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

Monthly Archive: October 2016

“Stock Up for the Season” Specials, Free Corn Maze, and More!

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”
Frank Herbert, Author

So while we have announced our final full day for the 2016 season (November 5th–see info below*), we like to think we’re just putting a bookmark in place for a while. It’s hard saying goodbye to our many customers and not seeing you all winter. But we love staying in touch with you via emails and Facebook posts.

And to be honest….we are ready for the farm to be at a slower pace for a bit and a chance to curl up the by fire every now and then. The apple harvest was completed this past weekend with the picking of the Pink Lady trees—and we finally exhaled! We have started pruning the apple trees already, winterizing equipment and putting the fields to bed for another year.

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This is the last weekend we will be open from 8 to 6 on Saturday and Sunday and there are plenty of good reasons to make a trip out to the farm this Halloween weekend.

Here’s some special offerings for this weekend:

  • Large corn maze free for everyone
  • All half bushels of apples are Buy Two Get One Free , so it is 1 and 1/2 bushels for $24. Can mix and match all varieties. We have several varieties that keep very well for the winter, ask us about these. If this is still too many apples, then give a bag to a sports team, a school group or donate to a food bank. We send apples weekly to area food banks, if you don’t want your free bag you can live it in our food bank bin for next week’s delivery. See the list of apples still available below**
  • Free glasses of cold or hot cider, or coffee to go with $5 or more in bakery purchases (always good with donuts!)
  • All pumpkins your choice for $3 each, picked or u-pick. We want all of our pumpkins to have a family for Halloween. 🙂 Pie Pumpkins and gourds on sale as well.
  • Crista’s painted pumpkins 1/2 price
  • Onions–2 bags for $10 (normally $8 bag)
  • Hard Cider: $12 six-packs and 22 oz. ciders two for $7
  • A “spirited” tasting and tour in the Brandy building, 1 – 3 pm
  • Some of the staff dressed in Halloween costumes
  • Trick or treating stations set up in the market and the bakery–wearing a costume will get you a free cake donut all weekend!
  • A chance for fall pictures by the old white pumpkin truck and other great spots (great for Halloween or Thanksgiving cards or FB posts)
  • More trips down the famous big slide
Still lots of pumpkins to choose from!

Still lots of pumpkins to choose from!

 U-Pick opportunities:   

    • U-Pick Apples –we are now into “end of season gleaning” for $5 a bushel–what is left on the tree or on the ground–warning:  there are not many left…need ladders and a lot of perseverance!
    • U-Pick Grapes–still plenty of purple Concord and a few white Niagara left)
    • U-Pick Pumpkins (beware of mud due to this week’s rain)

Other items available:

    • Bakery goodies: donuts, apple dumplings, pies, and more
    • Winter squash, $20 a bushel — mix up your own (this is about 20 squash)
    • Many local products: cards, honey, maple syrup
    • Becca’s organic produce (with some help from our friend Wendy)
    • Brandy, wine and our vast selection of hard ciders. FYI: The Local, a delightful bar and restaurant in Centreville, now sells our hard cider. If you’re looking for a really pleasant local-oriented place to meet up with friends, we recommend them! A great selection of Michigan drinks and dinners.
    • Regular sweet cider, this could be our best pressing this week–we had so many sweet apples in it!  If you want cider to freeze or for Halloween gatherings, ask about our over 10 gallon special for $5.25 a gallon vs. the regular $6 gallon pricing.  We will press sweet cider for the last time  this season on Tuesday November1st and have available through November 5th
The faces behind how our cider gets jugged:  Amy, Jarod and Christopher

The faces behind how our cider gets jugged: Amy, Jarod and Christopher

**Varieties of apples  still available:

  • Fuji: Our late Fuji are now in! Fantastic sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content, an incredibly good keeper. Stays for weeks without being refrigerated.**Below see information on how to best store apples.
  • Pink Lady: a fairly new apple to Michigan, hard tart apple with a beautiful pink cheek. Keeps well.
  • Golden Supreme:  Firm cream colored flesh that provides a sweet juicy flavor.  Excellent for drying, baking and making cider. Keeps very well.
  • Red Rome: Very red, round apple that looks just like it came out of a storybook. Has a mild, sweet flavor, popular for baking because it holds flavor  and shape well.  Good keeper.
  • Braeburn: Sweet with a hint of tart and a firmness that stores well. Very versatile apple that bakes well and great for fresh eating.
  • Cortland: A hint of tartness makes this a great baking variety, A descendent of the McIntosh, this variety is a bit sweeter than its ancestor. Juices really well. (almost all gone)
  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples. (almost all gone)
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying:  Spy’s for pies. We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.  (almost all gone)
  • Golden Delicious:  A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It’s the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness. (just a few left)–almost gone
  • 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.
Please take advantage of our apple bag special!

