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

Monthly Archive: March 2016

March Madness on the Farm!

The early spring weather has the farm waking up and our steps quickening along with it.  Spring comes with a long to-do list of everything that must happen to bring you tender green asparagus, tomatoes that actually taste like a tomato and all your other farm favorites. And so when unexpected and maddening things happen–we tend to get, well, a little mad sometimes.

We have our own march madness going, as a trio of unlucky events culminated yesterday with the gusty wind ripping the plastic off the hoophouse–which is full of vibrant spinach, kale and other plantings. The windstorm from several weeks back took out the power and burned up a motor inside the bakery freezer. Yes, we lost some breads and muffins, but were able to save most of our delicious apple pies. And our third event was a fertilizer application which went way wrong in the greenhouse, killing half of our hundreds of tomato plants.

On a working farm, one can only take a few minutes to be mad, discouraged and ponder the “what if’s” before moving into recovery mode and action. The tomato plants have been restarted and we are babying them along, the freezer has been fixed, and the plastic on the hoophouse should be finished by the end of day tomorrow (if the wind will die down…)  A mindset of determination along with helping hands is a must! So we give a grateful thanks to our employees, family members and contractors who stopped their work and jumped in to help get us going again.

It only took seconds for the strong winds to sheer the plastic off the hoohhouse  as we watched helplessly

It only took seconds for the strong winds to sheer the plastic off the hoophouse as we watched helplessly

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Special thanks to brother-in-law Marshall who worked all day with Becca to help get the hoophouse back together

 

Special thanks to Daisy who helped her Dad transplant tomato plants to replace the ones we lost

Special thanks to Daisy who helped her Dad transplant tomato plants to replace the ones we lost

Many thanks to husband Joe for the hours he spent getting the freezer back to freezing

Many thanks to husband Joe for the hours he spent getting the freezer back to freezing

So, thanks for letting us share the ups and downs of the farm with you–even if this week it was just the “downs.”  Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards wishes you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and may your favorite basketball teams be successful in the March Madness journey.

Beth and granddaughter Emma Grace wearing their green and white on St. Patrick's Day

Beth and granddaughter Emma Grace wearing their green and white on St. Patrick’s Day–Go Spartans!