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

December: Still Full of Fresh, Local Produce

December brings two more Saturdays where we have set hours for you to still pick up items here.  Please find us in the bakery during these hours where there is heat!

Don't let a little snow stop you from coming over our last two Saturdays!

Don’t let a little snow stop you from coming over our last two Saturdays!

  • December 3rd 11 – 3
  • December 17th 11 – 3

Below is a list of what we still have available, so whether you need to just restock, get some fresh produce, or do some serious holiday shopping, we’re ready to help. Here’s some gift suggestions for someone you work with, teachers, coaches, friends or family, the hostess gift you have to take, or gifting yourself!

  • A bottle of our most popular brandy:  oak-aged apple
  • A mixed-variety 4-pack of hard ciders
  • A bottle of wine (sweet, spicy Double Cherry is wonderful this time of year)
  • A peck of Fuji and Pink Lady apples–mixed in one bag–the best of both sweet and tart keeping apples
  • A jar of local honey
  • A bag of Ruth’s famous pecan or cashew brittle
  • A frozen pie to take-and-bake to family gatherings
  • Not sure?  Get a gift certificate!

This time of year often comes with tempting food choices, and that still includes fresh local produce even in December. We find ourselves using kale and spinach just-picked from Becca’s hoophouse in almost everything we cook. Another easy treat is leaving a pretty bowl filled with apples out as a holiday decoration and also as a quick grab-and-go snack!

What is available on our two remaining Saturdays, or…if you can’t make it, email or call us for an appointment.  (269-244-5690):

  • 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…Need any sage, rosemary, etc.? The garden is loaded!  Can just brush the snow off and pick!
  • Becca’s organic produce. Bring fresh spinach, lettuce, kale, carrots, radishes, and garlic to your family tables.
  • Tasting in the market area from 1 – 3 pm on Saturday! You can sample almost every one of our products for free.
  • 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” and “take and bake muffins” in the bakery freezer–sorry but we only have apple pies left — but it is our famous Northern Spy pie!
  • 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
  • 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:

Realizing that today is December 1, means we are at the end of another year again. Maybe it’s just the business of the farm, or maybe you feel it in your own lives, time seems stuck in high gear. While we have a break from our normal daily field work, harvesting and retail operations, the tasks of pruning, trimming, putting everything into storage are looming large. We know we must take advantage of each  “good weather” day, knowing that the inevitable winter blast will put the brakes on our progress. The mountain of office work that has piled up, always with good intentions of tackling at the end of a long busy day during the season, is now a high priority.  Reports are overdue,  accountants want information, production records must be completed and so the dreaded office work is in full force.  And even planning for the next season is in first gear, which is perhaps why I dreamed last night that I didn’t get the sweet corn seeds ordered on time!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards hopes you have a great season. Thanks as always for buying local.