Yes, we picked some asparagus! We won’t open officially until Friday, May 3rd, but we have our first picking for sale Friday (April 26) and Saturday (April 27) or until sold out. Asparagus packages are in 1, 2, and 3 pound quantities so everyone can get that first taste of fresh asparagus. A staff member will be at the market between 9 am and 3 pm Friday and Saturday to help you. Call us at 269-244-5690 if you want us to hold a few pounds for you to pick up. If no one answers, please leave your name, how many pounds you’d like and a phone number.
Due to the cold weather headed our way, (snow, really?) we won’t be picking asparagus again until “normal” warm spring weather returns. Larger quantities will be available later when asparagus gets into full production. Feel free to call us and leave your order and can call you when ready.
Pricing is: $2.50 a pound; 10 pounds or more for $2.25 a pound.
Bedding plants: All of our bedding plants – vegetables, flower annuals, and tomatoes – will be stocked this coming week and be available when we open on Friday May 3rd. These plants are specially grown for us at Schram’s greenhouse in Kalamazoo and are the same varieties that we use to plant in our own fields. It is so important to start with a high-quality plant, so as you think about your garden needs, plan on getting your plants here.
Gifts: Here’s an update from Peggy our gift manager: In addition to great produce, the market prides itself in offering unique gift items for the various seasons on the farm and in your lives. Look for some of your favorites in the weeks to come including Mad Mats with some old favorites and some new designs. Look for Carruth sculptures (the funny veggies on the wall) with some new options this spring as we expand the line. There will be locally handmade greeting cards to use with a gift or to add to a Corey Lake Orchards’ gift certificate. And do not forget that we would love to make a custom basket for Mom’s Day, showers, weddings, graduations, teacher appreciation, welcome to the neighborhood greetings, and more. Call the market and leave a message for me and I would be happy to help create that perfect gift basket.
Beth visited Carruth Studios in Ohio this winter, met their team and got to see how they make these amazing sculptures. Her collection includes all of the vegetables and fruit they make, thanks to her friend Sandy for gifting them to her over the years.
The bakery will also open for the year on Friday, May 3rd, and yes, they will be making donuts that day! (Reminder: we make our cake donuts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.) For Mother’s Day Weekend we will have our Chocolate Cream Pies and will be offering a free cake donut to all moms who come visit us!
Opening weekend’s offerings will be:
- Cookies: Flower Cut Outs, M&M “Monster” Cookies, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Lemon
- Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Rhubarb and Strawberry Rhubarb
- Breads: Whole Wheat, Whole Grain, Cinnamon, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
- Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
- Summer flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry
Alcohol offerings: Our brandies, wines and hard ciders will be on the shelf when we officially open.
Happenings on the farm:
Yes, the rain held off and we got our plastic mulch laid into the ground. You will see it on the way to the market off AL Jones road. All of our vegetables will be planted in this mulch except sweet corn, green beans, potatoes and pumpkins! It manages weed control and hiding underneath the plastic is a drip line that we use to irrigate which gets moisture right to the roots and holds it there without loss through evaporation. While we are ready to plant our cold hardy plants like broccoli, cabbage and the like, we’re holding off until this little winter squall passes this weekend.
If you pass by the farm on Corey Lake Road you will see the cherries across from the market are starting to bloom. We are busy with spring pruning (peaches, blueberries, cherries) to get our trees in the best possible health for the season.
Another sign of good progress was getting the clips on the greenhouse tomatoes to support the weight, they are coming along!
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. Have a good weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Reminder: Corey Lake Orchards will now be closed every Tuesday. We are sharing this with you in advance and will continue to share it since it is a major change. As a small family business, we have begun to realize that to best serve our customers with an exceptional product and experience, we need a down day once per week to regroup, reorganize, and re-energize.