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

Asparagus Sighting!

Asparagus Update:  With the rain in the last 24 hours, we finally see asparagus spears pushing through the earth. As soon as there is enough for some good pickings, we will open so you can have your first fill of this delightful spring vegetable. Please continue to check our website or call us on 269-244-5690. We anticipate opening late next week–if the weather cooperates. If you want to order some, please call us and give us your name, phone number and how many pounds you are looking for, we will contact you as soon as we can fill your order.

First asparagus we saw!

First asparagus we saw was purple, in the rain. Fitting.

Bedding plants: As soon as we open, we will have col crop bedding plants for your garden (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale) along with seed potatoes, lettuce plants, and onion sets.  Tomatoes, other vegetables, and flowers will be ready in a few more weeks (still too early to put these out).

Nichol unloading the first group of cauliflower.

Nichol unloading the first group of cauliflower.

Straw for sale:  If you need straw for your garden mulching, we have extra available for $6 a bale, or 4 bales for $20.

Happenings on the farm:

We used the wonderful weather of this week to plant, plant, plant. We were able to work the soil, lay the plastic (which we use for weed control and irrigation), and get everything in before today’s rain! All 45,000 onion sets, close to 2000 col crop plants, green beans and 3 sweet corn varieties should really take off after this gentle-soaking rain of today. Big thanks to the farm employees who worked long hours to make this happen.

Plastic layed for all of our vegetable crops to go in.

Plastic layed for all of our vegetable crops to go in.

Onion sets going into the plastic--yes--we plant them one by one!

Onion sets going into the plastic–yes–we plant them one by one!

Make sure if you are in the area to drive by and see the blossoms….the cherries and peaches are blooming–which are some of the prettiest fruit blossoms to me.

Cherry blossoms on the north side of Corey Lake Road

Cherry blossoms on the north side of Corey Lake Road

How are the fruit crops looking: We are really grateful that we are not seeing much winter damage at all to the fruit trees or grapes…so let’s hope the spring frosts and freezes don’t occur this year. Here is a link to an interview that I did for our local paper if you are interested:  http://submitpayment.threeriversnews.com/eedition/page-a/page_3e2dc9bd-5b2c-5964-bb17-30e014701e9e.html

This week, Michaela, Patti and Beth went to a big bakery show in Novi to look at new offerings and pre-order bakery supplies for the year. We got some great ideas and can’t wait to try them out for you.

Emma-Grace tested the granola mixes for us.

Emma-Grace tested the granola mixes for us.

 

We are going to try some new bread rounds for you to stack full of our fresh vegetables.

We are going to try some new bread rounds for you to stack full of our fresh vegetables.

So, it won’t be long until we are officially open and another season begins. We are so looking forward to seeing you.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

 

Corey Lake Orchards is sponsoring the Rivers of Justice Film Festival and we’d love to see you there.
April 30, 2016 in downtown Three Rivers, Michigan
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.