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

Sunflowers, Sunflowers, Sunflowers…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunflowers are ready and in their peak bloom right now!  The sunflower field experience is now open and will be open every day (except Tuesdays when we are closed) while the sunflowers are in their prime, which is typically 2 weeks.  Depending on the weather, we hope to have this available through August 24, but would encourage you to come within a week for optimum bloom and viewing.   The field is open from 9 until 5 daily. Please call before traveling far to make sure the sunflowers are still in good bloom and available.  To have a better experience, we encourage you to come during the weekdays when we have fewer guests.

  • Cost of admission to the sunflower field is:
    • $5.00 for anyone 11 years old and up
    • $3.00 for accompanied children 3 to 10 years
    • Free to children 2 years or younger
    • Please check in at the market for tickets and directions to the field.  You will be driving to the field from our market, so if you want to drive up close to our market and have someone get the tickets and directions, you can be on your way without getting all of the excited kids out of the car, only to go back in!
  • This admission fee for each ticket holder includes:
    • The opportunity to cut 1 sunflower per person (cutting tool provided)
    • Receive a bag and water for taking it home
    • Walk through the meandering paths that go through the field. Long path: approximately ¼ of a mile long or take the short path from the entrance straight back to the parking lot.  (Please wear good walking shoes–this is a field path)–also it is not stroller friendly but we have wagons
    • Educational information posted throughout the farm
    • Photo opportunities available at the field entrance as well as the along the walking pathway
    • Picnic tables, hay bales to sit and relax in
    • Parking adjacent to the field
    • RTV Rides for people with mobility issues or folks who can’t walk through the sunflowers or prefer a ride.   Depending on how many people need this service there may be a small wait as we try to accommodate and include everybody in the fun.
  • Check out our sunflower gift shop at the market

  • Safety:   Your safety is of the utmost importance to us and we have worked hard to make this a great experience.  But we are a working farm and you will be in a field where natural farm hazards exist such as
    • Uneven ground on the pathways (wear walking shoes)
    • Tripping hazards like a rock or a sunflower stalk
    • Bees and other insects sharing the field with you
    • Pollen from the flowers and other weeds for those with allergy issues
    • An occasional tractor/ truck passing through with our crew harvesting produce
  • Additional flowers, when available, can be cut and purchased for $2 each.  We also have decorative vases for purchase.

Attention Photographers!  We have photo opportunities and packages available for professional photographers. Now is the time for senior photos, engagement photos, family photos, and more.  The fee to use our sunflower, soybean, and buckwheat fields is $25 for a single session and $60 for a three-hour time slot.  We have a portion of the Sunflower field set aside for photographer-use only.  The field is also available in the evenings.  There is no admission fee for the photographer, but clients will need to pay admission.  Please contact Brenda at Brenda@CoreyLakeOrchards.com for more information or to book an appointment.

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/grape tomatoes, regular field tomatoes–red and green, spaghetti squash, garlic.  
  • Fruit:  Blueberries, Summer apples:  Jersey Mac, Cantaloupe, seeded watermelon,
  • U-pick herbs 
  • U-Pick flowers
  • Field Tomatoes are finally here—thanks for your patience in waiting!  We are in the process of calling folks who have ordered them by the bushel.

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 will have our peach pies and berry peachy pie (blueberries and peaches). This is the last weekend for these two pies, so if you are craving peaches, get them soon.   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!

This weekend’s offerings will be:

  • Cookies: Sunflower Cut Out cookies, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
  • Pies: Berry Peachy (peaches and blueberries), Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, 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, sconesDessert bars: Strawberry, peanut butter mousse, chocolate caramel, lemon burst, chocolate truffle,  Key lime pie bomb, chocolate and white mousse
  • Fall flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Apple Cider, and Pumpkin (Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Slushies- 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

Alcohol offerings:

  • Brandies:  Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
  • Rye Whiskey
  • Wines: Double Cherry
  • 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:

We watched lots of pictures being taken in the sunflower field and saw lots of sunflowers leaving with happy people!  We started harvesting our onions for the year….you can’t miss seeing them if you just look up when you are in the market.  They are bundled and hanging to dry/cure.  Once they are cured, we will take them back down and bag them and they will keep 4 – 5 months for you!

They are pulled from the ground out of the plastic mulch and tied into bundles

They come in truckload after truckload

They are hung in the market and various barns to start drying

We give them a “haircut” so they don’t hang down in our customers’ way!

We hope you enjoy seeing and smelling them and even more, using our sweet onions for all your onion needs!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local!

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.