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

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!