Happenings on the Farm This Week
We have continued heavy harvesting this week with cherries, strawberries and vegetables. We start each day as soon as daylight breaks so we can finish before the heat becomes unbearable. When finished harvesting, its back to running irrigation in this hot, dry time to keep everything alive. Even our heat loving plants are stressing from these multiple days of heat. The heat is causing rapid growth in many of them – like zucchini where we can hardly keep them picked before they have grown too large. Please, plan a zucchini dish into your weekend menus as there are so many great ways to fix them, including just cutting them raw with a cool dip. See recipe link for some tasty zucchini ideas from the Food Network. https://www.foodnetwork.com/
What better way to celebrate the 4th of July and our country’s Independence than by cherries? We are featuring several cherry products on the market this weekend.
- Fresh picked Sweet Cherries
- Cherry Pie
- Cherry Berry Pie – a delightful combination of cherries, cranberries, and blueberries
- Cherry cake donuts
- Cherry Fritters
- Double Cherry Wine
Combine cherries with a few strawberries and blueberries to make it a red, white, and blue event c920!
- Strawberry muffins
- Blueberry muffins
- Very Berry bagels
- Blueberry cake donuts
- Strawberry slushie
- Blueberry & Strawberry Hard Cider
For White – just add Vanilla Ice cream, yogurt, or cauliflower!
The strawberry season is nearly over. Thank you for your patience as we tried to fill everyone’s needs while battling the unpredictable picking each day caused by the weather.
We will be picking berries for as many more days as we can and have them for sale for $4 a quart. They will be available first-come, first serve until they are gone for the day one hand clapping 다운로드. We hope to have berries through the weekend, but the heat may change that. So call ahead first, 269-244-5690. If we have berries available on the market when you call, we are happy to put them back for you until you can get them picked up later in the day. Sorry, we cannot take orders in advance.
We will not have any sour cherries this year as we lost them in the May 9th freeze event. We also lost most of the sweet cherries and finished picking the few we had and have sold out. We are hoping to get some sweet cherries from a farm further north in time for the weekend.
Greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers are still coming in; however, the demand for these exceeds the supply on some days.
From the field, we are picking:
- Cabbage, including NAPA cabbage
- Swiss Chard
- Broccoli –we are growing two new kinds of mini broccoli this year; you will find it with longer stems which are tender and edible, in green and burgundy Download the Bethlehem Bible for Mac.
- Sweet Onions – freshly dug with edible stems
- Summer Squash
- Update on Sweet Corn and Green Beans…..we try to have these by this time of year, but sadly we lost our early plantings in the cold snaps earlier this spring. They are both a few weeks away, patience please!
Hard Cider Happy Hour
We will not be having any hard cider or wine tasting this weekend in lieu of Gov. Whitmer’s recent guidance.
However, we have a variety of hard cider, brandy, and wine available on the market for purchase. Hard ciders are sold individually and in 4- and 6- packs; you can mix and match your selection previous version of office.
Hard Cider, Wine, and Distillery Products Available
We also offer:
- Selection of hard ciders from dry to sweet
- Peach Honey and Double Cherry wines
- Brandy – various fruit flavors
Many of our customers love our Double Cherry Wine! It is a true fruit wine made from fresh Michigan grown cherries. The fruit aroma of ripe cherries and the crisp tartness of the natural fruit is captured in this lightly sweet bright red wine. We have many repeat customers for this wine
Many of you have asked when we will be making cake donuts again. Your wait is over! We will have them for the holiday weekend in blueberry, cherry, and buttermilk.
Also, Gluten free baked products will be available in the freezer – pies, brownies, cookies and cinnamon rolls.
Bakery Offerings for this Weekend
Pies – 9” or 6”:
- Apple – 2 crust
- Apple – Dutch
- Strawberry Rhubarb
- Frosted Lemon cookies
- Monster cookies
Muffins / Rolls
- Strawberry Muffins – 4 count
- Blueberry Muffins – 4 count
- Pistachio Muffins – 4 count
- Cinnamon rolls – 2 and 4 count
- Asiago Cheese – 4 count
- Everything – 4 count
- Very Berry – 4 count
- Wheat Bran – 4 count
Donuts – available in packages of 4 unless pre-ordered differently
- Cake Donuts (6 count)
- Yeast Ring Donuts
- Chocolate iced – plain or sprinkles
- Vanilla iced – plain or sprinkles
- Raspberry Bismarks: sugared or white frosting
- Bavarian Cream Longjohn: chocolate or white frosting
- White Cream Longjohn: chocolate or white frosting
- Yeast Twists: glazed or cinnamon sugared
- Cherry Fritters – glazed
- Hamburger buns
- Hotdog buns
New on the Market
Tamales. Many of you have asked for more tamales. Now that we have summer vegetables, we are making some new types of tamales that we know you will like. Our staff taste-tested them this week and gave them a thumbs up. They also freeze well. This weekend Teresa has made kale, zucchini, and black bean tamales. So you can try them all; they will be sold in singles for $1.50 each or packages of 6 for $9.
