Yes, we are open our regular hours on the 4th of July (and all holidays) from 8 until 6. We have not been able to train our fruits and vegetables to not grow on a holiday, thus we will be out in the fields early to have just picked produce when you get here.
- Red: Cherries, double red cherry wine, cherry pie, cherry fritters, red potatoes, red raspberries, strawberries
- White: cauliflower, white onions, sour cream, yogurt, vanilla ice cream
- Blue: Blueberry pie, blueberry scones, blueberry muffins
and of course there are lots of other colors across the market and bakery!
Here’s wishing everyone a great and safe holiday weekend/weekday, or whenever you have a chance to celebrate the 4th of July and just kick back. Please consider a trip to our farm over the Holiday to enjoy our relaxed atmosphere. This is the first year in the history of the farm that we have had strawberries on the 4th of July!! They are overlapping with cherry season so we have both to offer! And a local farm picked red raspberries for us, my favorite.
Strawberries are now over for the year, thanks for a great season to all of our customers who enjoyed them.
Here’s what is on the market now:
- Fresh broccoli, zucchini, kohlrabi, cabbage, cucumbers, yellow summer squash, fresh dug onions, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, swiss chard, garlic scapes, cucumbers
- Greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers
- Rhubarb--last of the season
- U-pick herbs are ready. There are bags and scissors for cutting around the neck of the bird overlooking the herb garden. A list of what is ready is posted at the market.
Blueberry picking! We are open from 8 until 1 for U-pick blueberries. Our small bushes are ready now, large ones about a week away. Since we have a small field, we are limiting picking to 5 pounds per family right now so as many as possible can enjoy picking and have their first taste of blueberry season. Our U-Pick blueberry price is $2 a pound.
As you are in the blueberry field, please smell the milkweed blooms in the field (a most fragrant/lovely smell) and please don’t hurt them even though they are considered a weed. We have left them there on purpose to help with the national monarch butterfly problem. We have not seen a monarch butterfly here this year, which is incredibly sad. Last year we did this, and got many butterflies since this is one of their favorite foods.
General Blueberry update: We anticipate having picked berries on the market the week of July 8th, once again we will be bringing them in from Brookside Farms which allows us to use our small 3 acre field for U-Pick. Our U-pick blueberries are for small quantities and for the experience. If you are looking to pick a lot of blueberries, we recommend you try Brookside Farms, located in Paw Paw. They supply our picked berries and have a delightful farm for you to visit and pick at. 269-657-3500 or check their website: https://brooksidefarmsmi.com/
Sweet Cherries: We are bringing sweet cherries in from a farm in Coloma. They are the large, black cherries, very sweet. We have them by the quart or the 20 pound box. We will have them only for a few more days.
If you are interested in picking tart cherries, please call the market 269-244-5690 and Brenda or Beth will call you back. We have a smaller crop due to some rain damage. We do have some already picked on the market and hope to bring some in from another farm next week. Based on the heat, ours will not last long. Next week, you might try Schultz’s Fruitridge Farm in Mattawan as theirs will be ready. They have about 30 acres of beautiful tart cherries. You can call them at 269-668-3724 or find them at https://schultzfruitridgefarms.com/.
From the Bakery: Happy Independence Day!! We hope everyone has a fantastic holiday weekend! We will have pies, cake donuts (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), cookies and breads for your get together needs! This weekend we will be featuring another new pie: Cherry Cheesecake Pie, this is a cheesecake base with our cherry pie filling on top, a must try! If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we would be happy to save it for you!
Bakery: This weekend’s offerings will be:
- Cookies: Red, White, and blue butterfly Cut Outs, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, ginger molasses ,Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
- Pies: Apple (2 crust or Dutch), Blueberry, Cherry, and Strawberry Rhubarb. Cherry Cheesecake pie is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
- Shortcakes for strawberries
- Breads: Mill Grain, Wheat and Rye Herb, Potato Scallion, and Herb Baguette. Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan, Focaccia, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
- Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
- Dessert bars: Strawberry, peanut butter mousse, chocolate caramel, lemon burst, chocolate truffle.
- Summer flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry (Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
- Slushies- Check out our new slushie machine, now featuring 3 flavors; Unpasteurized Apple Cider, Strawberry, and Grape blend, perfect for these hot days especially after strawberry picking!
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
- Local chocolates —we are restocked now on dark chocolate!
- Brandies: Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
- Rye Whiskey
- Wines: Double Cherry and Kaiser Cyser
- Hard Cider flavors: Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, Preach, Bark Bite, Blueberry, Hometown Hero, Cortabella, Currant/Cacoa, Elves, United Squash Federation, Ginger, Strawberry and Brunch.
- Brandy tours and tasting is available every Saturday from 1 until 3 pm, in the Brandy Barn/Distillery. Bruce, our brandy maker will be there to welcome you, talk with you about our process, offer sample brandy and some hard ciders as well! It’s always an interesting and fun experience.
- Welcome back to Happy Hour! Happy Hour, with free cider samples for the tasting, happens on Saturday from 3 to 6 in the breezeway. If you want to taste more than the three free samples, ciders can be purchased for continued enjoyment here or to take home.
Attention Sunflower growing contestants; Just a shout out to those who entered the sunflower contest by purchasing a sunflower book, we are excited to see how your sunflowers are growing. Send us your pictures and we will post them.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. It’s great to see so many folks here for the holiday week!
Reminder: Corey Lake Orchards is 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.
Corey Lake Orchards Dog Policy
We love dogs too! Especially well-behaved, socialized dogs, but please keep them on a leash and pick up after them. Due to Federal Food Safety regulations, no dogs are allowed in food retail areas including the farm market, bakery and brandy distillery, as well as pick-your-own areas. During some of our peak season activities which draw many folks out to the farm, we would encourage you to leave your dog at home where they will be more comfortable than around large groups of people. We have many open areas surrounding the main farm complex where you can be with your dog and designated areas near the you-pick locations. Any of our staff will be happy to help you with this. Poorly behaved dogs causing issues will be asked to leave.
Pat, Mary Anne, and their cute dog Sandy are frequent visitors to the farm. Sandy waits patiently while each of them take turns shopping, often greeting customers!
We thank you for your understanding, Corey Lake Orchards