September is when the shelves that had been overflowing with summer vegetables change to bags of apples! Apples are coming on slowly this year. We are grateful for the few cool days and nights we are going to have which apples really need to grow, color and flavor.
Many of you know this has been a really difficult week here at the farm. On Labor Day Monday, our dear employee and friend to so many, Terri Kauffman, was seriously injured in a SUV/ATV accident that occurred on AL Jones road by our vineyards. Terri is our main person at the weekly Texas Township Farmer’s market and also co-manages our u-pick apples and grapes in the fall. She remains in intensive care in Kalamazoo. (She has asked for no visitors at this time.) We are grateful to everyone who stopped and helped that day and for all of you who have stopped and asked about her. She has a long recovery ahead of her and we ask that all of you keep her in your thoughts and prayers. We will continue to update you on her progress.
2018 Apple update: We have a smaller crop of apples this year due to spring weather issues. At the bottom of this blog post,*** we have a chart which estimates when they will be ready and which ones we don’t have many of that you can pre-order. We also have copies of this information at our market for you to pick up.
Apples: We only have 3 varieties ready. By this weekend, we will have all size quantities available of the following apples (including bushels).
- 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
- Since Labor Day weekend with sweltering heat and rains kept many of you away, we are opening up u-pick apples again this weekend for you to be able to pick your own. The varieties available will be Gala, Jon-A-Mac, and Mollie’s Delicious.
- Apple picking will be available on Saturday and Sunday , 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 the week of September 17th for an opening date.
- 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 have a few peaches left, and they are available for $15 a peck, $8.75 a 1/2 peck and $4 a quart. We don’t have any more bushels available. Oh how we all are going to miss the peaches.
- Bartlett Pears: We have a few small eating baskets left then they are gone for the year. Bosc Pears, a winter pear will be ready in a few weeks.
- Fredonia Grapes (this is an early grape like a Concord grape, with seeds)
- Stanley prune plums--available in quarts only, we had a very poor crop this year 🙁
- 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, (we will have another week!) eggplant, Brussels sprouts, winter squash, shallots, and 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. This is a great year for onions.
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.
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: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, and Pear (finally enough pears ripened to make this pie that has become a favorite for so many of you)
- 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! New this week: Cortabella Hard Cider! This is a pure Cortland cider, conditioned in-bottle, that got us our highest competition marks ever. If you like a dry cider (no residual sweetness) try it out! We also 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. We’re nearing the end of our Strawberry and Prince Tribute stock for the year, just so people know.
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.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.
|Variety||Crop Size Estimate||Will U-Pick be Available when they are ready?||Approximate Week Ready–Please check back as weather will can change timing earlier or later||Should order in advance|
|Jona Mac||few||yes||Ready now||no|
|Molly’s Del||good||yes||Ready now||no|