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

Monthly Archive: August 2017

Who Is Loving These Cool Nights? The Apples!

Happy Labor Day Weekend! We will be open all weekend from 8 – 6 every day, including Monday AND we will be opening u-pick for apples for your weekend enjoyment. This perfect apple growing weather allows the apples to ripen slowly, gain some nice size, get some beautiful red blushes of color and most important–develop great flavor. We’ve never had weather like this leading up to apples so we’re quite happy about the results.

And while most of us are loving the long sleeve and “pull a blanket around you nights,” many feel like they didn’t get enough summer. These unseasonably cool nights make us wish we could put long sleeves and blankets on our heat loving crops like tomatoes and sweet corn. So while our last planting of sweetcorn was perfectly timed to hit this weekend, Mother Nature did not cooperate. We are keeping a close eye on the corn daily and will pick what is ready for the weekend. There will be some!

Ready or not, the weather has jump-started fall and we’re “falling” into the season earlier than normal. Fall produce is dominating the market as the summer produce wanes.

Apples are here!

  • Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple. It is a late summer apple which we will only have a short time.
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple.  It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh. A favorite for apple sauce.
  • Earli-blaze: This is a good cooking or eating apple, and it particularly makes a wonderful apple pie. We sell this apple to bakeries (including our own) for apple pie. (These apples are specially priced at $20 a bushel)
  • Paula Red: a tart apple for eating or cooking, available by the 1/4 peck or 1/2 peck
  • Honeycrisp: This seems to be many people’s favorite. It is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it. Great for eating fresh or using in salads. We are thrilled they are ready in time for the weekend.  Sold by the pound only.($2)

  • We are opening up U-pick Apples this weekend for you to be able to pick your own. The varieties available will be:  Gala, Jon-A-Mac, and Mollie’s Delicious. We know that many of you will be around for the weekend and would like to have the “apple picking experience” with your family, especially so the kids can have apples they picked themselves for their lunch box and to give to their teacher!! (Do they still do that??) After this weekend, the U-Pick will close again until more apples are ready, please check back for a date probably mid to the end of September.
  •  Apple picking will be available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day Monday, during the hours we are open which is 8 until 6. We need everyone checked out by 6, so you must be in the apple orchard by 5:30 to be able to pick. Please check in at the market to get directions and containers to pick them in.
  • Apple Pricing for the year: Our apple pricing is the same as last year. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7.50 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $5 a half-peck, $3 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available. The price is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples.
  • We have a good crop of apples and have made a forecast on when we think the varieties will be ready. Pick up a copy at the market or find one at the end of this update.

Here’s what is on the market now or coming by this weekend if you can find them with all of the apples out!

FRUIT

  • Cantalope and Watermelon
  • Bartlett Pears: Available by the bushel or in smaller quantities. The Bartlett pear is a good eating and canning pear, very sweet and juicy. We will have them about one more week. If you have already called us to reserve bushels, you should have received a call that they were ready, if not, please call us or come and get them. If you would still like some, please call the market and let us know how many you would want and we can save them for you. 269-244-5690. Pricing is $35 a bushel, $18 a half bushel, and we also have them in eating size quantities. You may wonder why the pears are picked and sold green, this is a characteristic of pears. They must ripen off the tree, if not, then they will ripen from the inside out and be mushy. They will easily ripen for you if you will lay them out in a single layer when you get home in a dry, cool place, then wait for them to turn yellow, and enjoy!
  • Stanley Prune Plums:  by the quart, 2 quart and peck
  • Fredonia Grapes: Available in 1 and 2 quart boxes. This is a purple seeded grape similar to a Concord grape.
  • Peaches are gone for the year…we all so enjoyed them this year!
  • Tomatoes from the field are coming in, but slower with the cool nights. We have called everyone on our list to come and get them. If you did not receive a message, please call us and we’ll get your order filled.
    •  “Firsts” Tomatoes are $20 a bushel or $11 a half bushel.
    • “Seconds” Tomatoes (have blemishes or are misshapen) are $14 a bushel… This is great for making sauce, juice or salsa.
    • It is best to call us to pre-order bushels of tomatoes to make sure we have them picked,. especially with these cool nights.  269-244-5690.
    • How long will they last? We say up until the first frost, but they are in peak production right now so you should try to get them in the next several weeks if you want large quantities.
  •  We have sooo many tomatoes...

VEGETABLES

  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Zucchini
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Winter squash: Butternut, Acorn and Buttercup
  • Field Tomatoes
  • Green Tomatoes
  • Onions, including the Specialty onions:  Red Torpedo Tropea, Red Marble Cippolini, and Borrettana Cippolini are in. These are incredible for cooking or roasting
  • Shallots
  • Peppers–all kinds and colors from sweet to hot  Check out our chocolate habanero!
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes (now available by the bushel for your winter use–$25 around 50 pounds)
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Corn (a little)
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Fall Ornamentals of gourds, colorful mums and mini pumpkins

And….while this may not be produce–check out our new selections of Mad Mats…these are perfect for dorm rooms!

