As we reflect on the many traditions this time of year, one legacy is the completion of a successful harvest and the celebration of that. That resonates with us as we are grateful to have our harvests complete and have had the opportunity to share that bounty with our customers.
And for folks celebrating Thanksgiving this week, as you think about your dinner menus, we hope you will consider some of our produce, one of our pies, fresh sage and rosemary and other herbs from our garden…it is incredible how much local produce is still available this time of year. We also invite you to partake in another United States tradition: hard cider. It was a fixture on most winter dinner tables in this country from its founding until Prohibition, but now is regaining popularity. Our hard cider is lower in alcohol than wine, at about 6.5% percent, but has enough acid and tannins to do the job of a Thanksgiving beverage, cleansing and refreshing your palate to get you ready for the next bite, and the next one, and the next one…
We make many varieties of hard cider now, so to help you decide take advantage of three area tastings going on:
- Tasting in our own Brandy House from 1 – 3 on Saturday, hosted by Lincoln again this weekend.
- Come see us at the Riveria Theatre’s Wine Night on Friday, November 18th. It starts at 6pm and we’ll be sampling our wines and ciders, plus you can enjoy others from the area. http://www.trriviera.com/events/holiday-wine-tasting/
- We’ll also be attending the Texas Township Holiday Market this Saturday from 4pm to 7pm. You can sample plus we’ll have other produce offerings. http://www.texastownship.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/TTFM-Holiday-Market-flyer-2016.pdf
We will be open both Saturday and Sunday (19th and 20th) from 11 – 3. We would encourage you to come sooner rather than later for a better selection! After this weekend, we have two more additional times we will be open this year to sell whatever is remaining.
- December 3rd 11 – 3
- December 17th 11 – 3
If you come out to the farm on Saturday, take advantage of the great Norton Elementary Craft show. This show is going on its 36th year! https://www.facebook.com/events/1773446302930714/
Here’s what we still have available:
- All bags of apples are Buy Two Get One Free, can mix and match all varieties. We have several varieties that keep very well for the winter, ask us about these. In fact, we have packed two of our best keeping apples in a peck bag: Fuji–sweet apple along with Pink Lady–a tart apple. Put a bowl of these out and everyone will be happy! See the list of apples still available below**
- Onions—2 bags for $10 (normally $8 bag)
- Winter squash, $20 a bushel — mix up your own (this is about 20 squash)
- Herbs for Thanksgiving. Need any sage, rosemary, etc.? The garden is loaded!
- Becca’s organic produce. Bring fresh spinach, lettuce, kale, carrots, and garlic to your family tables.
- Tasting and tour in the distillery from 1 – 3 pm on Saturday! You can sample almost every one of our products for free, and this week, we have 12 different meads in fermentation for you to look at and learn about, if you’re interested! We won’t be sampling them but it’s a pretty cool science experiment if we do say so ourselves.
- Brandy, wine and our vast selection of hard ciders. A lot of hard cider specials on right now.
- 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)
- Based on popular request, the bakery has also put frozen “take and bake muffins” in the freezer as well
- Pie availability warning! Last weekend, we sold out of the stock of pies the bakery had made to get through the rest of the year….so, this week, more pies were made and the freezer is full again, but we would encourage you to try to get them this weekend or reserve them for a future weekend as we used up all of our flour stock! Pies available for you to bake (with directions!) are: apple, blueberry, cherry, strawberry rhubarb, peach, pecan and pumpkin.
- Maple Syrup and Honey
**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.
- 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.
- Cameo: A sweet apple with a bite to it, nice sized and striped color
- 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.
- 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. (Only a few left.)
Happenings on the farm: We loved the weather this week, especially the hard frost, finally! This helped to finish killing off the grape leaves on the vines so we can start pruning plus kill our summer vegetable plants so we can complete field work We are moving through the apple orchards at a good pace and hope to finish the annual pruning there soon. We have spent two long days this week making cider—lots of it in order to keep Bruce and Becca busy making brandy and hard cider for the future. Our Northern Spy apples make great hard cider, but our cider mill grinder does not like how big they are…so several hands had to help cut the largest ones up, yes the many things behind the scenes we do for you :). And we heard the word snow mentioned in the weather reports, so we are ramping up getting everything under cover, but rest assured, the big slide remains available!
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards wishes you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving. Thanks as always for buying local.