The calendar has officially turned to Spring, but our fruit trees budding out and the sap dripping from our grapevines were the real tell-tale signs from the farm….so here’s to continuing good spring weather as there is no turning back now. We are starting to get calls on when we will open, and more specifically: when will asparagus be here, when can I get a Corey Lake Orchard’s pie and do you have plants to sell yet?
Our official opening date is determined by when asparagus is ready, which usually is the latter part of April, depending on the weather of course. When we open, we will start up the bakery to satisfy your pent-up sweet tooth, along with lettuce, spinach, and kale from the hoophouse and our offerings of brandy, hard cider and wine. Please plan on getting your bedding plants here again this year, the seeds are sown and we will offer our usual array of flowers and vegetables when it is time. Stay tuned for more.
Happenings on the farm:
We got the straw spread on the strawberry fields. This is a spring chore which helps provide mulch to keep weeds down and also provides a dirt-free surface for the berries to grow over, which makes for better berry picking for sure.
We have leftover straw again this year, so if you need some for your own gardens and mulching, we can help you out. It is the same price as last year, $6 a bale or 4 bales for $20. If you need it before we open, please call the market and make an appointment to get it. 269-244-5690.
The greenhouse tomatoes are blooming and the greenhouse is starting to get crowded with all the flats of plants we are growing, along with lettuce bowls and large basil plants.
This week, our friend and co-worker George Shoun passed away unexpectedly. If you have picked grapes, apples, or strawberries here on the farm in the past few years, you have probably come to know George. George became known as the “Grand Poo-bah” of the orchards and vineyards, a title that aptly described the amazing things he did to make everyone’s u-pick experience so special. When he wasn’t out with our customers, he was our “go to” person for pickups, deliveries, and any time we needed an extra set of hands. He opened his big heart to all of us and he will be truly missed. It was through Cathy, who has been a fixture at our market for many years, that we first met George. They have been together for 33 years. We all extend our deepest sympathy to Cathy and the rest of the family. More information and where to send condolences can be found by clicking here.
We look forward to seeing you soon. -Beth and everyone else at Corey Lake Orchard