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

We’ll Have Fun, Fun, Fun…

Fun is the enjoyment of pleasure, particularly in leisure activities. Fun is an experience … Its meaning in in 1727 was “cheat, trick, hoax”, a meaning still retained in the phrase “to make fun of.” We are all about the first definition and couldn’t make it through each day if we didn’t have a little fun. So throughout this update, find out more about fun: here on the farm and in the community.

Here’s what is on the market now:

  • Picked Blueberries: by pint, quart, 5 lb. and 10 lb. box  (Note we expect to have blueberries through most of August)
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Lodi Apples (by the pound only this weekend, bushels coming this weekend)
  • Jersey Mac Apples (by the pound and 1/4 peck right now)
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Greenhouse Tomatoes and Greenhouse Cucumbers
  • Green Tomatoes
  • Field Cucumbers
  • Onions: fresh-pulled with green tops
  • Peppers–all kinds and colors from sweet to hot
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes:  Red Norland and Yukon Gold and Blue Adirondack – fresh dug!
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Corn — incredibly sweet right now and with the heat, we will have plenty thru the weekend
  • Cut Flowers

Organic Produce: 

  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes – super sweet, like candy! We have so many right now, they’re on special for a bit. Pick some up!
  • 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, Roma paste tomatoes, slicer tomatoes in right now too. Eggplant and peppers coming in slowly, as are tomatillos. 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.

U-Pick opportunities:

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 just finishing with the “Duke” variety and now the “Jersey” berries are coming on. This is a small blueberry, but very sweet.

    • The hours for u-pick will be 8 until 5:45 each day, must be finished and checked out by 6 at market. It is best to come in the morning when it is cool!
    • 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
  • Blueberries and rhubarb make the perfect sweet-tart pie!

Alcohol offerings: We’ve got a lot of varieties of bottled cider right now. Cherry/Sage, Blueberry, Afternoon (chamomile/rooibos), Rhubarbary Coast (rhubarb), Sweet Cider, Ginger, Prince Tribute, Hopped, Brunch (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! During tasting hours, 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.

Fruit and vegetable update:  To order please call us on 269-244-5690

  • Green Beans: We had trouble with cold spring weather getting our first few plantings to make it, so they are a bit late but within a few weeks we should have enough to sell by the bushel. Please add your name to our bushel list if you want some.
  • Sweet Corn: We should have plenty coming in now, if you are looking for large quantities to freeze or for a large gathering, sign up on our bushel list and we’ll call you. Each sweet corn variety we have planted will get sweeter as summer progresses.
  • Peaches: Our trees either have too many peaches (and branches breaking despite how many times we thinned them) or no peaches.  ur early peaches froze out in the spring, so we will only have a few coming this next week. We do have a lot of mid-season and later peaches and hope to be able to offer bushels. Call and get your name on our list if you’d like to order.
  • Plums: We do not have a very large crop of plums and will not be able to have any by the bushel this year.
  • Bartlett Pears: We have a good pear crop (usually 3rd week of August). If you want bushels to can, please call and get added to our list.
  • Tomatoes: Despite numerous problems (animals eating 800 plants and other issues) we will have a good tomato crop. Hope to start bringing in field tomatoes in a week to 10 days. Our greenhouse tomatoes are ending so we’re bridging the gap with tomatoes from an Indiana greenhouse. We are taking bushel orders for “firsts” tomatoes and “seconds” which are blemished but great for salsa, juice, etc.
  • Apples: We have a good crop of apples this year and will provide an update closer to fall.

Fun Happenings on the farm:

We work really hard here, long hours and go home physically and mentally fatigued…but we do have our fun! When talking to our staff about what they find fun about working here there was one common theme—interaction with customers. Whether it is meeting them, helping them to find something, listening to how they cooked/grilled or roasted our vegetables, gushing about how beautiful our produce is (especially the cauliflower) and watching their reaction when they taste some of our samples, we do truly enjoy our customers.

