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

Monthly Archive: May 2019

Finally, starting to feel like spring!

We’re open for the 2019 season!   Our hours are 8 to 6 daily, including holidays, except we are now closed on Tuesdays

We have fresh picked asparagus and  will have it all weekend. Asparagus is finally starting to grow faster with some of these warm days.  We have started down the order list and should have all the orders filled this coming week.  Thanks for your patience.    Pricing: $2.50 a pound; 10 pounds or more for $2.25 a pound.

Fresh Rhubarb is also available now!  $2.50 a pound.   We also have rhubarb pie in the bakery, a spring favorite!

Our large sweet onions, grown in 2018 and stored over the winter.

Organic produce from the Hoophouse:  Spinach, Lettuce, Kale and radishes

Bedding plants:  All of our bedding plants – vegetables, flower annuals, and tomatoes are here!  These plants are specially grown for us at Schram’s greenhouse in Kalamazoo and are the same varieties we plant in our 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.  Any of our staff can help you pick out what you need, just ask!

Bedding plants:

  • Cole crops: Cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts, various lettuce varieties, broccoli, chard, and spinach
  • Flower annuals: We have a huge selection of flower annuals….too many to list
  • Tomato plants: We have a large selection of tomatoes (all the ones that we grow here in our own fields) plus mini tomatoes like grape and cherry
  • Herbs
  • Other “heat loving” vegetable plants like peppers, cucumbers, melons, squash, and eggplant
  • Hanging flower baskets: We have lots of hanging baskets, including some of the favorites we carry every year like the lipstick plant
  • Lettuce bowls, for your “pick your own salad”
  • Large tomato plants for your patio, porch or yard
  • Specialty pots made up with flower and herb arrangements by our own Teri.  If you’d like Teri to make a special pot for you, bring in your containers and pick out the flowers and she will put it together.
  • Bakery:  This weekend in the bakery we will have our peanut butter cream pies!  These are definitely a favorite!  If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we would be happy to save it for you!This weekend’s offerings will be:
    • Cookies: Flower Cut Outs, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
    • Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Rhubarb and Strawberry Rhubarb. Peanut butter Cream is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
    • Breads: Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan, Focaccia Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
    • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
    • Summer flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry (Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
    • Slushies

Also in the bakery you can find:

  • Local Gluten free items
  • Local Plainwell Ice cream to scoop out with pie.
  • Jake’s Country Meats,  pork products
  • Welch’s juice products, from Lawton
  • Country Home Creations herb and spice packets to make your own  dressing or dip
  • Our new line of chocolates 
    • Many of the staff, particularly Beth, needed a good chocolate for stress relief and just to enjoy!  We had a lot of fun exploring different local chocolatiers this winter (especially the sampling part) and are now partnering with “Confections with Convictions” who handmake artisanal chocolates exclusively from organic and fair trade.   Find out more about them and their story here:  https://confectionswithconvictions.com/
  • Just outside the bakery in our market fridge, you’ll find lots of local cheese from Benton Harbor, but also we have Mattawan Creamery Yogurt back for the year.   Many of you have fallen in love with this yogurt, if you haven’t tried it, you should!  Learn more about them here:  https://www.facebook.com/Mattawan-Artisan-Creamery-105281702883195/

Alcohol offerings:  Our brandies, wines and hard ciders available are:

  • Brandies:  Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
  • Wines: Double Cherry and Kaiser Cyser
  • Hard Cider flavors: Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, Preach, Blueberry, Hometown Hero, Cortabella, Currant/Cacoa, Elves, United Squash Federation, Ginger, Strawberry and Brunch. 

Due to popular demand Teresa has made more asparagus tamales to sell on Saturday and Sunday.  They are $1.50 each, you may want to call and order ahead.  269-244-5690.

Happenings on the farm:

We hope last weekend was the last time we had to move plants into shelter from the cold weather.  Some of our plants are breaking records for how much mileage they are racking up being moved in and out!

Apples are now in full bloom, enjoy these final blossoms while you are out and about.   Strawberries and blueberries are starting to bloom.   Many questions about when strawberries will be ready, as of now everything is running about 2 weeks behind due to the cool spring, but that could change.  We estimate mid June for strawberries.   Stay tuned.

Pink Lady apples blooming

Blueberries in bloom

Early strawberries blooming

The several days of sun this week have started turning the greenhouse tomatoes from green to red……it won’t be much longer now!

