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

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!