Please take advantage of our apple bag special!

Apple Pricing for the year: 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. Special Buy 2 half bushels….get one half bushel free, so….1 and 1/2 bushels for $24 on all varieties. 

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards wishes you a safe Halloween and we hope to see you this weekend!  Thanks for buying local!

Brenda and Amber

Brenda and Amber enjoying the photo opportunities.

Many of you have noticed a familiar but new face around this past month at the market, a face that looks a lot like Beth’s!  Co-owner Brenda Hubbard, Beth’s sister is here from Florida to lend a much needed set of helping hands. Sometimes you have also seen her daughter Amber during college breaks from Ohio Wesleyan University, where she is a junior.

*Post-regular season hours and product availability:

Our official closing date for the year will be Saturday November 5, we will be open our normal hours of 8 to 6 that day.

This year, we are going to open for some partial days to allow customers to stock up on their holiday or winter needs. Here are the days and hours:

  • Saturday November 12th 11 – 3
  • Sunday November 13th 11 – 3
  • Saturday November 19th 11 – 3
  • Sunday November 20th 11 – 3
  • December 3rd 11 – 3
  • December 17th 11-3

Here’s what we plan to make available (until they run out!)

  • Baked goods: frozen take and bake pies (if you want to pre-order for Thanksgiving or Christmas and have us store in our freezer and pickup on one of the weekends we are open closer to when you need them, we are happy to do that)
  • Produce: apples, squash, onions and potatoes (until they run out!)
  • Organics: kale, lettuce, spinach, radishes, sometimes carrots and onions or other things
  • Alcohol products: hard cider, brandy, wine
  • Other: honey, maple syrup, possibly some meat

Can check website or call for what we have available. Also, in case of severe snow or winter storms, call ahead to make sure we are open.

***Storing Apples:

Apples are best kept in your refrigerator, preferably the crisper drawer or in an unsealed plastic bag. Refrigerate apples separately from vegetables because apples naturally release small amounts of ethylene gas that can be damaging to lettuce and other produce. If you have a root cellar, you can keep larger amounts there if it is cool, dry and dark.

For every 10 degrees above 30°F, the apples’ lifespan decreases dramatically. You do not want the apples’ temperature to fall below 30°F, however, because that will make them freeze and turn to mush when they’re thawed. Their cell walls will all collapse. Therefore, apples are best stored somewhere around 30-35°F, in a humid environment.

If storing apples in the fridge, place them inside a crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the apples. Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer with aforementioned damp paper towel, or else keep them in perforated plastic bags in a cold shed or cellar.

There is trust to that old adage: “One bad apple rots the whole bunch.” Apples give off a lot of ethylene gas, and so just one bruised and rotting apple will give off enough to swiftly ripen (and rot) the others. If you have any bruises or soft spots on an apple, set it aside for eating. Don’t store with the other apples.

Ultimately, if you’re planning on storing a lot of apples for the winter, look for firm, long-lasting apples. These are usually thick-skinned, tart apples.  We recommend storing Rome,. Pink Lady or Fuji, properly stored they will last until spring.

 

 

 

Fall Produce Abounds, with U-Pick Apples/Grapes/Pumpkins Still Going Strong!

