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

Monthly Archive: September 2015

Come Enjoy Cider, Donuts, Our New Mazes, and U-Pick Apples & Grapes Starting on Saturday 9-26.

Even the calendar agrees that Autumn is here, and one look at all of the fall bounty on our farm would have told you as well! Fall is our favorite time of the year. The farm just bustles with activity as so many families come out to enjoy it and it is our busiest harvest time. So we are asking for your help:  please drive slowly around our farm, our driveways, our parking lots and the roads which take you to the farm. Please watch out for children, pets, tractors and trucks bringing in loads of apples, pumpkins, grapes, etc. We are thanking you in advance to help make sure everyone can have a safe and great farm experience!  One of our customers said it best this week, there should be signs posted along the road to our farm which say:  SLOW, 15 MPH maximum speed, so you can enjoy the aroma of sweet grapes, a once a year delight!

We love the many families that come out in the fall

We love the many families that come out in the fall

Twins enjoying their 2nd birthday with us (and apples!)

Twins enjoying their 2nd birthday with us (and apples!)

Conventionally-grown produce available at the market: 

  • Apples (more info below)
  • Beans: Black Beans and Pinto Beans
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Grapes: Concord and Niagara Grapes are available in 1 quart and 2 quart quantities (bushels can be ordered)
  • Fall Ornamentals:  Colored corn, gourds of all shapes and sizes
  • Mums: Large decorative ones to small ones, all colors
  • Onions: Sweet red, white and yellow varieties (more info below)
  • Onions: Specialty Red Tropea, Red and Yellow Cippolini
  • Pears, Sugar Pears and Bosc Winter Pears (available by the bushel)
  • Peppers! A rainbow of Bell Peppers. Sweet Red Mini Peppers. Sweet Banana Peppers and Hot Hungarian Peppers.
  • Plums- Stanley Prune (only a few left for the year)
  • PotatoesYukon Gold, Red Norland (bushels available)
  • Pumpkins:  Large, small, odd shaped, pie pumpkins and tan ones to paint!
  • Squash:  Yellow Summer, Spaghetti, Butternut,  Acorn, Buttercup, Carnival,  Hearts of Gold, Turban, Delicatas and Zucchini
  • Tomatoes (red, yellow and green slicers and mini-tomatoes)
  • The market spills out into the driveway this time of year

    The market spills out into the driveway this time of year

    Snake, birdhouse and apple gourds anyone??

    Snake, swan, birdhouse and apple gourds anyone??

Apples are here!

  • Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple. It is a late summer apple which we will only have a short time.
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple.  It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh. Great for apple sauce
  • Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce.
  • Honeycrisp: This seems to be many people’s favorite. It is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it. Great for eating fresh or using in salads. Sold by the pound only.($2)
  • JonaGold:  Superbly crip and juice with shades of tart and sweet in each apple, very large and aromatic.  Cross between a Jonathan and Golden Delicious
  • Cortland:  A hint of tartness makes this a great baking variety, A descendent of the McIntosh, tthis variety is a bit sweeter than its ancestor.  Juices really well.
  • Mutsu:  Moderately sweet flavor with firm, juicy, and creamy, white flesh.  Excellent for eating, sauce, juice and baking, stores well.
  • Jonathan (available beginning 9-26):  Pretty and popular,  Used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • Golden Delicious (available beginning 9-26):  A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin.  Its the most popular yellow apple to be eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.
  • Early Fuji:  Available now in 1/2 pecks and 1/4 pecks only, bushels later

Apple Pricing for the year: Our apple pricing will be the same as last year, and is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $4 a half-peck, $2 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available.  Please see apple forecast on our apple page, which we’ll update throughout the season.

U-Pick apples: We will open for U-Pick apples on Saturday, September 26th.  The apples ready to be picked then will be: Cameo, Cortland, Gala, Golden (yellow) Delicious, Ida Red, Jonathan, Mutsu, Northern Spies and Red Delicious.  Many of the apples on the tree are still ripening, so we would ask you to pick carefully to get the ripest. Romes and Fuji will be ready until around the middle of October.

Come have some fun in our two mazes, opening on Saturday the 26th until the end of the season. **For a description of both, check out the end of this update.

Granddaughter Emma Grace and Denim help determine if the new Pumpkin Trail can handle a stroller!

Granddaughter Emma Grace and Denim help determine if the new Pumpkin Trail can handle a stroller!

U-Pick grapes:  We will open for U-Pick on Saturday, September 26th, for both the white Niagara and the purple Concord.

  • Picking hours:  Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6, except for Tuesday and Thursdays, where we will stay open until 8 pm (must be checked into the market by 6pm).
  • Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start.  You will be directed to the vineyard in which we are picking that day and be given rows to pick on.
  • Pricing:  U-Pick Pricing for both color grapes is the following, please note we sell them by the pound, and consider a five-gallon pail or a 1/2 bushel basket to be 20 pounds.
    • 40 cents a pound for 20 pounds or less, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel= $8
    • 21 to 100 pounds: 35 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $7
    • Over 100 pounds; 25 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel=$5

      When you come to pick grapes, please bring the following if you have them:

  • Five gallon buckets to pick in, this is how we measure: One five gallon bucket, filled level, is considered 20 pounds.  If you don’t have these, you can borrow ours, but bring containers to take them home in.  You can also purchase pails from us for $5.00.
  • Scissors or clippers to cut them with.    We only have a few clippers that we can loan out for a $20 deposit while you use them.
  • Small wagons to help you get them out of the vineyard (our rows are very long!)   