Grape Update: You can smell the grapes now and they are turning color and softening.  We will take a sugar sample of grapes the week of 9-11, then hopefully we can determine an opening date for both the purple Concords and the white Niagaras. Best guess now is the  white grapes could be ready the week of 9-18 and the purple grapes the week of 9-25. But it depends on the weather. Before we open, we will want them to be at their full ripeness and sugar content. Please check back with us around September 14th when we get our sugar sample back.

Certified Organic Produce:  

  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes – super sweet, like candy! We’ll have these only another week or two (Becca has to rip out the plants from the hoophouse and put in winter spinach).
  • Winter squash (red kuri)
  • Garlic! Get it while it lasts, we have almost sold out.
  • Lettuce, though it’s lagging from the hot weather. Lettuce is often a bit slow in August due to the sun and heat..yes, heat from three or four weeks ago still affects our lettuce crop now. Call ahead and have us save you some if you know you want it – 269 244 5690.
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Cucumbers
  • Roma Paste Tomatoes, Slicer Tomatoes
  • Eggplant – check out the Listada di Gandia, with its purple and white striped flesh. Very tender skin, excellent flavor, and just gorgeous color
  • Peppers
  • Basil

The bakery takes on a fall feel this weekend as well. Our Fall donut flavors are back: apple and pumpkin cake donuts!  Also you will find pear pie (a must try) along with fresh made apple pie and apple fritters.

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Cut Out, Caramel Apple, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Coconut Pecan, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Pear, and Strawberry Rhubarb
  • 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 Apple. 
  • Donuts: We will have our Apple Cider, Buttermilk, and Pumpkin Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  + We will also have Apple Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
  • Slushies – Grape
  • Look for our “take and bake” pies for you to stock up on in your freezer (for you to indulge in). As we work to stock up,  please feel free to order and we can get them ready. “Take and bake” pie choices are all large-9″ pies and available flavors are: Rhubarb, Blueberry, Cherry,  Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb and Blueberry Rhubarb. Note: no frozen apple pies are available until the Northern Spy apples get ready.
  • While in the bakery take advantage of our local meat from Mill Lake Farm: Meat from Mill Lake Farms.  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/other-products/mill-lake-farm-meats/. We have all of the grillables like brats, kielbasa, and steaks for your weekend cookouts. And of course, bacon for one of the last BLTs of the summer. Also this is a good time to stock up on roasts that can go in the crockpot which warms the kitchen as autumn arrives. If this is one of your last weekends here at the lake, bring an extra cooler to take frozen meat home to enjoy later, especially nice to go with any fruit or vegetables that you might have put in the freezer earlier this year.

Alcohol offerings: Standard Dry and Black Currant/Cacao, Afternoon, Cherry/Sage, Blueberry, Sweet Cider, Ginger, Hopped, and Preach (pear/peach cider). 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
  • Sunday from 1-4

Stop on by to sample some cider. On tap right now: Black Currant/Cacao, Afternoon, 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. 

Happenings on the farm this week:  Another week of heavy harvest, bringing in all of the onions, melons, and plums. Then we started the winter squash harvest along with gourds and mini-pumpkins. The apple harvest started in full force. Today our crew picked most of the MacIntosh to get them off the tree while at their peak ripeness.

Bin after bin of apples coming in from the orchard today

We began readying the cider mill – and we anticipate having cider by mid-September.

We worked on our new children’s maze for this year, which has a cover crop theme. This maze was planted, designed, and cut by our student intern, Charity Green. Thanks, Charity, great job!  She will be finishing it up tomorrow so we can have it open on Saturday. This is a small children’s maze, for toddlers up to around 8 years old, we think all ages will enjoy it and learn from it.

Charity cutting the maze

Three River’s Harmony Fest is this weekend.  This is a great event, great music and you can enjoy our hard ciders there! It is on Labor Day Sunday, for more info go to:  https://www.facebook.com/HarmonyFest/events

Here’s hoping you have a safe and great weekend and we hope to see you at the farm.  

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. 

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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 update from Dave Vago, Executive Director of DDA, Three Rivers.

If you have been following these, you might notice that I often write about food. This is, after all, an orchard newsletter, but I also like good food. I do not think I am alone in that regard, but I am grateful to live where the food is plentiful and exceptional. I was reminded of this a few nights ago, eating a pizza from the Riviera Theatre. Though my childhood summers were spent here, my home was on the east coast, and I’d put their pies on par with the better city pizza shops there.

This week’s pie included some amazing orange cherry tomatoes. Nothing beats a good tomato, ever. This was a take-out pie, so I couldn’t directly inquire of the source, but I suspect they were local. For me, they recalled a lifelong association between Three Rivers and great tomatoes. My grandfather grew them in his garden next to Black Cat Alley, and when I first tried one, it was a revelation against which I still judge all tomatoes.

