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

April Snow Brings…Lots of Questions!

The April snow just adds to the unpredictability of this year’s weather and we have no choice but to take it! On the plus side, it provides more moisture to our orchards and vineyards. For sure though, the inability to predict the weather leaves us unsure when we might open, so stay tuned.

It’s finally warm enough to start planting green beans, tomatoes, and more in Becca’s unheated hoophouse, which means if you want fresh spinach, lettuce, and kale you should pick some up at World Fare in Downtown Three Rivers before we rip the winter plantings out. Luckily we’ve got spring planting done, but there is nothing like over-wintered spinach and kale. It’s so sweet and tender! We recommend you get some while you can and we’re happy to take orders for you to pick up here at the farm – just give us a call at 269 244 5690.

Terri harvests kale so we can rip it and plant green beans.

Terri harvests kale so we can rip it and plant green beans.

One of the most common questions with the low temperatures is “Has the weather affected the fruit?” It is really hard to tell yet given the variation in when all of our trees start budding out, and even then, the difference in buds on the same tree. Below is a picture of how far along our pear trees are, and so far, looking okay. We will remain optimistic as that’s the best spring posture to take.

The most developed are at risk, but they are many more yet to develop.

The most developed are at risk, but they are many more yet to develop.

Very exciting to see our new apricot trees blooming.

Very exciting to see our new apricot trees budding out.

 

Happenings on the farm:

We’re anxious to get into the fields and get cold-tolerant plantings in….our 45,000 onion sets left Texas today on their way here. As soon as we can lay some plastic, we’ll have those in along with the brassicas (cruciferous) vegetables: cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, spring kale planting, and more. The health benefit of these  vegetables are truly impressive. These super-foods have been shown to exert strong anti-cancer effects, to promote healthy eyes, to maintain healthy bones by supplying highly available calcium and vitamin K, and to provide tons of vitamin C.  So we all want to munch on these often!

We have finished the grape vineyards! They are now pruned and tied….allowing us to move to other spring tasks. Major cleanups are occurring out in the orchards, picking up broken branches and limbs from the spring winds we had. We’re getting the straw moved off of the strawberry plants into the rows.

Apple buds coming out framing the Concord grape vineyard with all of the prunings on the ground

Apple buds coming out framing the Concord grape vineyard with all of the prunings on the ground

 

As we pull the straw off the berry plants, new growth is coming.

As we pull the straw off the berry plants, new growth is coming.

There are so many tasks to complete to get ready for another year—-it is easy to get overwhelmed especially when the weather limits our windows in which to work.  So….already we find ourselves taking a deep breath and accomplishing all we can in a given day, remembering why we do this and grateful that soon we will be seeing the fruits of our labor and able to share them with you.

Looking forward to having all of our great customers back for another year….Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards