So this Saturday, December 17th, is our last “official” day we are open for 2016, from 11 to 3. Please find us in the bakery during these hours where there is heat! This picture is the current winter-like state of the farm and market area, which means getting in and out could be tricky. The current forecast for Saturday is calling for freezing rain. Everyone’s safety is of the utmost concern to us. If the conditions are too bad to be out, please don’t try. Call us and we’ll set up a time to meet you on a better day.
If the roads are drivable, please be careful in our driveway. When you come, if you could pull up to the market and park right in front of it, we will provide curbside service and bring your purchases to your car and keep you off the snow and ice! Please feel free to call the market on Saturday to see what the real weather conditions are here before you try to come. 269-244-5690.
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. A gift of fresh apples, local honey, just-picked spinach, a frozen pie to bake or our many alcohol choices would be much appreciated gifts for yourself or others! (and if you can’t decide–happy to do a gift certificate for 2017.)
- 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, $1 each
- Becca’s organic produce. Fresh spinach, lettuce, kale, carrots, arugula, and garlic.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Happenings on the farm:
With the frigid temperatures and blowing snow, there is limited activity on the farm this week and it is so quiet! I have to admit, this peace and quiet is a welcome reprieve after the frenetic pace we kept up this year. Many of us traveled to the Great Lakes Expo for most of last week in Grand Rapids—which we do each year to take advantage of the huge trade show, the educational sessions, and the chance to network with fellow farmers from all around the world. We brought back some ideas on things we’d like to try, heard about some of the continued technological advances in the fruit and vegetable industry and were amazed to hear the stories of what others do on their farm! The timing of this conference in December is always perfect for getting us to think “outside the farm,” especially when these bitterly cold days gives us opportunities to sit in front of the fire and reflect.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards hopes you have a great season. Thanks as always for buying local.