Today, I get produce three ways. One is through an excellent, local crop share. Second is through frequent dining in downtown Three Rivers at the Riviera Theatre, Rooster’s Wing Shack, and Kelsey Block brewery. Third is through the Corey Lake Orchards stand. I am grateful to Corey Lake for letting me write here, but I am at least as grateful to them for tomatoes that wholly invoke my grandfather’s, and for peaches and blueberries that are the essence of Michigan summers.

Your opportunities to eat well here are nearly limitless, so please, get out and eat! Meanwhile, if you’re around for Labor Day weekend, HarmonyFest – our all-afternoon outdoor concert – is happening on Sunday, September 3rd from 1 to 11 pm on Main Street. There will be six great acts covering a range of American roots genres, a very nicely put-together beer garden that will include Corey Lake ciders……and, of course, some really great food. We look forward to seeing you there!

Best, Dave

2017 Apple Estimate Chart

Variety       Crop Size Estimate Will U-Pick be Available when they are ready? Apples in red ink will be available to pick this Labor Day weekend only.  Others later. Approximate Week Ready–Please check back as weather will can change timing earlier or later Should order in advance
Braeburn good no 2-Oct no
Cameo good yes 9-Oct no
Cortland lots yes 11-Sep no
Earli Blaze lots no 28-Aug no
Fuji good yes 9-Oct no
Gala Lots yes 28-Aug no
Golden Delicious lots yes 25-Sep no
Golden Supreme few no 25-Sep yes
Honey Crisp lots no 4-Sep no
Ida Red few yes 25-Sep yes
JonaMac lots yes 4-Sep no
JonaGold good no 18-Sep no
Jonathon good yes 18-Sep no
Macintosh good yes 28-Aug no
Molly’s Del good yes 28-Aug no
Mutsu few yes 25-Sep yes
Northern Spy good yes 25-Sep no
Nu-Red good yes 25-Sep no
Pink Lady few yes 16-Oct yes
Red Delicious lots yes 25-Sep no
Rome lots yes 16-Oct no

 

**Children’s Maze Trail information:

  • Learn about the importance of cover crops
  • Find fun activity stops, make a craft
  • Enter your name for weekly prize giveaways!

Entrance into the maze is free with any $10 purchase at the market. Upon your purchase, you will be given a ticket for entrance. Please fill this out with your name, email address and phone number and place it in the box at the entrance. We will do a drawing once a week for various prizes from our market!

Information for Adults:

  1. Please pick up a map of the trail if you would like to see how to get through it and where the activity spots are
  2. No children are to be unattended in the trail. An adult must be supervising at all times
  3. Please help us put each of the activity stations back in order so they’re ready for the next person when you leave
  4. Please be careful walking through the maze as there are many natural hazards (an occasional rock, an uneven surface, a honeybee, etc.)
  5. Due to uneven surface, strollers will not easily go through the walkway (wagons will)
  6. Please stay on the path and the mowed grass
  7. Please do not take food or drinks into the area (you will only invite a bee to want to come with you!)
  8. No pets, please
  9. Absolutely no smoking anywhere in or near the maze
  10. You may peek into our greenhouse and hoophouse structures from a distance, but please do not go in them. There is important farm work happening and they are closed to the public
  11. Please watch for vehicles when crossing the driveway to the entrance
  12. We close at 6 pm, so please be out of the trail by 5:45

 

Eclipsed by the Weather…

Here’s what is on the market now or coming by this weekend.

  • FRUIT
    • Peaches: by the quart, 2 quart box–No more pecks or bushels available right now.  (Updated 8-25)
    • Cantaloupe and Watermelon
    • We really taste test our watermelon while picking them to make sure they are ready and sweet!

    • Bartlett Pears: Available by the bushel or in smaller quantities. If you have ordered pears, we will be calling you in a few days to get your order.
    • Stanley Prune Plums (available starting Saturday, 8-26), by the quart, 2 quart and peck
    • Fredonia Grapes:  Available in 1 and 2 quart boxes. This is a purple seeded grape similar to a Concord grape.
      Apples: 

      • Earli-Blaze Apples– We think this is our best summer apple. It is a crunchy, mildly tart apple that is good for eating or cooking. We will be using them to make apple pies in the bakery as it is one of only two apple varieties that we bake with. Available by the bushel or in smaller quantities.
      • Jersey Mac Apples: a summer apple which is like a Macintosh, soft skin and flesh, mildly tart.   Available by the bushel or in smaller quantities.
      • Ginger Gold: a yellow, sweet/tart firm apple with a hint of ginger (sold by 1/4 peck or 1/2 peck)
      • Mollie’s Delicious: a large, sweet eating apple, available by the bushel or in smaller quantities
      • Paula Red: a tart apple for eating or cooking, available by the 1/4 peck or 1/2 peck
      • Gala: available starting Saturday, 8-26, in small quantities first, bushels later
  • VEGETABLES
    • Brussels Sprouts
    • Cabbage
    • Zucchini
    • Spaghetti Squash
    • Field Tomatoes
    • Green Tomatoes
    • Onions
    • Peppers–all kinds and colors from sweet to hot
    • Eggplant
    • Potatoes
    • Green Beans
    • Sweet Corn
    • U-Pick Herbs

