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

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