As the calendar page turns over to December we are loving the fall weather that we wish would have come in October for apple picking. But alas, unpredictable Pure Michigan it is and we’ll enjoy it while it’s here. And since this weather always has us working somewhere on the farm, we are happy to meet up with you if you call is in advance to pick up things you need. 269-244-5690. Otherwise, we are open for the next two Saturdays
Weekend opening schedule:
- 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 Good news! We currently all flavors available: Dutch Apple, Regular 2-Crust Apple, Strawberry Rhubarb, Cherry, Blueberry, Pumpkin, Pecan, Peach and Cherry- Berry. If you want these for holiday events or to get you through the winter, need to stock up now as we are finished baking for the year.
- Apples, see list below of what we still have
- Organics: garlic, kale, spinach, lettuce
- Alcohol products: We’ll also have hard cider, brandy, wine, and if you want to try before you buy, come to tasting on Saturdays from 1-3 which Bruce is hosting in the bakery.
- Other: honey, maple syrup, meat.
End of Season apple specials:
- 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.
Picked Apples on the market: Apples are going fast so don’t delay…..
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Apple Cider is gone for the year, we all miss that for sure! Our bakery is now closed for the year, so sorry, no donuts, cookies, muffins, just “take and bake” pies from the freezer.
Many of you have asked where you can get our hard cider during our off-season. The Local Bar in Centreville has a great bottle selection and usually stocks five or more of our ciders. The Riviera Bar in Three Rivers also carries a few of our ciders, and we’ll be reaching out to some more stores now that we’re mostly done at the market. You are always welcome to schedule a time to drop by and buy some wine, brandy, and hard cider as well – 269-244-5690.
Animal apples: We have our apple “seconds” available for purchase at $5 a bushel, bring your own containers please.
Free Pallets: We put a stack of pallets in our parking lot, please take them if you can use them. If you would like more, give us a call and we can make arrangements to get more to you.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see on one of our remaining days we are open, or by appointment if that’s more convenient for you!
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