With the few sunny, dry days, we planted furiously.  Yes, we have planted our heat loving crops like tomatoes, squash and other and are keeping our fingers crossed.  Thanks to Teri and Teresa, we got our herb garden planted.  All of the metal pots in front have different mint in them.  Be sure to stop and smell!

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 will continue to share this notice 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.

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

We’re open for the 2019 season!   Our hours are 8 to 6 daily, including holidays, except we are now closed on Tuesdays.

We’re wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. If you are out this weekend, please stop into our bakery where every mom (or those fulfilling the role) gets a free cake donut of their choice, as our acknowledgement and appreciation of how special you are.  Special thanks to all of the mothers who work here–especially those working on Mother’s Day!

April (and May) showers bring May flowers and just in time for Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 12th.  Here’s a few gift ideas:

Mother’s Day ideas

  • We can do gift certificates to so they can pick out their own goodies. We can do these over the phone with a credit card and mail out for you, or have it waiting for the gift recipient to pick up here.
  • We have lots of gift items, gift basket ideas, flower baskets, or get her favorite pie or hard cider!

Peggy has several gift baskets ready to go!

  • Making Mom breakfast? You can get the sausage or bacon,  maple syrup for pancakes sold here from  Maple Row SugarHouse, or one of our pastries from the bakery.
  • For the gardener, help pick out bedding plants and then help plant.  Nothing like working in the soil on a nice day with someone you love.
  • We have some lovely new Carruth sculptures for the garden loving mom.   See them behind our check out counter.
  • Sweets for the sweet, can be as simple as jar of honey which has great shelf life so mom can be reminded of your gift for months to come.
  • Pick up her favorite salad dressing, one of our lettuce bowls, and a large tomato plant for the patio to give months of “pick your own” salad!

We have fresh picked asparagus and hope to have it all weekend.  Asparagus is still not growing as fast as demand because of the cool weather this week.  For those who have large orders pending or want to place one, we will call you when it really starts coming in.  Meanwhile, feel free to call us and have us hold some for you to pick up.     269-244-5690.  Pricing: $2.50 a pound; 10 pounds or more for $2.25 a pound.

Fresh Rhubarb is also available now!  $2.50 a pound.   We also have rhubarb pie in the bakery, a spring favorite!

Our large sweet onions, grown in 2018 and stored over the winter.

Bedding plants:  All of our bedding plants – vegetables, flower annuals, and tomatoes are here!  These plants are specially grown for us at Schram’s greenhouse in Kalamazoo and are the same varieties we plant in our 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.  Any of our staff can help you pick out what you need, just ask!

A frequently asked question by customers is can we go ahead and plant everything.  We would recommend proceeding with caution on tender flowers or any vine plant (cucumbers, melons) and peppers.  We had ours outside hardening up and were surprised to come in yesterday morning and finding them nipped by the cold wind.   There is cold weather forecasted this weekend and we are not planting any heat loving plants yet.  It’s not fun to have to plant twice!

Bedding plants:

  • Cole crops: Cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts, various lettuce varieties, broccoli, chard, and spinach (all of these can be planted now)
  • Flower annuals: We have a huge selection of flower annuals….too many to list
  • Tomato plants: We have a large selection of tomatoes (all the ones that we grow here in our own fields) plus mini tomatoes like grape and cherry
  • Herbs
  • Other “heat loving” vegetable plants like peppers, cucumbers, melons, squash, and eggplant
  • Hanging flower baskets: We have lots of hanging baskets, including some of the favorites we carry every year like the lipstick plant
  • Lettuce bowls, for your “pick your own salad”
  • Large tomato plants for your patio, porch or yard
  • Specialty pots made up with flower and herb arrangements by our own Teri.  If you’d like Teri to make a special pot for you, bring in your containers and pick out the flowers and she will put it together.

Bakery:  This weekend for Mother’s Day we will have our Chocolate Cream Pies and will be offering a free cake donut to all moms who come visit us!  If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we would be happy to save it for you!

This weekend’s offerings will be:

  • Cookies: Flower Cut Outs, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
  • Pies:Blueberry, Cherry, Rhubarb and Strawberry Rhubarb. Chocolate Cream is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Breads:Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan, Focaccia Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
  • Summer flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry (Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Slushies

The many rainy days of this week has made it difficult to know what to bake, so forgive us if we haven’t baked something you wanted!