This weekend we will have:

    • U-Pick Apples –we are now into “end of season gleaning” for $5 a bushel–what is left on the tree or on the ground
    • U-Pick Grapes–still plenty (purple Concord and white Niagara, see info below)
    • U-Pick Pumpkins–great selection left
    • Mazes: our large corn maze as well as our small children’s sunflower maze
    • Bakery goodies: donuts, apple dumplings, pies, and more
    • Brandy, hard cider, and wine, with free tastings and distillery tours: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday
    • Wonderful autumn decorations to enjoy with great places for photos
    • The market overflowing with all things fall: apples, squash, onions, cider (get your squash for the winter), plenty of peppers, eggplant, etc. left with beautiful fall cauliflower coming in
    • Many local products: cards, art, yogurt, honey, maple syrup, beautiful painted pumpkins
    • Becca’s organic produce (with some help from our friend Wendy)
    • Brandy, wine and our vast selection of hard ciders
Did you know the Cortland apples used in the apple dumplings are hand selected to fit in the pan!  Thanks Patti and Michaela for doing that for us!

Did you know the Cortland apples used in the apple dumplings are hand selected to fit in the pan? Thanks Patti and Michaela for doing that for us!

Closing Date Information: Many of you have been asking how long we will be open for the season, we have decided that our last official day will be Saturday, November 5th, with our normal hours of 8 until 6. Many of you have also requested we open every now and then for you to replenish your stock, so we are going to open some reduced hours on some weekends, for you to get produce, frozen pies, honey, maple syrup and our distillery/cidery products. See the schedule and additional information below*****

**Varieties of apples available:

  • Fuji: Our late Fuji are now in! Fantastic sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content, an incredibly good keeper. Stays for weeks without being refrigerated.**Below see information on how to best store apples.
  • Golden Supreme:  Firm cream colored flesh that provides a sweet juicy flavor.  Excellent for drying, baking and making cider.  Keeps very well.
  • Red Rome: Very red, round apple that looks just like it came out of a storybook. Has a mild, sweet flavor, popular for baking because it holds flavor  and shape well.
  • Braeburn: Sweet with a hint of tart and a firmness that stores well. Very versatile apple that bakes well and great for fresh eating.
  • Cortland: A hint of tartness makes this a great baking variety, A descendent of the McIntosh, this variety is a bit sweeter than its ancestor. Juices really well. (almost gone)
  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying:  Spy’s for pies. We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery. ***Would encourage you to let these mellow a bit before using…they are just picked and quite firm.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • Golden Delicious:  A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It’s the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness. (just a few left)–almost gone
  • 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.
With the Red Romes picked this week, we only have the Pink Lady's yet to come--we can see the end!

With the Red Romes picked this week, we only have the Pink Lady’s yet to come–we can see the end!

Apples Specials:  Red Delicious. Jonathan and Cortland. Buy 2 half bushels ($24) and get another 1/2 bushel free (can mix and match).

Apple Pricing for the year: 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. . Please click here to view this: http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2016-apple-information/.

*Grape Update:

  • White Niagara grapes and Purple Concord grapes now ready for picking
  • We are open for late picking on Tuesdays and Thursdays (must be finished picking by 8 p.m.).
  • Grape Availability: We still have plenty of both colors of grapes and expect to have them up until the first hard frost, after which the quality goes downhill somewhat fast.

If you are coming to pick grapes, please bring clippers, scissors, 5 gallon buckets and small wagons if you have them.  Some of our rows are very long!

  • Pricing will be the same as last year: U-Pick Pricing for both color grapes is the following, please note we sell them by the pound, and consider a five-gallon pail or a 1/2 bushel basket to be 20 pounds.
    • 40 cents a pound for 20 pounds or less, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel= $8
    • 21 to 100 pounds: 35 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $7
    • Over 100 pounds; 25 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel=$5

*U-Pick Pumpkins: Still beautiful pumpkins to pick and great photo opportunities! Check in at the market first for directions…and do remember this is a real pumpkin patch where there will no doubt be some mud (lots this weekend), a few weeds, some poky pumpkin vines—so dress accordingly for the experience!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and we look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Post-regular season hours and product availability:

Our official closing date for the year will be Saturday November 5th, we will be open our normal hours of 8 to 6 that day.

This year, we are going to open for some partial days to allow customers to stock up on their holiday or winter needs. Here are the days and hours:

  • Saturday November 12th 11 – 3
  • Sunday November 13th 11 – 3
  • Saturday November 19th 11 – 3
  • Sunday November 20th 11 – 3
  • December 3rd 11 – 3
  • December 17th 11-3

Here’s what we plan to make available (until they run out!)

