12147 Corey Lake Road, Three Rivers, Michigan (269) 244-5690

Monthly Archive: July 2015

The Heat Goes On…and So Do We. Welcome August.

Conventionally-grown produce available at the market: 

  • Apples (see note below)
  • Blueberries (Picked and U-pick, see note below)
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Cut Flowers
  • Green Beans, Picked or U-Pick
  • Onions
  • Peas! Sugar Snap Peas, Snow Peas and Shell-Out Peas
  • Peppers! Bell Peppers, Sweet Banana Peppers, and Hot Hungarian Peppers
  • Potatoes: Finally we are digging our own potatoes and have 3 varieties available: Yukon Gold, Red Norland and Adirondack Blue
  • Summer Squash and Spaghetti Squash
  • Sweet Corn
  • Tomatoes (still from the greenhouse, no field tomatoes yet)
  • Zucchini
Emma-Grace enjoying sweet corn as a teething toy!

Emma-Grace enjoying sweet corn as a teething toy!

Lodi Apples: Still available for about one more week. This variety makes a delightful tart applesauce and can be used in pies, breads and other recipes. Summer apples are not “keepers” so once you get this apple, you want to refrigerate it and use it soon.. They are priced at: $20 a bushel, $12 a half-bushel, $7 a peck, or a half-peck bag for $4. We’ll also have samples for those of you who want to try this mouth-puckering apple.

Picked Blueberries continue on the market: 10-pound boxes: $25, 5-pound boxes: $13.50, quarts: $5 or pints: $3.00. The blueberry variety is still Duke, which is a nice large, sweet berry. Some are coming out of our field and again this year we will be supplementing from Brookside Farms in Paw Paw, Michigan as we have done in previous years.

U-Pick Blueberries are still available: We have a relatively small field compared to most major blueberry growers (only three acres), so our u-pick blueberries are for folks who just want to come over to get a few pounds or so at a time and pick them because they want the fun experience!  We are picking “Jersey” berries now which is a smaller but very sweet berry. Please call before coming to make sure our u-pick patch is open, as we will close the field when they are picked out and need to ripen. 269-244-5690

  • The hours for u-pick will be 8 until 5:45 each day, must be finished and checked out by 6 back at market. We cannot let anyone start picking after 5:15 p.m.
  • Pricing will be $2.00 a pound to pick (this makes it about $3.50 a quart)
  • We will have them off and on probably through most of the month of July
  • We have buckets for you to pick in and boxes to send them home in
  • There is a 20 pound picking limit per group in order for us to accommodate the number of people who want to pick them here

For anyone who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at:  http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/

Naturally grown produce from Becca: Looking for lettuce? It’s in the pop cooler! With the summer heat, I’ve begun sticking a lot of my greens in there, as well as carrots and occasionally some other things. As always, my produce is grown with organic standards in mind without synthetic chemicals. If you want, call ahead and we’ll set some aside for you as often we sell out fast – 269 244 5690.

  • Green Beans from the hoophouse, $3/lb., last ones of the season as I pulled the plants to seed fall and winter produce!
  • Bell Peppers ($1/each), Jalapeno Peppers ($0.25/each), and Capperino Peppers (5/$1) from the hoophouse. These are like pimento (pimiento) peppers, just smaller. Great for shish kebabs, stuffing and pickling. Slightly spicy (though much less spicy than jalapenos)
  • Cherry Tomatoes from the hoophouse ($3/pt.), Big Beef Slicer Tomatoes ($2.50/lb.), and the first of the Heirloom Tomatoes. I also have boxes of Plum Tomatoes which are sort of like a cross between a Roma and a Slicer…slicer flavor and texture but smaller and with few seeds.
Becca's sungold cherry tomatoes are amazing--they sell out fast

Becca’s sungold cherry tomatoes are amazing–they sell out fast

Becca's plum tomatoes not only look good, they taste good too

Becca’s plum tomatoes not only look good, they taste good too

Red Russian, Curly, Siberian and Tuscan Kale, $3/half lb. bag. I will also be doing a sale on kale this weekend! You can bag your own Red Russian Kale for $3/lb.

  • Lettuce
  • Basil from the hoophouse and from the field, $1/bag or loose for $1/oz. Now is the time to order basil for pesto if you want it. Please call ahead with how much you’d like so we can make a bag for you. 269 244 5690.

The u-pick herb garden is open for u-pick at $1/bag, look for the bags and scissors hanging on the large bird overlooking the garden. Bring your recipes and pick them fresh! We know some of you just want to get your herbs already picked, so we are going to try to have some of the more popular herbs available picked and ready.

Brandy is available as is Cherries Jubilant Hard Cider and Kaiser Cyser (the traditional name for an apple-honey wine). Kaiser Cyser is a very strong-bodied wine, best served chilled. Both the cider and the cyser are now about ten months old. We will have open tasting at the market from 1pm-3pm on Saturday for people who would like to sample.

Other Local Products:

  • Thick Greek-style yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Cards
  • Pecan and Cashew Brittle
  • Honey and Maple Syrup
  • Michigan made chips
  • Michigan-made Sanders Dark Chocolate Fruit Dip
  • Gift items

We are sorry to inform you that our meat supplier, Drakes, is unable to continue to supply us. We are in the process of searching for a new supplier and this may takes us a while.  We want to make sure we find the right supplier that can provide the quality of meats that we would want for our market and customers.