Grape availability: The last two winters have been extremely hard on our grape vineyards, we have a good crop of White Niagara and an average crop of Blue Concords. So, if you have picked here before, the picking may not be as good as in previous years for Concord. If you don’t get enough Concord, we would really encourage you to try the white Niagara if you have not. These are wonderful juice grapes (which is why we grow them for Welch’s) and many customers have switched and will not go back to blue! The white are easier to pick, sweeter, and don’t stain!

Depending on how many customers come out, it could be a short grape season (like a few weeks long), but it is really hard to tell until we start going through the long grape rows. So we would suggest you call back before you come out to see what the grape availability situation is, especially if you are coming from a distance.  We will know a lot more after we start picking them.

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes both white Niagara and purple Concord, they are $25 a bushel, $13 half bushel, please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.

Cider: We make fresh cider each Thursday, and have it available after we jug it Friday morning. $6 a gallon this year, the same as last year.

Tomatoes: We are working to fill the many tomato orders we still have and making good progress, despite how difficult it is for them to ripen with these cool nights.   You are welcome to call us to see where you are on the list if you have not been called.  There are a few people we have not been able to reach.

With these cool nights, we have found that laying the tomatoes out to get their final ripening works!

With these cool nights, we have found that laying the tomatoes out to get their final ripening works!

Another "overload" tomatoes coming in

Another “overload” tomatoes coming in

From the Bakery: This weekend we are beginning our Fall products! We will have caramel apples (made with our Jonagold apples), pumpkin and pecan pies, and our caramel apple cookies. Plus a favorite of most of the employees, the famous pumpkin cupcakes!  Please feel free to call ahead and order 269-244-5690.

  • Donuts: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Apple Cider, Pumpkin, Buttermilk. 
  • Fruit Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry, Peach, Pumpkin and Pecan.
  • Apple Dumplings
  • “Take and Bake” Pies available in our freezer
  • Cookies: Cut Out, Monster, Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, Triple Berry, Caramel Apple,  Chocolate Crinkles, Caramel Apple Cookies
  • Cupcakes: Pumpkin
  • Bread: Cinnamon, Whole Wheat, Vegetable, Whole Grain, Honey Oatmeal, Italian, Tuscan, and Hamburger Buns/Hot Dog Buns
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns
  • Muffins: Apple, Double Dutch Chocolate, Cherry-Almond, Pistachio, Wildberry, Raisin Bran, and Lemon-Poppy Seed
  • Dessert Bars: Chocolate Chip Cookie, Caramel Brownie, Mississippi Mud, Lemon, Chocolate Truffle, Peanut Butter Mousse Brownie, Chocolate Caramel Mousse Brownie
  • Frozen Slushies: Welch’s Grape or our own Apple Cider
  • Caramel Apples

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. The hoophouse is now cleaned out for fall/winter planting and I’m cleaning the fields now so expect much less from me for a while. Pretty much just kale and basil this weekend.

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! Some of the herbs are waning at the end of the summer, so ask if you can’t find something.  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 Mellifluous Blueberry Mead and Kaiser Cyser (the traditional name for an apple-honey wine). Our blueberry mead is very sweet with oak, blueberry, and honey notes. Kaiser Cyser is a dry, very strong-bodied wine, best served chilled. We also have Double Cherry Wine and Hard Cider. 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
  • Gift Items

Onion update: We are beginning to bag the onions into the mesh bags like we do each year.  However, we did not harvest many onions this year due to several growing issues, so not only are the onions smaller than normal, we won’t have as many.

Happenings on the Farm This Week:   We worked hard this week to be ready for U-Pick apples and U-Pick grapes.  There is a lot of “behind the scenes” organization that takes place to ensure things run  smoothly for our customers.  If you are coming out to pick either, please have one of your group come check in at the market for directions, you will need to drive to the vineyards and orchards, so you don’t need to get everything (or everybody!) out of your car just yet.  And while we feel that our farm in the fall is naturally decorated, we enhanced it with a few scarecrows, the old truck, and some haybales around for that group picture or selfie!

signsscarecrowres

Thanks to Teri and Makala for getting the scarecrows up

The pumpkins. flowers and old truck in the front yard make for a great picture taking spot

The pumpkins. flowers and old truck in the front yard make for a great picture taking spot

George will be back this year to help you in the vineyards and apple orchard.

George will be back this year to help you in the vineyards and apple orchard.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards is excited about the upcoming fall season and as always, we appreciate you buying local. We hope to see you soon!

**Our new maze information below: 

Maze/Trail Number 1:   Please visit our pumpkin and sorghum grass trail:

  • Enjoy the story of Spookley the Square Pumpkin and Ciderella & the Little Glass Sipper
  • Find 8 fun activity stops
  • Enter your name for weekly prize giveaways!

Entrance into the maze is free with any $10 purchase at the market. Upon your purchase, you will be given a ticket for entrance. Please fill this out with your name, email address and phone number and place it in the box at the entrance. We will do a drawing once a week for various prizes from our market!