  • Baked goods: frozen take and bake pies (if you want to pre-order for Thanksgiving or Christmas and have us store in our freezer and pickup on one of the weekends we are open closer to when you need them, we are happy to do that)
  • Produce: apples, squash, onions and potatoes (until they run out!)
  • Organics: kale, lettuce, spinach, radishes, sometimes carrots and onions or other things
  • Alcohol products: hard cider, brandy, wine
  • Other: honey, maple syrup, possibly some meat

Can check website or call for what we have available. Also, in case of severe snow or winter storms, call ahead to make sure we are open.

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Kale and spinach in the hoophouse for winter harvesting.

***Storing Apples:

Apples are best kept in your refrigerator, preferably the crisper drawer or in an unsealed plastic bag. Refrigerate apples separately from vegetables because apples naturally release small amounts of ethylene gas that can be damaging to lettuce and other produce. If you have a root cellar, you can keep larger amounts there if it is cool, dry and dark.

For every 10 degrees above 30°F, the apples’ lifespan decreases dramatically. You do not want the apples’ temperature to fall below 30°F, however, because that will make them freeze and turn to mush when they’re thawed. Their cell walls will all collapse. Therefore, apples are best stored somewhere around 30-35°F, in a humid environment.

If storing apples in the fridge, place them inside a crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the apples. Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer with aforementioned damp paper towel, or else keep them in perforated plastic bags in a cold shed or cellar.

There is trust to that old adage: “One bad apple rots the whole bunch.” Apples give off a lot of ethylene gas, and so just one bruised and rotting apple will give off enough to swiftly ripen (and rot) the others. If you have any bruises or soft spots on an apple, set it aside for eating. Don’t store with the other apples.

Ultimately, if you’re planning on storing a lot of apples for the winter, look for firm, long-lasting apples. These are usually thick-skinned, tart apples.  We recommend storing Rome or Fuji, properly stored they will last until spring.

Corn Maze, Market, U-Pick Still Open for a Few More Weeks!

We  thank everyone who made it out to the farm last weekend and especially those that came to our special Fall Color Tour activities on Sunday. We loved seeing everyone picking and having fun out in the vineyards, the apple orchard, the pumpkin patch, running through our corn maze and sitting out on the farm enjoying donuts and cider and visiting our distillery tasting and tours. And a huge thank you to the entire Corey Lake Orchards staff who worked so many hours to make it a great weekend. We’ll take that picture perfect weather every weekend!

An annual family outing to pick grapes--having fun too

An annual family outing to pick grapes–having fun too

This weekend we will have:

    • U-Pick Apples (see info below)

      Another load of pumpkins coming in from the patch, you can pick them also!

      Another load of pumpkins coming in from the patch, you can pick them also!

    • U-Pick Grapes (Purple Concord and White Niagara, see info below)
    • U-Pick Pumpkins
    • Mazes: our large corn maze as well as our small children’s sunflower maze
    • Bakery goodies: donuts, apple dumplings, pies, and more
    • Brandy, hard cider, and wine tasting, as well as distillery tours: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday
    • Wonderful autumn decorations to enjoy with great places for photos
    • The market overflowing with all things fall: apples, squash, onions, cider
    • Many local products: cards, art, yogurt, honey, maple syrup, beautiful painted pumpkins
    • Becca’s organic produce (with some help from our friend Wendy)
    • Brandy, wine and our vast selection of hard ciders
    • Corey Lake Orchards logo shirts! Finally, $10/short sleeve or $12/long sleeve. We haven’t done this in a few years and we’ve got plenty of sizes right now for anyone who wants one. We also have “Apples and Donuts and Cider, Oh MI!” shirts for $20. (Ignore those yellow squares – they’re just sticky notes with pricing!)
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    • A cash/check only check-out station. We apologize for some of the weekend lines that tend to happen…this is caused by the credit card chip readers taking longer to process than the days before the chip!!  So if you want to speed thru quicker, bring cash or a check!
Christa's painted pumpkins and gourds, too cute!

Christa’s painted pumpkins and gourds, too cute!

