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!
- 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
- 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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.