Information for Adults:

  1. Please pick up a map of the trail if you would like to see how to get through it and where the activity spots are
  2. No children are to be unattended in the trail. An adult must be supervising at all times
  3. Please help us put each of the activity stations back in order so they’re ready for the next person when you leave
  4. Please be careful walking through the maze as there are many natural hazards (an occasional rock, an uneven surface, a honey bee, etc.).
  5. Due to uneven surface, strollers will not easily go through the walkway, wagons will
  6. Please stay on the path and the mowed grass
  7. Please do not take food or drinks into the area (you will only invite a bee to want to come with you!)
  8. No pets, please
  9. Absolutely no smoking anywhere on our farm.
  10. You may peek into our greenhouse and hoop house structures from a distance, but please do not go in them. There is important farm work happening and they are closed to the public
  11. Please watch for vehicles when crossing the driveway to the entrance
  12. We close at 6 pm, so please be out of the trail by 5:45

 

Maze # 2:   Large Corn Maze

Please visit our new corn maze. This is our first attempt at a corn maze and we are providing it to you for a little fun, a chance to be outdoors on a nice day, right in the midst of aromatic fall vineyards. We’ve kept it simple and there is no fancy design, but by solving some riddles with the right answer, you will be able to get through it and maybe even learn some new things along the way.

This corn maze is geared for those who enjoy walking and are comfortable walking a distance on uneven surfaces (over cornstalks and an occasional ear of corn!). It is possible to pull small children through in a wagon if you bring one, or a sturdy stroller. An umbrella stroller will not work—sorry. This is also not for the sophisticated corn maze enjoyer who wants a thrilling, tough and adventurous course. But we think it will be a fun family experience for families with kids ages 6 to 16 or so. Enjoy it and have fun!

If you solve all of the riddles correctly, you can get through this maze in under 15 minutes. Otherwise, plan on around 30 minutes or so.

Entrance fee is $3 per person or $10 for one family/group in one vehicle. Please purchase a ticket at the main market. Upon entering the maze, please drop your ticket into the ticket box. If you put your name/email address and phone number on the ticket, you will be entered into our weekly prize drawing. You could win a pie, a bag of apples, a gallon of cider, or something else from our market!

Parents: Please pick up a map of the maze if you would like to see how to get through it but please don’t share with others…).

We’d love to have your feedback at the end with our simple survey as we are trying to gauge the interest of a corn maze on our farm for future years.

Rules:

  • Please stay on the corn maze cut path.
  • Absolutely no smoking in or around the maze.
  • Please no food or drink—you will only invite a bee to join you!
  • No pets, please
  • Please be considerate of others in the maze
  • If you are lost, please call 269-244-5690, or walk to an edge of the field where you will see signs guiding you out. The edge of the fields are easily found by looking up out of the corn maze for the tree lines, walk towards any one of them. The easiest one to spot is the tall maple turning colors at the top of the tree which is on AL Jones Road.
  • Please walk carefully, there are natural hazards: corn stalks, an ear of corn, a rock, a bee…we’ve even seen a mother deer and two fawns in here!
  • An adult must be present with each group. Minors are not to be left unattended at any time.
  • We close at 6 pm, so no one can enter the maze after 5 pm.

Cider, Apple Dumplings, U-pick Grapes and Apples

While we have had beautiful summer-like weather this week, the market is definitely beginning to look like fall.  It is a great time just to stand in the middle of it all, take in the wonderful aroma of grapes and apples, and enjoy the bright colors of fall on mums, squash, pumpkins and more.

Conventionally-grown produce available at the market: 

  • Apples (more info below)
  • Beans: Black Beans and Pinto Beans
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes: Fredonia Grapes are available in 1 quart and 2 quart quantities (favor and sweetness similar to a Concord grape)
  • Mums: Large decorative ones to small ones, all colors
  • Onions: Sweet red, white and yellow varieties (more info below)
  • Onions: Specialty Red Tropea, Red and Yellow Cippolini
  • Pears, Bartlett (only a few left for the year), Sugar pears and Bosc Winter pears
  • Peppers! A rainbow of Bell Peppers. Sweet Red Mini Peppers. Sweet Banana Peppers and Hot Hungarian Peppers.  Available by the bushel if you need them
  • Plums- Stanley Prune (only a few left for the year)
  • PotatoesYukon Gold, Red Norland (bushels available)
  • Pumpkins:  Large, small, odd shaped, pie pumpkins and tan ones to paint!
  • Squash:  Yellow Summer Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Butternut squash, Acorn squash, Buttercup squash, Delicatas and zucchini
  • Tomatoes, red, yellow and green and mini-tomatoes
Nice selection of unique pumpkins for decorating

Nice selection of unique pumpkins for decorating

We have lots of tan colored pumpkins--which are perfect for painting, which is the "in" thing this year instead of carving!

We have lots of tan colored pumpkins–which are perfect for painting, which is the “in” thing this year instead of carving!

Apples are here!

  • Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple. It is a late summer apple which we will only have a short time.
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple.  It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh. Great for apple sauce
  • Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce.
  • Honeycrisp: This seems to be many people’s favorite. It is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it. Great for eating fresh or using in salads. Sold by the pound only.($2)
  • Early Fuji:  Available now in 1/2 pecks and 1/4 pecks only, bushels later

Apple Pricing for the year: Our apple pricing will be the same as last year, and is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $4 a half-peck, $2 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available.  Please see apple forecast on our apple page, which we’ll update throughout the season.

U-Pick apples: We will open for U-Pick apples on Saturday, September 26th.  The apples ready to be picked then will be: Cameo, Cortland, Gala, Golden (yellow) Delicious, Ida Red, Jonathan, Mutsu, Northern Spies and Red Delicious.  Romes and Fuji will be ready until around the middle of October.

