We’ve been gearing up for the long holiday weekend (yes we will be open on Monday the 4th) coaxing blueberries and other vegetables to be ready in time for you to enjoy the tastes of summer. However, this weekend we are treating you to a few fall apple tastes. You may be thinking “American as apple pie?”
Even better….Apple Cider Donuts!?!?! Yes, Apple Cider Donuts available on the 4th of July weekend, along with buttermilk donuts, Friday thru Monday!!! This is our most popular donut that we only make in the fall, but we wanted to give those people who just can’t wait, or those who are just here in the summer, a mid-summer surprise. Don’t worry, if you are a fan of the blueberry and cherry donuts they will be back next weekend until they are replaced with our fall donut offerings later in the season. Continuing on in the apple spirit, we will have apple cider slushies made with the apple cider that we pressed and froze last year at the peak of apple season! And….since it is now blueberry season (not, in fact, apple season), we will have fresh blueberry glaze pies. If you would like us to save something for you feel free to call us at 269-244-5690 and we will gladly set it back for you!
Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:
- Cookies: Cut Out Sugar, Vanilla Sugar, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Triple Berry, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, and Oatmeal Raisin
- Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry (cherries, blueberries, dried cranberries), Peach, Rhubarb, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will have fresh Blueberry Glaze Pies (Beth’s favorite!!), chocolate cream and raspberry cream available Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
- Bread: Whole Wheat, Honey Oat, Cinnamon, Italian, Whole Grain, Vegetable and Tuscan, as well as Hamburger Buns, Hot Dog Buns, and Focaccia Bread. We are partnering with La Brea bakery on the following breads: Semolina Cheese, Rosemary Olive Oil, Roasted Garlic Loaf, and Toasted Sunflower Honey.
- Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns
- Assorted Dessert Bars
- Mini Cupcakes
- Slushies: Concord and Niagara Grape Blend and Our Own Apple Cider
- Muffins: Double Dutch Chocolate, Strawberry, Pistachio, Wild Berry, Lemon Poppy Seed, Raisin Bran, and Banana Nut
- Donuts: We will have our Apple Cider and Buttermilk cake donuts available Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the holiday weekend. We also have our chocolate iced yeast donut rings as well as Bavarian Cream-Filled Long Johns, Raspberry-Filled Bismarks and Cherry Fritters!
Becca’s organic certified produce: Lettuce, kale, carrots, green beans, turnips, garlic scapes, bunching onions, “single serving” cabbage, and cherry tomatoes. Some of this is in limited quantities so please call ahead and place an order if you want any of these items.
Other fruit and produce available at the market:
- Broccoli, $2.50/lb.
- Fresh Cut or “Cut Your Own” Herbs: Not everything is ready, but we have a nice selection and info on how to use them. $1/bag.
- Note: Sadly rabbits destroyed our basil planting so we will be short of that for a while:(
- Cauliflower: $2 and $3 a head, white, some yellow and purple and green Veronica (here’s an article about Veronica cauliflower from last year: www.sturgisjournal.com/article/20150721/NEWS/150729932/0/SEARCH).
- Greenhouse Cucumbers, $0.75 (small salad-size cucumbers) or $1.50 (extra-long cucumbers).
- Field Cucumbers: $1.00 each
- Greenhouse tomatoes. $2 lb., due to our own greenhouse not keeping up, we are supplementing with Indiana-grown
- Snow Peas/Sugar Snap Peas
- Fresh Cut Flowers
- PIcked Cherries: We have Picked Sweet Cherries available on the market for sale, they are $5.75 a quart, $3 a pint. Picked Sour Cherries are $4.00 a quart.
- PIcked Blueberries: $26 for a 10-lb box, $13.50 for a 5-lb box, $5 a quart and $3 a pint. Some are coming out of our field and again this year we will be supplementing from Brookside Farms in Paw Paw, Michigan as we have done in previous years.