Here were some specifics that we hope resonate with you:

“I love making the cinnamon rolls every morning….the whole process from smoothing out the dough, patting with cinnamon, cutting them, and then the customers coming in and smelling them baking!”

Cinnamon rolls ready to go in the oven

“You smile when you get home from work and realize you have cherry tomatoes that have made their way to your pocket!”

“It is so fun to watch almost every child pick out the donuts with eyes on them, and 99% of them eat the eyes first! It’s universal…”

“It’s really fun to figure out how to display produce, love getting creative with it!”

“Fun for me is being out in the orchard and vineyards with customers and seeing their joy of picking fruit!”

“It’s really fun to be the person creating hard ciders—trying different ways to flavor it from what we grow on the farm, and taste testing!”

“It’s amazingly fun to experience the “first” of everything when it comes into season, like the peaches this week–we couldn’t stop smelling them having missed that smell for one year.”

The first peaches of the season smelled so good!

We all have a lot of fun watching Mother Nature trick the weather forecast people everyday!

It’s so much fun to work with my granddaughter and the happiness we find in doing simple tasks together, like washing cherry tomatoes.

We hope you have a fun experience  on the farm when you visit. We’ve worked hard to create an inviting space and want you to enjoy it. Whether it is having a picnic on one of the yard tables while the kids play on the swings or go down the big slide, enjoying baked goods and produce at one of the many tables we have (some in the yard, some in the breezeway where our happy hours are–feel free to sit there or the space outside the bakery). We’ve planted coloring books, games, cookbooks, and some of our favorite books to read to your children.

What fun: A 5 pound box of blueberries and a cherry fritter by the herb garden

This is a great book to read to your children during blueberry season

Other local fun events: 

Experience fun this weekend at the Huss Future Festival. Many activities, great food, music, art and old fashion fun. Check it out here and try to make it over there.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1724948294463969/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D Even Beth and Becca make a point to get to Future Fest despite busy farm Saturdays, we really like it!

Save the date for our August 6th All Things Local:  “Downtown to Down Home” Celebration.  From 11 to 3 on that Sunday we’ll be featuring food, drink art, music, book signings by local authors and more. Pick up a flyer at the market and stay tuned here and on Facebook for more details.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local.  Hope to see you soon.  Have a fun week!

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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

If you’re like me, you grew up with your feet in the water and you’ll probably agree that summers at the lake are about as fun as it gets. However, I am here today working to bring success to downtown Three Rivers because when I was a kid, the fun on Corey Lake wasn’t complete without a walk down to Main Street from my grandparents’ house. We’d spend some time with the animals at Scidmore Park, grab a bite to eat, perhaps do some shopping, and certainly, visit the Riviera Theater, where A/C and a movie was a welcome treat. Today, I still feel the same sense of fun here that I felt then, even with a grown-up twist. In fact, I still visit the Riviera for a show and to escape the heat, but it also happens to be one of my favorite watering holes. The selection includes Corey Lake Orchards ciders among many other things, and pizzas that give any artisan shop a run for its money. The environment is classy, the entertainment hits the spot, and it’s an easy place to strike up a conversation with friends or strangers. Kelsey Block Brewing is fun in its own right: owner Jerry Barkley is constantly changing the tap selection as he delivers new and excellent variations on his natural talent for brewing. The brewery’s “Taco Tuesdays Every Wednesday” is quickly becoming a staple for me that competes with any California food truck, while Main Street Cafe keeps me in breakfast, and often lunch. I notice this week that Rooster’s Wing Shack is taking limited reservations for seating in the next few days, and will have a full opening soon. It’s another step forward for us. Someday soon, we expect downtown to be widely known as one heck of a fun place to spend time, but even today, it’s already worth the trip. Our own out-of-town house guests consistently agree, so I hope you’ll plan a visit. The park animals, the pizzas, the tacos, the wings, the shows, and the cold beverages will all be waiting!
Best, Dave Vago