“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”
― Frank Herbert, Author
So while our final regular full day for the 2017 season is this Saturday, we like to think we’re just putting a bookmark in place for a another year. It’s hard saying goodbye to our many customers and not seeing you all winter. But we love staying in touch with you via emails, Facebook and Instagram posts.
And honestly, we are ready for the farm to be at a slower pace for a bit. It always feels good to have the major harvest completed. Now our work tasks turn to pruning the apple trees and grapes, winterizing equipment, and putting the fields to bed for another year. Oh, and tackling a mountain of paperwork that never seems to get done.
Yes, our last official day will be Saturday November 4th, followed by reduced hours on some weekends. So there’s only several days left! Hurry over to stock up on your winter needs.
Weekend openings schedule:
- 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, some varieties
- Organics: kale, lettuce, other things as our winter hoophouse comes into full production and they become available.
- Alcohol products: hard cider, brandy, wine, including tastings on Saturdays from 1 – 3.
- Other: honey, maple syrup, meat
End of Season specials:
- 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.
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. Sold by the pound only ($2/lb.).
- 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. Beth’s favorite!
- 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: All the Pink lady have now been picked! 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!
Apple Cider: We are through pressing apple cider for the year, so this is your last chance to get it. We should have it through Saturday. If you didn’t know, you can freeze cider for out of season enjoyment by just taking some out of the jug so it has room to expand, then simply freezing. Make sure to shake it well when it defrosts before using.
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. We will take orders through Saturday, November 4th. Call us at 269-244-5690. 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 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.
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
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 and Saturday . We will also have Apple Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings
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: Black Currant/Cacao, Dry, Ginger, 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 tasting hours with Bruce from 1-3 on Saturdays, and full range of brandy offerings.
Many of you have asked where you can get our 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 feed: apples and pumpkins! Since we are no longer making cider, we have our apple “seconds” available for purchase at $5 a bushel, bring your own container please. Also, pumpkins already picked by the market are 50 cents each (or make us an offer for a truck load.) If you want to pick them up out of the field for free, please call and ask for Beth to make arrangements.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see on one of our remaining days we are open. If not, our best wishes for the rest of the year. We truly appreciate you as customers….you are the reason we do what we do! Thank you for your loyal patronage and being part of our farm family.
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