Happy Labor Day Weekend! We will be open all weekend from 8 – 6 every day, including Monday. The market is chock full as both summer and fall produce adorn the shelves, and we will be opening u-pick for apples!
Apples are here!
- Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple. It is a late summer apple which we will only have a short time.
- Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
- Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple. It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh. A favorite for apple sauce.
- Earli-blaze: This is a good cooking or eating apple, and it particularly makes a wonderful apple pie. We sell this apple to bakeries (including our own) for apple pie. (These apples are specially priced at $20 a bushel)
- Honeycrisp: This seems to be many people’s favorite. It is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it. Great for eating fresh or using in salads. We will have some this weekend, sold by the pound only.($2)
- We are opening up U-pick apples this weekend for you to be able to pick your own. The varieties available will be: Gala, Jon-A-Mac, and Mollie’s Delicious. We know that many of you will be around for the weekend and would like to have the “apple picking experience” with your family, especially so the kids can have apples they picked themselves for their lunch box and to give to their teacher!! (Do they still do that??) After this weekend, the U Pick will close again until more apples are ready, please check back for a date probably mid to the end of September.
- Apple picking will be available on Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day Monday, during the hours we are open which is 8 until 6. We need everyone checked out by 6, so you must be in the apple orchard by 5:30 to be able to pick. Please check in at the market to get directions and a bag to pick them in.
- Apple Pricing for the year: Our apple pricing for the year is: With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7.50 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $5 a half-peck, $3 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available The price is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples.
- We have a good crop of apples and have made a forecast on when we think the varieties will be ready. We have copies of this on the market or you can continue to check back on our website where we will keep it updated. Please click here to view this: http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2016-apple-information/.
Grape Update: We will take a sugar sample of grapes the week of 9-12, then hopefully we can determine an opening date for both the purple Concords and the white Niagara’s. Best guess now is the white grapes could be ready the week of 9-19 and the purple grapes the week of 9-26. But it depends on the weather. Before we open, we will want them to be at their full ripeness and sugar content. Please check back with us around September 14th when we get our sugar sample back.
Bartlett pears: The Bartlett pear is a good eating and canning pear, very sweet and juicy. We will have them about one more week. If you have already called us to reserve bushels, you should have received a call that they were ready, if not, please call us or come and get them. If you would still like some, please call the market and let us know how many you would want and we can save them for you. 269-244-5690. Pricing is $29 a bushel, $15 a half bushel, and we also have them in eating size quantities.
You may wonder why the pears are picked and sold green, this is a characteristic of pears. They must ripen off the tree, if not, then they will ripen from the inside out and be mushy. They will easily ripen for you if you will lay them out in a single layer when you get home in a dry, cool place, then wait for them to turn yellow, and enjoy!
- Tomatoes from the field remain plentiful now. We have called everyone on our list to come and get them. If you did not receive a message, please call us and we’ll get your order filled.
- “Firsts” Tomatoes are $19 a bushel or $10 a half bushel.
- “Seconds” Tomatoes (have blemishes or are misshapen) are $14 a bushel… This is great for making sauce, juice or salsa.
- U-Pick Tomatoes are now open and can be picked for $15 a bushel. Please check in at the market for directions and containers.
- How long will they last? We say up until the first frost, but they are in peak production right now so you should try to get them in the next several weeks if you want large quantities.
- We have a few peaches left and hopefully will have them through the weekend. They are Coral Stars, freestone and sweet. We no longer have bushels, but have them by the peck, 1/2 peck and quart. Updated 9-2-16.
Stanley Prune Plums: a purple-skin, yellow-fleshed-freestone plum we plan to start picking on September 2nd.
Here’s what we have at the market now:
- Apples–Earli Blaze, Gala, Mollie’s Delicious, Jon A Mac and Honeycrisp
- Brussels Sprouts
- Eggplant–3 different sizes
- Fresh Cut or “Cut Your Own” Herbs.
- We now have plenty of specialty basil as well as organic Genovese 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. Plus we finally have cilantro!
- 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. We have been unable to get to them with the rains but hope to harvest them on 9-2 again.
