One of my boys’ favorite books was Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. When the movie came out, that was even better….watching poor Pooh try to open the door to his house and have all of his furniture blow across the room!
And so it seems like we have been trapped in a Winnie the Pooh story here for about 3 days now—with the kind of wind gusts that cause us to look out and see if the hoophouse is still here and to make sure our tomato plants haven’t been blown out of the ground! The heat on top of the wind made us yearn to have our real spring back.
And on one of these blustery days this week, beekeeper sister Charlotte, along with husband Marshall, relocated bees from the local Fabius Township Hall to our farm. The article here is an interesting read: http://www.threeriversnews.com/local-news/honey-please-bee-serious. So if Winnie the Pooh comes out of the woods, we hopefully will have lots of honey!
Here’s what we have on the market right now:
Asparagus: Pricing is the same as last year: $2.25 a pound, 10# or more in bulk, goes to $2.00 a pound. If you want to call and place an order, we’ll call you back when we can fill larger quantities. 269-244-5690. We have plenty of asparagus now with this heat. This is the time to can, freeze, or simply get a lot to enjoy.
Rhubarb is ready! Available now for $2.50 a pound. If you need 10 pounds or more, please call us to order and we’ll get it picked and ready. 269-244-5690.
Bedding plants: Our last group of plants arrives late tomorrow, so everything will be here.
- Cold Crop: cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, various lettuce varieties, broccoli, chard, and spinach.
- Flower annuals: We have a huge selection of flower annuals….too many to list!
- Tomato plants: We have a large selection of tomatoes (all the ones that we grow here in our own fields) plus 4 heirloom varieties and mini tomatoes like grape and cherry.
- Other “heat loving” vegetable plants like peppers, cucumbers, melons, squash, eggplant will be arriving late Friday, May 19th.
- Hanging Flower Baskets: We have lots of hanging baskets, including some of the favorites we carry every year.
- Specialty pots made up to select from
- Lettuce and spinach bowls, for your “pick your own salad.”
Organic Produce: Lettuce, spinach, kale and carrots, grown in our organically certified hoophouse and at our organic schoolhouse garden.
Bakery Update: If you would like us to save something for you feel free to call us at 269-244-5690 and we will gladly set it back for you! If you are running in to get your soccer game treats, call us ahead and we will have it boxed and ready for you.
Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:
- Cookies: Cut Out Sugar, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, Smores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
- Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry Rhubarb and Rhubarb and Peanut butter
- Bread: Whole Wheat, Cinnamon, Italian, Whole Grain, and Tuscan, as well as Hamburger Buns and Hot Dog Buns. We are partnering again with La Brea bakery this year and will have the following breads: Semolina Cheese, Roasted Garlic Loaf, and Jalapeño Cheese
- Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns
- Assorted Dessert Bars
- Muffins: Banana Nut, Blueberry, Lemon Poppyseed, Pistachio, and Strawberry
- Donuts: We will have our Blueberry, Buttermilk, and Cherry cake donuts available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will also have Cherry Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
- Slushies — especially in this heat!
Alcohol offerings: We have our full range of brandy for sale. We also have cherry wine, as well as: Strawberry Cider (the 2017 edition of the cider many of you liked last year), Sweet Cider, Ginger Cider, Dry Cider, Hometown Hero, and our Brunch Cider, a new cider made with vanilla and Michigan maple syrup.
We also have our new Afternoon Cider. Becca’s a big iced tea fan and whipped this up with red rooibos tea, chamomile, and a touch of strawberry. It’s a great cider to drink sitting in the spring sunshine.
Check our new sign made by local artist Cathy Bingamon (thanks, Cathy!) In next week’s update we’ll announce when we will be starting up our tours and tastings and other things we’ll be doing this year!
Local Products: We try to offer as many local and Michigan made products as we can. Our market is beginning to fill out with some of these and you’ll find them in the cooler, to the bakery to around on various shelves and the wall.
Happenings on the farm:
We watered, watered and watered. Then as the blustery wind dried everything out, we watered again. Our plants, trees, hoophouse and greenhouse were NOT happy with 86 degree days in May!
But….the greenhouse tomatoes finally got the heat they needed to start turning red….yes….they are coming, hopefully we’ll have a counter full on Memorial Day weekend. Hooray!
We picked so much asparagus (which can grow an inch an hour in this heat) that on same days we ran out of picking containers!
We got several thousand tomato plants in the ground, including the u-pick tomato field planted, with all of your favorite varieties.
We were truly happy to see all of our customers back in the past several weeks. You will never know how much it meant to all of us when you told us how much you missed us over the winter! And as we saw folks carrying out out 3 loaves of cinnamon swirl bread they had missed for months, stocking back up on cider and cherry wine, grabbing bags of fresh spinach and lettuce as fast as we could make them up because you missed fresh vegetables, we were once again reminded that what we do is treasured as much as we treasure our customers. Thanks as always for buying local, from everyone at Corey Lake Orchards.