From the Bakery:  Lots of requests for coconut-cream pie, so we listened and are making them for this weekend.  Also, we are making a new muffin–lemon poppy seed to add to the other kinds we make.  Let us know if you like these.   This weekend in the bakery we will also have:

  • Donuts: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Cherry, Buttermilk and Blueberry.  
  • Fruit Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Blueberry Rhubarb, Cherry, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Rhubarb
  • Specialty pies: Fresh Blueberry Glaze and Coconut cream
  • Cookies: Zucchini-Chocolate Chip, Cut Out, Monster, Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses and Chocolate Crinkles
  • Bread: Blueberry-Zucchini, Cinnamon, Whole Wheat, Vegetable, Honey Oatmeal, Italian, Whole Grain, Tuscan, and Hamburger Buns/Hot Dog Buns
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns
  • Muffins: Double Dutch Chocolate, Cherry-Almond, Pistachio, Wildberry, Raisin Bran, and Lemon-poppy seed
  • Dessert Bars: Cream Cheese Cookie, Caramel Brownie, Mississippi Mud, Tiramisu, Lemon, Chocolate Truffle, Peanut Butter Mousse Brownie, Chocolate Caramel Mousse Brownie
  • Frozen Slushies: Welch’s Black Cherry or Apple Cider
Lodi apple pie coming out of the oven--so juicy!

Lodi apple pie coming out of the oven–so juicy!

Happenings on the farm this week:

Yes, it was hot!  Our heat loving crops loved it, those of us working in it, not so much.  Water was the big deal on the farm this week—making sure everyone who works so hard here stayed hydrated in these true days of summer, plus having to turn on all of the irrigation systems.

The u-Pick tomato field getting a much needed drink of water

The u-Pick tomato field getting a much needed drink of water

We thinned our peaches–which may seem strange given that we don’t have that many, but we want to give each peach a chance to grow to a nice size, and get enough off so that the branches don’t break.

Taking off peaches to make room for "keepers" to grow

Taking off peaches to make room for “keepers” to grow

If you have been wondering about the tent-like structure made out of old doors, it is going to be a shelled corn play area.  We are in the process of getting the corn to fill it, and toys (little dump trucks, small pails and scoopers, etc) for kids to play in (like a sand box).  If you would like to donate any toys you have to the cause, please bring them over!

The new corn crib play area--still in process

The new corn crib play area–still in process

We really appreciate all of the new people we’ve met via the Texas Township Farmer’s Market. If you live near Texas Corners, feel free to visit us Tuesdays from 4pm-7pm! You can even call ahead and have Becca bring you specific items. The Huss Project (and *culture is not optional) also sells our baked goods and produce at the Three Rivers Farmers Market.  Feel free to call ahead if you would like us to send something there for you to pick up.

This week we thought we’d bring you something new and fun, the beekeeping and honey update: 

  • We have 18 managed honeybee hives, providing critical pollination for almost everything we grow on the farm.  Charlotte Hubbard and her husband Marshall Beachler are the beekeepers, assisted on occasion by Becca (who is Charlotte’s daughter).
  • In honor of our parents–Corey Lake Orchards founders Dayton and Allene Hubbard, and our uncle, who spent many summers at the farm and was a state apiarist in Virginia, we have three commemorative hives.  Our beekeepers report they were stunned to find Dad’s hive (a first year colony) with excess honey this week. They tell us that most first year colonies don’t usually produce excess honey, but we all know Dad’s amazing work ethic!
  • This photo shows them “bearding,” a term beekeepers use to describe what happens when the field workers come in for the day. With so much going on inside (fanning to reduce honey to the right moisture level, raising ba-bees, etc.) the field workers just hang out on the “front porch” when the hive is crowded and / or the humidity is high.

RDH Hive

  • Here’s a shot of their hard work — a beautiful frame of honey. We sell this from-the-farm honey on the market, and all profits go to charity.

Honeycomb

  • The excessively wet and cool conditions have challenged the bees this year, and most of the colonies are behind where we expect them to, well, bee.  They’re working hard to make what they’ll need to survive the winter … except for hives like Dad’s hive, which is producing honey for human consumption.
  • On a personal note, the Sparty hive, a second year colony, is also producing excess honey, and boasts a better beard.

Sparty

 

You can learn more about bees and beekeepers at www.hubbardhive.com.
 Fruit Outlook: 
  • Cantaloupe and watermelon: mid to late August
  • Plums: Some eating varieties around August 6, but the Stanley prune plums probably the last week of August. If you would like some of these to can, please call us and get added to our list, we’ll call you when they are ready. (269-244-5690)
  • Pears: late August, probably the last week. Please call to get on our Bartlett pear bushel list (269-244-5690)
  • Apples: Fall apples probably mid to late September
  • Grapes: mid to late September
  • Peaches: We are all still waiting for peaches. We hope to have some in a few weeks, but sadly, we will not have very many peaches this year due to the harsh winter, so we will only be selling them in small quantities, like a 2-quart box.   We grow three kinds of peaches: Coral Star, Flamin’ Fury, and Red Haven. If you are looking for some place to pick peaches yourself or to buy by the bushel, we would recommend that you try some of the farms on the west side of the state (Benton Harbor/Coloma/Bangor) or in the South Haven area. A good website to search is michiganfarmfun.com and you can sort by peaches.

It is hard to believe that this is the end of July, a huge accomplishment for me this week was finally finishing the flower planting in the terrace garden (and 3 flats of them were annuals!!). As the farm picks up its pace with so much produce coming in and so much daily maintenance needed to keep everything growing right–it truly gets overwhelming for us.  Sometimes the goal for the day becomes to get through the day–hoping we have made a dent in the long to-do list.  Customers often comment that we must really enjoy eating all of this fresh, healthy produce.  And yes—we nibble frequently during the day, a green bean here, a tomato there, lots of sugar snap peas, an apple, but we are usually so tired at the end of these long days that preparing a meal with the bounty of our farm just doesn’t happen. But we never get tired of any of you telling us how good something was that you got here, or how you prepared it, or that you ate the entire pie or loaf of bread because it was so good.  That’s what keeps us going.  So thank you. We appreciate you.

