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

Strawberries….Updated on June 13th

We will open for U-Pick strawberries on Thursday, June 14th at 8 am, closing the field at noon or earlier if all the berries are picked out for the day. They are $2.50 a quart to pick, if you don’t have quart boxes, we will loan you some, but bring some containers to take them home in please.

The weather has not been kind to our strawberries this year. Some berries survived the extreme heat in May, then the rains of this past weekend caused some to spoil. Strawberries need cool nights and some dry sunny days to be at their best, which we have been short of lately! Other farms in the area are experiencing the same situation.

We will have our Jewel variety for picking, which we have the most of and has held up better than our early varieties. There are nice berries to pick, but it will take a little longer to work around the ones that have been spoiled by the rain. We will work to give everyone the best picking that we have available.

We will evaluate the picking conditions daily and will provide an update on facebook, our phone recorder or you can call us before you come over. 269-244-5690. Berry picking typically lasts a week to 10 days when the weather conditions are good, so it is hard for us to know how long they will last this year.

We appreciate your understanding of this.

Depending on where you are coming from, there are two other U-PIck berry farms who have told me they have excellent picking right now.

Soil Friend in Galesburg: https://www.facebook.com/soilfriends

Harvey’s U-Pick in Tekonsha:
https://www.facebook.com/Harveys-Farm-103412043032862/

Our first strawberries of the year!

Pricing — Already Picked strawberries: $4.00 quart.  Sorry, we are not able to take any more orders for flats at the special pricing at this point.  We will honor and fill all of the orders we have taken and you should have been called by now for a pick up date.  If not, call us.   269-244-5690.  We hope to have picked berries for another 10 days to two weeks since we are supplementing our own from picking at other local farms.

Here’s what is on the market now:

Fresh broccoli, zucchini and yellow summer squash is here.

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.

Greenhouse tomatoes are plentiful right now. So, we are running a special of 3 pounds for $5.00.   This is the first time in several years they have produced this many in order to do this—so we are pleased!

We picked 50 baskets today! Whew!

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.

Bedding Plants: All of our vegetable, tomato and flower plants are now buy 1, get 1 free. We won’t have them much longer.

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 and field so we will have it on special again for $5 a pound this weekend while it lasts. We also have garlic scapes, kale and the first organic cucumbers available.

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, and Strawberry 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,  and Sunday)
  • Slushies

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! Our Rhubarb Cider which many of you tried last year is back in bottles just in time for the weekend, and we also have a new dry mead out! United Squash Federation features a really mellow blend of ingredients, most notably buttercup squash and caramel. It’s just a really soft, nice mead that comes in at about 8% alcohol by volume. 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 are this Saturday with Bruce from 1 – 3 in the brandy room. Hard cider tastings are at the market 4-6 on Fridays and 3-6 on Saturdays. Yep, that’s right, happy hour is back! We’ll have many of our ciders on tap for flights and growler fills as well. Come sit and enjoy the space at the side of the market with a drink and pleasant conversation, and a view of the lake and our gardens. We look forward to seeing you rain or shine!

Farmer’s Markets:

 

Rachel and Terri at Texas Township on Tuesday

June means all of the local farmers markets have started. You can find us at Texas Township Farmers Market every Tuesday, plus every other Saturday (there again on June 19h). Find out more: http://www.texastownship.org/community/farmers-market/. We also partner with CINO and the Huss School project to have our produce and baked goods at the Three Rivers Farmer’s market every Thursday:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/trfarmersmarket/about/?ref=page_internal. We’re also doing the People’s Food Co-op Night Markets in Kalamazoo this year! Our first one is on June 21st. Find out more here: http://pfcmarkets.com/all-markets/night-market

Find Amber and Annelie in Three Rivers on Thursdays

Happenings on the Farm this week:

The “waiting for strawberries” game allowed us to get caught up on over due weeding and getting more plantings in. The excessive heat in May didn’t stop any weeds from growing, that’s for sure! The asparagus grew so fast with the heat that we were able to harvest more asparagus than usual  (grows an inch an hour when the temperatures are over 90 degrees!). This allowed us to feed 600 folks who get hot free meals from the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. Greg from the kitchen sent us this picture of blackened cat fish over asparagus topped with a lemon butter sauce that he prepared for everyone. We love sharing our bounty with others when we can. We also have supplied the local food bank with asparagus for the past two weeks, and with our abundance of lettuce and tomatoes, we shared those today too.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and we hope to see you soon.

My favorite part of the day, getting to the farm early and soaking in the sunrise.

Thanks for a family for allowing me to photo bomb their picture! and then sending it to me!