Certified Organic Produce: 

  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes – super sweet, like candy!
  • Garlic! Becca went big planting garlic last year and we have a lot of very interesting varieties. Generally we grow two types, Porcelain (slightly less flavor but a much better keeper) and Rocambole (amazing flavor, only keeps until December or so). We grow a lot of varieties within these groups so check out Becca’s notes in the market.
  • Lettuce, though it’s lagging from the hot weather. Lettuce is often a bit slow in August due to the sun and heat. Call ahead and have us save you some if you know you want it – 269 244 5690.
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Cucumbers
  • Roma Paste tomatoes, Slicer tomatoes
  • Eggplant – check out the Listada di Gandia, with its purple and white striped flesh. Very tender skin, excellent flavor, and just gorgeous color
  • Peppers
  • Tomatillos
  • Basil

U-Pick Opportunities: We currently do not have any thing for you to pick right now. We plan to open for U-PIck apples on Labor Day weekend for 3 days. September 2, 3 and 4 for early fall apples.

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Zucchini Chocolate Chip, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Coconut Pecan, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Berry Peachy, Cherry, Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will also have Peach Glaze pie available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • 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 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 – Grape

Alcohol offerings: Standard Dry and Black Currant/Cacao are new this week! Still available: Afternoon, Cherry/Sage, Blueberry, Sweet Cider, Ginger, Hopped, and Preach (pear/peach cider). 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 right now: Black Currant/Cacao, Afternoon, 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 and forecast: To order please call us on 269-244-5690

  • Sweet Corn: Sweet corn season is winding down.  We have planted enough sweet corn to have it through the month of August, if the weather cooperates.  Don’t delay if you need some to freeze.
  • Bartlett Pears: We are picking the pears this week and have available.  Bushels will be $35 of sorted and sized pears. If you are on our list, we will be calling you about your order soon.
  • Tomatoes: We are now bringing in tomatoes from the field. We are taking bushel orders for “firsts” and “seconds” tomatoes which are blemished but great for salsa, juice, etc. We are almost to the end of our wait list for those desiring bushels. If you want to be added, please give us a call. We will not be able to offer U-Pick tomatoes at this time, but will evaluate in late August and may be able to offer U-PIck then. Picked tomatoes will be $20 a bushel (for first quality). If you need a lot of tomatoes (3 bushel or more) -we will offer a quantity discount of $18 a bushel for firsts. Seconds will be $14 a bushel.
  • Apples: We have a good crop of apples this year and will provide an update next week.
  • Grapes: The Concord grapes are beginning to turn color. We have a good crop of both Concord (purple) and Niagara (white) grapes. These are usually ready the last week of September of first week of October.

Happenings on the farm:

As you know, we are really dialed in to the weather in this business, so this week has brought it all. We picked peaches and pears on Monday in the oppressive heat, enjoying the few minutes of cooler air during the eclipse.

Enjoying the eclipse with our happy sunflowers (who unlike us do not need eclipse glasses!).

Yesterday we ran in and out of short showers, grateful for the 1/2 inch but really needed more. Today finds us with jackets on and feeling like fall has arrived early. Thankfully it hasn’t as we have so much to get ready for our busy fall season!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local, and we hope to see you soon.

 

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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 update from Dave Vago, Executive Director of DDA, Three Rivers.

The big news in downtown Three Rivers this week is truly exciting – the Three Rivers Public Library voted to purchase a building in downtown! Southern Michigan Bank and Trust will be vacating its classical brick building later this year, and offered it to the library for sale. After much analysis by architects and board members, the library is coming back downtown! This will make it one of five humanities institutions in downtown Three Rivers – which also include two history museums, the Riviera Theatre, and the Carnegie Center for the Arts. I’ve said it in this space before, but it really is an exciting time to be here. The beer is still cold and the restaurants are doing great, our fall events season continues to develop, and we hope you’ll join us at the beginning of September for our Paint the Town Purple event and our big, outdoor concert on Labor Day Sunday: HarmonyFest! We’ve had more people lately kicking the tires on our historic storefronts for potential development lately than we’ve seen in decades. Stay tuned as we work to build and grow the momentum!
Best, Dave

Peach Mania Continues

We picked more peaches this week than in any single week ever in the 50 plus years of the farm. Whew, we are tired. The peaches reached peak production this week, and with the heat, all of our mid-season peaches got ready at the same time. Due to this, we have a peach special of $12 a peck, $24 a half bushel, and $48 a bushel. This special is on through the weekend unless we run out sooner. So if you haven’t had your fill of fresh peaches, don’t delay. Due to lack of rain, they are very sweet this year. We have Coral Stars, Loring, and Glo Haven available. If you’d like to try one before you get some, please ask one of our clerks and we are happy to provide samples.

Update 8-21:  We are no longer running our peach special and do not have any more bushels unless you had them ordered in advance.  We do have them in quarts and peck bags.

