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

The bounty of August continues…..

We have an abundance of corn, melons, cucumbers and green beans right now—but these crops will be finished before we know it.  So, please come enjoy them while they are here and fresh.

Conventionally-grown produce available at the market: 

  • Apples, Jersey Mac and Lodi  (more info below)
  • Blueberries (more info below)
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe, (they are incredibly sweet this year because of the cool nights and dry weather—we have lots of them and have had a buy 2, get one free special on them this week which we hope to continue through the weekend if they remain plentiful)
  • Cucumbers
  • Cut Flowers
  • Green Beans, Picked or U-Pick
  • Onions, very sweet and red, white and yellow varieties
  • Peaches (more info below)
  • Peppers! A rainbow of green, orange, yellow, purple, and red bell peppers. Sweet red mini peppers. Sweet banana peppers and hot Hungarian peppers.
  • PotatoesYukon Gold, Red Norland and Adirondack Blue
  • Summer Squash and Spaghetti Squash
  • Sweet Corn (now available by the bushel as well)
  • Tomatoes (we are now getting them from the field, finally!!)
  • Zucchini

Peaches: Finally we are picking our small crop of Red Haven peaches. Hooray! Only about half of our Red Haven peach trees have any fruit on them, so we will only be able to sell them in small eating quantities: one-quart box for $4 and a two-quart box for &7.50. We are supplementing our Red Haven peaches with some from Schultz’s Fruitridge Farm in Mattawan. Our next variety, Coral Fury, should be ready in about another week to 10 days.

Picked and U-pick blueberries continue: 10-pound boxes: $25, 5-pound boxes: $13.50, quarts: $5 or pints: $3.00. The blueberry variety is now Liberty,  coming from Brookside Farms in Paw Paw, Michigan.  For picking your own blueberries, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go.  Their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at:  http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/.    We have a few of our last variety left (Jersey’s, which is a very small but popular berry). If you are already here and want to try to pick a few, let us know.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes continue to be in short supply as our greenhouse tomatoes are ending and our field tomatoes are just starting.  We are taking orders for bushels of tomatoes, both firsts and seconds, and we will call you when they begin to come in – 269-244-5690. We will have U-Pick tomatoes when they get ripe…We will continue to update you, meanwhile patience is appreciated.

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.

  • A variety of Sweet Peppers (50c/each). Standard bell, sandpiper, round of Hungary, shishito, the first ancho poblanos, sweet Romani, and maybe a few others.
  • Jalapeno Peppers (25c/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.
  • Big Beef Slicer Tomatoes ($2.50/lb.), and a few 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.
  • Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes, Sakura Cherry Tomatoes, and Garden Peach Mini Tomatoes (yellow with a pink blush and a peach nose – truly wonderful on a sandwich).
  • Red Russian, Curly, Siberian and Tuscan Kale, $3/half lb. bag.
  • Lettuce. I’ve got one more harvest to do this week, and afterwards lettuce may be in short supply until fall plantings come in.
  • Carrots, $3/lb. for large carrots and $1.50/lb. for small carrots. I grow several varieties, including yellow and white carrots! They are all very sweet. Carrots are a surprising amount of work to grow, but every time I bite into a fresh carrot, it seems worth it. The flavor is just outstanding.
  • 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
  • Gift baskets:  We often get requests to create a gift basket for someone’s special day, feel free to call us if you would like something created.
A birthday basket we made up last week

A birthday basket we made up last week

From the Bakery:  Whew, you have kept us busy making pies, please feel free to call us and order ahead.  269-244-5690.

  • Donuts: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Cherry, Buttermilk and Blueberry.
  • Fruit Pies: Peach, Apple, Blueberry,  Cherry Berry, Cherry, and Strawberry Rhubarb.
  • Specialty Pies: Fresh Blueberry Glaze, Coconut Cream.
  • Cookies: Cut Out, Monster, Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, triple berry, double chocolate chip, and Chocolate Crinkles
  • Bread: 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 White Grape/Peach or our own Apple Cider
Having trouble keeping up with peach pie demand!

Having trouble keeping up with peach pie demand!

Fruit Outlook: 

  • Watermelon: mid to late August
  • Plums: Some eating varieties around mid- August, 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 (Earli-Blaze apples sooner)
  • Grapes: mid to late September
There are so many plums on the  tree the branches can barely support them

There are so many plums on the tree the branches can barely support them

Happenings on the Farm This Week:

Hard to believe summer is almost over and apple season will soon be here. What a wonderful time to be on the farm. We can truly eat the rainbow every day, tomatoes, red potatoes, cantaloupe, peaches, cucumbers, kale, blueberries, onions and purple cauliflower…it’s absolutely stunning to look out over the market at the beautiful produce with the lake in the background. Between huge onion, corn, and melon harvests we love seeing kids on the playground enjoying the last few weeks of summer, before you know what…

One of the most interesting parts of the market is all the peppers this time of year! Of course, most people are familiar with bell peppers and jalapenos. Capperinos, a hot cherry pepper that’s great for stuffing and kebabs, are less well-known.

Sweet corn is hitting its prime. Now is a great time to buy it to can or freeze. I’ve been playing with new ways to use sweet corn – a new recipe, spicy corn soup, joins an old favorite (corn fritters). We had so much come in this week we were able to pick and donate over 100 bushels to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes. Since they’re the central food bank for our region, they were able to come pick it up in their truck, and they will be able to distribute it to smaller local banks.

We’ve only got two more markets days at Texas Township Farmers Market, so if you’re one of our customers in Kalamazoo County try and catch us there.

We’re in full planning mode for fall, so much to get ready in so short of a time—so we’ll take a deep breath and somehow, just like always, we will have everything ready in time.  Meanwhile, do enjoy the bounty and colors of August.

All  of us at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.