The countdown continues with plenty to do here at the farm this final week, especially Halloween Saturday! Our staff has been coming up with great ideas for Saturday–so please come out to find:
- All of us dressed in costumes, including Denim
- Trick or treating stations set up in the market and the bakery–wearing a costume will get you a free donut!
- An apple painting station (set up with food safe markers!)
- Many last day specials
- A “spirited” tasting and tour in the Brandy building, 1 – 3 pm
- Last chance for fall pictures by the old white pumpkin truck and other great spots
- Last day to visit our corn maze or children’s pumpkin trail
- Get stocked up for the winter on apples, cider, honey, syrup, Ruth’s candy, brandy, wine and hard cider
- One more trip down the famous big slide (although we don’t know anyone who can only go down just one time!)
Our normal 2015 season’s days and hours will continue until 6 pm on Halloween, October 31st for the market and the bakery. We anticipate there will be some apples left for November sales, so stay tuned for a reduced schedule of days and hours.
Halloween gatherings: Many of you have asked for cider, donuts and apples for the many events that happen the last week of October. In order to make sure we make enough donuts and cider, we would encourage you to call us and order ahead–269-244-5690.
Conventionally-grown produce available at the market:
- Apples (more info below). Ask us which apples keep best, plus pick up one of our information sheets on how to store apples for long-keeping.
- Black Beans
- Fall Ornamentals:
- Kale from Becca (naturally grown)
- Lettuce from Becca (naturally grown)
- Potatoes: Yukon Gold, Red Norland (bushels available)
- Pumpkins: Still a decent selection of medium sized pumpkins
- Painted Pumpkins, by Crista Morrison
- Squash: mostly Butternut left
- Tomatoes (yes we still have beautiful tomatoes to sell by the pound!)
Apples are here! With the last few harsh winters and frosty springs, we are grateful to have a bumper crop of two of our varieties, Jon-a-Mac and Golden Delicious. To share this bounty with our customers, we are offering special bushel pricing on these picked apples in the market: buy two bushel, get one free.** Don’t need an extra bushel of apples? Consider donating it to your local food bank, soup kitchen or take to a local sports team’s practice session…..
- 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.
- Golden Delicious:** A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It’s the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.
- 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). Buy 2 bags, get one free, until they are gone.
- 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 (very few left).
- Cameo: Firm-textured, crisp and sweet tart, great for snacking or banking and another good dessert apple. An excellent keeper in the coldest part of your refrigerator.
- Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
- Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by the saying: Spies for pies. We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
- Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
- Fuji: Fantastic sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content, an incredibly good keeper. Stays for weeks without being refrigerated.
- Red Rome: Very red, round apple that looks just like it came out of a storybook. Has a mild, sweet flavor, popular for baking because it holds flavor and shape well.
- Pink Lady: Very late apple, hard, smallish and tart. Stores well.
- Braeburn: Sweet with a hint of tart and a firmness that stores well. Very versatile apple that bakes well and great for fresh eating.
Apple Pricing for the year: Our apple pricing will be the same as last year, 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.
U-Pick apples: We have completed the apple harvest of everything and remain pen for end of year “apple gleaning”–you may pick apples left on the tree or off the ground for $5/bushel. We have had a lot of apples gleaned here in the past week, so there are very few left on the trees, mostly on the ground. It is best if you bring ladders for this as many are in the tops of the trees and we cannot lend you ladders. This is a great way to economically get a lot of apples for canning, pie fillings, making cider, deer or horse feeding, etc. Please bring bushel baskets to measure or containers to put them in if you borrow ours.
U-Pick grapes: Both Niagara and Concord. While the frost has hit the leaves, the grapes are still okay. They are actually easier to pick now since you can see them. However, with the leaves dying the grapes will deteriorate much more quickly, the last day to pick will be Saturday the 31st.
Cider: $6/gallon, $3.50/half gallon, $2/quart. Did you know you can freeze cider for the winter? Just take out about 1/5 of the container leaving room to expand when it freezes. Many folks wait for our last pressing of the year (which will be available on Thursday October 29th) as it is usually one of our best with so many sweet apples to blend.
From the Bakery: A note from the bakers, many of you have been asking about Thanksgiving pies. We are not going to be able to take orders for Thanksgiving pies and bake them that week as we have done in previous years. But….we can still help get a Corey Lake Orchards pie to your Thanksgiving table with our “take and bake” option. We have these available now in our freezer inside the bakery and would be happy to take special orders. That way, we’ll be sure to have them ready and frozen for you to bake for your holiday. We think you will love the aroma of pies baking in your own kitchen! But…..really, really, you are running out of time, call soon to order if you have not yet: 269-244-5690.
- Donuts: Friday, and Saturday: Apple Cider, Pumpkin, Buttermilk.
- Fruit Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Cherry Berry, Pumpkin
- Apple Dumplings
- “Take and Bake” Pies available in our freezer
- “Take and Bake” Muffins available in our freezer
- Cookies: Cut Out, Monster, Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, Triple Berry, Caramel Apple
- 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: Caramel Brownie, Mississippi Mud, Lemon, Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Caramel Mousse Brownie
- Frozen Slushies: Welch’s Grape or our own Apple Cider
- Carmel apples
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 before they are gone.
Brandy is available as is Mellifluous Blueberry Mead, Auburn Plum/Honey Wine, 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 in the brandy room from 1pm-3pm on Saturday for people who would like to sample.
Other Local Products:
- Pecan and Cashew Brittle
- Honey and Maple Syrup
- Gift Items
Happenings on the Farm This Week: This week started us into a end of year clean up mode, in our buildings, field, vineyards and orchards—so much to get done before the weather gets worse. It’s dark when we come to work, and we have to stop when it is dark again in the evenings. The chill in the air and our exhaustion of this season seems to be felt all the way into our bones! We are taking turns bringing in potato or squash soup to keep us going (made of course with our delicious Yukon gold potatoes and butternut squash). This week always brings many mixed emotions—happiness of a harvest behind us, the joy in watching our customers delight in fall on the farm, relief coming in a slower schedule than we have been used to, and knowing we have to say a temporary goodbye to our wonderful customers until another season.