U-Pick grapes:  We will open for U-Pick on Saturday, September 26th, for both the white Niagara and the purple Concord.

  • Picking hours:  Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6, except for Tuesday and Thursdays, where we will stay open until 8 pm (must be checked into the market by 6pm).
  • Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start.  You will be directed to the vineyard in which we are picking that day and be given rows to pick on.
  • Pricing:  U-Pick Pricing for both color grapes is the following, please note we sell them by the pound, and consider a five-gallon pail or a 1/2 bushel basket to be 20 pounds.
  •                        40 cents a pound for 20 pounds or less, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel= $8
  •                        21 to 100 pounds: 35 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $7
  •                        Over 100 pounds; 25 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel=$5

      When you come to pick grapes, please bring the following if you have them:

  • Five gallon buckets to pick in, this is how we measure: One five gallon bucket, filled level, is considered 20 pounds.  If you don’t have these, you can borrow ours, but bring containers to take them home in.  You can also purchase pails from us for $5.00.
  • Scissors or clippers to cut them with.    We only have a few clippers that we can loan out for a $20 deposit while you use them.
  • Small wagons to help you get them out of the vineyard (our rows are very long!)   

Grape availability: The last two winters have been extremely hard on our grape vineyards, we have a good crop of White Niagara and an average crop of Blue Concords. So, if you have picked here before, the picking may not be as good as in previous years for Concord. If you don’t get enough Concord, we would really encourage you to try the white Niagara if you have not. These are wonderful juice grapes (which is why we grow them for Welch’s)  and many customers have switched and will not go back to blue! The white are easier to pick, sweeter, and don’t stain!

Depending on how many customers come out, it could be a short grape season (like a few weeks long), but it is really hard to tell until we start going through the long grape rows. So we would suggest you call back before you come out to see what the grape availability situation is, especially if you are coming from a distance.

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes both white Niagara and purple Concord, they are $25 a bushel, $13 half bushel, please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.

Cider: We plan to make cider on Thursday, September 17th, and if all goes well (like no major breakdowns) we will have cider available after we jug it Friday morning. $6 a gallon this year, the same as last year.

Tomatoes: We are working to fill the many tomato orders we still have. You are welcome to call us to see where you are on the list if you have not been called.  There are a few people we have not been able to reach.

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. The hoophouse is now cleaned out for fall/winter planting so some of my produce will be disappearing soon.

  • Sweet Peppers: Bell, Round of Hungary, Shishito, Poblano, and maybe a few other varieties.
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • 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.
  • Red Russian, Curly, Siberian and Tuscan Kale, $3/half lb. bag.
  • Basil from the field, $1/bag or loose for $1/oz.
  • Sage bundles. I made sage bundles like last year…they’re great for savory soups and stews as fall rolls in. They should be hung up to dry properly. $2/small bundle (1/4 lb. fresh weight) or $3/large bundle (1/2 lb. fresh weight).

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! Some of the herbs are waning at the end of the summer, so ask if you can’t find something.  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 Mellifluous Blueberry Mead and Kaiser Cyser (the traditional name for an apple-honey wine). Our blueberry mead is very sweet with oak, blueberry, and honey notes. Kaiser Cyser is a dry, very strong-bodied wine, best served chilled.We will have open tasting at the market from 1pm-3pm on Saturday for people who would like to sample.

We will also have cherry wine starting this weekend. It is a sweet table wine. We actually don’t make this on-site; it is made at Fenn Valley Vineyards in Fennville. They’re really great people and were even friendly enough to invite Becca up to help make it, and we picked theirs to sell at the market because we think it’s an exceptional cherry wine.

Other Local Products:

  • Thick Greek-style yogurt
  • Eggs & Cheese
  • Cards
  • Pecan and Cashew Brittle
  • Honey and Maple Syrup
  • Gift Items

From the Bakery:  Today we began our two- day apple dumpling making process. We begin day one by peeling, coring, filling, and wrapping the Cortland apples in dough. After that they are escorted into our -15 degree freezer overnight to tighten up. On day two, we take them out, pour our special sauce on them, and then bake them. Then they are packaged and go out for sale to all of our wonderful customers who have long awaited the taste of a fresh apple dumpling. With this being said, we will have them this weekend, but please wait until next weekend for any large orders for them. It will take a little time for us to get a good supply of them in stock! We even had to send a special apple picker out to pick two bushel of these early so we could have them for you, (thanks, Tom). Please feel free to call ahead and order 269-244-5690.

  • Donuts: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Apple cider, Pumpkin, Buttermilk. 
  • Fruit Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Chocolate Cream, Cherry, Cherry Berry, Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb.
  • Apple Dumplings
  • “Take and Bake” Pies available in our freezer
  • Cookies: Cut Out, Monster, Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, Triple Berry, and Chocolate Crinkles
  • Bread: Cinnamon, Whole Wheat, Vegetable, Honey Oatmeal, Italian, Tuscan, and Hamburger Buns/Hot Dog Buns
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns
  • Muffins: Apple, Double Dutch Chocolate, Cherry-Almond, Pistachio, Wildberry, Raisin Bran, and Lemon-Poppy Seed
  • Dessert Bars: Chocolate Chip Cookie, Caramel Brownie, Mississippi Mud, Lemon, Chocolate Truffle, Peanut Butter Mousse Brownie, Chocolate Caramel Mousse Brownie
  • Frozen Slushies: Welch’s White Grape or our own Apple Cider

Another parking reminder: We realize our parking lot’s distance from the market makes it a little more “challenging” when you are carrying out bushels of tomatoes, pears, potatoes or apples. You are welcome to park close to the market if there is room when you arrive or you can park in the lot, do your shopping, then when finished, drive up by the market and we will help you get all of your things to your vehicle. And just a reminder, there is disabled parking available right by the market, and for anyone who feels like they just can’t make the trip up the hill that day, you are welcome to park closer.