As always, everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. Hope to see you out at the farm soon.

Sweet Corn, Apples & Fresh Potatoes Arrive, and the Green Bean Takeover Continues…

What’s on the market this weekend:

Lodi Apples: If you don’t know this early summer apple, the first one of the season, you should. Thanks to the cool nights and plentiful rain, this year our Lodi apples are large and some have pink cheeks, truly the nicest we have ever seen them. This variety makes a delightful tart applesauce and can be used in pies, breads and other recipes.  If you don’t want to make your own pie, we will have them available in our bakery for as long as the Lodi apples last. Summer apples are not “keepers” so once you get this apple, you want to refrigerate it and use it soon. We hope to have them about one week or 10 days. They are priced at: $20 a bushel, $12 a half-bushel, $7 a peck, or a half-peck bag for $4. We’ll also have samples for those of you who want to try this mouth-puckering apple.

Beautiful Lodi apples ready to be picked

Beautiful Lodi apples ready to be picked

Lodi apples picked today

Lodi apples picked today

Other conventionally-grown produce available at the market: 

  • Sweet corn (yes – finally!!)
  • Broccoli
  • Sugar Snap Peas, Snow Peas and Shell-Out Peas
  • Kohlrabi
  • Cabbage
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Summer Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Onions
  • Green Beans galore–by the bushel, by the pound or for you to pick yourself
  • Sweet Banana Peppers and Hot Hungarian Peppers
  • Bell Peppers
  • Freshly Dug Potatoes: Finally we are digging our own potatoes and have 3 varieties available: Yukon Gold, Red Norland and Adirondack Blue
  • Greenhouse Cucumbers
  • Greenhouse Peppers
  • Greenhouse Tomatoes – many of you have been asking for green tomatoes so we will have those available this weekend as well.
  • Cut Flowers: Last Sunday we tried putting the fresh cut flowers in bouquets “ready to go.” That seemed to work for many customers, so this weekend, we will be doing the same thing. A fresh cut bouquet is $3.00.

Picked blueberries continue on the market: 10-pound boxes: $25, 5-pound boxes: $13.50, quarts: $5 or pints: $3.00. The blueberry variety is still Duke, which is a nice large, sweet berry. Some are coming out of our field and again this year we will be supplementing from Brookside Farms in Paw Paw, Michigan as we have done in previous years.

U-Pick Blueberries are still available: We have a relatively small field compared to most major blueberry growers (only three acres), so our u-pick blueberries are for folks who just want to come over to get a few pounds or so at a time and pick them because they want the fun experience! We are finishing the Duke variety and moving into the Jerseys which are now just ripening. The best picking for these will be at the end of July or first week of August. The Jersey is a smaller, but very sweet berry. Please call before coming to make sure our u-pick patch is open, as we will close the field when they are picked out and need to ripen. 269-244-5690

  • The hours for u-pick will be 8 until 5:45 each day, must be finished and checked out by 6 back at market. We cannot let anyone start picking after 5:15 p.m.
  • Pricing will be $2.00 a pound to pick (this makes it about $3.50 a quart)
  • We will have them off and on probably through most of the month of July
  • We have buckets for you to pick in and boxes to send them home in
  • There is a 20 pound picking limit per group in order for us to accommodate the number of people who want to pick them here

For anyone who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at:  http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/

The "jersey" variety needs about one more week to ripen

The “Jersey” variety needs about one more week to ripen

Naturally grown produce from Becca: Looking for lettuce? It’s in the pop cooler! With the summer heat, I’ve begun sticking a lot of my greens in there, as well as carrots and occasionally some other things. As always, my produce is grown with organic standards in mind without synthetic chemicals. If you want, call ahead and we’ll set some aside for you as often we sell out fast – 269 244 5690.

  • “Personal Size” Cabbages ($1/lb. and half a pound to a pound each)
  • Green Beans from the hoophouse, $3/lb., last ones of the season as I need to pull the plants to seed fall and winter produce!
  • Bell Peppers ($1/each), Jalapeno Peppers ($0.25/each), and Capperino Peppers (5/$1) from the hoophouse. These are like pimento (pimiento) peppers, just smaller. Great for shish kebabs, stuffing and pickling. Slightly spicy (though much less spicy than jalapenos)
  • Cherry Tomatoes from the hoophouse ($3/pt.), Big Beef Slicer Tomatoes ($2.50/lb.), and the first of the Heirloom Tomatoes (starting this weekend with Cherokee Purple)
  • Red Russian, Curly, Siberian and Tuscan Kale, $3/half lb. bag. I will also be doing a sale on kale this weekend! You can bag your own Red Russian Kale for $3/lb.
  • Lettuce and Carrots
  • Basil from the hoophouse and from the field, $1/bag or loose for $1/oz.

The u-pick herb garden is open for u-pick at $1/bag, look for the bags and scissors hanging on the large bird overlooking the garden. Bring your recipes and pick them fresh! With green beans starting to come in and abundant dill, now is the time to make dilly beans! Mmm.