- U-PIck Blueberries: They are just starting and we are going to open up U-Pick Blueberries for the holiday weekend (this is the earliest they have ever been ready that I can remember)! We will open on Saturday, July 2nd to give families a chance to come out. We have a relatively small field compared to most major blueberry growers (only three acres), so our u-pick blueberries are for folks who just want to come over to get a few pounds or so at a time and pick them because they want the fun experience! In order to allow everyone to have a chance to pick some, we are limiting the picking to 5 pounds per family until more are ready. We are picking “Duke” berries now. This weekend’s picking will be perfect for small children (supervised by an adult of course) as we have new bushes to pick which are just their height! If we get picked out, we will close to allow the berries to ripen up again. So, you may want to call ahead to make sure our u-pick patch is open, 269-244-5690.
- The hours for u-pick will be 8 until 5:45 each day, must be finished and checked out by 6 back at market.
- Pricing will be $2.00 a pound to pick (this makes it about $3.50 a quart)
- We will have them off and on probably through most of the month of July
- We have buckets for you to pick in and boxes to send them home in
- For anyone who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at: http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/
- U-Pick Sweet Cherries are for the most part gone for the year, unless you have a very tall ladder (10 feet or more) and are nimble at these heights. Pricing is $2.25 a pound.
- U-Pick Sour cherries are still open for picking but going fast. You will need at least a step ladder to reach these. Pricing: $1.75 per pound to pick, $1.50 cents per pound for 50 pounds or over. (Same price as last yea.r)
Brandy and Hard Cider: We have our usual line of brandies made exclusively from estate-grown produce, including our ever-popular oak aged apple brandy. We don’t see why you couldn’t try an apple cider donut paired with one of our hard ciders! Made right here, we have Sweet Cider, Strawberry Hard Cider and Corey Lake Orchards Dry Cider for sale. We also have Double Cherry Wine, as well as our Tart Cherry Hard Cider and Hopped Hard Cider, which many of you tried and enjoyed when we debuted it last year. If you’d like to try before you buy, we’ll have free tasting and tours in the brandy house from 1 to 3 on Saturday as well as pop up tastings at the market throughout the weekend. You can also call and schedule a tour any time: 269 244 5690.
Local Products: We try to offer as many local and Michigan made products as we can.
- New: Mollie’s Clay Vessels, a Flint based artist who does one of a kind bowls, planters, vases and more
- Meat from Mill Lake Farms, http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/other-products/mill-lake-farm-meats/.
- Yogurt from Mattawan Creamery
- Unique cards made by 3 area artists
- “Flatware” flowers and lady bugs made by our neighbor
- Honey and maple syrup
- Ruth’s pecan and cashew brittle
- Ladd’s Jalapeno mustard (made with peppers grown here)
- Artisan Cheese from Remy Pecot, (Benton Harbor)
- Michigan shaped chairs with matching Upper Peninsula tables (Kalamazoo)
- Eggs (Kalamazoo)
- Detroit Bold Coffee Company coffee (Detroit)
- Dried blueberries and cherries (Traverse City)
- 4 flavors of Great Lakes Chips (Traverse City)
- 5 varieties of Michaelene’s granola (Clarkston)
- Boxed (totally recyclable) water (Grand Rapids)
- And more coming!
And while they are not so local, we have a new supply of Mad Mats in, and this week we got in some great “Advice from” mugs and hats, check them out in the bakery!
Strawberries are gone for the season, although we have snuck in a few quarts in the last few days rejuvenated by the cool nights….we thank everyone who came out for strawberries this year–we had a great season!
Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. We hope you have a safe and wonderful weekend.
**Other information for U-Pick cherries is listed
- U-Pick Hours: 8 – 6 daily, please be finished picking by 5:45 p.m. to be back to the market by 6pm.
- Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you may run into poison ivy or prickly plants in the orchard area, among other hazards.
- Please bring your own containers. We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs, buckets, etc.).
- Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.
- Please bring your own ladder as we do not supply ladders. Some of the best cherries are out of reach and even a small step ladder would be helpful.
- Our current orchard is an older orchard with very tall trees, so be mindful this is not always the ideal “small children” picking experience, although perched on a parents’ shoulder seems to work!