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:
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!
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!
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
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.