Here’s wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all those whom we call mothers. If you are out this weekend, please stop into our bakery where every mom gets a free cake donut of their choice, as our acknowledgement and appreciation of how special you are.
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 apologize, but the cold weather has continued to slow the growth of asparagus and we are trying to keep up with demand. For those who have placed an order, we hope to start filling them this coming week. As always, it is best to call before you come out to make sure we have some. 269-244-5690 – we can definitely put back an order for you too. As soon as it gets warm and STAYS warm…..we should have plenty.
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.
- 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: Our tomato plants are here, we’d recommend you let them stay outside and “harden up” before you plant them. 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.
- Herbs: We have almost any herb you are looking for.
- Other “heat loving” vegetable plants like peppers, cucumbers, melons, squash, eggplant, will be coming next week. It is a touch too early to plant these given some of the cold nights but they will be here!
- Hanging Flower Baskets: We have lots of hanging baskets, including some of the favorites we carry every year, like the lipstick plant. Touch the flowers when you are here on these, so soft and fuzzy.
Organic Produce: Lettuce, spinach, kale and carrots, grown in our organically certified hoophouse.
As we finish harvesting winter crops from the hoophouse and start harvesting spring crops from the schoolhouse (and cope with the spring bunny population), we might be short on kale and lettuce! It might be a good time to buy one of our lettuce bowls—you can pick your lettuce for a fresh salad and it will grow back. We should have plenty of lettuce again next week, and field kale is slowly coming in now too.
Bakery Update: We look forward to seeing you this weekend! 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 Chocolate Cream
- 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 will be back starting this weekend!
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.
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:
- Yogurt from Mattawan Creamery
- All natural meat from Mill Lake Farms
- Unique cards made by area artists
- Honey and maple syrup
- Ruth’s pecan and cashew brittle
- Ladd’s Jalapeno mustard (made with peppers grown here)
- Artisan Cheese from Remy Picot (Benton Harbor)
- Eggs (Kalamazoo)
- Detroit Coffee Company coffee (Detroit)
- Dried blueberries and cherries (Traverse City)
- 4 flavors of Great Lakes Chips (Traverse City)
- 5 varieties of Michaelene’s granola (Clarkston)
- Boxed (totally recyclable) water (Grand Rapids)
- and more coming!
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th this year.
- If you a on a quest for a unique gift for Mom, Grandma, Aunt, or other person who has nurtured you as a mother would, allow us at Corey Lake Orchards Market to assist you in that search.
- Looking for a gift from nature? Peruse the variety of pretty flower arrangements already planted in fun containers (made by our own creative Teri) or lettuce bowls for a salad that continues to grow through the season or purchase bedding plants from flowers to herbs to veggies and create your own potted design.
- Another gift idea is using our fresh produce. We can tie raffia to make an asparagus or rhubarb bouquet for your favorite cook. Organic greens, a favorite? How about a bag of lettuce, or spinach with a salad spinner to clean the greens in the easiest most efficient way? (If she doesn’t own a salad spinner, these are a must have)
- Seeking a gift inspired by nature? Check out the ceramic work by Mollie whose whimsical bowls were in the market last season. This year we also have single stem flowers for hanging that will serve as a lasting reminder of your thoughtfulness.
- If the smell of fresh baked goods is a favorite, consider the options from the bakery. Think muffins, donuts, dessert bars, pecan rolls, cinnamon rolls, pies, cookies, bread, and more. What could be more comforting than a basket of baked goods?
- For Mother’s Day (and for any day that you need a gift) Peggy is happy to help make a basket up for you, starting at $10 and adding in what you want. So whether you choose plants, market produce, baked goods, adult beverages, local condiments of honey, maple syrup, or spicy mustard or one of our select gift items, a basket can be the perfect present. We at Corey Lake enjoy working with you to share the gifts that celebrate the seasons of life. Call and talk to Peggy, or leave a message for her to call you back, and she will create just what you need in the price range you desire (269-244-5690).
Happenings on the farm:
Saturday we planted more heirloom apple trees with great hard cider varieties….and we’re going to work harder to outsmart the deer this year. We’re excited to have these grow up and bear fruit and use them in our cidery.
We began putting things back in our play area this week. The slide, swings, corn box and other games are there for young people to enjoy. But, we need your help to make sure there is an adult who can watch over those playing, for their safety and others around them. Please make sure you’re at your child’s side as they enjoy our play area. Thanks!
Who’s ready for a greenhouse tomato? Everyone except the tomatoes apparently. We have beautiful green tomatoes and if we could get some sun—they will turn red. Looks like they are a few more weeks out.
This was a particularly hard week for us and all Michigan farmers with the frost/freeze that occurred this past weekend. While we suffered some damage to several of our fruit crops, it was quite limited and we feel very fortunate as we learn that those farms further north suffered more extensive damage. While walking through the vineyards on Monday checking for frost damage, I came across this, which once again reminded me how fortunate we are as farmers to work the land, while taking in the joys one finds along the day.
“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver
Happy Mother’s Day to all and thanks for everyone for buying local.