- Black Bean
- Kale with Red Pepper
- Zucchini Cheese
U-Pick Herbs. Most of our herbs have grown enough to pick. There is a list of herbs that you can pick now available at the market. Cost is $1 per snack bag.
Slushies. Even though they returned to the market last week, we felt we should mention them again since we are having a heat wave! We have small and large slushies available in Mango, Strawberry, and Cider. The cider is our own sweet cider from last fall – pure and frozen with no additives. The strawberry and mango are good also, even mixed! Just ask one of our staff to get a slushie for you as self-serve is restricted at this time.
More Meats. We have added pork chops, chicken, kielbasa, Italian sausage, ham slices, and meat sticks from Jake’s Country Meats.
Other Products Available on the Market
- Jake’s Country Meat: various pork and chicken products available in the freezer outside of the bakery
- Honey from Babcock’s Apiaries
- Maple syrup products from Maple Row Sugarhouse
- Mattawan Creamery Yogurt
- Dipping chocolate for strawberries
- Local jams and jellies
- Peanut butter and chocolate peanut butter
- Eggs (XL brown)
- Mad Mats
- Greeting cards made by local artists
- Great Lakes potato chips
- Juice, strawberry and chocolate milk in the cooler
- Whipped cream
- Pottery from Barb’s Bowls
- Carruth Studio Clay figurines
- Plainwell Ice Cream
- Gluten Free Sensations
- Fresh Cut Flowers from Faith in Flora (Friday, Saturday, Sunday only)
We will be opening our small U-Pick blueberry field for the first time on Saturday morning, from 9 am until noon. We have made changes to our U-pick process in order to make sure we can keep customers, employees and the fruit safe. Please realize blueberries are just starting so they are not all ready; therefore, until more ripen we will limit a group/family to 5 lbs. When all the ripe blueberries are picked, we will close the field and reopen when more are ready. If all the berries get picked on Saturday, we will not reopen until sometime next week, so call before you drive out.
Please check in at the Market first for instructions and your disposable containers to pick in. You will take these home with you so only you are touching your berries. We have two sizes of containers and prices:
- $10 – Large – around a 5 lb. average
- $5 – Medium/Small – 2.5 lb. average
The Field supervisor will be asking your support on the following rules:
- Do not pick if any member of your group feels ill or has been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last two weeks.
- Wash your hands before your start, when you finish, and wash your blueberries when you get home.
- Honor social distancing. Stay together as a family or group, kids, too, and keep an “unoccupied” blueberry bush between groups.
- Only touch berries you put in your container.
- Do not eat or drink in the blueberry patch, which includes sampling berries.
If you are looking for a special place for a photo, our wheat fields are prime right now. We have several fields and angles that will give you an expansive look. Please contact Brenda@coreylakeorchards.com for more information on booking a photo session. The wheat will be harvested soon so the window for photos is limited.
Our Days and Hours for June
Please note our opening time is 9 am. Closed Tuesdays.
The later start time allows us to do the extra cleaning and sanitizing required and move the baked goods to the market for sale – thanks for your understanding!
Open – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9 am to 6 pm
Closed – Tuesday
Thank You for Supporting our Business!
We sincerely thank you for shopping local! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards
Pre-ordering: For your convenience pre-ordering is available.
Curbside service: We are happy to provide contactless curbside service.
- Simply call ahead with your order. Pay over the phone by credit card or give us cash or a check when you pick up. When you arrive, please park in the designated curbside area adjacent to our market, beep your horn, and we will bring it out to you.
- If you are not able to place your order in advance, no problem. Please pull into the curbside area, beep your horn, and we will take care of you. It just may take us a few minutes to get your order together.
We intend to continue to offer curbside service as an integral part of our market. We know we have a steep hill to climb from the parking lot, babies can be asleep in cars, dogs do not want to be left alone, you are in a hurry, or a myriad of other reasons!
Our policies and procedures will evolve as new, reliable information and local guidelines become available. We wish to maintain the peaceful, rejuvenating shopping experience our customers have come to rely on during these times. For a list of the changes we made due to COVID-19, please see below.
Current Operational Changes to the Market
- We will have one-way entering and exiting for the market. Customers should enter at the stairway, travel north side of the market towards the Bakery, curve around by Bakery, travel towards the checkout counter, and exit traveling west toward the play yard.
- For social distancing, we have marked the floors marked with X’s or potted plants every 6 feet.
- We have a hand washing station at the top of the hill as well as hand sanitizer in the market.
- We encourage everyone to use a face mask and consider using gloves.
- Please only touch items you are going to purchase to minimize surface contact. If you prefer to not touch anything our clerks would be happy to gather items for you.