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

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

Here’s wishing everyone a great holiday weekend. Hope you’ve planned a trip to the farm somewhere in there to enjoy our relaxed atmosphere, and to get your items for the weekend needs. We’ve got fresh produce, baked goods, local meat, cheese and eggs, and our own wine and hard cider selections. We recommend you pair these with good weather, family and friends.

Strawberries just don’t want to end!  The cool nights rejuvenated them so we have continued to keep U-Pick open this week and have picked quarts on the market. We hope to continue through this weekend if the weather permits (if it rains for two days that could put an end to them). So best to call before you come to see what the situation is: 269-244-5690.

Sweet Cherries: U-Pick is now finished for the year. However we still have picked cherries on the market for sale by the quart. We will finish harvesting them from the very tops of the trees today, then have them until they are sold out.

Tart Cherry U-Pick: Open for picking now, we have plenty of these. (See U-Pick cherry information at end of this post.)

    • Tart cherry U-Pick pricing: $1.50/pound, over 50 pounds @ $1.25/pound.
    • Length of season. We have a good crop of these and would expect them to last about another week.

Blueberries–we are coaxing them to be ready for this weekend. If successful, we will have them picked and open for U-Pick. Send warm weather!

  • U-Pick Blueberries: They are just starting and we are going to open up U-Pick Blueberries for the holiday weekend.   We will open on Friday, June 30th to give families a chance to come out. We have a relatively small field compared to most major blueberry growers (only three acres), so our u-pick blueberries are for folks who just want to come over to pick a few pounds for the experience. In order to allow everyone to have a chance to pick some, we are limiting the picking to 5 pounds per family until more are ready. We are picking “Duke” berries now. This weekend’s picking will be perfect for small children (supervised by an adult of course) as we have new bushes to pick which are just their height! If we get picked out, we will close to allow the berries to ripen up again. So, you may want to call ahead to make sure our u-pick patch is open,  269-244-5690.
    • The hours for u-pick will be 8 until 5:45 each day, must be finished and checked out by 6 back at market.
    • Pricing will be $2.00 a pound to pick (this makes it about $3.50 a quart).
    • We will have them off and on probably through most of the month of July.
    • We have buckets for you to pick in and boxes to send them home in.
    • For anyone who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at:  http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/

    Baby bushes to pick--perfect for small children

    Baby bushes to pick–perfect for small children

What else we have on the market now:

  • Picked Sweet Cherries
  • Picked Tart Cherries
  • Picked Strawberries (hopefully)
  • Picked Blueberries (hopefully)
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kohlrabi
  • Snow Peas and Sugar Snap Peas
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Greenhouse Tomatoes and Greenhouse Cucumbers
  • Cut Flowers

Organic Produce: Lettuce, cabbage, kale, collards, garlic scapes, cucumbers, sungold cherry tomatoes. This is going to be a great weekend for lettuce as several plantings have come in after the heat wave now and it is so sweet and tender from the cool weather!

Bakery Update:  Be sure to come see us in the bakery, Beth’s favorite cookies are back now that zucchini is in season:  Zucchini chocolate chip! While we are not a gluten-free bakery, we are carrying some gluten free products given the requests for them, starting with muffins and granola. If there is a favorite pie or something you want for the holiday, please feel free to call and have us save it back for you!  269-244-5690.

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Zucchini Chocolate Chip, Cut Out Sugar, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Blueberry, Blueberry Rhubarb, Cherry, Cherry Berry, Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will also have Chocolate Cream and Peanut Butter Cream available Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday
  • Bread: Whole Wheat, Cinnamon, Italian, Whole Grain, Honey Oat, Vegetable 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, Sourdough, and Jalapeño Cheese
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns
  • Assorted Dessert Bars
  • Muffins: Banana Nut, Blueberry, Lemon Poppyseed, Pistachio, Raisin Bran, Chocolate,  and Cherry Almond. 
  • Donuts: We will have our Blueberry, Buttermilk, and Cherry Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday , and Tuesday for the Fourth of July weekend. We will also have Cherry Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
  • Slushies – Apple Cider, Grape

Alcohol offerings: Blueberry cider is back! Just bottled up today. Many of you know this cider from last year. We also have Rhubarbary Coast, our semi-dry rhubarb cider, available in bottles this week now too! Other bottled cider: Sweet Cider, Ginger Cider,  Prince Tribute Cider, Hopped Cider, Brunch Cider, and Bark Bite. We have cherry wine and Kaiser Cyser as well.

We’ll have a few additional ciders on tap during our hard cider happy hour. This weekend we’ll have tastings:

  • Friday from 4-6
  • Saturday from 3-6
  • Sunday 12-3
  • Monday 4-6

Stop on by to sample some cider. In addition to what we have bottled, we’ll have strawberry cider, cherry sage cider, and carrot cider on tap. Of course, we are a small family market so bear with us as we try and figure out the best way to do this and keep the atmosphere you know and love! It is really wonderful sitting in the breeze enjoying a cold cider on these weekend afternoons.

And of course, we have our usual brandy house tours with Bruce from 1-3 on Saturdays, and full range of brandy offerings.

Happenings on the farm:

Today for the first time in 9 years, I walked alone to work. As many of you know, my dog Denim has been “stuck” to my side and moves with every step I take. He passed away last night peacefully, right by my side.

I brought Denim to the farm in 2008 to be a companion for my Dad. Denim was a rescue dog, recovering from a traumatic situation and they were looking for the right place for him. After learning a bit about our farm and our ability to provide a safe and loving environment, they asked us to take him.

From the minute I picked him up, he decided that I was “his person” and that my dad was not! But since I was constantly with Dad on the farm, Dad sort of got a dog. This selection on his part was rather shocking to me as I was not a dog person and had never had or even wanted a dog. So I thought. Many of you may remember how he shied away from people for several years as he slowly recovered from his past and decided it was safe here and he could just be a dog again.

And what a dog he became! How lucky he was to spend each day following me around the farm, chasing a rabbit, scaring deer out of the grape vineyards, following me across the market as many customer hands reached out to pet him. As expected with his purebred traits, he was incredibly smart with impeccable manners. He knew that when we closed at 6pm it was okay to bark at a customer who came up the driveway, but not before then. His German Shepard herding instinct was strong. He would step between me and anyone approaching, even gently nudging customers who got too close. He was a protector of myself, and the farm. He knew that was his job and he never took a day off. Our roles reversed during thunderstorms only!

But I too was the lucky one, along with those of you who knew him.  I had a faithful companion who loved me unconditionally. Who literally stood by my side, knew my every mood, made me laugh, made me smile and then broke my heart when his big heart finally stopped last night. I am grateful for the time we had together and am happy I was able to share him with so many of you over the years.

Twin sisters insist that Denim would like an apple!

Denim, guarding the strawberries on the market

Denim waits for Beth to finish weeding in the terrace garden flower bed

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates your buying local.  Hope to see you during the holiday weekend.

Information for U-Pick cherries:

  • U-Pick Hours: 8 – 6 daily, please be finished picking by 5:45 p.m. to be back to the market by 6pm.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you may run into poison ivy or prickly plants in the orchard area, among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers. We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs, buckets, etc.).
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.
  • Please bring your own ladder as we do not supply ladders. Some of the best cherries are out of reach and even a small step ladder would be helpful. We cannot let anyone climb the trees lest the branches get damaged or even worse, you injure yourself, so please come prepared.