Brandy is available as is Cherries Jubilant Hard Cider and Kaiser Cyser (the traditional name for an apple-honey wine). Kaiser Cyser is a very strong-bodied wine, best served chilled. Both the cider and the cyser are now about ten months old. We will have open tasting at the market from 1pm-3pm on Saturday for people who would like to sample

Other Local Products:

  • Thick Greek-style yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Cards
  • Pecan and Cashew Brittle
  • Honey and Maple Syrup
  • Michigan-made Sanders Dark Chocolate Fruit Dip
  • Gift items

We are sorry to inform you that our meat supplier, Drakes, is unable to continue to supply us. We are in the process of searching for a new supplier and this may takes us a few weeks. We want to make sure we find the right supplier that can provide the quality of meats that we would want for our market and customers.

From the Bakery: When the Lodi apples came in earlier this week, we made a few pies for our employees to sample. The general feedback was a thumbs-up and “Can I have another piece?” Even though these apples are tart, we think we got the sugar and cinnamon down just right, so please come try one and let us know what you think! Feel free to call and order any of our items in advance at 269-244-5690 to make sure you get what you want. This weekend in the bakery we will have:

  • Donuts: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Cherry, Buttermilk and Blueberry.  
  • Fruit Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Blueberry Rhubarb, Cherry, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Rhubarb
  • Specialty pies: Fresh Blueberry Glaze and Peanut Butter
  • Cookies: Zucchini-Chocolate Chip, Cut Out, Monster, Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses and Chocolate Crinkles
  • Bread: Blueberry-Zucchini, Cinnamon, Whole Wheat, Vegetable, Honey Oatmeal, Italian, Whole Grain, Tuscan, and Hamburger Buns/Hot Dog Buns
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns
  • Muffins: Double Dutch Chocolate, Cherry-Almond, 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
  • Frozen Slushies: Welch’s Grape Juice or Apple Cider

Happenings on the farm this week:

Last week we mentioned picking and macerating 1500 lbs. of tart cherries. This week we distilled the macerated cherry wine into a fresh batch of cherry brandy. This took four total runs of the still, about ten hours in total. We’ll let the new brandy age for a bit before we begin to bottle it – those of you who have attended our Saturday tastings know cherry is quite full-bodied. The aging helps the flavor develop.

We really appreciate all of the new people we’ve met via the Texas Township Farmer’s Market. Every week, Becca and her mom go and set up a mini-Corey Lake Orchards, complete with baked goods, mountains of vegetables, delicious blueberries, and those magical orange cherry tomatoes. And every week they try to get a photo but they’ve got so many customers by the time everything gets set up, they can’t find the time. It really is a fun, busy market. If you live near Texas Corners, feel free to visit us Tuesdays from 4pm-7pm! You can even call ahead and have Becca bring you specific items. The Huss Project (and *culture is not optional) also sells our baked goods and produce at the Three Rivers Farmers Market.

On the farm, most of this week was spent harvesting green beans as several plantings came on at the same time.

Picking green beans is hard work...bushel after bushel

Picking green beans is hard work…bushel after bushel

We also spent time this week lamenting our sweet corn situation, where it seems like the deer and birds are harvesting more than we are able to for our customers.  Due to having to “share” with the local animals, we will be supplementing our own sweet corn when we are short with Stear’s sweet corn, which we have done in other years.  Our goal is to have sweet corn for you when you want it.  After all, sweet corn is one of the true delights of summer.

the silk end of a normal ear of sweet corn as compared to.....

the silk end of a normal ear of sweet corn as compared to…..

An ear of sweet corn chewed on by a deer (usually they don't even leave this much as they bit off the top corn kernels)

An ear of sweet corn chewed on by a deer (usually they don’t even leave this much as they bite off the silk and some of the  corn kernels)

With our minds on corn, we have been talking about our upcoming fall corn maze.  In one of our winter planning sessions we decided we should try out a corn maze for the first time.  So the corn has been planted and we need to pretty quickly figure out a design. We are starting out small, only 3 – 4 acres and are going to cut the design ourselves (or so we think we are…). So we are looking for your ideas of a picture or theme that you think would be fun to have in a corn maze.

Please reply back to us in an email (coreylakeorchards@gmail.com) or on facebook, with your suggestion. We need your idea, your name, address and phone number. If we select your idea, you and your immediate family will receive free tickets into our maze this fall! All entries need to be back to us by the end of July please!

Please help us choose a design for our corn maze

Please help us choose a design for our corn maze

Fruit Outlook: 

  • Cantaloupe and watermelon: mid August
  • Plums: late August
  • Pears: late August
  • Apples: summer apples available in August, fall apples probably mid to late September
  • Grapes: mid to late September
  • Peaches: “When will you have peaches?!” is now the most frequently asked question. We hope to have some in a few weeks, but sadly, we will not have very many peaches this year due to the harsh winter, so we will only be selling them in small quantities, like a 2-quart box.   We grow three kinds of peaches:  Coral Star, Flamin’ Fury, and Red Haven. If you are looking for some place to pick peaches yourself or to buy by the bushel, we would recommend that you try some of the farms on the west side of the state (Benton Harbor/Coloma/Bangor) or in the South Haven area. A good website to search is michiganfarmfun.com and you can sort by peaches.
  • Here's a tree that only produced 5 peaches--you can see why we won't have very many.

    Here’s a tree that only produced 5 peaches–you can see why we won’t have very many.

As always, everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. Hope to see you out at the farm soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cucumber Explosion, Smashed Cherries, and Blueberry Eyes – What a Week!

  • Picked blueberries on the market are available now: 10-pound boxes: $25, 5-pound boxes: $13.50, quarts: $5 or pints: $3.00. The blueberry variety is Duke, which is a nice large, sweet berry. Some are coming out of our field and again this year we will be supplementing from Brookside Farms in Paw Paw, Michigan as we have done in previous years.
What's more fun, picking the blueberries or making "blueberry eyes" when you are all done??

