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

Monthly Archive: October 2015

Halloween Fun and Our Last Official Day – This Saturday from 8 – 6

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)
  • Onions
  • PotatoesYukon 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.
The rest of our apples remain at the $24 pricing listed below (except for Honeycrisp)
  • 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:

  • Eggs
  • Cards
  • 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.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you buying local. Please come spend part of your Halloween Day with us!

11 More Days to Stock Up On Pies, Apples, Grapes, Pumpkins, and More…

The countdown continues with plenty to do here at the farm before our final official closing date at the end of the month. There are still grapes to pick and apples to glean, freshly squeezed cider and pumpkin donuts await you along with our two mazes. If you are trying to get your apples, squash, potatoes and onions for the winter, your grapes to make juice or wine, your last fresh tomatoes, your pumpkins for Halloween, your pies for the holidays, we would encourage you to come sooner rather than later. Ask us which apples keep best, plus pick up one of our information sheets on how to store apples for long-keeping.

Taking a picture of a family taking their own picture with the giant pumpkin!

Taking a picture of a family taking their own picture with the giant pumpkin!

This family has an annual picture taken, it has been fun to see the family growing up over the years...

This family has an annual picture taken, it has been fun to see the family growing up over the years…

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.

Our normal 2015 season’s days and hours will continue until 6 pm on Halloween, October 31st for the market and the bakery. After that, if there are apples left to sell, we will announce a reduced schedule of days and hours.

Conventionally-grown produce available at the market: 

  • Apples (more info below)
  • Black Beans
  • Brussell Sprouts
  • Grapes: Concord and Niagara Grapes are available in 1 quart and 2 quart quantities
  • Fall Ornamentals: Colored corn, gourds of all shapes and sizes
  • Kale from Becca (naturally grown)
  • Lettuce from Becca (naturally grown)
  • Onions
  • Pears, Bosc Winter Pears (available by the bushel)
  • PotatoesYukon Gold, Red Norland (bushels available)
  • Pumpkins:  Large, small, odd shaped, pie pumpkins and tan ones to paint!
  • Painted Pumpkins, by Crista Morrison
  • Squash: Mostly butternut left
  • Tomatoes

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.
The rest of our apples remain at the $24 pricing listed below (except for Honeycrisp)
  • Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce. (Very few left.)
  • 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).
  • 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 saying:  Spy’s 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.
  • Golden Supreme:  Firm cream colored flesh that provides a sweet juicy flavor.  Excellent for drying, baking and making cider.  Keeps very 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. **When we have bushels available. Please see apple forecast on our apple page, which we’ll update throughout the season.

U-Pick apples: We have completed the apple harvest of everything except Golden Delicoius and we are now open for end of year “apple gleaning”–you may pick apples left on the tree or off the ground for $5/bushel. 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, 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, so please come soon (and certainly before the next frost) if you want grapes.

  • Picking hours: Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm. 
  • 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!)   
A big thank you to our customers for coming out, enjoying the vineyards, and letting us take a photo!

A big thank you to our customers for coming out, enjoying the vineyards, and letting us take a photo!

Cider: $6/gallon, $3.50/half gallon, $2/quart.

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!

  •  Donuts: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Apple Cider, Pumpkin, Buttermilk. 
  • Fruit Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Cherry Berry, Pumpkin
  • Apple Dumplings
  • “Take and Bake” Pies 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:

  • Eggs & Cheese
  • Cards
  • Pecan and Cashew Brittle
  • Honey and Maple Syrup
  • Gift Items

Happenings on the Farm This Week:  This week we actually exhaled, as we finished the apple and grape harvest. Our friends from Oxley Farms came today with their grape harvester and picked most of our Niagaras, and even let a few of our employees ride on the harvester for a while with them.

Sarah and Terri taking a break from the market to ride on the grape harvester.

Sarah and Terri taking a break from the market to ride on the grape harvester.

Of everything we grow here, apples and grapes have the most acreage, so this is a significant event, one worthy of a post-harvest celebration. But that will have to wait as we want to take advantage of the weather to get at all of the pruning and the fall/winter maintenance of buildings, equipment and land.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you buying local. We hope to see you soon!
The Red Romes being picked--the last variety of the season.

The Red Romes being picked–the last variety of the season.