We picked lots of mini-pumpkin gourds for your parties or to paint yourself

We picked lots of mini-pumpkin gourds for your parties or to paint yourself

Closing Date Information: Many of you have been asking how long we will be open for the season, we have decided that our last official day will be Saturday, November 5th, with our normal hours of 8 until 6. Many of you have also requested we open every now and then for you to replenish your stock, so we are going to open some reduced hours on some weekends, for you to get produce, frozen pies, honey, maple syrup and our distillery/cidery products. See the schedule and additional information below*****

**Varieties of apples available:

  • Fuji: Our late Fuji are now in! Fantastic sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content, an incredibly good keeper. Stays for weeks without being refrigerated.**Below see information on how to best store apples.
  • Cortland: A hint of tartness makes this a great baking variety, A descendent of the McIntosh, this variety is a bit sweeter than its ancestor. Juices really well.
  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying:  Spy’s for pies. We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery. ***Would encourage you to let these mellow a bit before using…they are just picked and quite firm.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • Golden Delicious:  A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It’s the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness. (just a few left)
  • 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.
  • Nu-Red: Crisp, tart, hard, crunchy apple, an improved version of a Red Rome. These are almost gone for the year.

We have two apples yet to harvest:  Red Romes and Pink Lady.  We will be picking the Romes this next week.

As we complete the harvest, we are finding that with some varieties exceeding our estimates, we are running out of cold storage space. So we are offering specials on Gala, Red Delicious and Cortland. Buy 2 half bushels ($24) and get another 1/2 bushel free (can mix and match).

We also were surprised when we picked our last block of Honeycrisp that there were so many, so we have reduced the pricing on those to be: $2/lb , 1/2 peck (4 pounds) for $6, 1 peck (8 lbs for $12) or 1/2 bushels (16 lbs) for $20. This is an exceptional apple at great pricing so come take advantage of our bumper crop specials.

Apple Pricing for the year: 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. . Please click here to view this: http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2016-apple-information/.

Rachel and Terri have done a great job of helping everyone with U-Pick apples and U-Pick grapes, thanks ladies!

Rachel and Terri have done a great job of helping everyone with U-Pick apples and U-Pick grapes, thanks ladies!

*U-Pick Apples are open and available during our normal hours of 8 to 6 (must be out of the orchard by 5:45). You will be driving to the orchards–so when you arrive, please have one person come into the market to get directions and information and you’ll be on your way. This is our last weekend for U-Pick apples as we are winding down the harvest. Here’s what we have left in the orchard to pick:

  • Red Delicious
  • Golden Delicious
  • Jonathon
  • Cameo
  • Fuji
  • Northern Spy

On Monday October 17th, we will open several of the orchards for end of year “gleaning.”  You may pick apples off the ground or off the trees for $5 a bushel for what is remaining. This is a great and economical way to get animal apples, apple sauce apples, cider making, etc. This year, there are plenty of apples left for gleaning, but…you need to be a bit diligent and able to get some of them from the tops of the trees. Please bring your own ladders as well as containers to put them in. We will loan you baskets to measure them.

*Grape Update:

  • White Niagara grapes and Purple Concord grapes now ready for picking
  • We are open for late picking on Tuesdays and Thursdays (must be finished picking by 8 p.m.).
  • Grape Availability: We still have plenty of both colors of grapes and expect to have them up until the first hard frost, after which the quality goes downhill somewhat fast.

If you are coming to pick grapes, please bring clippers, scissors, 5 gallon buckets and small wagons if you have them.  Some of our rows are very long!

  • Pricing will be the same as last year: U-Pick Pricing for both color grapes is the following, please note we sell them by the pound, and consider a five-gallon pail or a 1/2 bushel basket to be 20 pounds.
    • 40 cents a pound for 20 pounds or less, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel= $8
    • 21 to 100 pounds: 35 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $7
    • Over 100 pounds; 25 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel=$5

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes both white Niagara and purple Concord, they are $26 a bushel, $14 half bushel, please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.

*U-Pick Pumpkins: Still beautiful pumpkins to pick and great photo opportunities! Check in at the market first for directions…and do remember this is a real pumpkin patch where there will no doubt be some mud (lots this weekend), a few weeds, some poky pumpkin vines—so dress accordingly for the experience!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and we look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Post-regular season hours and product availability:

Our official closing date for the year will be Saturday November 5th, we will be open our normal hours of 8 to 6 that day.