Also in the bakery you can find:

Local Gluten free items. We are partnering again with Gluten Free Sensations in Three Rivers and will offer many of their gluten free products, made in their gluten free bakery, frozen and delivered to our bakery freezer.  We carry brownies, cookies, cinnamon rolls, cherry and apple pies.

Owner Loretta delivering to us

  • Local Plainwell Ice cream to scoop out with pie.
  • We also are partnering again with Jake’s Country Meats in Cassopolis to supply us with pork products. Now available in the bakery freezer are brats, pork sausage, hot dogs, bacon and snacking sticks. Pick up a flyer about them next to our freezer or learn more about them at Jake’s Country Meats

Amy and Peggy toured Jake’s County Meats in April.   Corey Lake Orchards and Jake’s Country Meats are natural partners in providing high quality local food.  You could not have that extra special first BLT without the CLO tomato and Jake’s bacon! Jake’s is a multi-generational farm with deep local roots and a love of the land.  At one time Jake’s raised hogs indoors in a confined space, but over time Nate, one of the family, realized that he could raise healthier and more tasty meat in a manner better for the environment.  Today the hogs are pastured along with some beef cattle, chickens and goats.  Amy and Peggy can both attest to the pastoral setting that they experienced on a hay ride around the farm.  The transparency of all that Jake’s does is truly a breath of fresh air.  Let us know if you’d like us to carry a larger variety of their meat products.

Alcohol offerings:  Our brandies, wines and hard ciders available are:

  • Brandies:  Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
  • Wines: Double Cherry and Kaiser Cyser
  • Hard Cider flavors: Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, Preach, Blueberry, Hometown Hero, Cortabella, Currant/Cacoa, Elves, United Squash Federation, Ginger, Strawberry and Brunch. 

Due to selling out last weekend and requests for more, Teresa is making more asparagus tamales to sell on Saturday and Sunday.  They are $1.50 each, you may want to call and order ahead.  269-244-5690.

Happenings on the farm:

We continued to empty rain gauges and record, but standing water in the fields told the whole story. Sometimes we feel like all we are growing well is dandelions!  We have held back on planting our herb garden and flower beds due to the cold expected this weekend so forgive our “work in process” around the market areas.  We were thrilled to finally be able to plant last weekend, getting onions, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, shallots, sweet corn and peas in before the rain.

Cherry blossom are ending and apples are starting.  Our early apples were in full bloom today!

Tomatoes and cucumbers are thriving in the greenhouse, but the lack of sun and heat isn’t helping the tomatoes to turn red.   Patience please!

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 will continue to share this notice 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.

 

Opening Friday May 3rd!

We’re open!  We will be open for the season starting Friday, May 3rd.  Our hours are 8 to 6 daily, including holidays, except we are now closed on Tuesdays.

It’s been a flurry of activity with our wonderful staff getting the market ready for the 2019 season.  Brooms, brushes, dustpans and bleach bottles were at full speed.  The rain has held us back from getting everything ready in the yard and play areas, but with the forecast of sun coming, we’ll get there soon!

Yes, we have fresh picked asparagus and hope to have it all weekend.  Asparagus is not growing as fast as demand.  Give us a few days of warm weather and we should have plenty.  Meanwhile, feel free to call us and have us hold some for you to pick up.  Larger quantities will be available later when asparagus gets into full production.  We are taking orders and will call you when it’s ready.  269-244-5690.  Pricing: $2.50 a pound; 10 pounds or more for $2.25 a pound.

Fresh Rhubarb is also available now!  $2.50 a pound.

Our large sweet onions, grown in 2018 and stored over the winter.

Bedding plants:  All of our bedding plants – vegetables, flower annuals, and tomatoes are here!  These plants are specially grown for us at Schram’s greenhouse in Kalamazoo and are the same varieties we plant in our 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.  Any of our staff can help you pick out what you need, just ask!

plants and flowers everywhere!