Our first load of apples going off to the processor in Paw Paw to make into applesauce

Our first load of apples going off to the processor in Paw Paw to make into applesauce

Harvesting the white Niagara grapes today

Harvesting the white Niagara grapes today

 

Juice trucks waiting to take the grapes to Welch's for processing

Juice trucks waiting to take the grapes to Welch’s for processing

 

Countdown to Closing: Just Two More Weeks to Stock Up On Pies, Apples, Grapes, Pumpkins, and More…

What a wonderful weekend we had here last week. We are so grateful for the picture-perfect weather and all of the customers who came out. This weekend’s weather looks to be a little cooler for sure, but there is still lots to do here on the farm this weekend, including U-Pick grapes and apples, enjoy freshly squeezed cider and pumpkin donuts, and explore our two mazes** (info at end). With the calendar now in the middle of October, we are beginning to wind up our harvests of apples, grapes and pumpkins.  So…..if you are trying to get your apples, squash, potatoes and onions for the winter, your grapes to make juice or wine, your last fresh tomatoes, your pumpkins for Halloween, your pies for the holidays, we would encourage you to come sooner rather than later. Ask us which apples keep best, plus pick up one of our information sheets on how to store apples for long-keeping.

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.

Our normal 2015 season’s days and hours will continue until 6 pm on Halloween, October 31st for the market and the bakery. After that, if there are apples left to sell, we will announce a reduced schedule of days and hours.

Make sure to get a picture by our giant pumpkin (Beth and granddaughter Emma Grace)

Make sure to get a picture by our giant pumpkin (Beth and granddaughter Emma Grace)

We will be picking our last loads of pumpkins this week--don't delay.

We will be picking our last loads of pumpkins this coming week–don’t delay.

Conventionally-grown produce available at the market: 

  • Apples (more info below)
  • Black Beans
  • 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
  • Kale from Becca (naturally grown)
  • Lettuce from Becca (naturally grown)
  • 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,Bosc Winter Pears (available by the bushel)
  • PotatoesYukon Gold, Red Norland (bushels available)
  • Pumpkins:  Large, small, odd shaped, pie pumpkins and tan ones to paint!
  • Painted Pumpkins, by Crista Morrison
  • Squash: Yellow Summer, Butternut, Acorn, Buttercup, Carnival, Heart of Gold, Turban, Delicata and Zucchini–available by the bushel for $16–great to have all winter
  • Tomatoes (finally we have lots of tomatoes coming in, lots of seconds available by the bushel)  We have called everyone on our list who wanted tomatoes, if you got missed or want some more, please call us as soon as possible.  269-244-5690

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.
The rest of our apples remain at the $24 pricing listed below (except for Honeycrisp)
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness. (Very few left)
  • Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce. (Very few left)
  • 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).
  • 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 saying:  Spy’s 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.
  • Golden Supreme:  Firm cream colored flesh that provides a sweet juicy flavor.  Excellent for drying, baking and making cider.  Keeps very 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, 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:  This will be our last weekend to pick apples before we finish the harvest and open gleaning sometime next week.  (Please check the website or call us to see when gleaning will start for the year.)  The apples we have to pick are: Golden (Yellow) Delicious and Red Romes.  Both of these are good choices for fresh eating and cooking. There are still plenty of these, you can pick right from the ground, very fun to pick!

lots of Golden Delicious yet to pick!

lots of Golden Delicious yet to pick!

redromeres

The Red Romes are so thick on the trees this year

U-Pick grapes: Both the 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: We are about 80% through picking our Concord Vineyards, so we don’t know how much longer they will last as it depends on how many people come out to pick. The white Niagara grapes will be available until they are mechanically harvested which will happen the week of October 19th. 16th. Please be aware that if it frosts this weekend which is currently forecasted and kills the vines, the grapes will quickly deteriorate.  So, if you want grapes, you need to come now! We always suggest you call back before you come out to see what the grape availability situation is, especially if you are coming from a distance.

Cider: $6/gallon, $3.50/half gallon, $2/quart.

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 Orchard’s pie to your Thanksgiving table with our “take and bake” option. We have these available now in our freezer inside the bakery, but we are happy to take your order and get them ready and frozen for you to bake for you holiday. We think you will love the aroma of pies baking in your own kitchen!

  •  Donuts: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Apple Cider, Pumpkin, Buttermilk. 
  • Fruit Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Pumpkin
  • Apple Dumplings
  • “Take and Bake” Pies 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

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:

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

Happenings on the Farm This Week:  This week we actually got to catch our breath, which was quite revitalizing.  As the orchard and vineyards empty of fruit daily, we can now see what is left to harvest and know we are almost done. Once harvest is behind us, we will begin pruning the apple trees and begin the fall/winter maintenance of buildings, equipment and land. There is a long list of things to do for sure, but also relief with the harvest complete.

