We are officially open for the 2017 season now, including our bakery! Our hours are 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week, including holidays!
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. The cold weather has slowed the growth of asparagus and we are trying to keep up with demand. 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 be rolling in it. See one of our favorite recipes at the end of this post.
You can find our asparagus at Appoloni’s Three Rivers and Corey Lake locations on pizza or in their amazing chicken alfredo pasta , as well as at the Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers.
Rhubarb is ready! Available now for $2.50 a pound.
Bedding plants: We have all of our “cold crop” plants available for sale, which you can plant in your garden now. These include: cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, various lettuce varieties, broccoli, chard, and spinach. We also have a few seed potatoes and onion sets for sale. We also have a good variety of flower annuals in, and will continue to get more. If there is something you are looking for (like an entire flat of a certain flower,) if you let us know, we can make sure to have that for you.
We hope to start getting our other vegetable and tomato plants in next week if it warms up. Reminder, it is too cold to plant these yet.
Hanging Baskets: We have lots of beautiful hanging baskets, many are tucked inside the barn to stay out of the blustery wind, just ask to see them…
Organic Produce: Lettuce, spinach, arugula, radishes and carrots, grown in our organically certified hoophouse.
Bakery Update: Hooray, we are very excited to be open for the season! We have baked some of your favorite items along with some new items for you to try this weekend. As the season goes on, we’ll be making additional items that we think you will love. 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!
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.
- 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).
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. If you are fixing breakfast for Mother’s Day, try this! 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. Brandy room tours and tastings won’t be available for a few weeks. Check back as we get everything together for the year.
Local Meat: We are starting our second season partnering with Mill Lake Farms, a local farm in Cassopolis who will be bringing in a variety of beef and pork cuts–all done naturally. This means hormone and antibiotic free, no use of pesticides or chemicals on their farm, open pastures, grass-fed, non-GMO grains and hay. They believe these practices result in the meat being the very best quality available, without sacrificing flavor or tenderness. They are looking forward to having you try their meats and welcome your feedback. Please read more about them here: http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/other-products/mill-lake-farm-meats/. Look for these in our bakery freezer.
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
- 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:
We shivered and donned rain gear for a good part of the week, the same as anyone else in our Pure Michigan weather. When the weather gave us a break—we were excited to get some new trees planted. We planted 8 new varieties of plums and more sweet and tart cherry trees, to make up for the ones that the deer destroyed this winter.
This week’s nasty weather reminded us to talk about parking at our farm market, as we watched customers fight against the wind and rain from the parking lot to our market. In situations like this, or when you have a sleeping baby in the car, or when you feel like you just can’t make the trek up the hill, you are always welcome to come park in the driveway closer to the market. We just ask that you watch for others, especially small children who might be playing in our yard.
If you are able to make the trek up the hill (no charge for the great exercise) we really appreciate it as it keeps the lanes open for our customers who need to park closer. We have red handled baskets available at the market to carry your things back to the parking lot, and you can leave the basket there by the old hay rake when you leave.
We also have disabled parking available along the west side of the market (marked with a sign) with access to a level walk way for wheelchairs. For anyone who needs a level place to walk into the market, feel free to drop them off and pick them up there.
Bottom line—-we know that parking here can be challenging at times, the most important thing to us is everyone’s safety and ability to comfortably get into our market. So with everyone’s help and flexibility—we think we can achieve that.
Thanks for everyone for buying local. We hope to see you at the farm soon!
Asparagus Recipe from Sandy Wiseman
Wisk 2 egg whites, Add 1 tablespoon mayonnaise and wisk again
Combine ¼ cup panko bread crumbs, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper into bread crumb mixture
Dip trimmed asparagus spears into egg white mixture then into bread crumb mixture
Bake at 425 degrees for 12 minutes
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and will see you soon.