What’s more fun, picking the blueberries or making “blueberry eyes” when you are all done??

U-Pick Blueberries are ready: We have a relatively small field compared to most major blueberry growers (only three acres), so our u-pick blueberries are for folks who just want to come over to get a few pounds or so at a time and pick them because they want the fun experience! We have two varieties, and the Duke variety is ready now. The Jerseys will be ready toward the end of the month of July. Please call before coming to make sure our u-pick patch is open, as we will close the field when they are picked out and need to ripen.  269-244-5690

  • The hours for u-pick will be 8 until 5:45 each day, must be finished and checked out by 6 back at market. We cannot let anyone start picking after 5:15 p.m.
  • Pricing will be $2.00 a pound to pick (this makes it about $3.50 a quart)
  • We will have them off and on probably through most of the month of July
  • We have buckets for you to pick in and boxes to send them home in
  • There is a 20 pound picking limit per group in order for us to accommodate the number of people who want to pick them here

For anyone who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at:  http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/

Other conventionally-grown produce available at the market: 

  • Broccoli
  • Sugar Snap Peas, Snow Peas and Shell-Out Peas
  • Kohlrabi
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Summer Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Beets
  • Onions
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Banana Peppers and Hot Hungarian Peppers
  • Red Potatoes (ours are not ready yet, so these are coming from a farm in Indiana, they are the same kind we grow)
Finally we have lots of green beans coming in, everyone was so ready for them to get here this year

Finally we have lots of green beans coming in, everyone was so ready for them to get here this year

Greenhouse Produce: 

  • Greenhouse Cucumbers
  • Greenhouse Peppers
  • Greenhouse Tomatoes
This cool weather has been perfect growing conditions for our greenhouse where the cucumbers are thriving, we are picking them with a ladder now!

This cool weather has been nice for our always-hot greenhouse. The cucumbers are thriving and we are picking them with a ladder now!

Cut flowers will be available this weekend.

Denim waits for me to finish weeding in the terrace garden flower bed--a chore that will never be don!

Denim waits for me to finish weeding in the terrace garden flower bed–a chore that will never be done!

Red and Black Raspberries are coming in from two local growers–they sell really fast when they come in.

Naturally grown produce from Becca: As always, my produce is grown with organic standards in mind without synthetic chemicals. If you want, call ahead and we’ll set some aside for you as often we sell out fast – 269 244 5690.

  • “Personal size” cabbages ($1/lb. and half a pound to a pound each)
  • Green Beans from the hoophouse, $3/lb.
  • Bell Peppers ($1/each) and Jalapeno Peppers ($0.25/each) from the hoophouse
  • Cherry Tomatoes from the hoophouse ($3/pt.) and Big Beef Slicer Tomatoes ($2.50/lb.)
  • Red Russian, Curly, Siberian and Tuscan Kale, $3/half lb. bag. I will also be doing a sale on kale this weekend! You can bag your own Red Russian Kale for $3/lb.
  • Limited amounts of Lettuce and Carrots
  • Basil from the hoophouse and from the field, $1/bag or loose for $1/oz.

The u-pick herb garden is open for u-pick at $1/bag, look for the bags and scissors hanging on the large bird overlooking the garden. Bring your recipes and pick them fresh! With green beans starting to come in and abundant dill, now is the time to make dilly beans! Mmm.

Brandy is available as is Cherries Jubilant Hard Cider. We will have open tasting from 1pm-3pm on Saturday for people who would like to learn and sample.

This weekend, we are also releasing a honey-apple wine, also known as a “cyser.” Half the alcohol comes from the sweet cider we used to make it, and the rest of the alcohol comes from honey harvested on our farm. It is a very strong-bodied wine, best served chilled and slowly sipped. It is now ten months old. In honor of Kaiser Lake, which is the beautiful lake in front of our market, we have named it Kaiser Cyser. We will be sampling it this weekend during the regular sampling time.

Other Local Products:

  • Thick Greek-style yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Meat
  • Cards
  • Pecan and Cashew Brittle
  • Honey and Maple Syrup
  • Michigan-made Sanders Dark Chocolate Fruit Dip
  • Mary’s jams:   Mary will be here at 11 am on Saturday and Sundays with a selection
  • Gift items

From the Bakery:  
It is amazing how many blueberries we go through in the bakery in a day’s time, so we think you must be enjoying everything we make with them! Last weekend we were keeping up by handing folks blueberry bread and blueberry pies warm right from the oven. (Don’t think anyone was objecting!) So, please feel free to call and order any of our items in advance at 269-244-5690 to make sure you get what you want. This weekend in the bakery we will have:

  • Donuts: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Cherry, Buttermilk and Blueberry.  
  • Fruit Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Blueberry Rhubarb, Cherry, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Rhubarb
  • Specialty pies:  Fresh Blueberry Glaze
  • Cookies: Zucchini-Chocolate Chip, Cut Out, Monster, Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses and Chocolate Crinkles
  • Bread: Blueberry-Zucchini, Cinnamon, Whole Wheat, Vegetable, Honey Oatmeal, Italian, Whole Grain, Tuscan, and Hamburger Buns/Hot Dog Buns
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns
  • Muffins: Double Dutch Chocolate, Cherry-Almond, 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
  • Frozen Slushies: Welch’s Grape Juice or Apple Cider

Happenings on the farm this week:

We picked about 1400 pounds of tart cherries for making brandy and other products and got some of them through the first steps of the brandy-making process. We first macerate them using the grinder in an old hand-cranked cider press. We then put the cherries into large 50-gallon drums with a large batch of inoculant to get the fermentation going. We stir twice daily until the sugars have fermented out, which they haven’t yet! We’ll be running the still sometime next week to do a stripping run.