Onion update: We are beginning to bag the onions into the mesh bags like we do each year.  However, we did not harvest many onions this year due to several growing issues, so not only are the onions smaller than normal, we won’t have as many.

Happenings on the Farm This Week:   We didn’t harvest any apples this week, so we got a chance to get back to our ever-long to-do list of farm projects that never seems to get smaller.  We finished the onion harvest, the black bean harvest, the winter pear harvest, irrigation line clean up, and its making me tired to even list it all!  A big task this week was getting the cider mill (a very old one–but goodie!) ready for another year….

We also worked really, really hard on getting our two new mazes ready for you, we had hoped to open them this weekend, but we may not quite be there! A little more work than we had expected! We will be offering a tall grass maze for smaller children which incorporates the Spookley the Pumpkin story and pumpkin activities, and a regular corn maze for older children, which will contain riddles that you must solve to get successfully through it.  More to come, stay tuned.

From Becca: Did lots of cider bottling this weekend so that we can supply you with hard cider this fall. Since we let our hard cider carbonate naturally, it takes a little bit of time after we bottle it to be ready for sale. We also don’t fine filter it, which we think leaves a lot of good flavor. I’ve been busy working on fall crop planting in the hoophouse as well as all my other “normal” farm activities (which I’m definitely falling behind on, but alas, next year is another chance to get it all right). Autumn truly is the busiest time of year for us.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards is excited about the upcoming fall season and as always, we appreciate you buying local. Don’t let a little rain in the forecast keep you from having your first cider and donuts of the season!

 

Baby Gold Peaches, Bushels of Apples, and the Transition to Autumn

This week begins our transition into fall. We noticed it immediately after catching our breath after the busy Labor Day weekend… Our lake customers have returned back home for the season, kids have started school, everyone’s garden is giving out its final burst of vegetables. Some of our own vegetable fields are beginning to slow down, the grapes are beginning to smell wonderful, fall mums, winter squash and gourds move us into a fall color scheme, and apple harvest has begun.

Conventionally-grown produce available at the market: 

  • Apples (more info below)
  • Beans: Black Beans and Pinto Beans (more info below)
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes: Fredonia Grapes are available in 1 quart and 2 quart quantities (favor and sweetness similar to a Concord grape)
  • Mums: Large decorative ones to small ones, all colors
  • Onions: Sweet red, white and yellow varieties (more info below)
  • Onions: Specialty Red Tropea, Red and Yellow Cippolini
  • Peaches: Our Baby Gold peaches are in, sold in 1 quart and 2 quart containers
  • Pears, Bartlett (only a few left for the year)
  • Peppers! A rainbow of Bell Peppers. Sweet Red Mini Peppers. Sweet Banana Peppers and Hot Hungarian Peppers.  Available by the bushel if you need them
  • Plums- Stanley Prune (only a few left for the year)
  • PotatoesYukon Gold, Red Norland, Russets 
  • Squash:  Yellow Summer Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Butternut squash, Acorn squash, Buttercup squash and zucchini
  • Tomatoes, red, yellow and green and mini-tomatoes (special on 1/2 bushels of green tomatoes:  $5)
These Baby Gold peaches are not only cute, but really sweet!

These Baby Gold peaches are not only cute, but really sweet!

Laura restocking the pepper bins.

Laura restocking the pepper bins.

Apples are here!

  • Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple. It is a late summer apple which we will only have a short time.
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple.  It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh.
  • Earli-blaze: This is a good cooking or eating apple, and it particularly makes a wonderful apple pie. We sell this apple to bakeries (including our own) for apple pie. (These apples are specially priced at $20 a bushel.)
  • Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce.
  • Honeycrisp: This seems to be many people’s favorite. It is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it. Great for eating fresh or using in salads. Sold by the pound only.($2)

Apple Pricing for the year: Our apple pricing will be the same as last year, and is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $4 a half-peck, $2 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available.  Please see apple forecast on our apple page, which we’ll update throughout the season. The extremely hot weather has caused some apples to ripen quicker than expected, however, now with the cooler weather returning—they estimates may still be okay, they are our best guestimates for now and we will keep you posted.

U-Pick apples: We do not have a date set yet for U-Pick apples, but am estimating it to be around September 19th or later, depending on how the apples ripen up.

Family picking Gala apples over the Labor Day weekend

Family picking Gala apples over the Labor Day weekend

Cider: When will we have cider is one of the top questions, we still need a few more apple varieties to come in to be able to make a nice blend for it to be sweet. It is at least another week away.

Tomatoes: We are working to fill the many tomato orders we have and with the tomato shortage this year due to the blight problem, the list keeps growing. We have filled orders so far for about 120 bushels. The cool weather is going to slow them down again for a bit, but we expect to have lots of tomatoes and be able to fill the orders, it is just going to take us some time.

Potatoes: We are now harvesting bushels of potatoes for those who use a lot or want to keep them for the fall/winter.  We have both Yukon Gold and Red Norland available at $20 a bushel, a great price considering a bushel of potatoes weighs about 60 pounds!

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. The hoophouse is now cleaned out for fall/winter planting so some of my produce will be disappearing soon.

  • Sweet Peppers: Bell, Round of Hungary, Shishito, Poblano, and maybe a few other varieties.
  • Tomatillos
  • 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. Very little until fall plantings come in – call ahead.
  • 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! Some of the herbs are waning at the end of the summer, so ask if you can’t find something.  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 Mellifluous Blueberry Mead and Kaiser Cyser (the traditional name for an apple-honey wine). Our blueberry mead is very sweet with oak, blueberry, and honey notes. Kaiser Cyser is a dry, very strong-bodied wine, best served chilled.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
  • Gift Items

From the Bakery: This weekend we will have Pumpkin Pies as well as Cherry Berry. Also, make sure to try our new apple muffin! Please feel free to call ahead and order 269-244-5690.

  • Donuts: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Apple cider, Pumpkin, Buttermilk. 
  • Fruit Pies: Peach, Pear, Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry, Pumpkin, and Strawberry Rhubarb.
  • “Take and Bake” Pies available in our freezer
  • Cookies: Cut Out, Monster, Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, Triple Berry, 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: Apple, Double Dutch Chocolate, Cherry-Almond, Pistachio, Wildberry, and Lemon-poppy seed
  • Dessert Bars: Cream Cheese Cookie, Caramel Brownie, Mississippi Mud, Lemon, Chocolate Truffle, Peanut Butter Mousse Brownie, Chocolate Caramel Mousse Brownie
  • Frozen Slushies: Welch’s White Grape or our own Apple Cider

Parking: We realize our parking lot’s distance from the market makes it a little more “challenging” when you are carrying out bushels of tomatoes, pears, potatoes or apples. You are welcome to park close to the market if there is room when you arrive or you can park in the lot, do your shopping, then when finished, drive up by the market and we will help you get all of your things to your vehicle. And just a reminder, there is disabled parking available right by the market, but for anyone who feels like they just can’t make the trip up the hill that day, you are welcome to park closer.

Onion update: We are beginning to bag the onions into the mesh bags like we do each year.  However, we did not harvest many onions this year due to several growing issues, so not only are the onions smaller than normal, we won’t have as many.

Black beans:

  • Last year the popularity of the black beans we grew surprised us all, so this year we grew twice as many and decided to try growing pinto beans as well.
  • If you haven’t tried them yet, please do. Being so fresh, they cook up much faster than those you’d buy from the supermarket, usually within an hour without even soaking them first. Of course, it depends on how you like your beans, and three months from now after they’ve dried even more it will take a bit longer. But you really can tell the difference when you compare the flavor, texture, and cooking time to beans that have been sitting for six months (or over a year sometimes).

Grape Update: We will take a sugar sample of grapes the week of 9-14, then hopefully we can determine an opening date for both the purple Concords and the white Niagara’s. Best guess now is the  white grapes could be ready the week of 9-21 and the purple grapes the week of 9-28. But it depends on the weather. Before we open, we will want them to be at their full ripeness and sugar content. Please check back with us after September 16th.  We will be giving you more information on grape picking and pricing next week along with instructions on what to bring when you come.  Stay tuned.

Concord grape are coming along, but you can still see some red and green and they need to be fully ripe before we open for picking.  9-5-14

Happenings on the Farm This Week:  Picking apples took center stage this week as the extremely warm weather over the holiday weekend and beyond—caused the apples to ripen quicker than we could keep up.  Many thanks to our 2-man crew who picked in the terrible heat—and for long hours each day.  The truck went out by 7 each morning with empty boxes and the filled boxes lined the rows as they picked.  By 7 pm, they were safely put away in cold storage to keep them at the optimal temperature until we can get them in the hands of customers.  Bin by bin came down to the grader to get bagged each day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beth bringing down bin after bin to grade and bag

Beth bringing down bin after bin to grade and bag

Picking tomatoes also took top priority as we began to fill the many orders. There are a lot of tomato canners out there!  Thanks to Teresa and Makala who picked about 70 bushel this week.

Tomatoes finishing up their final ripening before we bushel them up for orders

Tomatoes finishing up their final ripening before we bushel them up for orders

From Becca: This week with the cool weather I finally felt it was time to pull out my hoophouse tomatoes and peppers! Many tomato plants were over twelve feet tall by the time we ripped them out today It took three of us all day to empty out and weed everything to get a clean start for fall. I must admit it looks rather empty inside now but with kale, lettuce, spinach, onions, carrots, and radishes being seeded I know it won’t stay that way.

Odin helps Terri K. weed the hoophouse.

Odin didn’t come in, but provided moral support to Terri K. from outside as she, Makala and I weeded the hoophouse.

A final note to tell you how much we enjoyed all of the folks who were here over the Labor Day holiday weekend.  For many it was a good-bye until they return next summer–we are always sad to see you go.  We really appreciated all of the many families who came out to pick plums and apples, play in the farm yard, and of course eat donuts!  Boy we made a lot of donuts that weekend (thanks Gene and Lindsey).  Enjoy the pictures below…

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards is excited about the upcoming fall season and as always, we appreciate you buying local.

