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

When It Rains, It Pours!

Well, if you read last week’s post, you’ll see we asked for a nice soaking rain…and we got it!! When we woke up Tuesday morning, we could hardly believe the rain gages, just over 6 inches. So we understand what the phrase “When it rains it pours” really means! You could almost hear a collective exhale from the orchards and vineyards as they soaked it into their roots. This much needed rain will give a growth boost to pears, plums, apples and grapes. However, so much at once caused some havoc to what we are currently picking, causing fruit skins to actually crack in some melons, peaches and tomatoes. We’ll sort that out and turn them into pies or brandy.

Key produce updates:

Our homegrown sweet corn is finished for the season. We are trying to get some from local farms for the weekends through Labor Day. So call before you come out to see if we were able to get any.  269-244-5690.

Blueberries are finishing up for the year….so sad to have to wait one more year for fresh blueberries again. We will have them for a few more days only 퀘이크2 다운로드.

The tomato story:

  • Tomatoes from the field are finally coming in. We have called everyone who requested “firsts” tomatoes to schedule you for a day to come get them over the next few weeks. If you haven’t received a message or called us back, please do so. Meanwhile we do have “firsts” tomatoes available on the market now on a walk in basis…however, it is always better to call and order them if you can. “Firsts” tomatoes are $19 a bushel or $10 a half bushel.
  • We are working through the orders for “seconds” tomatoes, and are about 1/2 through the list.  Seconds are $14 a bushel, these have blemishes or are misshaped 동방 심비록 다운로드.
  • U-Pick tomatoes: We still hope to have U-Pick tomatoes, probably beginning the last week of August…they will be $15 a bushel. We need to let our fields recover from all of this rain before we open the U-Pick. We have started a list of customers who want to pick tomatoes so we can call you when that opens. Give us a call 269-244-5690 if you want to add your name to the list.

The ever changing peach story:

  • So while we thought we wouldn’t have enough peaches to sell by the bushel, our orchard surprised us again, especially the trees that we planted just 3 years ago by how many they had this year. So…for probably about one week, we have plenty of peaches.  We have several varieties coming in together:  Coral Star, Crest Haven, GloHaven, Loring and Contender. These are all mid-season peaches, freestone, nice sized and very sweet. They are excellent for fresh eating or canning/freezing.
  • Peach pricing is: $48 bushel, $25 1/2 bushel (or 2 pecks), $8.75 1/2 peck and $4.00 a quart. If you want bushels, please give us a call if you can to pre-order and we can have them ready for you.  The bushels are all sorted and are “firsts”, they are not tree-run handbrake.
Many truckloads of peaches coming in!

Many truckloads of peaches coming in!

Cantaloupe-melons: This will probably be the last weekend for these….the small personal size “sugar cube” melons we grow have been so good!

Apples: We have two summer apples:  Jersey Mac and Earli Blaze, with more coming in over the next week. We are thankful to have a good apple crop this year and expect the varieties to be about one week earlier than last year. As we have done in the past several years, we hope to have some U-Pick apples over Labor Day weekend…unless the weather changes that plan. Stay tuned.

Bartlett Pears: We plan to start picking pears sometime the week of August 22. This is an excellent pear for fresh eating or canning 엑스맨 퍼스트 클래스 다운로드. If you want some and are not on our pear list, please call us  269-244-5690.

Stanley Prune Plums: a purple-skin, yellow-fleshed-freestone plum will probably be ready around August 26th.

Concord and Niagara Grapes: We have a great crop of these this year….they will probably be ready around the week of September 19th. Check back with us mid September to see if we have a better idea of when we will open for U-Pick.

Here’s what we have at the market now:

  • Apples–Jersey Mac and Earli Blaze–you are welcome to try both apples while you are here out of the basket, bushels are available as well for $20. Earli Blaze is one of the best pie apples we grow and we use this one plus Northern Spy exclusively in our bakery’s apple pies 웹마 2 다운로드.
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cut Flowers including sunflowers and gladiolus
  • Eggplant–3 different sizes
  • Fresh Cut or “Cut Your Own” Herbs. 
    • We now have plenty of basil and are picking it in larger quantities for making pesto (look in our cooler for it). Some of the other herbs are not plentiful due to heat.
  • Fresh Dug Potatoes: Yukon Gold, Red Norland and Adirondack Blue
    • If you want potatoes by the bushel they are $25, this is about 50 pounds or more….all colors are available, just call ahead to make sure we have them dug for you and please bring something to carry them home in.
  • Field Cucumbers and Small Pickling Cukes
  • Field Tomatoes
  • Peaches
  • Peppers (so many sizes, colors and tastes!)  Check out our snacking peppers 안드로이드 스튜디오 gradle 다운로드!
  • Plums:  Castleton plums available by the quart, an early purple freestone plum
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Watermelon: Seeded, we think they have more flavor than the seedless ones!
  • Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Spaghetti squash

Becca’s certified organic produce: Kale, eggplant, garlic, slicer tomatoes, basil, bunching onions, cherry tomatoes, super sweet snacking peppers, anaheim peppers, ancho poblano peppers, 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. We still have a little garlic left for sale but it’s almost gone 파이어폭스 이미지 일괄 다운로드.garlicres

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies:  frosted Sugar cut outs, 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: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will have Peach Glaze and Raspberry Cream pies 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 StarCraft Map. 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 – due to the popularity we have had to start limiting customers to two loaves on the weekends so that everyone can get some!  Thanks for your understanding.
  • 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 Apple, Pumpkin, and Buttermilk Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, Sunday. That’s right, fall donut flavors are here Killer's Memory! 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, Peck of Peppers, 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 1-3 on Saturday next café video. 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/.
  • 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. Last week, our farm beekeeper Charlotte brought in comb honey. Check it out!
  • 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)

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.