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

Who’s ready?

Who’s ready for asparagus, the first donut off the fryer, just-picked hoop house greens, real tomatoes and our new small batch hard ciders? Spring is here and we are in high gear preparing for another year!

Who’s ready for the big swing and trip down the slide? Bakery manager Michaela and daughter Emma Grace are!

We anticipate opening the market on Monday May 1st for the 2017 season with our normal daily hours of 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week, including holidays!

We hope to have asparagus and rhubarb that week, but check back closer as it will depend on the weather. (Get used to hearing that phrase again!)

Bedding plants: We will be stocking vegetables, flower annuals, and tomato plants as they are ready for planting, along with seed potatoes and onion sets. So as you think about your garden needs, plan on getting your plants here.

The bakery will open for the year on Friday, May 5th, and yes, they will be making donuts that day. (Reminder: we make our cake donuts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.) More to come on the offerings they will have for that weekend. Also, not too early to think about placing bakery orders for Mother’s Day, which is Sunday May 14th.

Next week we will give you a line up of the other local and Michigan made products that we will be carrying again this year, along with some new ones.

We are currently harvesting lettuce, spinach, arugula, carrots, and kale in our certified organic hoophouse. You can pick any of that up at World Fare in downtown Three Rivers (the fridge is in the back) or you can call us to make an appointment to pick it up here. We harvest and restock the fridge every week!

Becca has been locked away in the cidery for many hours this winter and spring and will be introducing some interesting new ciders when we open as well as we will have some of your favorites from last year. First off the bottling line:

  • Brunch Cider, a new cider! Made with vanilla and Michigan maple syrup. Currently on tap at The Local in Centreville and also being poured at The Riviera in Three Rivers and the Appoloni’s by Corey Lake
  • Strawberry Cider, made with our strawberries. We had this one last year and if you loved it and just can’t wait for it, you can get a pour at the Appoloni’s by Corey Lake or make an appointment to grab some here.

And, we still have some hard ciders that we bottled near the end of the season last year, including our Ginger, Hometown Hero, Sweet, and Dry ciders.

If you are a hard cider enthusiast, next week is Grand Rapids cider week.  Becca will be there along with a few of our hard ciders.

Happenings on the farm:

Despite what seemed like an abnormal winter, the fluctuations from hot to cold have us just about where everything should be for this time of year. (Not to worry, the plants below are cold-hardy plants, thankfully!)

Only in Pure Michigan can it go from this to 70 degrees in less than 24 hours!

The fruit trees have budded out and should be blossoming after a bit more warmth. We are grateful that so far everything looks good with minimal winter damage.

So wonderful to see so many peach buds!

Tomorrow we will wrap up getting all of the straw on the strawberry plants, using close to 800 bales. We will have some left over if you would like to purchase it for spring mulching needs.

This week we finished pruning all of the grapes and by the end of this weekend hope to have them all tied to the trellises. Thanks to the crew who has been working on these for months…..they are tired of looking at grape vines! The greenhouse tomatoes are coming along great and we are about 25 days or so away from that first BLT!

Brenda pollinating the tomatoes, a daily chore at high noon!

Yes, real tomatoes that taste like a tomato are coming

The plans for the next few weeks are to prepare the fields and plant, plant, plant. Our 45,000 onion sets arrive from Texas tomorrow and we hope to get those, potatoes and all of our cold crop plants (broccoli, cabbage, peas, cauliflower, etc.) in the ground as fast as the weather will allow us.

This year we are going to be sharing more about the happenings here on the farm via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so find us there and enjoy the days along with us.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!  Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards