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

Monthly Archive: November 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

As farmers working the land every day, we are truly grateful for this year’s harvest that we could share with so many. A day for giving thanks allows all of us to reflect on the people around us for whom we are grateful: our families, our co-workers, our customers, friends and fellow community members.

Our simple message from everyone here at the farm to all of you:  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Open Saturday, November 23rd, from 9 until 3! and Visit the Norton Craft Show too!

Our market and bakery will be open this Saturday from 9 until 3.  Here’s what’s going on:

Happenings in the bakery (where it is warm!)

  • If you have a “take and bake” holiday pie order already in, please stop by and pick it up, or make  arrangements with us to pick it up by appointment another time.
  • if you didn’t have your “take and bake” pie order in, call us immediately at 269-244-5690 and tells us what you’d like!
  • There will be limited supplies of extra pies the bakers have made for walk-in purchases on Saturday.
  • If you can’t wait any longer to have a Corey Lake Orchards donut, we will be making them fresh that day! YES, we said we are MAKING DONUTS!
  • Hot mulled cider or coffee available
  • Hard cider tasting available from 9 until 3

Piles of apple pies:  just made and frozen for you to bake

In the Market:  

  • Apples: We have bags of the following apples left:  Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome and Jonathan.  A bag of fresh, healthy apples is a great hostess gift to take during the holiday gatherings!
  • Fresh Sweet Cider:  This is a Maybe.….we are going to try to make some on Thursday for hard cider, and if all goes well, we will jug a few gallons to sell.  If you want to give us a call on Friday, we’ll let you know if we will have it or not.
  • Squash:  Butter Cup, Autumn Harvest and Baked Potato Squash
  • Fresh picked sage will be available from our Herb garden for your holiday cooking needs.

Fresh harvested sage makes  the whole market smell like Thanksgiving dinner being cooked!

Brandy tasting and tours:  Available with Bruce from 1 until 3, in the Brandy distillery.

Stock up on Hard ciders or brandy:  These will be on display and for sale in the bakery on Saturday.  These also make great gifts for the holidays.

And while you are in the area, make sure to visit the Norton Elementary School for their annual Craft and Vendor Show, one of the best in the area!

Hoping to see you this weekend!  All of us at Corey Lake Orchards!


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Last chance for pie orders, Join us for the Holiday Wine Tasting Friday night: Riviera Theatre

Corey Lake Orchards is officially closed for the season.  Based on our recent weather, we closed just in time!  It would have been difficult to work and shop in an open-air market with snow, cold temps, and wind chills!  We were grateful for the few days of “normal” fall weather when we worked like crazy to get everything put away for the year…..we were 95% done!

Who’s ready to play?

No more herbs for the year!

White mums available!

The unusually cold weather forced our perennials into dormancy earlier–which is good because we can start trimming everything now.  There were a couple of days we had to keep folks inside—took advantage of the indoor work to get some Concord grapes de-stemmed so we can make something wonderful out of them.  (We’ll let you know when it is ready to try!)

Really, really, last chance to order pies!  We are still taking take and bake pie orders for pickup on Saturday, November 23rd from 9-12, or by appointment before that date.  Either email (coreylakeorchards@gmail.com or call us at (269-244-5690).  The flavors available to order are: 2-crust Apple, Dutch apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry, Pecan, Pumpkin, and Strawberry Rhubarb.  All orders need to be placed by Thursday, November 21st.  Don’t be one of those who call us on Thanksgiving day in a panic because you forgot!!

Three River’s Riviera Theatre Holiday Wine Tasting:  Join us for hard cider tasting along with nibbling on cookies from our bakery!  This is always a fun night!

  • Friday, November 15: 6pm to 9pm Tickets: $20 Advance, $25 Day of Event
  • The Riviera’s 11th annual Holiday Wine Tasting ― featuring a number of wines to sample and purchase, as well as great gift ideas from local merchants ― is the perfect opportunity to get your holiday shopping done in one place. Ticket purchase comes with a free souvenir wine glass while supplies last.

Brenda and I visited another farm on the east side of Michigan — also owned and operated by two sisters — Westview Orchards and Winery:  https://www.westvieworchards.com/ .   It is a great farm and worth the time to visit if you are in their area.   It was gratifying to connect with them to share stories, ideas and laugh about the happenings on farms like ours.  (Their donuts were amazing too!)

Brenda, Beth, Katrina and Abby

As we take a moment to reflect on the season, you, our valued customers come immediately to mind.  You make it possible for us to rise early each day and work hard to provide you with a great experience here on our farm.  Your smiling faces, supportive comments, excellent questions, and patience with Mother Nature’s timetable brighten our day!  The management and staff at CLO sincerely thank you for that and for shopping local with us!