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:
- 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
- Brussels Sprouts
- 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
- 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.
- Roma paste tomatoes, slicer tomatoes
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.
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.