This year, we are going to open for some partial days to allow customers to stock up on their holiday or winter needs. Here are the days and hours:

  • Saturday November 12th 11 – 3
  • Sunday November 13th 11 – 3
  • Saturday November 19th 11 – 3
  • Sunday November 20th 11 – 3
  • December 3rd 11 – 3
  • December 17th 11-3

Here’s what we plan to make available (until they run out!)

  • Baked goods: frozen take and bake pies (if you want to pre-order for Thanksgiving or Christmas and have us store in our freezer and pickup on one of the weekends we are open closer to when you need them, we are happy to do that.)
  • Produce: apples, squash, onions and potatoes (until they run out!)
  • Organic Produce: kale, lettuce, spinach, sometimes carrots and onions or other things
  • Alcohol products: hard cider, brandy, wine
  • Other: honey, maple syrup

Can check website or call for what we have available. Also, in case of severe snow or winter storms, call ahead to make sure we are open.

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Kale and spinach in the hoophouse for winter harvesting.

***Storing Apples:

Apples are best kept in your refrigerator, preferably the crisper drawer or in an unsealed plastic bag. Refrigerate apples separately from vegetables because apples naturally release small amounts of ethylene gas that can be damaging to lettuce and other produce. If you have a root cellar, you can keep larger amounts there if it is cool, dry and dark.

For every 10 degrees above 30°F, the apples’ lifespan decreases dramatically. You do not want the apples’ temperature to fall below 30°F, however, because that will make them freeze and turn to mush when they’re thawed. Their cell walls will all collapse. Therefore, apples are best stored somewhere around 30-35°F, in a humid environment.

If storing apples in the fridge, place them inside a crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the apples. Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer with aforementioned damp paper towel, or else keep them in perforated plastic bags in a cold shed or cellar.

There is trust to that old adage: “One bad apple rots the whole bunch.” Apples give off a lot of ethylene gas, and so just one bruised and rotting apple will give off enough to swiftly ripen (and rot) the others. If you have any bruises or soft spots on an apple, set it aside for eating. Don’t store with the other apples.

Ultimately, if you’re planning on storing a lot of apples for the winter, look for firm, long-lasting apples. These are usually thick-skinned, tart apples.  We recommend storing Rome or Fuji, properly stored they will last until spring.

U-Pick Grapes/Apples/Pumpkins, Cider, Donuts, and the Annual Fall Color Tour!

We have been busy bees this week, trying to complete the apple and grape harvest, on top of getting ready for one of our favorite annual events, Sunday’s Fall Color Tour. So, we’re going to make this update short and sweet so you know about all the great things happening. What’s available this weekend?  First, it looks like great weather, yeah, we’ll take it!

Bin after bin of Golden Delicious being picked

Bin after bin of Golden Delicious being picked

All weekend we will have:

  • U-Pick Apples (see info below)
  • U-Pick Grapes (Purple Concord and White Niagara, see info below)
  • U-Pick Pumpkins
  • Mazes: our large corn maze as well as our small children’s sunflower maze
  • Bakery goodies: donuts, apple dumplings, pies, and more
  • Brandy, hard cider, and wine tasting, as well as distillery tours: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday
  • Wonderful autumn decorations to enjoy with great places for photo’s
  • The market overflowing with all things fall: apples, squash, onions, cider
  • Many local products: cards, art, yogurt, honey, maple syrup, beautiful painted pumpkins
  • Becca’s organic produce (with some help from our friend Wendy)
  • Brandy, wine and our vast selection of hard ciders
  • A cash/check only check-out station. We apologize for some of the weekend lines that tend to happen….this is caused by the credit card chip readers taking longer to process than the days before the chip!!  So if you want to speed thru quicker, bring cash or a check!

