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/
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:
- Sugar snap peas and snow peas
- Yellow summer squash
- Red Potatoes (ours are not ready yet, so these are coming from a farm in Indiana, they are the same kind we grow)
- Greenhouse cucumbers
- Greenhouse peppers
- Greenhouse tomatoes. Our own greenhouse tomatoes are slowly coming back, and we are still supplementing tomatoes from greenhouses in Indiana.
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
- 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.
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.
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