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

We’ve Got the Blues! Blueberry Hard Cider, Blueberry Bread/Pie, and Just Plain Ol’ Blueberries!

Thanks to everyone who came out over this past holiday weekend. It was great to have all of you here enjoying the farm!

Here’s what is on the market now:

  • Picked Blueberries: by pint, quart, 5 lb. and 10 lb. box
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Greenhouse Tomatoes and Greenhouse Cucumbers
  • Green Tomatoes
  • Field Cucumbers
  • Onions: fresh-pulled with green tops
  • Red Potatoes: fresh dug!
  • Cut Flowers

Just dug red potatoes being washed by Emma-Grace!

Organic Produce:

  • 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 lettuce, 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.

U-Pick opportunities:

Tart Cherry U-Pick: Open for picking now, there are still plenty left, but they are ripe and won’t last much longer. 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” 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: A popular favorite returns this weekend with blueberries and zucchini now in season: yes, the famous blueberry-zucchini bread! This is a labor-intensive bread to make (come watch us grate bushels of zucchini if you don’t believe it!). So 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
  • Michaela putting the whipped cream on the blueberry glaze pies! Yum!

Alcohol offerings: 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 tastings:

  • Friday from 4-6
  • Saturday from 3-6

Stop on by to sample some cider. On tap during tasting: Prince Tribute, Ginger, Bark Bite, Blueberry, Strawberry, Cherry/Sage, Rhubarb, Brunch, and Hopped cider. 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: Sweet cherries and strawberries have come and gone for another year, now we will begin the process of renovating the strawberry fields for maintenance and next year’s production. So when you see them cut off and the rows cut down in size, not to worry, that’s all part of the process.

We irrigated and irrigated and irrigated, and then weeded everywhere due to the weeds which thrive under any adverse weather condition! The heat of the last few days has hurried along growth on heat loving crops, like zucchini and yellow squash. We have our annual “too many squash” problem so we have a special on, please find a way to work these into your menu (a spiralizer to make noodles out of zucchini and yellow squash really helps here!). All of the cauliflower is ready at the same time too, it is just beautiful. We have some great recipes available at the market for new ways to use this.

Today’s cauliflower harvest

Sweet corn, green beans, eggplant, peppers and field tomatoes are moving along faster with this heat. Everyone is ready for sweet corn….we hope to have within a week.  We have lots of varieties planted, all selected for sweetness! With the field tomatoes coming along, we will start to transition from the greenhouse to those. Which means, we will start harvesting green tomatoes for the market now: yep, fried green tomato time!

Field tomatoes are coming along great

This week we spent some time with Dave Vago, Executive Director of the Three Rivers DDA/Main Street program. It was exciting to hear his updates about the activities planned to rejuvenate my hometown. “Back in the day” you could get everything you needed in Three Rivers. There were multiple clothing stores, shoe stores, a wonderful five and dime store with a soda fountain counter, drugstores and the still existing Riviera Theatre. And a there was a huge JC Penney store for if you couldn’t find it, you could order it!  All this was within the confines of the walkable downtown. So when I returned to this area in 2008 to my parent’s farm, it was disheartening to see the change that sadly is typical of small town America.

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…. I have invited Dave to share updates in our weekly blog postings to keep all of us informed.    You will find these updates at the end of the posts. Please give us some feedback on what else you’d like to know about  our surrounding community. Truly, there are many hidden gems we hope to make sure you know about and enjoy as much as we do. It is a pleasure to walk Three Rivers’ walking trails, enjoy the downtown shops that still exist, grab pizza and a movie at the Riviera and we are grateful for Dave’s work revitalizing the city.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local.  Hope to see you soon.

57 N. Main St. – Three Rivers, MI 49093
 
As you well know, there is a lot to see and do among our lakes and farms, but you might not know what downtown Three Rivers has to offer. As such, Beth has invited me to be a part of this newsletter, so that you will know what exciting things you can come downtown and experience. Three Rivers features one of Michigan’s most intact Victorian commercial districts, and it has been showing some encouraging, new signs of life. Even today, it features a number of venues, events, and activities that are compatible with a pleasant summer or fall evening for the vacationer or leisure lake dweller. We’ve got a new brewery on Main Street with a fantastic product and a very nice, low-key vibe, and a historic theater that presents an eclectic mix of live music and stage performances and movies of all kinds nearly every night. It also features one of the classier small-town bars in southwest Michigan. We have other retail and service businesses you might like, whether you want a haircut or color, you need a massage, or you just like to shop for curios and decor. There are more drinking and dining businesses under development, and if they aren’t open before you leave, you’ll see them when you return. We expect to have even more on the radar by next summer. In the meantime, we have a host of events, including a First Fridays series where we host themed entertainment and activities, and our businesses stay open late, and a great, 10-hour, free outdoor concert on Labor Day weekend. The First Friday for August the 4th will be “Sass in the City,” a ladies’ night on the town. There’s a lot happening in Downtown Three Rivers, and more on the horizon. Stay tuned to this space for more, and we hope you’ll check us out!   Dave Vago