Here’s what is on the market now:

  • FRUIT
    • Peaches: by the quart, peck, or bushels (please call to order bushels) 269-244-5690.
    • Picked Blueberries: by pint, quart, 5 lb. and 10 lb. box.  This is the end of the blueberries and we expect to have them only for a few more days. Updated 8-21:  Gone for the season
    • Earli-Blaze Apples–we picked them today. This is our best summer apple.  It is a crunchy, mildly tart apple that is good for eating or cooking.  We will be using them to make apple pies in the bakery as it is one of only two apple varieties that we bake with.
    • Jersey Mac Apples (by the bushel or in smaller quantities) a summer apple which is like a Macintosh, soft skin and flesh, mildly tart
    • Apple Update 8-21:  We are now bringing in Mollie’s delicious, Ginger Gold and Paula Red apples, available by the pound and small bags.
    • Canteloupe and Watermelon: Just starting to come on
  • VEGETABLES
    • Broccoli
    • Brussels Sprouts
    • Zucchini
    • Yellow Squash
    • Spaghetti Squash
    • Field Tomatoes
    • Green Tomatoes
    • Field Cucumbers
    • Onions:
    • 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, by the dozen or bushel
    • U-Pick Herbs

Certified Organic Produce: 

  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes – super sweet, like candy!
  • Garlic! Becca went big planting garlic last year and we have a lot of very interesting varieties. Generally we grow two types, Porcelain (slightly less flavor but a much better keeper) and Rocambole (amazing flavor, only keeps until December or so). We grow a lot of varieties within these groups so check out Becca’s notes in the market.
  • Lettuce, though it’s lagging from the hot weather. Lettuce is often a bit slow in August due to the sun and heat. Call ahead and have us save you some if you know you want it – 269 244 5690.
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Collards
  • Cucumbers
  • Roma Paste tomatoes, Slicer tomatoes
  • Eggplant – check out the Listada di Gandia, with its purple and white striped flesh. Very tender skin, excellent flavor, and just gorgeous color
  • Peppers
  • Tomatillos
  • Basil

U-Pick opportunities: We currently do not have any thing for you to pick right now. Waiting on grapes (late September) and apples.

Our next U-Pick fruit opportunity will be when fall apples and grapes arrive. Stay tuned for more info as we get closer to apple season.

Bakery Update: We are happy to have fresh apples to bake with, so many of you have been wanting apple pie! Just call us at 269-244-5690 for bread orders or anything else you would like to order to make sure we have.

We will be making fresh apple pie tonight!

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: Apple, Blueberry, Peachy Berry, Cherry, Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will also have Peach 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 – Grape

Alcohol offerings: Afternoon, Cherry/Sage, Blueberry, Sweet Cider, Ginger, Hopped, and Preach! Yes, last year’s crowd favorite, our pear/peach cider, is back in stock! 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 right now: Black Currant/Cacao, Afternoon, 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 and forecast: To order please call us on 269-244-5690

  • Sweet Corn: We have plenty coming in now, if you are looking for large quantities to freeze or for a large gathering, we have it by the bushel. Bushel pricing (5 dozen) is $20. It helps us if you can call and pre-order as we pick daily to make sure it is fresh. We have planted enough sweet corn to have it through the month of August, if the weather cooperates.
  • 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 which looks like they will be ready the week of August 21st. Bushels will be $35 of sorted and sized pears. If you want bushels to can, please call and get added to our list.
  • Tomatoes: We are now bringing in tomatoes from the field. We are taking bushel orders for “firsts” and “seconds” tomatoes which are blemished but great for salsa, juice, etc. We are almost to the end of our wait list for those desiring bushels. If you want to be added, please give us a call. We will not be able to offer U-Pick tomatoes at this time, but will evaluate in late August and may be able to offer U-PIck then. Picked tomatoes will be $20 a bushel (for first quality). If you need a lot of tomatoes (3 bushel or more) -we will offer a quantity discount of $18 a bushel for firsts. Seconds will be $14 a bushel.
  • Apples: We have a good crop of apples this year and will provide an update closer to fall.
  • Grapes: The Concord grapes are beginning to turn color. We have a good crop of both Concord (purple) and Niagara (white) grapes. These are usually ready the last week of September of first week of October.

 

Happenings on the farm:

This has been a huge harvest week again as the summer bounty is upon us. As we update this post we frankly are a little tired of the heat, really-really wishing it would rain, and just plain tired! But we’ve been here before and we will be here again. Thanks to all of you for coming out; watching peach juice drip down your face, telling us this was the best cantaloupe you ever ate, that you consumed the entire box of sungold tomatoes before you got home and that you had to come back for another pie because the first one was is already gone (and dinner hasn’t even been served!) is what keeps us going!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local, and we hope to see you soon.

