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

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

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