Teri's (our market clerk) two grandsons were quite engrossed with the corn crib play area

Teri’s two grandsons were quite engrossed with the corn crib play area

Teri's grandson was a natural at throwing the glove-filled corn "ball" into the cornhole game.

Teri’s grandson was a natural at throwing the glove-filled corn “ball” into the corn hole game.

Teri brought her two grandsons over to pick plums on her day off!

Teri (our market clerk)  brought her two grandsons over to pick plums on her day off!

 

 

 

 

Labor Day Weekend: U-Pick Apples & Plums, Summer’s Bounty, Fall Begins

Happy Labor Day Weekend! We will be open all weekend from 8 – 6 every day, including Monday.  The market is chock full as both summer and fall produce adorn the shelves, and we will be opening u-pick for apples and plums.

Conventionally-grown produce available at the market: 

  • Apples (more info below)
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Cut Flowers
  • Eggplant
  • Melons (both Cantaloupe and Watermelon)
  • Mums:  Large decorative ones to small ones, all colors
  • Onions, very sweet in red, white and yellow varieties
  • Pears, Bartlett (more info below)
  • Peppers! A rainbow of Bell Peppers. Sweet Red Mini Peppers. Sweet Banana Peppers and Hot Hungarian Peppers.  Available by the bushel if you need them
  • Plums- Stanley Prune (more info below)
  • PotatoesYukon Gold, Red Norland, Russets 
  • Shallots
  • Squash:  Yellow Summer Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Butternut squash and zucchini
  • Sweet Corn (our corn is gone for the year and we are carrying Stears corn, hopefully through Labor Day weekend, when it is available)
  • Tomatoes, red, yellow and green and mini-tomatoes (special on 1/2 bushels of green tomatoes:  $5)
  • U-Pick tomatoes:  See info below

Apples are here!

  • Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple. It is a late summer apple which we will only have a short time.
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • Jon-A-Mac:  This is a good cooking or eating apple.  It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh.
  • Earli-blaze:  This is a good cooking or eating apple, and it particularly makes a wonderful apple pie. We sell this apple to bakeries (including our own) for apple pie. (These apples are specially priced at $20 a bushel)
  • Honeycrisp:  This seems to be many people’s favorite. It is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it.  Great for eating fresh or using in salads. We are starting to bring a few in and will have some this weekend, sold by the pound only.($2)

Apple Pricing for the year:  Our apple pricing will be the same as last year, and is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $4 a half-peck, $2 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available.  Please see apple forecast below and at our apple page, which we’ll update throughout the sea0son.

Apples: Exciting news! We are opening up u-pick apples this weekend for you to be able to pick your own.  The varieties available will be:  Gala, Jon-A-Mac, and Molly’s Delicious. We know that many of you will be around for the weekend and would like to have the “apple picking experience” with your family, especially so the kids can have apples they picked themselves for their lunch box and to give to their teacher !! (Do they still do that??)

  • Apple picking will be available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day Monday, during the hours we are open which is 8 until 6.  We need everyone checked out by 6, so you must be in the apple orchard by 5:30 to be able to pick.   Please check in at the market to get directions and a bag to pick them in.
  • After this weekend, the U Pick will close again until more apples are ready, please check back for a date probably mid to the end of September.

    Who wants to pick Jon-a-Mac apples this weekend from this tree??!!

    Who wants to pick Jon-a-Mac apples this weekend from this tree??!!

    Stanley prune plums are ready!  This purple plum is an old time favorite with juicy, sweet yellow flesh, good for eating and expecially good for canning because it is free-stone.  We have samples available for you to try! The plums also make great dried fruit–prunes.  We have them picked or you can pick your own this holiday weekend–Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday during our normal hours. Pricing is:  $40 a bushel, $22 a half-bushel, $12 a peck (1/4 bushel), 2-quart box:  $6 and 1-quart box:  $3.

    Granddaughter Emma Grace thinks the plums are delicious!

    Granddaughter Emma Grace thinks the plums are delicious!

    Bartlett pears:  The Bartlett pear is a good eating and canning pear, very sweet and juicy. We did not have a very large crop this year, so with fewer pears on the tree, they are nice sized. We will have them about one more week.  If you have already called us to reserve bushels, you should have received a call that they were ready, if not, please call us or come and get them.  If you would still like some, please call the market and let us know how many you would want and we can save them for you. 269-244-5690. Pricing is $28 a bushel, $15 a half bushel, $9 a peck and we also have them in eating size quantities.

    Peaches: We have picked our last main peach of the year and will only have them a few more days.  We will have one more late peach which will be ready in mid-September, which will be available in small eating quantities only.  It is going to be hard to not have these great peaches to eat, isn’t it?? They were really good this year and we appreciate all of you who came and got some.

    Tomatoes: We have had to make a difficult decision on our U-Pick tomatoes.  We are sorry to inform you that we are not going to be able to open for U-Pick this year after all. We are very concerned about the tomato blight that is rapidly spreading through home gardens and other farms in our area and throughout the state. We have a small amount of it starting on ours and we need to protect the health of our plants, as right now, our tomatoes are beautiful. The blight is so prevalent in Michigan there is a website and map which tracks where it is and how bad it is (if you are interested!!). Working against us right now is the weather, the hot-humid days and some cool nights are the worst…the blight spreads from plant to plant by contact, which is why we will not be able to have U-Pick; many people touching the tomatoes spreads the disease.