 

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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 update from Dave Vago, Executive Director of DDA, Three Rivers.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s getting to be my favorite time of summer. We’re a few weeks past the solstice, and the great, golden hour of the evening is at its most golden this time of year. In August, it happens to occur during the evening hours when it’s natural to be out strolling the sidewalk of an historic Main Street like the one we’ve got in Three Rivers. As such, I find myself hard pressed not to do just that, and our drinking and dining establishments are helping to keep me fed and watered in the process. It also means that our biggest event season in downtown Three Rivers is just around the corner, with HarmonyFest headlining. If you’re not familiar with it, HarmonyFest is an all-afternoon music festival where we close off our Main Street block, put up a bandstand, and play music for ten hours straight in celebration of the great mix of people we’ve got here. This year’s lineup includes blues, rock, gospel and bluegrass acts, as well as a variety of kids activities, food and arts & crafts vendors, and a very classy beer garden which will include some of Corey Lake’s fine cider. The event takes place on September 3rd – Labor Day Sunday – and runs from 1pm to 11pm. It’s our community’s second largest event after Water Festival. The preceding Friday evening, September 1st, we’re hosting the next of our First Friday events. This one will be all about local pride, and if you or someone you love has ties to our hometown team, the Wildcats, we’d be happy to have you join us between 5 and 8 as we decorate Main Street in the team’s colors of purple and white in preparation for Homecoming two weeks later. Look for “Paint the Town Purple in Three Rivers” on Facebook. The Marching Band and pep squad will be out, and it should be a great time. The fun will continue with more First Fridays in the fall, including a 50s fall festival where we backdate downtown, bring out the hula hoops and country yard games, and encourage you to dress back in time. If you’re still in the area then, we hope you’ll come out. As always, our businesses are open and ready to have you, and if you’d like to stay up on what we’re doing, stay tuned to this newsletter and watch “Downtown Three Rivers” on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you here!
Best, Dave

Peach Paradise: Pie, Hard Cider, or Just Plain, Juice Dripping Down Your Chin

The smell of peaches wafting through the open air market right now is so amazing, smells are free! But there is competition from the smells of cantaloupe and our newly hung onions!

Here’s what is on the market now:

  • FRUIT
    • Peaches: by the quart, peck, or bushels (please call to order bushels)  269-244-5690.
    • Picked Blueberries: by pint, quart, 5 lb. and 10 lb. box. (Note: we expect to have blueberries for about 10 more days…)
    • Lodi Apples (by the pound and bushels). This is a green, very tart apple loved by many for applesauce or because they love tart flavors that shock their taste buds
    • Jersey Mac Apples (by the bushel or in smaller quantities) a summer apple which is like a Macintosh, soft skin and flesh, mildly tart
    • Canteloupe and Watermelon: Just starting to come on
  • VEGETABLES
    • Broccoli
    • Brussels Sprouts
    • Zucchini
    • Yellow Squash
    • Spaghetti Squash
    • Field Tomatoes
    • 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, by the dozen or bushel
    • U-Pick Herbs

Certified Organic Produce: 

  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes – super sweet, like candy! We have so many right now,  Pick some up!
  • Garlic! Becca went big planting garlic last year and we have a lot of very interesting varieties. Generally we grow two types, Porcelain (slightly less flavor but a much better keeper) and Rocambole (amazing flavor, only keeps until December or so). We grow a lot of varieties within these groups so check out Becca’s notes in the market.
  • Lettuce, though it’s lagging from the hot weather. Lettuce is often a bit slow in August due to the sun and heat.
  • Cabbage.
  • Kale
  • Collards
  • Cucumbers
  • Roma paste tomatoes, slicer tomatoes
  • Eggplant – check out the Listada di Gandia, with its purple and white striped flesh. Very tender skin, excellent flavor
  • Peppers
  • Tomatillos
  • Basil

U-Pick opportunities:  We currently do not have any thing for you to pick right now. Our blueberry field has just a few left but you are welcome to go out for the experience and pick a handful or so. Blueberry picking is still going strong in much of Southwest Michigan and 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/

Our next U-Pick fruit opportunity will be when fall apples and grapes arrive.  Stay tuned for more info as we get closer to apple season.

Bakery Update:  Peaches are taking center stage in the bakery and you can get a fresh glazed peach pie, a regular peach pie, or a peachy-berry this weekend!. Just call us at 269-244-5690 for bread orders or anything else you would like to order to make sure we have.

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, Peachy berry, Cherry, Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will also have Peach 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 –  Grape

Alcohol offerings: Afternoon, Cherry/Sage, Blueberry, Rhubarbary Coast (rhubarb), Sweet Cider, Ginger, Hopped, and Preach! Yes, last year’s crowd favorite, our pear/peach cider, is back in stock! 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 right now: Afternoon, 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

  • Sweet Corn: We have plenty coming in now, if you are looking for large quantities to freeze or for a large gathering, we have it by the bushel. Bushel pricing (5 dozen) is $20. It helps us if you can call and pre-order as we pick daily to make sure it is fresh.  We have planted enough sweet corn to have it through the month of August, if the weather cooperates.
  • Peaches: Truckloads of peaches are finally rolling in, much to the relief of our overloaded peach tree branches.  We are calling everyone on our list who requested bushels to get yours to you in the next few days or in some of the next pickings which will happen over the next 10 days. IF you have not received a call, please call us back and let us know when you would like them. Peaches will be $50 a bushel this year. Please add your name on our list if you’d like to pre-order. All our peach varieties are freestone.  The bushels ready now are a mix of some Red Havens and Flamin-Fury.