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Today we started thinning the Golden Delicious apples, some of the trees just have too many, so we “hand-thin” them off so the ones remaining can grow larger and develop that nice Golden Delicious flavor.

Pretty good chance if we don't take some of these apples off, the branch will break when they get larger

Pretty good chance if we don’t take some of these apples off, the branch will break when they get larger

The rains of the week once again caused great growth in our weeds — the crew deliberately went at them the old fashioned way (using a hoe) and great growth in the cucumbers. We had a” cucumber explosion” this week with so many cucumbers coming both out of the greenhouse and the field, that we have special pricing while they are so abundant. The greenhouse tomatoes and the field tomatoes are both suffering from a lack of heat and sun, but we think soon we’ll be harvesting an abundance of  both!

Lots of tomatoes coming on in the greenhouse again.

Lots of tomatoes coming on in the greenhouse again.

Field tomatoes sizing up nicely but really wanting some heat

Field tomatoes sizing up nicely but really wanting some heat

With cherries gone for the year and blueberry season underway, the question goes to what’s next.  Here’s our prediction (though with all the cold and the heat wave predicted for the weekend, it’s hard to guess what’s in store):

Vegetable outlook:  Things are running late due to cool spring and cool summer nights.

  • Sweet corn: hopefully the week of July 20th!
  • Field tomatoes: hopefully mid August
  • Field peppers: August
  • Green Beans: coming in now
  • Cucumbers: really coming in now!

If you are looking for large quantities of these, please call us to get your name on our sign up sheets.  269-244-5690.

Fruit Outlook: 

  • Peaches: small crop, probably some in early to mid August
  • Canteloupe and watermelon: mid August
  • Plums: late August
  • Pears: late August
  • Apples: summer apples available in August, fall apples probably mid to late September
  • Grapes: mid to late September

We want to make a quick note about Huss FutureFest happening this weekend! The Huss Project is the work of a local organization; the goal is to turn the former Huss Middle School into an urban garden and community center. Saturday’s festival will feature live music, kids’ activities (like workshops and face painting), a huge rummage sale, a small farm market, food vendors, and more! Despite our busy summer Saturdays we try and visit every year because it really is fun, so check it out if you can.

As always, everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.

Blueberry U-Pick Opening, Abundant Vegetables, and the Last of the Cherries

What a fantastic 4th of July weekend! We loved seeing so many of you here at the farm, and all of us loved the perfect weather. Cherries are finishing for the year as blueberries come in. Here’s what we have at the market right now:

Picked blueberries on the market are available now: 10-pound boxes: $25, 5-pound boxes: $13.50, quarts: $5 or pints: $3.00. The blueberry variety is Duke, which is a nice large, sweet berry. Some are coming out of our field and again this year we will be supplementing from Brookside Farms in Paw Paw, Michigan as we have done in previous years.

U-Pick Blueberries are ready: We have a relatively small field compared to most major blueberry growers (only 3 acres), so our u-pick blueberries are for folks who just want to come over to get a few pounds or so at a time and pick them because they want the experience and because it is fun! We have two varieties, and the Duke variety is ready now. The Jerseys will be ready toward the end of the month of July. Please call before coming to make sure our u-pick patch is open, as we will close the field when they are picked out and need to ripen.  269-244-5690

  • The hours for u-pick will be 8 until 5:45 each day, must be finished and checked out by 6 back at market. We cannot let anyone start picking after 5:15 p.m.
  • Pricing will be $2.00 a pound to pick (this makes it about $3.50 a quart)
  • We will have them off and on probably through most of the month of July
  • We have buckets for you to pick in and boxes to send them home in
  • There is a 20 pound picking limit per group in order for us to accommodate the number of people who want to pick them here

For anyone trying to pick blueberries now or who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at:  http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/

U-Pick sour cherry orchard is still open. Pricing: $1.75 per pound to pick, $1.50 cents per pound for 50 pounds or over.

The sour cherry trees are about 10 – 20 feet tall.  Please bring step stools or step ladders for better picking. We hope to have these through the weekend, but after that, better call us to see what is left.    269-244-5690.

Other produce available at the market: 

  • Broccoli
  • Sugar Snap Peas, Snow Peas and Shell-Out Peas
  • Kohlrabi
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Summer Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Beets
  • Onions
  • Green Beans
  • Red Potatoes (ours are not ready yet, so these are coming from a farm in Indiana, they are the same kind we grow)
So nice to finally be bringing in more and more from the fields

So nice to finally be bringing in more and more from the fields

Greenhouse Produce: 

  • Greenhouse cucumbers
  • Greenhouse peppers
  • Greenhouse tomatoes. Our own greenhouse tomatoes are slowly coming back, and we are still supplementing tomatoes from greenhouses in Indiana.

Cut flowers will be available this weekend. The rain has brought many on and brightened their hues.

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Produce from Becca: As always, my produce is grown with organic standards in mind without synthetic chemicals. If you want, call ahead and we’ll set some aside for you as often we sell out fast – 269 244 5690.