    We are sorry as many of you have been waiting to pick tomatoes here as you do every year. We will still have tomatoes (we anticipate there are over 300 bushel out there that need to ripen and be picked). Instead of Pick-Your-Own, we will pick them for you! The U-Pick tomato price this year was going to be $14 a bushel, so we will pick first quality tomatoes, for $17 a bushel ($2 savings from the $19 price we had set for picked tomatoes). Or you can sign up on our seconds list (we have limited quantities of these, for $13 a bushel)

    If you are one of the customers that has been waiting to pick, please call the market at 269-244-5690 and we have started a special list for this. When you call, please tell us how many you are looking to get, when you ideally would like them, and how to contact you.  Weather permitting, we expect most of the tomatoes to ripen over the next several weeks allowing us to fill orders. We will begin to fill these orders along with the other orders we had been taking for picked tomatoes.

    We apologize for this and are doing our very best in this situation to be fair and accommodate everyone with tomatoes! Unfortunately, we cannot help what Mother Nature does sometimes.

    Really, Really, the tomatoes are there and they will ripen at some point!!

    Really, Really, the tomatoes are there, I estimate about 300+ bushels!!

    Potatoes: We are now harvesting bushels of potatoes for those who use a lot or want to keep them for the fall/winter.  We have both Yukon Gold and Red Norland available at $20 a bushel, a great price considering a bushel of potatoes weighs about 60 pounds!

    If you have not taken the opportunity to walk around the terrace garden, we invite you to do so! It is always open to customers. Right now, most flowers are in bloom and look wonderful.

    The terrace garden is in full bloom.

    The terrace garden is in full bloom.

    Naturally grown produce from Becca: Looking for lettuce? It’s in the pop cooler! With the 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. After this weekend, I will have to clean out my hoophouse and with it most of my tomato plants, so this may be your last opportunity to get naturally-grown slicers or little orange cherry tomatoes from me.

    • Sweet Peppers: Bell, Round of Hungary, Shishito, Poblano, and maybe a few other varieties.
    • Tomatillos
    • 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. Very little until fall plantings come in – call ahead.
    • 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! Some of the herbs are waning at the end of the summer, so ask if you can’t find something.  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. We will also be premiering a blueberry mead this weekend. It is sweeter with a milder flavor than the cyser.

    Other Local Products:

    • Thick Greek-style yogurt
    • Eggs & Cheese
    • Cards
    • Pecan and Cashew Brittle
    • Honey and Maple Syrup
    • Gift Items

    From the Bakery: This weekend in the bakery we will have fresh pear pies. With pears being in season, this is a great time to enjoy this unique and wonderful pie! We will also have pecan pies and we are changing to our fall donut flavors which are apple cider, pumpkin, and buttermilk. (We have been listening—you have been asking for these for weeks!!) If you are going to have a holiday BBQ don’t forget we make hamburger and hotdog buns. Please feel free to call ahead and order, especially large orders for your get-togethers. 269-244-5690.

    • Donuts: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday: Apple cider, Pumpkin, Buttermilk. 
    • Fruit Pies: Peach, pear,  Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, and Strawberry Rhubarb.
    • “Take and Bake” Pies available in our freezer
    • Specialty Pies: Pecan
    • Cookies: Cut Out, Monster, Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, Triple Berry, 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 or our own Apple Cider

    Grape Update: We will take a sugar sample of grapes the week of 9-14, then hopefully we can determine an opening date for both the purple Concords and the white Niagara’s. Best guess now is the  white grapes could be ready the week of 9-21 and the purple grapes the week of 9-28. But it depends on the weather. Before we open, we will want them to be at their full ripeness and sugar content. Please check back with us after September 16th. We will be giving you more information on grape picking and pricing next week.

    Apple Estimate Chart:

    Variety       Expected availability U-Pick Available Approximate Week Ready Should order in advance
    Earli Blaze good all picked ready now no
    Molly’s Del good yes ready now no
    Gala Lots yes ready now no
    Jona Mac good yes ready now no
    Macintosh good yes 7-Sep no
    Honey Crisp good no Some ready now no
    JonaGold few yes 21-Sep yes
    Jonathon good yes 21-Sep no
    Nu-Red few yes 21-Sep yes
    Cameo good yes 28-Sep no
    Cortland good yes 28-Sep no
    Golden Delicious lots yes 28-Sep no
    Northern Spy good yes 28-Sep no
    Golden Supreme few no 5-Oct no
    Ida Red few yes 5-Oct yes
    Mutsu few yes 5-Oct yes
    Red Delicious lots yes 5-Oct no
    Rome lots yes 12-Oct no
    Braeburn Few yes 19-Oct yes
    Fuji good yes 21-Oct no
    Pink Lady few yes 27-Oct yes

    Happenings on the Farm This Week:  Keeping this update short as this week has been a tough one with the heat and need to harvest so many things. So, it has been a busy week for sure, with many preparations in motion to be ready for this 4 day holiday weekend, so properly named “Labor” Day!

    This Labor Day will mark the 10th year since the loss of Allene Hubbard, my mother who started this beautiful farm market. We all work hard to honor her legacy by maintaining the market in the spirit she imparted to all of us. Thank you to all of the customers who continue to think of her and share her memory with us.

    Here’s wishing everyone a safe and good holiday weekend.  We thank all of you for buying local and hope to see you out at the farm this weekend!

    Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards