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

“How Do You Like Them Apples?”

So, how do you like them apples? In a pie, in a fritter, in a caramel apple cookie, in an apple cider donut, in apple brandy, in our Kaiser Cyser wine, or in our many choices and flavors of hard ciders?  With this early fall weather, apples are here! See the list below of what is ready now. When you are in the market, please feel free to try apples from any of our bins to see which variety you like best. Who knows, maybe you have always gotten Macintosh because you remember your family making applesauce from them, but we encourage you to try something you haven’t tried before, just in case it might become your new favorite apple!

Yesterday’s harvest

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.
  • 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)
  • Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce.We now have all of these picked for the year and would encourage you to get your year’s supply within the next few weeks.
  • JonaGold: Superbly crisp and juicy with shades of tart and sweet in each apple, very large and aromatic. Cross between a Jonathan and Golden Delicious.We now have all of these picked for the year and would encourage you to get your year’s supply within the next few weeks.
  • U-PIck apples is closed for now but will open again for the season when more of the fall varieties are ready.  Check back with us around 9-15 to see if we have an opening date yet.
  • 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

  • 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. 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!
  • Fredonia Grapes: Available in 1 and 2 quart boxes or by the 1/2 bushel. 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. 

VEGETABLES

  • Cabbage
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Winter squash: Butternut, Acorn, Buttercup, Heart of Gold, Sweet Dumpling and Delicatta.
  • 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)
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Fall Ornamentals of gourds, colorful mums and mini pumpkins

Grape Update: You can smell the grapes more each day as they ripen. 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)
  • Lettuce
  • 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

Mushrooms! Becca took advantage of all the extra branches from the electrical line work at the farm this spring and has begun growing mushrooms. We have a few almond agaricus and oyster mushrooms for sale this weekend. They are not certified organic. We’re getting them certified during our upcoming 2017 inspection though, and they are grown using organic techniques. These will be coming in slowly, in part because of the cool weather and in part because this year’s logs were a small trial batch. Try some if you can get them and let us know what you think!

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,Pumpkin 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, and Sunday. 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/.  This is a good time to stock up on roasts that can go in the crockpot which warms the kitchen as autumn arrives.

Alcohol offerings: Sweet, Semi-Sweet, Standard Dry and Black Currant/Cacao ciders are all fresh this month, and we still have Afternoon, Cherry/Sage, Blueberry, 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. 

Happenings on the farm this week: We picked apples, we sorted apples, we bagged apples, we sold apples, we washed apples, we peeled apples for pie, we made apple pies and cookies we bottled hard apple cider, we ate/slept, then repeated over and over! And some of us, even dreamed about apples….will we ever be able to pick all of these? Will we have enough boxes?!!

We ordered all the remaining cider making supplies (most important jugs!!). If all goes well, we hope to have cider the weekend of September 16th.

We put the finishing touches on our Cover Crop maze located here by the market. Ask about it when you are here and you can get more info below.**

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local, and especially for buying and enjoying them apples!

A beautiful full harvest moon over the vineyards this week.

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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 gone for the year no
Fuji good yes 9-Oct no
Gala Lots yes Ready now no
Golden Delicious lots yes 25-Sep no
Golden Supreme few no 25-Sep yes
Honey Crisp lots no Ready now no
Ida Red few yes 25-Sep yes
JonaMac lots yes Ready now no
JonaGold good no Ready now no
Jonathon good yes 18-Sep no
Macintosh good yes Ready now no
Molly’s Del good yes Ready now 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