  • “Personal size” cabbages ($1/lb. and half a pound to a pound each).
  • Green Beans from the hoophouse, $3/lb.
  • Bell Peppers ($1/each) and Jalapeno Peppers ($0.25/each) from the hoophouse
  • Cherry Tomatoes from the hoophouse ($3/pt.) and Big Beef Slicer Tomatoes ($2.50/lb.)
  • Red Russian, Curly, Siberian and Tuscan Kale, $3/half lb. bag
  • Limited amounts of Lettuce and Carrots
  • Basil from the hoophouse and from the field, $1/bag or loose for $1/oz.

The u-pick herb garden is open for u-pick at $1/bag, look for the bags and scissors hanging on the large bird overlooking the garden. Bring your recipes and pick them fresh! With green beans starting to come in and abundant dill, now is the time to make dilly beans! Mmm.

Brandy is available as are Owl’s Omen and Cherries Jubilant Hard Ciders. We will have open tasting from 1pm-3pm on Saturday for people who would like to learn and sample.

Other Local Products:

  • Thick Greek-style yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Meat
  • Cards
  • Pecan and Cashew Brittle
  • Honey and Maple Syrup
  • Michigan-made Sanders Dark Chocolate Fruit Dip
  • Mary’s jams:   Mary will be here at 11 am on Saturday and Sundays with a selection
  • Gift items (Check out our new Bee spoons that everyone seems to like)

From the Bakery:  
With blueberry season in full swing, this means we will have fresh blueberry pie and blueberry glaze pies for the weekend. Since zucchini is now here, we are bringing back two of our favorites: blueberry-zucchini bread and zucchini chocolate chip cookies. Please feel free to call and order any of our items in advance at 269-244-5690.

The first loaf of blueberry zucchini bread coming out of the oven to cool (I wanted to eat the entire thing)

The first loaf of blueberry zucchini bread coming out of the oven to cool (I wanted to eat the entire thing)

This weekend in the bakery we will also have:

  • Donuts: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Cherry, Buttermilk and Blueberry.  
  • Fruit Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Strawberry Rhubarb and Blueberry-Rhubarb
  • Specialty pies:  Fresh Blueberry Glaze
  • Cookies: Zucchini-Chocolate Chip, Cut Out, Monster, Lemon, Triple Berry, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses and Double Chocolate
  • Bread: Blueberry-Zucchini, 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, Cherry-Almond, Pistachio, Wildberry, Raisin Bran
  • Coca-Cola Cupcakes
  • Dessert Bars: Cream Cheese Cookie, Caramel Brownie, Mississippi Mud, Tiramisu, Lemon, Chocolate Truffle, Peanut Butter Mousse Brownie, Chocolate Caramel Mousse Brownie
  • Frozen Slushies: Welch’s Grape Juice or Apple Cider
Emma-Grace came in to the bakery over the busy holiday weekend to have a quick visit with her Mom and Grandma!

Emma-Grace came in to the bakery over the busy holiday weekend to have a quick visit with her Mom and Grandma!

Happenings on the farm this week:

We picked lots (1000 pounds) of tart cherries for making brandy and other products.  The cherries were in their prime ripeness, almost sweet, so we can’t wait to see how they process.

A thousand pounds of cherries is a lot of buckets!

A thousand pounds of cherries is a lot of buckets!

After the holiday weekend, I finally got away from the market and out on the farm to see how things were coming along. Here are my findings:  Sweet corn, tomatoes and peppers, our heat-loving crops are not making much progress.  When will we have sweet corn is the new question from most of you, and it is several weeks away, sorry. Field tomatoes will be even longer (August). All of the fruit – the few peaches we have (roughly 20% of a crop) plus apples, pears, plums and grapes – is looking good.  The popular summer Lodi apple will be ready in about 10 days.  We have baseball size cantaloupe and football size watermelon coming along.

As always, thank you for buying local.   Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

When Emma Grace comes to my house, she gets to play with vegetables--have to get her "in the know" at an early age!

When Emma Grace comes to my house, she gets to play with vegetables–have to get her “in the know” at an early age!

Blueberries, Cherries, Loads of Vegetables, and Pie! Happy 4th of July!!

Blueberries are here, just in time to sprinkle some blue around your red and white for the weekend!  The blueberries are Duke, which is a nice large, sweet berry. Some are coming out of our field and again this year we will be supplementing from Brookside Farms in Paw Paw, Michigan as we have done in previous years.

Picked berries on the market are available now: 10-pound boxes: $25, 5-pound boxes: $13.50, quarts: $5 or pints: $3.00

U-Pick Blueberries are not ready yet:  Due to the cool weather we have had, they need about another week to ripen.  When we do have our field open, it is for small-quantity picking (less than 10 pounds) and more about being able to bring the family out to pick a few blueberries for fun.

For anyone trying to pick blueberries now or who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at:  http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/

Picked cherries:

Sweet cherries we picked today

Sweet cherries!

We now have picked sweet cherries available on the market for sale, they are $5.50 a quart.   We  have picked sour cherries for $4.00 a quart.

U-pick sweet cherry orchard is now open. Pricing: 2.25 per pound to pick, over 50 pounds is $2 a pound.

We have a good crop of sweet cherries this year. We grow 4 different colors with a few varieties in each color: red, black, yellow and pink/yellow. The rains of last weekend have caused many of the cherries to crack so they will not last much longer. There are currently lots of yellow ones to pick.  Due to the many folks who have been out to pick (we thank you!) the bottoms of the trees have been picked out so the only way to get some nice cherries is to bring a ladder to reach them. The sweet cherry trees are very tall (15 – 25 feet). We cannot lend you a ladder so please bring one!

U-pick sour cherry orchard is now open. Pricing: $1.75 per pound to pick, $1.50 cents per pound for 50 pounds or over.

