We will open Friday, April 29th. Come by and get some fresh asparagus and rhubarb, or bedding plants to those who just can’t wait any longer to start your gardens. Due to the cold weather and the slow start to the season, we will wait another week (May 6th) to open our bakery and distillery, and to offer other local products. By the way, we’re sponsoring the Rivers of Justice Film Festival which is this weekend! Scroll to the end for more information on that.
Asparagus: The asparagus was just coming out of the ground with that last spell of warm days we had, but the current cool temperatures have slowed it down so we are only able to pick small quantities at a time. It will take some days of nice warm weather before we have any large harvests. Given how fast it will sell out, it is best to call ahead and place an order and we’ll call you when we have it. 269-244-5690. Asparagus pricing is the same as last year: $2.25 a pound, 10# or more in bulk, goes to $2.00 a pound.
Rhubarb is ready! Available now for $2.50 a pound.
Bedding plants: We are starting to bring in “cold crop” plants, which you can plant in your garden now. These include: cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, various lettuce varieties, broccoli, chard, and spinach. Next week we will have herb plants. When it gets warmer, we will start bringing in the other vegetables and tomato plants. It really is too early to put any thing like cucumbers, peppers or tomatoes in yet–they are heat loving and very susceptible to frost.
Hanging Baskets: We will have these available starting next week, but none this weekend.
Becca’s Produce: Lettuce, spinach, kale, and carrots. As always, Becca’s produce is naturally grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals.
Bakery Update: Our bakery will open for the season on Friday, May 6th! By the number of phone calls we have received there seems to be a pent-up demand for our donuts! Feel free to call and order what you would like for Mother’s Day, 269-244-5690.
Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:
- Cookies: Flower Cut-Out Sugar Cookies, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Triple Berry, Peanut Butter, and Ginger Molasses
- Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Strawberry Rhubarb and Rhubarb. We will also have chocolate cream pies available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for Mother’s Day.
- Bread: Whole Wheat, Cinnamon, Italian, Multi-Grain, Vegetable and Tuscan, as well as Hamburger Buns and Hot Dog Buns
- Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns
- Assorted Dessert Bars
- Muffins: Double Dutch Chocolate, Strawberry, Lemon poppy seed, Pistachio, Wild berry and Raisin Bran
- Donuts: We will have our Blueberry, Buttermilk, and Cherry cake donuts available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will also have our chocolate iced yeast donut rings!
Alcohol offerings: We have our usual line of brandies made exclusively from estate-grown produce, including our ever-popular apple brandy. We also have Double cherry wine, as well as our tart cherry hard cider. Starting May 6th, we’ll have a few new hard cider products for the year, so come in for a tasting on May 7th when we open our winery and distillery for regular tours again!
We have a new meat supplier for 2016! We are excited to be partnering with Mill Lake Farms, a local farm in Cassopolis who will be bringing in a variety of beef and pork cuts–all done naturally. This means hormone and antibiotic free, no use of pesticides or chemicals on their farm, open pastures, grass-fed, non-GMO grains and hay. They believe these practices result in the meat being the very best quality available, without sacrificing flavor or tenderness. They are looking forward to having you try their meats and welcome your feedback. Please read more about them here: http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/other-products/mill-lake-farm-meats/.
Mother’s Day Ideas (this year it is May 8th!!):
- This year, consider some of our special Mother’s Day items we are putting together. Many of our local vendors will have their items on the market on Mother’s Day Weekend, including local honey, cards, art and Ruth’s famous pecan and cashew brittle. We will also have a nice v
- ariety of flower pots and hanging baskets.
- Why not buy Mom a “living” salad? We will have large tomato plants for the patio or to set outside—Pair these with one of our lettuce bowls. They’re planted with cold-tolerant greens that can be put outside now, and the lettuce can be picked and it grows back! Grab a basil plant in one of our colored pots, then add a bottle of your Mom’s favorite salad dressing and you have a healthy gift she can continue to enjoy.
- An arranged flower container for the patio or door step for Mom. Once again we will be making up special containers with flowers and herbs. Come see the many unique containers available for sale at all price ranges. If you have a container you would like us to plant, bring it over and tell us what you would like in it.
- Special display of items from the “Love your Mother” store. Peggy, who works for us and also owned the “Love your Mother” store in Three Rivers, will be setting up a display of favorite items: Mad Mats (one of Beth’s favorites!), Recycled Glassware, Love Your Mother Stickers and magnets and select cards and journals.
Blossoms: The blossoms came so quickly with the hot weather over this past weekend that many of you will have missed seeing them. So here’s a few pictures we took on a beautiful sunny day.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards is looking forward to seeing all of our customers back for the year! We thank you for buying local!
How can growing food help heal the traumas of poverty, war, and environmental distress? The 2016 Rivers of Justice Film Festival will explore answers to this question from multiple angles with multiple short films and two feature-length films. From veterans finding new mission in addressing food security to activists growing food in forgotten urban spaces to farmers looking for long-term solutions to food issues, this year’s films offer a wide range of fascinating voices to consider. The Festival will take place in historic downtown Three Rivers, beginning at 3:00 p.m. with a free viewing of 10 short food films from around the world at World Fare (37 N. Main St.). Beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Riviera Theatre (50 N. Main St.), two feature-length films will be followed by discussions and a reception. Tickets, which can be purchased in advance online, are $10 for the whole festival or $6 per feature-length film. For more information and tickets, visit www.riversofjustice.com.
We’ll be donating apple pies, fresh produce, and hard cider for the event, so we really do hope to see you there!