Finally, blueberries are ripening across Michigan and we have them picked and for you to pick! With strawberry season over, that has been the most frequently asked question is when they would be available. The other most frequently asked questions are about green beans (we should have them this weekend) and sweet corn (still around 10 days away!) We are really excited about what is happening in downtown Three Rivers, make sure you see the update at the end of this post.
Blueberry picking! We are open from 8 until 1 for U-pick blueberries. Our small bushes are ready now along with many of our large ones, they are large, sweet berries! Since we have a small field, we are limiting picking to 10 pounds per family right now so as many as possible can enjoy picking locally. Our U-Pick blueberry price is $2 a pound.
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/
If you are in the blueberry field, please smell the milkweed blooms (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.
Picked Blueberry update: We are bringing picked blueberries in to sell at the market from Brookside Farms as we have for many years. The season is starting up slow with rains and heat, but we hope to keep a steady supply here available in pints, quarts and 10- and 5-pound boxes. If you are trying to freeze blueberries, we’d recommend you wait a few weeks for some of the later varieties. Since they are just starting, you may want to call ahead to make sure we have 10 pound boxes on hand. 269-244-5690.
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, snow peas and sugar snap peas, new potatoes
- Greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers
- 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.
Sweet Cherries: These are now gone for the season.
Tart/Sour Cherries: We have some already picked on the market that we are picking at Schultz’s Fruitridge Farm in Mattawan. They are very nice, we will have them for about 1 week. If you are looking to get quite a few, please call the market and place an order so we can get it picked for you. 269-244-5690. If you are looking for a place to pick cherries, we recommend going there. They have about 30 acres of beautiful tart cherries. You can call them at 269-668-3724 or find them at https://schultzfruitridgefarms.com/.
Lodi apples are coming! These are many folks favorite for making a green/tart applesauce, the first of the season. We have a good crop and are taking orders for them now!
From the Bakery:
This weekend in the bakery we will have Fresh Blueberry Glaze pies, available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We start with our scratch made pie crust, and add a freshly made glaze sauce and fresh, not baked blueberries! 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: Unicorn Cut Outs, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Zucchini Chocolate Chip, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
- Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, and Strawberry Rhubarb. Fresh Blueberry Glaze pie is only available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
- 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, muffins, scones
- 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 slushy machine, now featuring 3 flavors; Unpasteurized Apple Cider, Strawberry, and Grape
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
- 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.
Happenings on the farm: With no strawberries or cherries to pick, we are finally getting back to so many things we had to let go for a bit: mowing, weeding, pruning, thinning apples, maintenance, replanting where the rabbits ate the plants, and getting a little deserved downtime, especially in the hot afternoons!
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. We hope to see you soon.
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.
Update from Three Rivers:
DISCOVER DOWNTOWN AGAIN!
Three Rivers is the place to be! With so many new and exciting things popping up everyday, we invite and encourage you to EAT, SHOP, PLAY and DINE in Downtown Three Rivers.
Just a friendly reminder, we now have six wonderful, unique dining establishments right here in the heart of Main Street. Roosters, Landmark Taphouse and Grille, Main Street Café, Venue 45, Kelsey Block and the Riviera’s doors are wide open and ready to welcome you and serve up some delicious, mouth-watering entrees!
It is with great excitement that we also announce a new crowdfunding campaign to convert our east side walk thru into an East Alley, with outdoor seating, market lights, a stage for live music and of course ART! The campaign is being offered in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. If our campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $25,000 by September 1st, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by the MEDC’S Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit: patronicity.com/eastalley.
Ladies….Come Get Your Sass On….Friday, July 12th, 5 – 8 p.m. in Downtown Three Rivers. Special Events, Promotions, Music, Giveaways, and MORE! $5 participation fee includes commemorative wine glass and goody bag! Follow us on facebook at Sass in the City for more details!
If you have any questions or want more details on any of these exciting opportunities or you just want to get plugged into the fun, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 269.535.5145!
See you Downtown!
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