Bedding plants:

  • Cole crops: Cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts, various lettuce varieties, broccoli, chard, and spinach
  • Flower annuals: We have a huge selection of flower annuals….too many to list
  • Tomato plants: We have a large selection of tomatoes (all the ones that we grow here in our own fields) plus mini tomatoes like grape and cherry
  • Herbs
  • Other “heat loving” vegetable plants like peppers, cucumbers, melons, squash, and eggplant
  • Hanging flower baskets: We have lots of hanging baskets, including some of the favorites we carry every year like the lipstick plant
  • Lettuce bowls, for your “pick your own salad”
  • Specialty pots made up with flower and herb arrangements by our own Teri.  If you’d like Teri to make a special pot for you, bring in your containers and pick out the flowers and she will put it together.
  • Large tomato plants for your patio, porch or yard

Lettuce bowls to pair with a tomato plant for salad all the time!

Gifts:  Here’s an update from Peggy our gift manager:  Mother’s Day is Sunday May 12th.  Looking for the perfect gift for mom or mother figures in your life?  Let us assist you in choosing local fare.  Our bakery will have lots of goodies from which to choose and while the produce available is just beginning for the year, how about an asparagus bouquet made with purple and green spears?  Or a gift certificate for use later in the season tucked into a locally crafted card?  We can do a gift certificate over the phone and mail it to your special someone or keep it here for them to pick up.  How about a specially-designed gift basket with produce, bakery goodies, and/or gift items?  Leave a message for me at the market (269) 244-5690 and I will call you regarding options, prices, and selection of items to create the gift basket you want.  Whatever your choice, we look forward to seeing and assisting you as we connect with new and old friends of Corey Lake Orchards this spring.

Here’s some of the gift baskets Peggy has created.

Bakery:  Yes, we will have donuts on opening day!  (Reminder: we make our cake donuts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.)  Next weekend for Mother’s Day we will have our Chocolate Cream Pies and will be offering a free cake donut to all moms who come visit us!  If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we would be happy to save it for you!

Opening weekend’s offerings will be:

  • Cookies: Flower Cut Outs, M&M “Monster”, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Rhubarb and Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Breads: Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan, Focaccia Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
  • Summer flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry
  • Slushies

We are excited to be back in the bakery and look forward to seeing all our wonderful customers!  We love being able to craft, create, and offer exceptional baked goods that you love.

April showers have most certainly brought delicious May flowers!  We bake at night so everything is fresh when you come, so you aren’t always able to see our process.  Here’s an inside look at making cut-out cookies.  Be sure to check out new cookie flavors and a new larger size, located in our bakery case with the donuts.  Now we can mix and match to get your 1/2 dozen or dozen cookies so everyone has their  favorites!  Please let us know how you like them.

Alcohol offerings:  Our brandies, wines and hard ciders available when we open are:

  • Brandies:  Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
  • Wines:  Double Cherry and Kaiser Cyser
  • Hard Cider flavors:  Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, Preach, Blueberry, Hometown Hero, Cortabella, Currant/Cocoa, Elves, United Squash Federation, Ginger, Strawberry and Brunch. 

Happenings on the farm:

Rain.  We emptied the rain gauge a lot this week, stared at puddles in the field, and kept trying to find more room for plants in buildings since we still haven’t been able to get anything into the ground – very discouraging.  On Sunday, we tiptoed through the snow to “give haircuts” to the onion plants that are waiting to be planted, this helps keep them strong for the transplanting process which we hope happens this week!

Asparagus Tamales.  With extra downtime due to the rain, Teresa made us asparagus tamales.  We all thought they were so good that we talked her into making them to sell this weekend for Cinco De Mayo!  She will be here at the market on Saturday and Sunday, selling them outside of the bakery.  Teresa, Rocho and Adolfo just returned to our farm a week ago from Mexico, where they have their own avocado farm.  They have been part of our farm family for 20 some years!

Teresa bagging asparagus she just picked

Heating up the last 3 asparagus tamales for lunch

Blooms are almost all out on the cherry trees, which you can see across the street from the market.  Apples are in the “pink” stage and will bloom next.

Cherry blooms!

a Gala apple in pink stage

Peaches.  You might notice the lack of “life” going on in our peach orchard on the south side of Corey Lake Road.  Sadly, the extreme winter temperatures from the polar vortex at the end of January caused this year’s crop to freeze out.  We are also starting to see significant winter injury to the trees themselves, which is why you don’t see much leafing.  Sadly, there will be no peaches here or anywhere in southwest Michigan this year.  If you still have some canned or in the freezer, consider rationing them.

The peach orchard…..suffering from winter injury:(

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 will continue to share this notice 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.