine did not make it through the past 2 very cold winters. We finally got the two new apple rope swings up–still more to come.
From Becca: This week marked the first time Corey Lake Orchards has gone to a farmers market as an official vendor. Since I was the one who decided this would be a good idea, I was the person who got to go to the market. Those of you who know me well know I am not the most organized person in the world and events like this require a good sense of organization. I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out well (which is to say I didn’t drop any flats of strawberries, I didn’t lose any coolers of lettuce, I did not drop a sign on anyone’s head, I did not crash the van…). I had a great time! I met so many new people – most customers at the market had not ever heard of us. My mom (Charlotte, who keeps the bees on the farm) came to help and I cannot thank her enough. You’re the best, Mom!
I predict having sugar snap peas sometime this upcoming week with hoophouse green beans within the next couple of weeks. I’ve been eating a cherry tomato a day out of the hoophouse and I think those will start ripening en masse sometime soon as well (I planted a lot of Sun Gold cherry tomatoes, those sweet sugary yellow ones). A few of you have asked for hoophouse tours – I’m happy to provide but since I’m often down the road in the schoolhouse and not ‘on call’ at the market, please call ahead to schedule.
That’s it for this week. See you at the market! Thank you for buying local.
–Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards
**A huge thank-you to Steve Malleck, son of Jan Broker who works in our bakery, for bringing his drone and taking some wonderful pictures of our farm. It was fun to watch him operate it. We’ll be sharing more with you. He is with Rolling Drone Ariels and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.