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

It’s February. What Season Is It Again?

Naturally Grown Produce: Check out the small table/fridge at World Fare in downtown Three Rivers which we are stocking with kale, lettuce, spinach, onions, carrots, and more as Becca harvests this winter. With the winter roads and snow around the market, this is another way for you to access fresh produce from the hoophouse plus do your other shopping in downtown Three Rivers. We’re also happy to reserve items for you and put your name on them in the fridge, just give us a call at 269 244 5690.

Brandy, Wine and Hard Cider, Frozen Apple Pies: These are available here at the farm by appointment only. Our popular Cherries Jubilant Tart Cherry Cider from last year is back and bottled, $6 for a 750mL bottle or two bottles for $10. Double Cherry Wine is available, $11 for a 750 mL bottle or two bottles for $20. 269-244-5690.

The confusion of seasons continues, confusing us humans for sure, but certainly confusing our trees and vineyards and plants.     For our loyal readers who winter in a sunny climate, we thought of you today as we shoveled and plowed paths around the farm, while holding on to our hats with the blowing wind and walking through snowdrifts over the tops of our boots. You just knew that we would have to mention the erratic weather changes of late this in this week’s update right?  Where else but in “Pure Michigan” could this ever happen.  But….just so it doesn’t come across like criticism, we’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

 

Last week's heat wave had Denim clinging to the last pile of snow to play in

Last week’s summer-like heat wave had Denim savoring the last pile of snow

the same heat wave had Terri in shirt sleeves and sunglasses working in the rows of beautiful spinach in the hoop house

the same heat wave had Terri in shirt sleeves and sunglasses working in the rows of beautiful spinach in the hoop house

The winter blast of 2-24 felt like February should feel and the trees welcomed the snow (so did Denim)

The winter blast of 2-24 felt like February should feel and the trees welcomed the snow (so did Denim)

But the poor confused Robin in the bush at our door wishes they had delayed their northern travel plans

But the poor confused Robin in the bush at our door wishes they had delayed their northern travel plans

Happenings on the farm: We have finished trimming all the grapes and are now going back through and tying them. We are right on schedule and the crew had time to come work in the greenhouse on some of the worst winter days.

Planning has moved into more details: field layouts, projected planting schedules, bakery needs identified and ordered, the year’s maintenance needs down to paper and timing, and the UPS man bringing daily deliveries now of seeds, supplies and equipment. Becca is working on pages and pages of organic certification papers – we are hoping to get this accomplished this year so that you, our customers, feel assured of her growing practices. It can be a little tricky because often they want growers to grow organically for three years first but we’re hopeful.

Hooray! All of the tomato plants (800 of them) are potted and growing in our greenhouse. So the greenhouse watching begins–a 24/7 job to make sure they don’t get too cold or too hot. Who would have believed that over the past weekend (where we all enjoyed those 70 degree days) we had to fan the hot air out as the temperatures inside reached around 100 degrees.

Tyler helped his parents get the dirt into bags over the long President's Day weekend with no school.

Tyler helped his parents get the dirt into bags over the long President’s Day weekend with no school.

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Midway through planting. But now they’re all done!

A BLT is now about 90 days away! Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards hopes you are having a good winter, summer, spring or whatever season it feels like!