Only in Pure Michigan could we go once again from shirtsleeves to wooly jackets, hats and gloves in a matter of days. So don that cold weather gear and head over to the farm for our last full weekend. Yes, our last official day will be Saturday November 4th, followed by reduced hours on some weekends. (see list below). So there’s still 9 days left!
Treat yourself this weekend to the following;
- Buy any size bag of Honeycrisp apples, get the same size bag of Honeycrisp free
- Buy any size bag of apples and get a free bag of Golden Delicious apples the same size (1 free bag per customer–of the largest size bag you purchased) In other words, buy a 1/2 bushel of Romes, a peck of Jonathan, and take a free 1/2 bu bag of Golden Delicious. The Golden Delicious apples are a real treat this year as they are the nicest ones we have grown in many years.
- Come in a costume and get a free cake donut in the bakery
- Let your kids stop at the many trick or treat stations we will have set up on the market, with bags we provide.
U-PIck apples: Normal U-PIck apples are now gone and we have gleaning available. The remainder of our apple orchards which have been harvested are open for Apple Gleaning. In these designated orchards only you may pick apples off the ground or off the trees for $5 a bushel for what is remaining. We have had a lot of folks out gleaning, so there is not a lot left, mostly some Red Delicious. You need to be a bit diligent and able to get some of them from the tops of the trees. Please bring your own ladders as well as containers to put them in. We will loan you baskets to measure them.
U-Pick Pumpkins: We still have a lot of pumpkins left in our field. This is a real pumpkin patch where there will no doubt be some mud, a few weeds, some poky pumpkin vines…so dress accordingly for the experience!
U-Pick Grapes: White Niagara and purple Concord grapes are still open for picking but we are at the end. It looks like we should have enough grapes to get through this weekend. Concord are still plentiful, but are now in the middles of the row, so bring a wagon if you have one to pull them out. There are not very many White Niagara left, so if you want a few buckets you can find them, but they are no longer available in large quantities. It is best to call before you drive here to ask how many grapes are left. We had a light frost last night, while it hit the leaves, the grapes are still okay. However, if we get another hard frost or several, the grapes will not make it through.
For all U-Pick, please check in at the market first to get directions. You will be driving to the orchards, vineyards and pumpkin field, so no need to get everyone out of the car only to have to put excited children right back in!!
Picking hours: Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6.
This is the last weekend to enjoy the Spookley the Square Pumpkin story set up in our play area, or to get your photo’s by the old truck.
Picked Apples on the market:
- 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)
- Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
- Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying “Spies for pies.” We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
- Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
- Golden Delicious: A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It’s the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.
- Cameo: Firm, crisp and sweet, tart. Great for snaking or baking. Keeps well in your refrigerator
- Fuji: Has a fantastic sweet flavor and tart flavor, with a low acid content. An incredibly good keeper, it says crisp for weeks without even being in the refrigerator.
- Red Rome: A big, round very red apple, mild sweet flavor. Holds it shape and flavor when baked.
- PInk Lady: We have only picked a few of the Pink Lady and will be picking the rest soon. If you don’t know a Pink lady, you need to meet her! It is a cross between a Lady William and Golden Delicious apple. It has bright white flesh that resists browning when cut. Pink Lady apples are very firm and dense, with a tart flavor and effervescent finish. Very unique apple! Brenda’s favorite!
Here’s what else is on the market now:
- Apple Cider
Certified Organic Produce:
Maybe a few other things, gosh the season really has wound down. We’ll see! -Becca
Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:
- As we near the end of our baking season, we would like to remind everyone to order their holiday or winter stock of “take and bake” pies. Over the last two years, we have found that this is the best way for you to have pies on your holiday table or get you through the winter until our bakery reopens in May! And it moves the wonderful aroma of a pie baking to your own home. We will be taking orders through the end of the season (November 4th is our last day). We will make these pies and flash freeze them for you and call you when your order is ready for pickup. All our “take and bake” pies are large 9” pies, the available flavors are: apple, blueberry, cherry, cherry berry, peach, pecan, pumpkin, rhubarb, and strawberry rhubarb. Call us at 269-244-5690. Give us 4 days to get your order ready, please.
- Cookies: 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, Cherry, Peach, Cherry berry, Pumpkin, Pecan and Strawberry Rhubarb
- Apple Dumplings
- 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, 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 – Apple Cider and Grape
- Look for our “take and bake” pies in our freezer in the bakery. As we work to stock up, please feel free to order and we can get them ready, please give us 4 days notice to make sure your pies are ready to go.
Alcohol offerings: Hometown Hero is back! We won a silver award for this blackberry, elderberry, rose hip cider, and we hope you like it too. Also bottled: Blueberry, Dry, Ginger, Hopped, Preach (pear/peach cider), Semi-Sweet, and Sweet. 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. 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.
Closing Date Information: Our last official day will be Saturday, November 4th, with our normal hours of 8 until 6. Many of you have also
We open every now and then for you to replenish your stock as we did last year for you to get produce, frozen pies, honey, maple syrup and our distillery/cidery products. At this point, we aren’t sure if we will have apples left after November 4th, so get your winter stock soon!
- Saturday November 11th 11 – 3
- Sunday November 12th 11 – 3
- Saturday November 18th 11 – 3
- Sunday November 19th 11 – 3
- December 2nd 11 – 3
- December 16th 11-3
Here’s what we plan to make available (until they run out!)
- Baked goods: frozen take and bake pies (if you have pre-ordered Holiday pies and have them stored in our freezer you can pick them up on one of these weekends closer to when you need them.)
- Apples, if any are left after our closing date of November 4th
- Organics: kale, lettuce, spinach, maybe carrots, onions, or other things
- Alcohol products: hard cider, brandy, wine, including tastings on Saturdays from 1 – 3.
- Other: honey, maple syrup, meat
Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins. Our thanks to the Triple Cross Fit group who came out Saturday and picked 800 pumpkins for us in about one hour. We have never seen a pumpkin field stripped so fast. We are grateful for their help, as this allowed us to donate these pumpkins to those who otherwise might not have gotten a pumpkin this year. They coined their mission aptly: Everyone deserves a pumpkin! We agree. Job well done.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see soon,
Apples are best kept in your refrigerator, preferably the crisper drawer or in an unsealed plastic bag. Refrigerate apples separately from vegetables because apples naturally release small amounts of ethylene gas that can be damaging to lettuce and other produce. If you have a root cellar, you can keep larger amounts there if it is cool, dry and dark.
For every 10 degrees above 30°F, the apples’ lifespan decreases dramatically. You do not want the apples’ temperature to fall below 30°F, however, because that will make them freeze and turn to mush when they’re thawed. Their cell walls will all collapse. Therefore, apples are best stored somewhere around 30-35°F, in a humid environment.
If storing apples in the fridge, place them inside a crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the apples. Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer with aforementioned damp paper towel, or else keep them in perforated plastic bags in a cold shed or cellar.
There is trust to that old adage: “One bad apple rots the whole bunch.” Apples give off a lot of ethylene gas, and so just one bruised and rotting apple will give off enough to swiftly ripen (and rot) the others. If you have any bruises or soft spots on an apple, set it aside for eating. Don’t store with the other apples.
Ultimately, if you’re planning on storing a lot of apples for the winter, look for firm, long-lasting apples. These are usually thick-skinned, tart apples. We recommend storing Rome or Fuji, properly stored they will last until spring