Our 3rd Annual All Things Local “Downtown to Down Home” festival is Sunday, August 4th from 11 am to 3 pm. Come join us for art, food, music, and displays from a variety of local vendors and organizations. This is one of our favorite weekends where we can bring the local community together in one place! You can find more details at the end of this post.** We hope to see you on Sunday.
The most frequently asked question as the calendar turns to August is when our peaches will be ready. For those who didn’t know, we lost all of our peaches this year and many of our trees when the polar vortex came at the end of January and it got so bitterly cold for several days. There will not be any peaches in southwest Michigan this year, so you’ll have to go south (Georgia?) or north of Grand Rapids to find them. So the month of August will be light on fruit (we lost all of our pears too) but we do have cantaloupe melons starting and watermelon coming soon!
The second most frequently asked question is when the sunflowers will be ready. Yes, we will be offering our 2nd annual “Sunflower Experience” and are thinking right now they will be ready around August 9th. We have about 60,000 sunflowers planted that provide an amazing time. Stay tuned for lots more details on all of this!
Yes, sweet corn is really here now. We have moved into our later plantings of our favorite bi-color super-sweet corn. We have so much ready right now that we are offering the following specials: $6 per dozen, Buy 3 dozen or more for $5 a dozen. If you need it by the bushel, that’s 5 dozen in a bushel and we’re offering those for $20 right now (which makes it $4 dozen). We’d encourage you to cook up some extra as everyone will want more than a few ears!
Blueberry season continues:
Blueberry picking! We are open from 8 until 1 for U-pick blueberries. We have lots of blueberries yet to pick. Pick 10 pounds or more, the price is $1.50 a pound. If you pick under 10 pounds, the U-Pick blueberry price is $2 a pound.
Picked Blueberry update: We are bringing picked blueberries in to sell at the market from Brookside Farms as we have for many years. These are available by the pint, quart, 5 lb box or 10 pound box.
Here’s what is on the market now:
- Fresh zucchini, cabbage, cucumbers, yellow summer squash, fresh dug onions, cauliflower, kale, swiss chard, cucumbers, peas, new potatoes (Red Norland and Yukon Gold), green beans, brussel sprouts, cherry tomatoes
- Organic cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes and garlic
- Greenhouse tomatoes–both red and green (field tomatoes coming soon!)
- U-pick herbs
- U-Pick flowers
Are you looking for larger quantities to can, pickle or freeze? Just call or stop in the market to get on the lists we keep for bushels of green beans, tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn and other produce. Many of our staff members can, freeze and pickle produce, so seek them out with your questions.
New on the market and in the bakery are jams, jellies, butters and salsa’s. All made locally!
This weekend in the bakery we still have the blues: Fresh Blueberry Glaze pies, Regular Blueberry Pies, Blueberry muffins, and Blueberry scones! We will have fall flavored donuts-Apple cider, Pumpkin and Buttermilk (available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we would be happy to save it for you! We promise to be out of the blues by the following weekend….then we expect to be just peachy! (Hint, hint!)
This weekend’s offerings will be:
- Cookies: Chicken Cut Outs cookies, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Zucchini Chocolate Chip, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
- Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, and Strawberry Rhubarb. Fresh Blueberry Glaze pie is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
- Breads: Mill Grain, Wheat and Rye Herb, Potato Scallion, and Herb Baguette. Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
- Note: We are sorry we will not have focaccia bread until September due to a supplier issue:(
- Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts, muffins, scones
- Dessert bars: Strawberry, peanut butter mousse, chocolate caramel, lemon burst, chocolate truffle.
- New dessert bars: Key lime pie bomb, chocolate and white mousse
- Fall flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Apple Cider, and Pumpkin (Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
- Slushies- Check out our new slushie machine, now featuring 3 flavors; Unpasteurized Apple Cider, White Grape Peach, and Grape blend.
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, Bark Bite, Cortabella, Currant/Cacoa, 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. This weekend find us in the “onion barn” at the top of the hill. 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:
This was a really “corny” week here. We picked, we packed, we moved, we delivered, and the abundance of sweet corn swirled in our minds constantly. So this week we supplied around 1000 dozen to area food banks. Around 400 dozen went to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission where they serve 8,000 meals a week for the homeless, disabled and folks who don’t know where there next meal will come from. They go through the extra effort of processing all of this corn to cook because they love being able to serve fresh produce because it makes a statement to those that they are serving that someone cares……cares enough to provide something which is in season and fresh–not out of a can.
We live in a world where people go hungry, so we will not leave food in the field if we can help it. Our farm philosophy has been to help others wherever we can, so our desire is to pick it before it spoils and get it to food banks and those in need. In the past years when this situation occurred, we were overwhelmed and gratified with people who asked to help be part of this community caring. Here’s how you can help us help others, if you feel so inclined. For customers who would like to help, for every one dozen of corn you buy at $6, if you want to put an additional $6 towards helping others, we will go pick, pack and donate two dozen on your behalf (or simply give any dollar donation you are able to.) This helps us to defray the costs of picking, plus packing and delivering so that we can afford to donate a substantial amount.
We will have a sign up sheet for this and provide a list of names to the food bank for all who helped with this – we want to be accountable to you and to them. Because of times like these, we maintain connections to all area food banks Together, we can help make a difference and put fresh sweet corn on someone’s empty plate. We thank everyone who is able to help us with this effort, and understand if you can’t.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local, we are grateful to have you as part of our community.
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.