This is the time of year (helped by rain and heat) where the market begins to burst at its seams as we gather so much lovely produce. As more comes in, we have to move things around to fit it all in. So if you don’t see what you’re looking for, ask one of us! We are also posting recipes beside the produce, please take and try making your favorite veggie in a new way. We have a large collection of cookbooks at the bakery entrance for you to browse for even more ideas and recipes.
Here’s what is on the market now:
- Picked Blueberries: by pint, quart, 5 lb. and 10 lb. box
- U-Pick Herbs
- Lodi apples (by the pound only this weekend, bushels next week)
- Brussels Sprouts
- Yellow Squash
- Greenhouse Tomatoes and Greenhouse Cucumbers
- Green Tomatoes
- Field Cucumbers
- Onions: fresh-pulled with green tops
- Red Norland and Yukon Gold Potatoes – fresh dug!
- Green Beans
- Sweet Corn (coming in slowly so we may sell out quickly the first few days)
- Cut Flowers
- Lettuce. We now offer 1# bags of certified organic lettuce for $5. Seems like a hit with customers! Lettuce is pretty good right now, a mix of baby lettuce and buttercrunch.
- Cabbage. Becca grows caraflex cabbage, which is a smaller, “personal” size (1-2 lb. on each head) and known for its delicate, tender, sweet leaves.
- Kale. Curly kale coming in very well right now! If you’d like a large quantity at a discount to make kale chips or other things that require a lot of kale, please call ahead and place an order. Our certified organic kale is $4/lb. for 2 lbs. or more but we do need you to call ahead so we can pick it fresh for you.
- Collards, green garlic, garlic scapes, cucumbers, sungold cherry tomatoes, slicer tomatoes in right now too. Tomatillos, peppers, eggplant all coming soon. If you’d like us to pick you certified organic basil for pesto, please call ahead and place an order! It’s coming in very well now.
Tart Cherry U-Pick: There are still trees with nice cherries, but need to get here soon as they are ripe and ready. U-PIck pricing: $1.50/pound, over 50 pounds @ $1.25/pound.
U-Pick Blueberries: 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 10 pounds per family until more are ready. We are picking “Duke” and “Jersey” berries now. 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 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/
Bakery Update: Yes, our popular blueberry-zucchini bread is here while we have fresh blueberries and zucchini. Due to this being such a labor-intensive bread to make (come watch us grate bushels of zucchini!) we do have a limited supply we can make per day. We know that many of you like to freeze this bread, so it would help us if you could place those orders with us and we will call you when we can fill those. This allows us to have as much on hand as we can to ensure everyone can get a loaf or two. Just call us at 269-244-5690 for bread orders or anything else you would like to order.
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, Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will also have Blueberry Glaze pie available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- Bread: Blueberry-Zucchini, 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 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 – Apple Cider, Grape
Alcohol offerings: We bottled up our Sour Cherry/Sage Cider this week! Many of you have tried this on tap at happy hour and enjoyed it. It’s on the dryer side. Blueberry cider is back, and so is Afternoon Cider. Other bottled cider: Rhubarbary Coast (rhubarb), Sweet Cider, Ginger Cider, Prince Tribute Cider, Hopped Cider, Brunch Cider (maple/vanilla), and Bark Bite (smoked hickory/oak). 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 hard cider tastings:
- Friday from 4-6
- Saturday from 3-6
Stop on by to sample some cider. On tap during tasting: Afternoon, Ginger, Bark Bite, Blueberry, Strawberry, Cherry/Sage, Rhubarb, Brunch, and Hopped ciders. If we run out of one thing, we may replace it with something else, so get it while you can! Feel free to bring your own clean 32 oz. or 64 oz. growler if you’d like one filled, or buy a new growler here at the market to take home fresh draft cider. 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: We did one of our favorite things this week: empty the rain gage over and over! We’ve gotten around 3 inches in the last few days…this amount really helps our orchards and vineyards which have been so parched for over a month. It makes walking picking in our fields a bit tricky, as boots get stuck in the mud, and with this much wetness we can’t dig potatoes for a few days (sorry…). And to think that some athletic events now do mud runs, when they could just come to a farm and experience naturally and help pick! Along with the rain came the sweltering heat and humidity, so once again, plants over produced each day as everything ripened quickly. Please help us out with our abundance of cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, and cauliflower!
We have a new sign up in front of the market that you may notice. Earlier this year we obtained our MAEAP certification after a rigorous review and audit from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. MAEAP stands for Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program. This certifies that our farm is committed to keeping the land, water and air healthy. It represents the highest standards of environmental stewardship and the pinnacle of responsible agriculture. Our family has always understood the importance of caring for the land and used best practices – there is a reason there is so much forest and wood left on the farm, cared for ponds and lake frontage and our use of an integrated pest management strategy. To receive this ultimate certification, we had to do some major infrastructure changes that have taken us 4 years to complete. So behind the fresh quality produce you find here on our farm, there is a plethora of processes and procedures, education and training, dedicated buildings and roadways, that you don’t see which supports our philosophy and commitment of taking care of the environment. Getting this accomplished was great, but the importance is living it each day, which is a true team effort by all of us. We are grateful to have such a strong farm team here.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local. Hope to see you soon.
Our family is committed to this area and are working to support the community in every way that we can to have it be the vibrant town of yesteryear…. Here is the weekly town update from Dave Vago, Executive Director of DDA, Three Rivers