  • 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 which looks like they will be ready the week of August 21st. Bushels will be $35 of sorted and sized pears. If you want bushels to can, please call and get added to our list.
  • Tomatoes: We are now bringing in tomatoes from the field. We are taking bushel orders for “firsts” and “seconds” tomatoes which are blemished but great for salsa, juice, etc.  We have started calling people on our bushel list and will continue to work our way thru the list. We will not be able to offer U-Pick tomatoes at this time, but will evaluate in late August and may be able to offer U-PIck then. Picked tomatoes will be $20 a bushel (for first quality). If you need a lot of tomatoes (3 bushel or more) -we will offer a quantity discount of $18 a bushel for firsts. Seconds will be $14 a bushel.
  • Apples: We have a good crop of apples this year and will provide an update closer to fall.

Happenings on the farm:

Our brains were mired in sweet corn last week,  but with the number of peaches we are picking that’s on the top of our minds and tongue. I found myself calling everything a peach today, including a bushel of green beans!

This has been a big harvest week as the summer bounty is upon us. We have picked lots of peaches, green beans, tomatoes, new potatoes, peppers, corn, and so many bushels of zucchini and buckets of organic Sungold tomatoes! We also started our onion harvest which you can see and smell as you enter the market!

Truckloads filled with onions

We are loving this weather, nice cool nights and warm days are perfect for getting the finishing growth on our fall apples and grapes.  Plus who doesn’t love the cool breeze coming in their windows at night?  While we are loving this weather, a bit of rain would be nice!

We loved hosting the “All Things Local–Downtown to Down Home” event last weekend. Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the afternoon with us. A special thanks to the vendors, musicians, artists, authors and our own staff for making it such a great day!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local, and we hope to see you soon.

 

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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 own update from Dave Vago, Executive Director of DDA, Three Rivers. 

If you were among the fellow aficionados of Corey Lake Orchards who stopped and said hi to us at last weekend’s Downtown to Down Home event, we’re so glad you did! There was not a soul to whom we spoke that we did not take great pleasure in meeting. Sometimes we set up a table at events and really have to work the crowd, but all of you made our job easy. We’re grateful to Beth, Peggy, Olivia, and the rest of the staff for hosting us, and to all of you for taking the time to learn about all of the new and great things we have going on in downtown Three Rivers. The new Rooster’s Wing Shack has proven quite popular, and both the Riviera Theatre and its bar and the Kelsey Block Brewing Company are proving to be great assets to anyone looking to cool off from the summer heat. Our First Fridays event series has been quite popular–our ladies’ night out, Sass in the City, took place last Friday, and saw close to 300 visitors. In a few weeks, our next First Friday occurs on September 1: we’ll be decorating downtown in preparation for Homecoming (which happens two weeks later) for our Paint the Town Purple event. For now, we’re in the thick of settling final arrangements for HarmonyFest on September 3rd. If you’re not familiar, this all-genres downtown music festival is in its 24th year, and in terms of size, is second in local ranking only to the Water Festival. HarmonyFest takes place every Labor Day weekend on Sunday right on Main Street in downtown Three Rivers. We’re hosting six acts this year, in addition to a children’s activity area, event tee shirt sales, food and art vendors, our own shops and restaurants, and a downright classy, outdoor beer garden. Selections on tap there will include a number of local brews, including some of Corey Lake’s fine ciders. The event runs from 1:00 to 11:00 pm, with the beer garden opening at 3:00. Best of all, the music is free – just bring a lawn chair. We hope to see you downtown!
Best, Dave

Downtown to Down Home: Come Cultivate Community at the Farm on Sunday!

We are all very excited for this special event we have this Sunday, August 6th – All Things Local: “Downtown to Down Home” Celebration right here at our farm. From 11 to 3 we’ll be featuring food, drink art, music, book signings by local authors and more. Essentially we are bringing “downtown” here to the farm for you to experience more about our community all in one place as part of our efforts to connect with our downdown community. Pick up a flyer at the market, get it on Facebook, or see it below.

Tickle your taste buds with food and drink to sample and purchase. Enjoy a feast for the eyes presented by the Three Rivers Artists Guild members as they set up booths with their art. Enjoy food for thought by local authors. Let the “Pipers 4” serenade you as you learn about or refresh your memory of downtown Three Rivers and River Country with its many parks and spiritual centers.