Once again we ask for your help during this busy season: 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!
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you buying local. We hope to see you soon!
**Our new maze information below:  This week’s winners won their choice of a 1/2 bu of apples and a gallon of cider,  plus slushies for all.

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

  • Enjoy the story of Spookley the Square Pumpkin
  • 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.

Sunday at the Farm: Fall Color Tour! Special Events & U-pick Apples and Grapes

A favorite weekend for many, the annual Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour is Sunday, October 11th. While the trees may not be in full fall color, for sure you will find many fall colors at our farm and fun things to do. The weekend weather forecast looks great for anyone hoping to visit the farm! Our farm is one of many venues on the route, and we’ll be open from 8-6 as usual with the following special events:

  • Birds of Prey exhibit–1 to 3 (weather permitting). See eagles, owls, falcons, merlins, and other rescue birds and meet the falconers who work with them.
  • Live music throughout the afternoon
  • Local art fair from 11am-5pm
  • The Brandy room will be open for tours and tasting of brandy, wine and hard cider from 1 pm – 3pm
  • Emerald eCycling doing free used/broken electronics collection from 11pm-4pm (see detailed note below)*
  • Free cider and produce samples all day
  • Fresh baked goods in our bakery–especially donuts!!
  • U-pick apples and grapes
  • Picked apples and grapes and lots of other produce available in the market
  • The Ciderella and the Little Glass Sipper Story book in our front yard
  • Wonderful autumn decorations to enjoy with great places for photo’s
  • Visit the children’s pumpkin/sorghum grass trail maze (free with $10 purchase)**
  • Visit our riddle corn maze ($3 per person or $10 for everyone in one vehicle!)**

For information on other stops on the tour, http://trchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2015-Brochure.pdf

Granddaughter Emma Grace posing for a fall picture by the old truck

Granddaughter Emma Grace posing for a fall picture by the old truck

Conventionally-grown produce available at the market: 

  • Apples (more info below)
  • Black Beans
  • 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,Bosc Winter Pears (available by the bushel)
  • PotatoesYukon Gold, Red Norland (bushels available)
  • Pumpkins:  Large, small, odd shaped, pie pumpkins and tan ones to paint!
  • Painted Pumpkins, by Crista Morrison
  • Squash: Yellow Summer, Spaghetti, Butternut, Acorn, Buttercup, Carnival, Heart of Gold, Turban, Delicata and Zucchini
  • Tomatoes

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.
The rest of our apples remain at the $24 pricing listed below (except for Honeycrisp)
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Macoun: This is a sweet, dessert apple. We only offer them in 1/4 pecks and 1/2 pecks, try one while you are here, you will probably be hooked.
  • 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 saying:  Spy’s 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 (will be in the market starting Saturday, October 10th).
  • Ida Red: Eat fresh or for cooking, taste is both tangy and tart. Flesh is white, crisp and juicy. Texture holds up well when baked.

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: Available now. The apples ready to be picked are: Cameo, Golden (Yellow) Delicious, Northern Spies, Fuji and Red Delicious.

U-Pick grapes: Both the 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: We are about 70% through picking our Concord Vineyards, so we don’t know how much longer they will last as it depends on how many people come out to pick. The white Niagara grapes will be available until they are mechanically harvested which could happen around October 16th. We always 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: $6/gallon, $3.50/half gallon, $2/quart.

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 Orchard’s pie to your Thanksgiving table with our “take and bake” option. We have these available now in our freezer inside the bakery, but we are happy to take your order and get them ready and frozen for you to bake for you holiday. We think you will love the aroma of pies baking in your own kitchen!

  • Donuts: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Apple Cider, Pumpkin, Buttermilk. 
  • Fruit Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry, Peach, Pumpkin
  • Specialty Pie: Pecan, Chocolate, Coconut Cream
  • Apple Dumplings
  • “Take and Bake” Pies 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: 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 

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 in the brandy room 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

Happenings on the Farm This Week: Are exactly the same as last week, we are all just a bit more tired! We picked apples, and grapes, then pumpkins, and repeated that over and over! We bagged apples and put them out on the shelf, and repeated that! We dipped big Jonagold apples into caramel, our new yeast donuts into icing, peeled apples for apple dumplings and pies, then repeated that! We got U-pick grape customers into the vineyard and then helped haul out their grapes, hour after hour! We made sweet cider and jugged it, we made hard cider and bottled it. We waited on many customers, broke up traffic jams in our driveways, and constantly reminded ourselves that this is our busiest season and we will get through it like we have for the past 50 some years!

