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

Wishing You a Pleasant Memorial Day Weekend!

This holiday weekend, along with all of you, we’d like to extend our appreciation to our veterans and active service members for all that they have given and sacrificed. We’d like to treat any veteran or active service member who comes to the market over the weekend and on Memorial Day to a free cake donut. (Yes, we will be open our normal hours of 8 until 6 on Memorial Day.)

Here’s what we have on the market right now:

Asparagus: We have plenty of asparagus now. Asparagus pricing this year is $2.50 a pound; 3 pounds for $7; or 5 pounds for $11.50. If you get 10 pounds or more, it goes to $2.20 a pound. If you want large quantities (like 20 pounds or more) it helps us if you can call ahead and order it and we can get it ready for you. 269-244-5690.

Rhubarb: Available now for $2.50 a pound. If you need 10 pounds or more, it’s $2.00 a pound., please call us to order in large quantities.

Bedding plants: Yes, it is time to get your gardens finished….or for some of you, started! Memorial Day has always served as a marker for when gardens and flower beds should be planted and finished. With the wet soil this year, we are all struggling to get things planted! We think it’s okay if you’re a little behind, but it’s a good weekend to get it done just the same.

We were determined to get tomato plants in so we planted right thru the lake!

We still have a good selection available of:

  • Cool-weather crops: Cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, various lettuce varieties, broccoli, chard, and spinach
  • Flower annuals: We have a huge selection of flower annuals….too many to list
  • Tomato plants: We have a large selection of tomatoes (all the ones that we grow here in our own fields) plus mini tomatoes like grape and cherry
  • Herbs
  • Other “heat loving” vegetable plants like peppers, cucumbers, melons, squash, and eggplant
  • Hanging flower baskets: We have lots of hanging baskets, including some of the favorites we carry every year
  • Specialty pots made up with flower and herb arrangements
  • Large tomato and pepper plants for your patio, porch or yard

    Check out these “fun” fall squash varieties

Straw: We have extra bales of straw available for your mulching needs. They are $6/bale or 4 bales for $20.

We are currently harvesting lots of lettuce from our certified organic hoophouse so we will have it on special again for $5 a pound this weekend while it lasts. We also have lots of kale and the last of the spinach available!

Becca using a weed burner for prepping the ground for organic planting

The bakery’s offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Flower Cut Outs, M&M “Monster” Cookies, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Lemon
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Rhubarb and Strawberry Rhubarb and Blueberry Rhubarb
  • Breads: Whole Wheat, Whole Grain, Cinnamon, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
  • Cake Donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry (made on Friday, Saturday,  Sunday and Memorial Day Monday)
  • Slushies

Cookies coming out of the oven today!

In the bakery freezer case you can find:

  • Local gluten free items from Gluten Free Sensations in Three Rivers: brownies, cookies, cinnamon rolls, cherry and apple pies, and granola.
  • Pork products from Jake’s Country Meats: brats, pork sausage links, bacon, and snacking sticks.

Some of our U-Pick Herbs are readyFind bags, scissors for cutting around the neck of the bird overlooking the herb garden. A list of what is ready is posted at the market.

 

 

 

 

 

Hard Ciders, Wine and Brandies: We’ve got lots of ciders available! Plentiful Brunch (maple vanilla), Hopped, Sweet, Semi-Sweet, and Dry. Also, our Prince Tribute Cider is back! We’re nearly to the end of Ginger, Hometown Hero, and Currant/Cacao, so pick those up ASAP since they might not last the weekend. We also have our full line of Hubbard’s Brandy, Double Cherry Wine, and Kaiser Cyser.

If you’re looking for our cider outside of our farm, you can visit Rooster’s Wing Shack in Three Rivers, The Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers, Dussel’s in Cassopolis, Craft Beer Cellar in Grand Rapids, and as always, The Local in Centreville, Michigan.

Brandy tasting and tours return this Saturday with Bruce from 1 – 3 in the brandy room. We will also be starting up our cider tastings like we offered last year.  From 4-6 on Fridays and 3-6 on Saturdays, join Becca at the market for hard cider happy hour. We’ll be doing bottle pours and have many of our ciders on tap for flights and growler fills as well. We were really pleased with how these worked out last year, so we are readying the same space at the side of the market where you can sit, enjoy a drink and pleasant conversation, with a view of the lake and our gardens. We look forward to seeing you rain or shine!

How fitting that the Prince Tribute hard cider returned during this rainy May

Local Products: We try to offer as many local and Michigan made products as we can. Our market is beginning to fill out with some of these and you’ll find them in the cooler, to the bakery to around on various shelves and the wall. You should be able to get just about everything you need for your weekend activities right here….from bread, to cheese or meat to accompany your fresh produce.

Happenings on the farm: 

Check out the antique blacksmith’s table in the center of the market for lots of information about what is going on here locally and in Michigan.  We encourage you to discover some of the many treasures we have here in St. Joseph County.  The 2018 Michigan Farm Fun directories came. These are a “must have” for your vehicle glove box in order to visit the many wonderful farms in your travels around the state. We are proud to be a member of the Michigan Agritourism Association.

We were able to plant additional apple trees along with sweet and tart cherry trees before the next rain came.

New heirloom trees next to our future U-pick apple orchard

We added about 50 semi dwarf cherry trees to the future U-Pick cherry orchard

We getting a lot of questions on strawberries. So here’s what we know. They will be later than normal due to the cold spring. Please check back with us the week of June 5th for more information. They are blooming and forming strawberries and it looks like it will be a good crop this year! Next week we will finalize pricing and start taking orders for flats. Nothing like a Michigan strawberry!

Thanks as always for buying local, from everyone at Corey Lake Orchards. We hope everyone has a pleasant and safe weekend.

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 an update from Dave Vago, Executive Director of DDA, Three Rivers.

The Three Rivers Main Street program welcomes you back for another year of exciting activities on the lakes and in downtown Three Rivers! It’s been a busy winter and spring for us. We’ve been working on stepping up our game in recruiting new businesses to our downtown, and the revitalization progress continues. We’ve got two dining establishments under construction. Venue 45, located at 45 North Main Street, will be a pop-up, fine dining establishment when it opens for business, featuring periodic guest chefs operating the restaurant as if it were their own. In between chefs, it will be available as an event rental venue. Take a peek in through the window–owners John and Sherri Rivers have done a beautiful job on the renovation so far. Also recently begun was work on the future Landmark Taphouse and Grille at 19-23 North Main. This project began just a few weeks ago and is moving forward very aggressively. We expect that later this year, you’ll be able to stop in for lunch or dinner and enjoy a wide selection of items on tap.
In the meantime, our stores, service businesses, bars, and restaurants are open for business and ready for you to come in and enjoy a meal, a cool drink, a haircut, or to shop. We’re kicking off this season’s First Fridays series in Downtown Three Rivers with an Ice Cream Social next Friday, June 1st. The Main Street program will offer free ice cream from 5 to 8 pm, and the business owners will feature toppings that you can walk up and down the block and collect. This event concurs with the Farmers’ Market’s monthly Movies in the Park event, just behind the west side of downtown that same evening. It’s a great time for a family-friendly outing in Three Rivers. We hope you will join us!
Best,
Dave