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

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.