Once again we ask for your help during this busy season: 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!
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards is excited about this weekend, we appreciate you buying local. We hope to see you soon!
*Free Electronics Recycling: On October 11th from 11-4 Emerald eCycling will be doing a free collection of used/broken electronics to recycle, including old computers, cell phones, monitors, modems, cords, cables, VCR players, microwaves, and more. The collection truck will be located at the old schoolhouse at the corner of A.L. Jones and Corey Lake Road just up the street from the market. Please click here for a full list of items they recycle (note that most televisions, large appliances, and smoke detectors are excluded from the list). 
**Our new maze information below:  This week’s winners won their choice of a 1/2 bu of apples or 4 pumpkins of their choice, plus slushies for all.

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

  • Enjoy the story of Spookley the Square Pumpkin
  • 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.

 

 

Northern Spy Pies, Bushels of Grapes, and a Bumper Crop of Golden Delicious Apples

We have sure had some beautiful fall days this week, but the last few have made us feel like we are part of the Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day story. We hope the wind or a football game won’t keep you from coming out and enjoying fall with us here at the farm.

Conventionally-grown produce available at the market: 

  • Apples (more info below)
  • Beans: Black Beans and Pinto Beans
  • 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)
  • PotatoesYukon Gold, Red Norland (bushels available)
  • Pumpkins:  Large, small, odd shaped, pie pumpkins and tan ones to paint!
  • Painted Pumpkins (more info below)
  • Squash: Yellow Summer, Spaghetti, Butternut, Acorn, Buttercup, Carnival, Heart of Gold, Turban, Delicata and Zucchini
  • Tomatoes (red, yellow and green slicers and mini-tomatoes)

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.

The rest of our apples remain at the $24 pricing listed below (except for Honeycrisp)

  • Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple. We only have a few bags left, call us to hold one if you want some.
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • 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 crisp and jusice 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 (very few left).
  • Macoun: This is a sweet, dessert apple, we only offer them in 1/4 pecks and 1/2 pecks, try one while you are here, you will probably be hooked.
  • Mutsu: Moderately sweet flavor with firm, juicy, and creamy, white flesh.  Excellent for eating, sauce, juice and baking, stores well. Very few left.
  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks.  Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • 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: Available now. The apples ready to be picked then will be: Cameo, Gala, Golden (Yellow) Delicious, Ida Red, Jonathan, 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, they opened last weekend and both are getting great reviews. **For a description of both, check out the end of this update.

U-Pick grapes: Both the 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!

Grape picking has gone well this week and we are probably 1/3 through of the Concord vineyards, so we have a lot more to get through.  How long they will last will depend on how many folks come out and pick. We always 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: $6/gallon, $3.50/half gallon, $2/quart.

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.

From the Bakery: Come see our beautiful caramel apples (made with our Jonagold apples) and did you know we make the caramel from scratch?! Also this week we started making yeast donuts. They are dipped in chocolate icing, you will want to try these. Northern Spies are ready now, so we will be baking our apple pies with these for the rest of the season…we think they make the best apple pies and hope you agree. As always, 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
  • Specialtypie:  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

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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 in the brandy room 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

Painted Pumpkins: This year, Crista Morrison, who is taking a leave from her work as an art teacher at Three Rivers Schools is painting pumpkins for the market, continuing the long time tradition of Diane’s painted pumpkins. She has quite a variety and her creativity is shining through.

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Happenings on the Farm This Week: We picked apples, and grapes, then pumpkins, and repeated that over and over! We bagged apples and put them out on the shelf, and repeated that! We dipped big Jonagold apples into caramel, our new yeast donuts into icing, peeled apples for apple dumplings and pies, then repeated that! We got U-pick grape customers into the vineyard and then helped haul out their grapes, hour after hour! We made sweet cider and jugged it, we made hard cider and bottled it. We waited on many customers, gave school children tours, and occasionally rescued a small child afraid to come down the slide!

It’s an endless flurry of activity this time of year and we’re lucky to an amazing crew here who give their all to give you a great farm experience. We  love seeing you leave with a smile and fresh apple(or donut, or grape!) in your hand to enjoy.

So many apples on the tree

So many apples on the tree

 

 

 

Starting granddaughter Emma Grace at an early age grading apples

Starting granddaughter Emma Grace at an early age grading apples

Bin after bin of Golden Delicious being picked

Bin after bin of Golden Delicious being picked

 

Washing another load of pumpkins

Washing another load of pumpkins

Another load of Concord grapes coming in

Another load of Concord grapes coming in

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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!

Get your picture taken by the Great Pumpkin!

Get your picture taken by the Great Pumpkin!

**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
  • 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.