Blueberries remain in full swing and you’ll see we’ve got you covered every way possible from picked fresh, pick your own, in our blueberry zucchini bread, in a traditional 2-crust pie, a blueberry glaze pie, and Becca has a new blueberry hard cider.
Before we tell you what we have, here’s what we don’t have, yet: sweet corn…it is coming, we hope to have it sometime the week of July 18th. Peaches are several weeks away, so check back the end of July. Until we start the peach harvest, we are not sure how many we will have to sell by the bushel, but for sure will be selling them in small eating quantities. We have started a list, and if you would like to order by the bushel, we can get your name down and call you when we know more.
Becca’s certified organic produce: Lettuce, kale, green beans, slicer tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, “single serving” cabbage, bunching onions 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: The market is full of beautiful summer vegetables now….so whether you are grilling ,sautéing or eating raw, this is the time of the year to enjoy them this fresh. (We pick everything every day, and sometimes more than once if we run out!)
Large quantities: For those who want to can or freeze this summer, we have started lists for up to bushel sizes of green beans, peppers, pickling cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash and tomatoes. You can add your name when here or call us at 269-244-5690.
- Brussel Sprouts
- Cut Flowers
- Fresh Cut or “Cut Your Own” Herbs
- Fresh Dug Potatoes: Yukon Gold, Red Norland and Adirondack Blue
- Field Cucumbers and small picking cukes are coming in daily
- Greenhouse Tomatoes
- Green Beans
- Shell-Out Peas
- Zucchini and Yellow Squash
- 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! In order to allow everyone to have a chance to pick some, we are limiting the picking to 10 pounds per group until more are ready. We are picking “Duke” berries now. 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/
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. PS: the zucchini chocolate chip cookies are Beth’s absolute favorite–you have to try!
- Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Rhubarb, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will have fresh Blueberry Glaze Pies, Chocolate Cream, Peanut Butter Cream, and Choco-Butter Cream available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- 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 Sweet , Strawberry, Dry, and Hopped Hard Ciders for sale in 12 and 22 oz. bottles. This week we debuted our Blueberry Hard Cider, which is full-bodied and rich with sweet blueberry flavor. 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. Bruce is fermenting the cherries for cherry brandy this week, and it was wonderful walking into the distillery and smelling it!
Local Products: We try to offer as many local and Michigan made products as we can.
- 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/. We have acquired a new freezer so you can find the meat easier, and will soon be stocking “take and bake” pies and other goodies. We do have a shortage on some meat items right now (particularly steak) but will have more the last week of July hopefully.
- Yogurt from Mattawan Creamery
- 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)
- 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)
Happenings on the farm this week: After so many days of irrigating, we enjoyed emptying the rain gage a few times this week, but would still love to see a nice soaking rain.
While we have several semis that come during the week to deliver flour, sugar and other bakery staples, we were surprised about another one that came this week exclusively to deliver a huge order of mad-mats. We can’t seem to keep these at the market. So, we now have a “15 bushel” box full, each different, for you to choose from!
This was a heavy harvest week. The heat made cucumbers, squash and green beans come on like crazy….so we picked and picked and lined the baskets up across the market. We’ve posted new recipes next to the squash and cucumbers for you to try while we have so much of these.
The team at Welch’s, who we supply with Niagara grapes for juice, came down to look at our crop and we got an “A.” So far, the grape crop is looking good.
Becca did the first round of garlic harvesting this week. We’ll be selling her garlic once it has cured and planting plenty more for next year. We’re also going to order a few new varieties. Finally, we will have Corey Lake Orchards garlic to offer!
Need your help, or actually, we just need your “stuff.” Corey Lake Orchards and the Huss School Project https://www.hussproject.com/about have partnered together for years. Today we learned from Sarah (who works here at Corey Lake Orchards most often in the bakery and is in charge of this year’s rummage sale) that they don’t have very much coming in. So we are providing the information here for you to take advantage of cleaning out things you no longer need and at the same time, helping a very good cause. The rummage sale will take place at their annual festival, which is a fun thing to attend, and you will find our fruits and veggies there as well! It is July 23rd: https://www.hussproject.com/event/huss-future-festival-2016. Please feel free to call the market and ask for Sarah or leave her a message, she can work with you on getting your stuff from you to the Huss school.
Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.