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

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!

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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.