11:00 to 3:00 PM        Activities throughout the Event

Displays and representatives from

  • Downtown Three Rivers
  • River Country Tourism
  • St. Joseph County Parks
  • Three Rivers Artists Guild
  • Local spiritual centers

Food for purchase and samplings

  • Corey Lake Orchard products
  • Kalamazoo Pizza Company Food Truck
  • Mill Lake Farms (our local meat–supplier)
  • Speaking Stone Café (opening soon), coffee and expresso

12:00 to 1:00 PM        Charlotte Hubbard, local Queen Bee and author of both children’s and adult books – children’s book reading, honey tasting, and beekeeping discussion

12:00 to 3:00 PM        Brandy House Tastings by distiller, Bruce Ruesink

12:00 to 3:00 PM        Hard Cider Tastings by hard cider maker, Becca Sonday

1:30 to 3:00 PM          William Baltz, local author of “Spiritual Nexus” on the area’s spiritual centers

1:30 to 3:00 PM          Musical Serenade by local ensemble, the “Pipers 4”

3:00 PM                       Gift Basket and door prize drawings (need not be present to win)

Corey Lake Orchards Market and Bakery will have normal operation hours from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM for shopping, playground, and picnic fun.

Here’s what is on the market now:

  • FRUIT
    • Picked Blueberries: by pint, quart, 5 lb. and 10 lb. box. (Note: we expect to have blueberries through most of August, though of course this is weather dependent
    • Lodi Apples (by the pound and bushels). This will be the last week for them, this is a green, very tart apple loved by many for applesauce or because they love tart flavors that shock their taste buds
    • Jersey Mac Apples (1/4 pecks and 1/2 pecks ), a summer apple which is like a Macintosh, soft skin and flesh, mildly tart
    • Canteloupe and watermelon. Just starting to come on
  • VEGETABLES
    • Broccoli
    • Brussels Sprouts
    • Zucchini
    • Yellow Squash
    • Spaghetti Squash
    • Field Tomatoes
    • 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, by the dozen or bushel
    • U-Pick Herbs

Certified Organic Produce: 

  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes – super sweet, like candy! We have so many right now,  Pick some up!
  • Lettuce, though it’s lagging from the hot weather. Lettuce is often a bit slow in August due to the sun and heat.
  • 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
  • Collards
  • Garlic
  • Cucumbers
  • Roma paste tomatoes, slicer tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Tomatillos
  • Basil

U-Pick opportunities:  We currently do not have any thing for you to pick right now. Our blueberry field has just a few left but you are welcome to go out for the experience and pick a handful or so. Blueberry picking is still going strong in much of Southwest Michigan and 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/

Our next U-Pick fruit opportunity will be when fall apples and grapes arrive.  Stay tuned for more info as we get closer to apple season.

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: Afternoon, Cherry/Sage, Blueberry, Rhubarbary Coast (rhubarb), Sweet Cider, Ginger, Hopped, and Preach! Yes, last year’s crowd favorite, our pear/peach cider, is back in stock! 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 right now: Afternoon, 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: They are finally coming in now so we have them available by the pound. We will be calling everyone on the green been bushel list within a week and let you know where we are with getting your order filled. Bushel pricing is $35 a bushel.
  • Sweet Corn: We have plenty coming in now, if you are looking for large quantities to freeze or for a large gathering, we have it by the bushel. Bushel pricing (5 dozen) is $20. It helps us if you can call and pre-order as we pick daily to make sure it is fresh.  We have planted enough sweet corn to have it through the month of August, if the weather cooperates.
  • Peaches: As we are able to pick a few peaches here and there, we are offering them by the quart but they sell out fast. Sorry for those of you who have been trying to get your first peach taste of the year. Our trees either have too many peaches (and branches breaking despite how many times we thinned them) or no peaches.  Our early peaches froze out in the spring, so we only have a few coming in right now. We will be picking more on Saturday and will have these by the quart, we will have a few more Red Havens and some Flamin Fury.  We hope to be able to offer bushels when our later peach called Coral Star comes in mid August. Peaches will be $50 a bushel this year. Please add your name on our list if you’d like to pre-order. All our peach varieties are freestone.
  • 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. We do not have a price on these yet.
  • Tomatoes: Despite numerous problems (animals eating 800 plants and other issues) we will have a good tomato crop. We have just started bringing in some tomatoes from the field; they are coming! We are taking bushel orders for “firsts” and “seconds” tomatoes which are blemished but great for salsa, juice, etc.  We will start calling folks on bushel orders very soon. We will not be able to offer U-Pick tomatoes, but will evaluate in late August and may be able to offer U-PIck then. Picked tomatoes will be $20 a bushel (for first quality). If you need a lot of tomatoes (3 bushel or more) -we will offer a quantity discount of $18 a bushel for firsts. Seconds will be $14 a bushel.
  • Apples: We have a good crop of apples this year and will provide an update closer to fall.

Happenings on the farm:

We have been soooo busy this week with the heat making everything ripen fast, that it seems that all we do is pick, wash, pack, sell, sleep and repeat. We spent many hours this week planning and preparing for Sunday’s event.  We’ll be ready–the weather is supposed to be great.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local, and we hope to see you this weekend.

 

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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. The weekly town update from Dave Vago, Executive Director of DDA, Three Rivers is not here this week, because he will be at the “All Things Local” celebration on Sunday and would love to talk and meet you then.  His update will be back next week. 

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