We will be open all weekend from 8 – 6 every day including Monday, AND we will be opening u-pick for apples for your weekend enjoyment. Labor Day is that marker where we transition to our fall produce. So you will see more space taken up by apples and hard squash as the summer vegetables wane. We are grateful that the weather cooperated so that we can have our delicious sweet corn all weekend.
This has been a week of heavy labor for us. The high humidity and rains have made it difficult to harvest the pears, peaches, tomatoes and more. The heat brought everything on at once so our wonderful field crew endured as they always do to get everything picked. A measure of their labor was that we used over 1000 half bushel baskets this week and had to borrow them from every farm that could loan us some! A reminder, when you are purchasing large quantities please bring containers if you have them, boxes, tubs, laundry baskets, reusable grocery bags, etc.: this helps us with our basket supply!
Fruit offerings for the weekend:
Apples are coming! They are a bit behind schedule. So for the weekend, we will be selling them in small eating quantities of a 1/4 peck and 1/2 peck. Bushels will come later as more ripen.
- Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple. It is a late summer apple which we will only have a short time
- Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness
- Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple. It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan and a McIntosh. A favorite for apple sauce
- Earli-Blaze: This is a good cooking or eating apple. This year we are offering these in “lunch box” (small) apples as it is such a nice eating apple
- Paula Red: a tart apple for eating or cooking, available by the 1/4 peck or 1/2 peck
- Ginger Gold: This has become a popular summer apple, we wish we had planted more trees, but we only have a few trees thus we only sell them in small quantities.
- We are opening up U-Pick Apples this weekend for you to be able to pick your own. The varieties available will be Gala, Jon-A-Mac, and Mollie’s Delicious. We know that many of you will be around for the weekend and would like to have the “apple picking experience” with your family
- Apple picking will be available on Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day Monday, during the hours we are open which is 8 until 6. We need everyone checked out by 6, so you must be in the apple orchard by 5:30 to be able to pick. Please check in at the market by 5:15 to get directions and containers to pick
- After this weekend, u-pick apples will close again until more apples are ready, please check back for a date probably mid to the end of September
- Apple pricing for the year: Our apple pricing is the same as last year. The price is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7.50 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $5 a half-peck, $3 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available.
Other Fruit offerings
- Peaches: We hope to have peaches through the Labor Day Weekend. $48 bushel, $25 half bushel, $15 a peck, $8.75 a 1/2 peck and $4 a quart. If you want to pre-order to make sure you have them, call the market at 269-244-5690.
- Bartlett Pears: Available by the bushel or in smaller quantities. The Bartlett pear is a good eating and canning pear, very sweet and juicy. We will have them about one more week. If you have already called us to reserve bushels, you should have received a call that they were ready, if not, please call us or come and get them. If you would still like some, please call the market and let us know how many you would want and we can save them for you. 269-244-5690. Pricing is $35 a bushel, $18 a half bushel, and we also have them in eating size quantities. You may wonder why the pears are picked and sold green, this is a characteristic of pears. They must ripen off the tree, if not, then they will ripen from the inside out and be mushy. They will easily ripen for you if you will lay them out in a single layer when you get home in a dry, cool place, then wait for them to turn yellow, and enjoy!
- Tomatoes from the field are still coming in.
- “Firsts” Tomatoes are $20 a bushel or $12 a half bushel
- “Seconds” Tomatoes (have blemishes or are misshapen) are $14 a bushel… These are great for making sauce, juice or salsa
- We hope to have tomatoes on hand now for those that have ordered them and those who would like to get some. If you are trying to get lots of bushels, it does help to call us to let us know, 269-244-5690
- How long will they last? We say up until the first frost, but they are in peak production right now so you should try to get them in the next several weeks if you want large quantities
So on the market right now, we’ve got: fresh sweet corn (finally we have lots on Labor Day WEekend!), eggplant, brussels sprouts, zucchini, yellow summer squash, winter squash, shallots, field peppers in so many shapes and sizes–from hot to sweet!
Onions, including Red Torpedo Tropea, Red Marble Cippolini, and Borrettana Cippolini are in. These are incredible for cooking or roasting. Our large sweet onions are now cleaned and bagged (10 pounds) for you to take. They have been “cured” to keep.
U-pick herbs: Find bags, scissors for cutting around the neck of the bird overlooking the herb garden. Almost everything is available right now except cilantro.
Organics! Lettuce (place an order if you want it for sure, it gets bought up fast!), bunching onions, leeks, bell peppers, hot peppers, basil, cucumbers, swiss chard, and lots of tomatoes including heirlooms, slicers, and cherry tomatoes from the certified organic hoophouse. We’ve started putting out cured garlic which will be good to use fresh or to store for the upcoming months. Becca made a stamp for the bags so that they won’t be a mystery in your pantry.
We mark organic things with green, which means organic tomato pints have green x’s on them, cukes and other things are in green container, or for basil and kale and lettuce we make green signs. So you’ll find these around the market, or just ask a clerk. We’ve got a lot of organic produce coming in!
Grape Update: You can smell the grapes now and they are turning color and softening. Our best guess now is the white grapes could be ready the week of 9-17 and the purple grapes the week of 9-24. But it depends on the weather. Before we open, we will want them to be at their full ripeness and sugar content. Please check back with us around September 14th for an update.
We will have lots of grapes this year—of both colors–so you will have plenty of time to pick them once we open.
Bakery: Be sure to come see us in the bakery! If there is a favorite pie, please feel free to call and have us save it back for you! 269-244-5690. This will be the last weekend for peach glaze pie.
Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:
- Cookies: M&M “Monster” Cookies, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, Cherry White Chocolate Chip, Coconut Pecan, and Lemon
- Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, and Peach Glaze (available Fri, Sat, Sun)
- Breads: Vegetable, Whole Wheat, Whole Grain, Cinnamon, Vegetable, LaBrea Breads, Focaccia, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns and Sunflower Seed Bread!
- Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
- Assorted Muffins and Blueberry Coffee Cake
- Cake Donuts: Buttermilk, apple cider and pumpkin (made on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
- Gluten Free Sensations items in bakery freezer including pies, cookies, brownies, and cinnamon rolls!!
- Slushies (now in 2 sizes based on customer’s requests for larger size!)
- In the bakery freezer, Plainwell Vanilla Ice Cream, for pie a la mode!
Hard Ciders, Wine and Brandies: We’ve moved Hard Cider Happy Hour, it’s in the onion barn now! This is the building on top of the hill overlooking the playground and herb garden. Come find us 4-6pm Friday, 3-6pm Saturday and sample cider or get a growler filled. If you bring growlers from home and we’ll put our sticker over them, or buy one from us! Back this week: Blueberry Cider! This will be in 22 oz. bottles only until we get labels in for the 12 oz. bottles, be patient! We have Preach (Pear/Peach), Brunch (Maple/Vanilla), Strawberry, Hopped, Afternoon (Strawberry/Chamomile), Prince Tribute, Sour Cherry/Sage, Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, United Squash Federation, and Standard Semi-Sweet in bottles.
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. We also have cider at Hoffman Street Grocery in Three Rivers!
Brandy tasting and tours are this Saturday from 1-3. We also have our full line of Hubbard’s Brandy as well as Double Cherry Wine available behind the shelf at the market.
Three River’s Harmony Fest is this weekend. This is a great event, great music and you can enjoy our hard ciders there! It is on Labor Day Sunday, for more info go to: https://www.facebook.com/HarmonyFest/events
Here’s hoping you have a safe and great weekend and we hope to see you at the farm.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.