Last week we asked you for help with our sweet corn “overload” to get it picked and to food banks. We are in awe with the response and are so grateful for the monetary contributions you made to help us to defray the costs of picking and packing the corn. The contributions totaled 95 dozen, we matched each dozen donated with 2 additional dozens. Monday afternoon, we filled half a box truck with freshly picked corn – over 300 dozen – as well as cucumbers and squash and sent it all to the Loaves and Fishes Distribution warehouse in Kalamazoo. Tuesday and Thursday, we sent two vans full to the local Three Rivers food site, and tomorrow we will deliver to Centreville. Getting fresh sweet corn was a real treat for those who picked some up and they were immensely thankful. And in turn, we thank you for helping to make this possible.
If you would still like to help, please sign up as you check out at our market. As long as we have an abundance of corn (or any other produce) we will continue to pick it and distribute to as many food banks as we can.
Here’s what we have at the market now:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Cut Flowers
- Fresh Cut or “Cut Your Own” Herbs Note: we now have plenty of basil and are picking it in larger quantities for making pesto (look in our cooler for it
- Fresh Dug Potatoes: Yukon Gold, Red Norland and Adirondack Blue
- Field Cucumbers and Small Pickling Cukes
- Greenhouse and some field tomatoes
- Green Beans
- Yes–we now have shishito peppers for sale, both conventional and certified organic. People who find them on the market have one of two reactions: “Wow, you can’t find those anywhere–we love them!” or “What are those?” Since most of you fall in the second group, these peppers are sweet-mild (very occasionally one will be spicy, and you can’t tell which ones will be). They are known and used by many restaurant chefs as their thin skin means they cook up quickly. It only takes a few minutes to sauté and blister them into a perfect snack. We have these two recipes on the market and encourage you to try them. There are a few recipes here – http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-roast-shishito-peppers-recipe-221033 or http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/sauteed-shishito-peppers-summers-best-new-bite-51153400 – and any recipe for pickling pepperoncini peppers would work well as they’re excellent for pickling. Becca puts some up every year and they’re a delectable mid-winter treat.
- Sweet Corn (Bicolor and White) Updated on 7-29….we are temporarily out of bushels of corn as we have sold so many and are now between plantings….we may not have enough corn to sell all weekend, so call us to reserve it if you need it.
- Zucchini and Yellow Squash
Large quantities: For those who want to can or freeze this summer, we have started lists for up to bushel sizes of green beams, peppers, pickling cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, peaches and pears and sweet corn. You can add your name when here or call us at 269-244-5690. If you would like to pick your own green beans, they are $16 for pick your own (if we pick they are $30). If you pick green beans and would like to pick extra for the food bank, we’d be grateful! All of our green bean plantings are ready now, so don’t wait too much longer to get green beans.
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: 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! We are finishing the “Duke” berries now this is a large berry, and starting the “Jersey” berry which is a smaller berry. 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 for about 10 more days
- 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/
Becca’s certified organic produce: Kale, eggplant, green beans, slicer tomatoes, “single serving” cabbage, bunching onions, cherry tomatoes, and shishito peppers. Some of this is in limited quantities so please call ahead and place an order if you want any of these items.
Peaches are coming….really, really. Those of you driving by know this since they are turning colors….but….it is truly deceiving, they are getting color but so hard yet. We will pick a few daily now as they ripen, but it is easily another week before we really have them. Patience please!
Many of you have asked why we don’t have U-Pick peaches, we used to do this many years ago, but have frankly found it doesn’t work well for us or for our customers. First, peach trees are more fragile than other fruit so limbs break easily causing damage. Second, the fruit is fragile, and if not picked properly will be bruised and have imprints of your fingers on it when you get home! Since the price would be the same if we pick them or you pick them, you might as well leave it to our professional pickers….if you really want to pick peaches, there are farms in Michigan, mostly on the west side of the state where you can do that. This great website will help you find them: http://www.michiganfarmfun.com/
Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:
- Cookies: Cut Out Sugar, Zucchini Chocolate Chip, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Triple Berry, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, and Oatmeal Raisin.
- Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Rhubarb, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will have fresh Blueberry Glaze Pies and lemon-cream pies available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (Last week, several customers, employees and the UPS man tried their two lemon pie recipes…both were hits with us!)
- 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. We are trying to keep up making our popular Zucchini-Blueberry Bread – definitely try some if you can get your hands on a loaf! They sell out fast.
- 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, Cherry Almond, Pistachio, Wild Berry, Lemon Poppy Seed, Raisin Bran, and Banana Nut
- Donuts: We will have our Cherry, Blueberry and Buttermilk Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, Sunday. We also have our Chocolate Iced Yeast Donuts as well as Bavarian Cream-Filled Long Johns, Raspberry-Filled Bismarks and Cherry Fritters!
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. Made right here, we have Blueberry, Sweet, Strawberry, Dry, and Hopped Hard Ciders for sale in 12 and 22 oz. bottles.We also have Double Cherry Wine, Kaiser Cyser, and Tart Cherry Hard Cider in 750mL bottles. If you’d like to try before you buy, we’ll have free tasting at the market from 1 to 3 on Saturday. 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.
- Meat from Mill Lake Farms, http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/other-products/mill-lake-farm-meats/. We got a large delivery this morning so we now have many cuts of steaks, new pork roasts, beef roasts, and all of the pork and beef cuts we had before. I have been using their all natural, grass fed meat all summer and I have been converted! I am amazed at two things: the flavor and how little, if any fat there is.
- Yogurt from Mattawan Creamery
- Mollie’s Clay Vessels, a Flint based artist who does one of a kind bowls, planters, vases and more
- Unique cards made by 4 area artists
- “Flatware” flowers and lady bugs made by our neighbor Dave
- Honey and maple syrup
- Ruth’s pecan and cashew brittle
- Ladd’s Jalapeno Mustard (made with peppers grown here on the farm!)
- Artisan Cheese from Remy Picot (Benton Harbor)
- Michigan-shaped chairs with matching 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)
Happenings on the farm this week:
This week we began harvesting the 45,000 onions we planted in March. The red onions are done and now harvesting yellow sweet Spanish. We haven’t had a good onion year in several years so we are happy to have a good crop this year. All the onions we grow are sweet. We are hanging the onions on the market as well as in the “onion barn” to start the curing process. Once dry, we will take them back down, clean them and bag them. We also sell them in the bundles, so pick one out as you come in the market, we’ll be happy to get it down for you.
We are also grateful for the Corey Lake Orchards family and so many others that have supported our own employee Terri Kauffman in the past few weeks after her house caught on fire. Terri is back at work and finishing the arduous chore of trying to salvage anything left and clean up. Sadly, they have lost almost everything. If you would like to help, please visit the YouCaring page she has set up. https://www.youcaring.com/terri-kauffman-606706#
Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. And thanks again for helping us with our ‘”too much sweet corn problem!”