Sunday is the annual Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour. While the trees may not be in full fall color, for sure you will find many fall colors at our farm and fun things to do. Our farm is one of many venues on the route, and we’ll be open from 8-6 as usual with the following special events:

  • Birds of Prey exhibit–1 to 3 (weather permitting). See eagles, owls, falcons, merlins, and other rescue birds and meet the falconers who work with them.
  • Live music throughout the afternoon
  • Local art fair from 11am-5pm
  • Cotton Candy machine in the back of our market
  • Camzie’s Pizza on site. This is a brick oven pizza truck with absolutely delicious pizza that only takes a few minutes to cook. Becca gets pizza from them every time she goes to the Texas Township Farmer’s Market and we’re happy they’re joining us at the color tour.
  • Distillery tours and tastings from 1pm – 3pm
  • Emerald eCycling doing free used/broken electronics collection from 11pm-4pm at the schoolhouse
  • Free cider and produce samples all day

For more information about all of the local activities, click here:.  http://trchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/2016-Brochure-small.pdf

**Varieties of apples available:

  • Cortland: A hint of tartness makes this a great baking variety, A descendent of the McIntosh, this variety is a bit sweeter than its ancestor. Juices really well.
  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying:  Spy’s for pies. We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery. ***Would encourage you to let these mellow a bit before using…they are just picked and quite firm.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • Fuji:  Our late Fuji we will be picking soon.
  • Golden Delicious:  A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It’s the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • JonaGold: Superbly crisp and juicy with shades of tart and sweet in each apple, very large and aromatic.  Cross between a Jonathan and Golden Delicious.  These are almost gone for the year.
  • 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.
  • Nu-Red: Crisp, tart, hard, crunchy apple, an improved version of a Red Rome.  These are almost gone for the year.
  • Mutsu: Moderately sweet flavor with firm, juicy, and creamy, white flesh.  Excellent for eating, sauce, juice and baking, stores well. Very few left.
  • Ida Red: Eat fresh or for cooking, taste is both tangy and tart. Flesh is white, crisp and juicy. Texture holds up well when baked.  Very few left.

As we complete the harvest, we are finding that with some varieties exceeding our estimates, we are running out of cold storage space. So we are offering specials on Gala, Red Delicious and Cortland. Buy 2 half bushels ($24) and get another 1/2 bushel free (can mix and match).

We also were surprised when we picked our last block of Honeycrisp that there were so many, so we have reduced the pricing on those to be: $2/lb , 1/2 peck (4 pounds) for $6, 1 peck (8 lbs for $12) or 1/2 bushels (16 lbs) for $20. This is an exceptional apple at great pricing so come take advantage of our bumper crop specials.

Apple Pricing for the year: 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. . Please click here to view this: http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2016-apple-information/.

*U-Pick Apples are open and available during our normal hours of 8 to 6 (must be out of the orchard by 5:45). You will be driving to the orchards–so when you arrive, please have one person come into the market to get directions and information and you’ll be on your way. (We’ve seen very unhappy children who get out of the car excited to pick, only to have to return to the car and drive to the orchard!). The varieties you can pick now are:

    • Red Delicious
    • Golden Delicious
    • Cameo (still ripening, need to pick only those that are ready)
    • Cortland
    • Fuji (still ripening, need to pick only those that are ready)
    • Jonathan
    • Ida Red
    • Mutsu
    • Northern Spy

*Grape Update:

  • White Niagara grapes and Purple Concord grapes now ready for picking
  • We are open for late picking on Tuesdays and Thursdays (must be finished picking by 8 p.m.).
  • Grape Availability: We expect to have Concord grapes up until the first frost. We hope to have Niagara grapes until mid-October, but it will depend on how many people come out to pick and how fast they go.  So far, we still have plenty left

If you are coming to pick grapes, please bring clippers, scissors, 5 gallon buckets and small wagons if you have them.  Some of our rows are very long!

  • Pricing will be the same as last year: U-Pick Pricing for both color grapes is the following, please note we sell them by the pound, and consider a five-gallon pail or a 1/2 bushel basket to be 20 pounds.
    • 40 cents a pound for 20 pounds or less, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel= $8
    • 21 to 100 pounds: 35 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $7
    • Over 100 pounds; 25 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel=$5

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes both white Niagara and purple Concord, they are $26 a bushel, $14 half bushel, please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.

*U-Pick Pumpkins: Okay, you’ve asked for this, so we’re doing it.  Check in at the market first for directions….and do remember this is a real pumpkin patch where there will no doubt be some mud (lots this weekend), a few weeds, some poky pumpkin vines—so dress accordingly for the experience!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and we look forward to seeing you this weekend!