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

Fall is in the air….U-Pick Apples start this weekend!

Fall is in the air!  Color is coming to the apple orchard, you can smell the grapes ripening,  on the market the summer vegetables give way to colorful winter squash, summer flowers yield their spot to mums….and a sweatshirt in the mornings feels really good!

Sunrise in the apple orchard

Apples are coming!  They are a bit behind schedule so as we begin the harvest, we won’t have bushels of everything available until more ripen.  Those highlighted in red below are available by the bushel now.  Here’s what we will have on the market this weekend and we will try to pick some Honeycrisp on Saturday!

  • Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple. (not a cooking apple)
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness
  • Earli-Blaze: This is a great cooking or eating apple, we use it in our own bakery!
  • Paula Red: a tart apple for eating or cooking.

The Gala’s will be fun to pick!

This weekend we are opening up the U-Pick Apple orchard.  The varieties available are limited to Gala, Jon-A-Mac, and Mollie’s Delicious.  We know that many of you look forward to the annual  “apple picking experience” with your family.

Apple pricing for the year:  The price is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples.  With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $26 a bushel**, $14 a half-bushel, $8.00 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $6 a half-peck, $3.50 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available.

Apple picking will be available on Saturday and Sunday only this year, during our business hours of 8 until 6.  Please check in at the market first to get directions and you will be driving to the orchard.   We need everyone checked out by 6, so you must be in the apple orchard by 5:30, and checked in at the market by 5:15.  Check our website or call us to see which apple varieties will be available which weekends.

Wondering when your favorite apple will be ready?  Each week we will publish an apple estimate at the end of this post.***

What is on the market now:

  • Vegetables:  sweet corn, cabbage,  fresh dug onions,  green beans, brussel sprouts, eggplant, peppers, cherry/grape tomatoes, regular field tomatoes–red and green, spaghetti squash, winter/hard squash, garlic, shallots 
  • Fruit: apples, seeded watermelon
  • U-pick herbs 
  • U-Pick flowers
  • Dried sunflower heads–to feed your feathered friends

A wall of sunflower heads

Onions,  Our large sweet onions are now cleaned and bagged (10 pounds) for you to take. They have been “cured” to keep.

Bagged onions ready to go…10 pound bags of yellow and white for only $9

Last call for canning or freezing.   We still are picking bushels of sweet corn and tomatoes.  Please call us to order ahead.  269-244-5690.  But don’t delay much longer as these are summer heat-loving crops.

Grape Update: You can just begin to smell the grapes and they are turning color and softening.  We have a decent  crop of the purple Concord, but we lost about 60% of our white Niagara grapes to the winter freeze, so we will have fewer of those.  Our best guess now is the white grapes could be ready the week of 9-16 and the purple grapes the week of 9-30. But it depends on the weather.  Before we open, we will want them to be at their full ripeness and sugar content.  Please check back with us later for an update.  Additional information about grape picking can be found below.**

Concord grapes–still have a ways to go to get color and sweetness

While Niagara are “green” grapes, these are still too green to pick

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes both white Niagara and purple Concord.  They are $28 a bushel.

Photographers – If you are interested in Fall photo opportunities on our farm, please contact Brenda@coreylakeorchards.com.  She will work with you to schedule appointments and provide information on backdrop possibilities as well as our photo policies.

This weekend in the bakery  we are introducing our homemade apple crisp in an 8 x 8 dish!  So many of you have asked for it!   It’s made out of our Earli-blaze apples, just like our pies.  If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we will be happy to save it for you!

This weekend’s offerings will be:

  • Cookies:  Cut-out cookies, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
  • Pies:   Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry (Cherries, blueberries, and dried cranberries) and Strawberry Rhubarb.
  • Apple Crisp
  • 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 later in September due to a supplier issue 🙁
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts, muffins, scones
  • Dessert bars: 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. 

Look for our “take and bake” pies for you to stock up on in your freezer (for you to indulge in). “Take and bake” pie choices are all large-9″ pies and available flavors in the freezer now.

Also in the bakery you can find:

  • Local Gluten free items
  • Local Plainwell Ice cream to scoop out with pie and apple crisp
  • 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 and New:  Peach and Honey (already a favorite by those who have tried it)
  • 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, wine and some hard ciders as well!  It’s always an interesting and fun experience.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you 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.

**Additional grape information:

  • Picking hours: Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm every day except Tuesday (when we are closed) , we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6, except for Wednesdays,  where we will stay open until 8 pm (must be checked into the market by 6 pm).
  • Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start.  You will be directed to the vineyard in which we are picking that day and be assigned rows to pick on by our vineyard  supervisor.
  • If you are coming to pick grapes, please bring clippers, scissors, 5 gallon buckets and small wagons if you have them.  Some of our rows are very long! If you don’t have 5 gallon buckets to pick in, we will loan you ours, but please bring something to take your grapes back home in. (Boxes, plastic tubs, etc.)
  • Pricing : U-pick pricing for both color grapes is the following (please note we sell them by the pound and consider a five-gallon pail or a 1/2 bushel basket to be 20 pounds):
    • 45 cents a pound for under 100 pounds, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel = $9
    • Over 100 pounds; 27.5 cents a pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $5.50

***Apple Estimate Chart for 2019:  Updated 9-5-9  2019

Variety Crop Size Estimate U-Pick Available?   Red means they are ready now for Saturday/Sunday picking Approximate Week Ready–Please check back as weather will can change date earlier or later Should order in advance
Braeburn good no 8-Oct no
Cameo good yes 15-Oct no
Cortland fair yes 15-Sep no
Fuji good yes 15-Oct no
Gala good yes 7-Sep no
Golden Delicious good yes 30-Sep no
Golden Supreme None
Honey Crisp fair no 16-Sep no
Ida Red few* no 30-Sep yes
Jona Mac good yes 9-Sep no
JonaGold good no 30-Sep no
Jonathon fair yes 30-Sep no
Macintosh good no 15-Sep no
Molly’s Del good yes 7-Sep no
Mutsu few* yes 30-Sep yes
Northern Spy few no 30-Sep yes
Pink Lady good no 23-Oct no
Red Delicious good yes 30-Sep no
Rome fair yes 23-Oct no