- Field Cucumbers and Small Pickling Cukes
- Field Tomatoes
- Peppers (so many sizes, colors and tastes!) Check out our chocolate habanero!
- Plums: Stanley Prune plums
- Onions–We are now bagging them in the red mesh bags
- Specialty onions: Red Torpedo Tropea, Red Marble Cippolini, and Borrettana Cippolini are in. These are incredible for cooking or roasting
- Watermelon: Seeded, we think they have more flavor than the seedless ones!
- Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Spaghetti squash
- Winter Squash
Becca’s certified organic produce: Kale, Eggplant, Slicer Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, Bunching Onions, Super Sweet Snacking Peppers, Anaheim Peppers, Poblano (Ancho) Peppers, Shishito Peppers, and Personal Cabbage. Some of this is in limited quantities so please call ahead and place an order if you want any of these items.
Bakery Update: Look for our “take and bake” pies for you to stock up on in your freezer (for you to indulge in) or keep to share for the holidays. If you cannot find them, please ask and we will get them for you! As we work to stock up, please feel free to order and we can get them ready. “Take and bake” pie choices are all large-9″ pies and available flavors are: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry, Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb.
We will be making our famous pear pie very soon, just waiting for the pears to ripen a bit more….
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, and Ginger Molasses.
- Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry, Peach and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will have Peach Glaze 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. 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, 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. and Monday for the holiday. We also have our Chocolate Iced Yeast Donuts as well as Bavarian Cream-Filled Long Johns, Raspberry-Filled Bismarks and Apple Fritters!
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, we have 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)
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 also have Blueberry, Sweet, Strawberry, Dry, Peck of Peppers, and Hopped Hard Ciders for sale in 12 and 22 oz. bottles. We also have Peach Polecat, Black Cherry Polecat, Cherry Wine, Kaiser Cyser, and Tart Cherry Hard Cider in 750mL bottles.
Happenings on the farm this week:
Apples: The apple harvest has started! This week our crew picked most of the Gala, in order to get them off the tree while at their peak ripeness. This apple doesn’t like a lot of rain, and with the un-ending showers of late, we wanted to get them before they began to crack. Again, thanks to our wonderful crew who endured the down pours to get them harvested.
We began readying the cider mill–anticipate having cider by mid-September.
We worked on our sunflower maze—if all goes well tomorrow, we will have it open on Saturday. This is a small children’s maze, for toddlers up to around 8 years old, but last year we found our pumpkin maze was enjoyed by all ages….See more information below**
Three River’s Harmony Fest is this weekend. This is a great event, great music and you can enjoy our hard ciders there! It is open from 1pm – 10:30 pm….for more info go to: https://www.facebook.com/HarmonyFest/events
Here’s hoping you have a safe and great weekend and we hope to see you at the farm.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.
**Sunflower Maze Trail information:
- Enjoy stories about sunflowers
- Find fun activity stops
- Enter your name for weekly prize giveaways!
Entrance into the maze is free with any $10 purchase at the market. Upon your purchase, you will be given a ticket for entrance. Please fill this out with your name, email address and phone number and place it in the box at the entrance. We will do a drawing once a week for various prizes from our market!
Information for Adults:
- Please pick up a map of the trail if you would like to see how to get through it and where the activity spots are
- No children are to be unattended in the trail. An adult must be supervising at all times
- Please help us put each of the activity stations back in order so they’re ready for the next person when you leave
- Please be careful walking through the maze as there are many natural hazards (an occasional rock, an uneven surface, a honey bee, etc.).
- Due to uneven surface, strollers will not easily go through the walkway, wagons will
- Please stay on the path and the mowed grass
- Please do not take food or drinks into the area (you will only invite a bee to want to come with you!)
- No pets, please
- Absolutely no smoking anywhere on our farm.
- You may peek into our greenhouse and hoop house structures from a distance, but please do not go in them. There is important farm work happening and they are closed to the public
- Please watch for vehicles when crossing the driveway to the entrance
- We close at 6 pm, so please be out of the trail by 5:45