We have a good crop of tart cherries this year. The type of tart cherry we grow is Montmorency.  They are typically used for pies, tarts, or making jelly, but some people like to eat them and enjoy their tartness. The sour cherry trees are about 10 – 20 feet tall.  Please bring step stools or step ladders for better picking. We hope to have these about one more week, but it will depend on the weather and how many folks come out to pick.

Other information for U-Pick cherries:

  • U-Pick Hours:  8 – 6 daily, please be finished picking by 5:45 pm to be back to the market by 6pm.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed-toe shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you may run into poison ivy or prickly plants in the orchard area, among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers. We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs, buckets, etc.)
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.
  • Please bring your own ladder as we do not supply ladders.

Other produce available at the market: 

  • Broccoli
  • Sugar snap peas  and snow peas
  • Kohlrabi
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow summer squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Beets
  • Red Potatoes (ours are not ready yet, so these are coming from a farm in Indiana, they are the same kind we grow)
We are so pleased with the cauliflower we are growing this year, 8 different varieties and colors!

We are so pleased with the cauliflower we are growing this year, 8 different varieties and many colors!

Greenhouse Produce: 

  • Greenhouse cucumbers
  • Greenhouse peppers
  • Greenhouse tomatoes. Our own greenhouse tomatoes are slowly coming back, and we are still supplementing tomatoes from greenhouses in Indiana.
A load of greenhouse produce coming in from our greenhouse

A load of greenhouse produce coming in from our greenhouse

Produce from Becca: As always, my produce is grown with organic standards in mind without synthetic chemicals. If you want, call ahead and we’ll set some aside for you as often we sell out fast – 269 244 5690.

  • “Personal size” cabbages
  • Green Beans from the hoophouse, $3/lb.
  • Bell Peppers ($1/each) and Jalapeno Peppers ($0.25/each) from the hoophouse
  • Cherry Tomatoes from the hoophouse ($3/pt.) and Big Beef Slicer Tomatoes ($2.50/lb.)
  • Red Russian, Curly, Siberian and Tuscan Kale, $3/lb.
  • Basil from the hoophouse and from the field, $1/bag.
  • Baby Carrots, priced per bag/bunch

The u-pick herb garden is open for u-pick at $1/bag, look for the bags and scissors hanging on the large bird overlooking the garden. Bring your recipes and pick them fresh!

Brandy is available. as are Owl’s Omen and Cherries Jubilant Hard Ciders. We will have open tasting from 1pm-3pm on Saturday for people who would like to learn and sample.

Other Local Products:

  • Thick Greek-style yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Meat
  • Cards
  • Pecan and Cashew Brittle
  • Honey and Maple Syrup
  • Michigan-made Sanders Dark Chocolate Fruit Dip
  • Mary’s jams will be back this weekend. Mary will be here at 11 am on Saturday and Sundays with a selection
  • Gift items

From the Bakery:   
We are excited that blueberry season is here! This means we will have fresh blueberry glaze pies for the weekend.  We are also making coconut cream pies, pecan pies and chocolate peanut butter (choco-butter) pies for the weekend. Please feel free to call and order any of our items in advance at 269-244-5690.

If we look a little frazzled in the bakery, its because we are making over 1000 pies for the holiday weekend. As you know, our pies are made completely from scratch so this has kept us moving and the flour flying. We hope everyone enjoys them this weekend.

Patti and Michaela mixing up the fruit for pies

Patti and Michaela mixing up the fruit for pies

Michaela decorating star shaped cookies with red, white and blue sprinkles

Michaela decorating star shaped cookies with red, white and blue sprinkles

This weekend in the bakery we will also have:

  • Donuts: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday since it is a holiday weekend.   Cherry, Buttermilk and Blueberry.  
  • Fruit Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry Berry, Cherry,  and Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Specialty pies:  Pecan, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter (Choco-Butter) and Fresh Blueberry Glaze pies
  • 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, Cherry-almond, Pistachio, Wildberry, Raisin Bran
  • Coca-Cola cupcakes
  • Dessert Bars: Cream Cheese Cookie, Caramel Brownie, Mississippi Mud, Tiramisu, Lemon, Chocolate Truffle, Peanut Butter Mousse Brownie, Chocolate Caramel Mousse Brownie
  • Frozen Slushies/Welch’s grape juice or cider

Happenings on the farm this week:  Another week of staring at our smart phones hoping for summer to come and the soaking rains to ease up. Our heat-loving crops like tomatoes and peppers seem to be growing in slow motion! The rains of last weekend created havoc with our field crops and cherries, and finished off the chances of any more strawberries. On the positive side, these soaking rains help to size up our fruit crops like blueberries, apples, pears and grapes and reduce the need to irrigate the fields. So we take the good with the not so good.

Our green bean field after the weekend's rain

Our green bean field after the weekend’s rain

 

Renovating the strawberry rows to ready them for next year

Renovating the strawberry rows to ready them for next year

How true, the weeds did win this week with all the  rain, but we will get them!

How true, the weeds did win this week with all the rain, but we will get them!

We’d like to extend our congratulations to the Garezers Latvian Center for their 50th anniversary being celebrated this weekend and thank them for inviting us to the celebration. We also want to send a shout out to Charlotte Hubbard (Beth’s sister, Becca’s mom, and our farm’s beekeeper) who made the news twice this week for her beekeeping endeavors. Charlotte and her husband Marshall removed a large beehive from Kalamazoo College’s campus, though they’re still looking for the queen. Stay tuned for updates!

 

 

We wish everyone a great holiday weekend and do hope you will have a chance to stop at the farm. As always, thank you for buying local.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards