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Updated 9-17-2020 Apples, Pumpkins, Cider, Donuts Oh, MI!

Happenings on the Farm

This was a week of heavy harvest–and heavy lifting by all.  Bins of apples moved from the orchard to the loading zone and then into the cold storage.  Truckloads of tomatoes were picked before the cooler fall weather harms them.  Load after load of squash came in from the field, all to be washed and put out in baskets.  And the heaviest lifting of all was picking pumpkins, especially some of the whoppers we have this year.  We are truly grateful for our hard-working crew which makes this all happen!

We were also busy decorating the market and yard area for Fall with a variety of colorful ornamentals and seasonal characters.  We hope you find them fun.  All of our scarecrows are wearing masks and are socially distanced from one another!

To prepare for the upcoming grape harvest, we “combed” or cut the grapevines to remove excess vegetation.  This makes it easier for picking as well as allowing air and sunlight to reach the grape clusters to make them all ripen more consistently.  We did this last year and our customers noticed the improvement.  Thanks, David!

Apple Update

Wondering when your favorite apple will be ready c920?  See our Apple Estimate Chart, updated weekly, for when we think each variety will be ready, which varieties will be available for U-Pick, and whether you need to preorder a certain variety because we will not have many of that type.

Apples on the market now:

  • Mollie’s Delicious: a large, sweet eating apple, not a cooking apple
  • Gala: a great eating and cooking apple.  It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness
  • Honeycrisp: This seems to be many people’s favorite.  It is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it.  Great for eating fresh or using in salads.
  • Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple.  It combines the best qualities of a Jonathan and a MacIntosh. A favorite for apple sauce.
  • Cortland: A hint of tartness makes this a great baking variety, a descendent of the McIntosh.  This variety is a bit sweeter than its ancestor and juices really well one hand clapping 다운로드.
  • Golden Delicious:  A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It is the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.  Makes a nice apple sauce and many people use for canning pie filling.  We will have small quantities only at the market until more ripen.

Apple pricing for the year:  The price is the same for already picked apples or u-pick apples.

With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) the apples will be: $28 a bushel (when we have bushels available), $15 a half-bushel, $9 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $6 a half-peck, and $3.50 a 1/4 peck.

U-Pick Apple Update

Apple picking, when the orchard is open, will be available on:

  • Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 5:30 pm
  • Wednesdays from 9 am to sunset
  • Closed Tuesdays

Based on the higher demand for U-Pick apples this year, with many working or schooling from home, we have decided to add one weekday for those who can come during the week when it is less crowded than weekends.

Please check in at the market first (no later than 5 pm) to get directions; you will be driving to the orchard.  Please feel free to drive up to the market and have one person come in to get the information needed

Please note there is a minimum purchase of one peck for U-pick apples Download the Bethlehem Bible for Mac.  You can prepay at the market, pay at the orchard, or get a ticket and pay at the market after you pick.

Starting this weekend, the U-Pick Apples varieties available are limited to: Gala, Jonathon, Cortland, and Yellow and Red Delicious until more varieties ripen.  The Yellow and Red Delicious and Jonathon are not all ripe yet, so we ask that you carefully “spot pick” only the ones that are the ripest.  Our orchard guides can help you with this.  If you are trying to pick a lot of Red or Yellow Delicious, you should wait another week.

Apple Cider Update

We made our first cider of the season today and will have it available on the market starting late morning on Friday.  It is all natural with no preservatives.

Pear Update

Bartlett Pears are gone for the season with exception of small quantities available at the market while supply lasts.  We anticipate having Bosc (winter, keeper pears) in about two weeks previous version of office.

Grape Update

We have a good crop of the purple Concord and white Niagara this year.  Thank you for your patience as we wait for them to ripen this year!  You can really smell the white Niagara grapes by the market now, what an amazing aroma that only comes once a year!  This smell, plus the sugar sample we took this week, which registered at 16.2 (above 16 is sweet) just confirms that the Niagara are ready at last.  The white Niagara are typically one week earlier than the purple Concord.

Our opening dates for U-pick are:

  • Niagara (white) – September 19
  • Concord (blue) – September 25

On the Concords, we strongly encourage you to wait if you can (like coming the first part of October) as they will continue to ripen and get sweeter.  You can also wait to pick your Niagara when you pick your Concords and make one trip.

Hours

  • 9 am to 5:30 pm – Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • 9 am to sunset – Wednesday
  • Closed – Tuesday

Must check in at market first for directions no later than 5 pm.  You will be directed to the vineyard where we are picking that day and be assigned rows to by our vineyard supervisor.

What to Bring

  • 5-gallon plastic pail (at least one) for measuring.  If you do not have one, we can loan you one.  Bring your own containers to put the grapes in as you pick them.
  • Clippers / scissors to cut the grapes.  If you do not have one, we can loan you one.
  • Small wagon (helpful) if picking a lot as many of our grape rows are long
  • Walking shoes/ boots suitable for vineyard

U-Pick Pricing

  • $9 – 1 to 99 pounds, 45 cents a pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel
  • $5.50 – 100 pounds or more, 27.5 cents a pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel

We sell them by the pound and consider a five-gallon bucket or a 1/2 bushel basket to be 20 pounds: Note:  This is the same price as last year.

U-Pick Pumpkin Update

Looking for a fun activity for the kids?  Visit our u-pick pumpkin patch.  The cost is $10 per family which includes picking a pumpkin of your choice.  Additional pumpkins are available for picking at $8 (large) and $4 (medium), $2 (small pie) each.  It is never too early to show children that pumpkins grow on vines in a field, not a parking lot!  Make some lasting memories and take some great photo’s.  The field will be open from 9 am to 5:30 pm. (except for Tuesdays when we are closed.)  Note: If we have a significant amount of rain or another situation, we may have to close the field until it dries out.

Please be careful walking through the field and avoid stepping on the vines as the pumpkins are still growing.  The pumpkins are pre-cut, just pick them up off the ground.

Tomato Update

Our field tomatoes are available prepacked in 1-, 2-, and 4-pound boxes on the market.  Tomatoes are winding down for the year so if you are looking for bushels, please pre-order.  269-244-5690.  Also bring a container to put them into.

Produce Update

Produce available:

  • Apples – several varieties
  • Herbs – various types, fresh, pick your own
  • Peppers – many varieties, mild and hot, Bell
  • Pears – limited supply
  • Plums – sweet, freestone –limited supply
  • Winter Squash – variety of types, popular favorites
  • Sweet Onions – Red, White or Yellow, also in bunches on a string for hanging to dry
  • Tomatoes– regular, mini and, also green
  • Pie Pumpkins

New on the Market

Jams and Jellies – try our new Dutch Apple Pie Jam and Pumpkin Butter.  Both guaranteed to delight you!

New Apple varieties added this week – Cortland and Golden Delicious

Fall Ornamentals – white pumpkins have arrived to join the other fall ornamentals.

Large Pumpkin Display – check out our antique fire truck parked near the market with award winning pumpkins!  (See story below)

Fresh pressed apple cider, the first of the year!

Spookley Story – Spookley the Pumpkin made his annual debut.  Bring the younger children and take time to read the story boards located by the big red fire truck with the large pumpkins!

Large Pumpkin Display

You must stop by to see the three large pumpkins on display and meet Jill!  Keith Whitford, a 20-plus year pumpkin farmer in Three Rivers, has shared three of his largest pumpkins with us again this year.  “Jill” is a whopping 679 pounds and is officially the largest pumpkin ever grown in St. Joe County.  Jill is accompanied by her “smaller” sisters, an orange pumpkin weighing 505 pounds and a white pumpkin weighing 524 pounds.  They are on display on the antique fire truck.  You may pose with them for a picture, but no climbing on the truck bed or touching the pumpkins please.  Please post your photos at #CLOGreatPumpkin2020.

These “young ladies” were planted in a greenhouse on May 8 from special seed and their parents were other mega-sized pumpkins.  Keith uses several growing techniques to encourage them to grow to their full potential.  They can grow 25 pounds a day!

Farmer Whitford delivering and unloading the pumpkins.

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

We have “paused” our hard cider and wine tastings at this time.

Check out the 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.

Bakery Update

The bakery has made a few changes for Fall.

  • Fall muffin flavors – Apple Spice and Pumpkin as well as Pistachio
  • Cherry Berry pies are back this week
  • No small pies due to the tin shortage.  We are unable to source pie tins at this time.
  • Cookies have been discontinued for fall in order to make more donuts!

As a reminder, we only have baked goods on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  However, ‘take and bake’ fruit pies are available in our freezer throughout the week.  Also, Gluten free baked products are available in the freezer – pies, brownies, cookies, and cinnamon rolls.

Bakery Offerings for this Weekend

Pies – 9”:

  • Apple – 2 crust
  • Apple – Dutch
  • Blueberry
  • Cherry
  • Cherry Berry
  • Strawberry Rhubarb

Muffins / Rolls

  • Pumpkin Roll
  • Cinnamon rolls – 2 and 4 count
  • Apple Spice muffins – 4 count
  • Pumpkin muffins – 4 count
  • Pistachio muffins – 4 count

Bagels

  • Asiago Cheese – 4 count
  • Plain – 4 count

Donuts – available in packages of 4 unless pre-ordered differently

  • Cake Donuts (6 packs)
    • Apple Cider, plain and sugared
    • Pumpkin, plain and sugared
    • Buttermilk, plain and sugared
  • 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
  • Apple Fritters – glazed

Breads:

  • Cinnamon
  • Crusty Country
  • Italian
  • Mediterranean
  • Hamburger and hotdog buns

 

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
  • Local jams and jellies
  • Peanut butter and chocolate peanut butter
  • Eggs (XL brown)
  • Cheese
  • Mad Mats
  • Greeting cards made by local artists
  • Great Lakes potato chips
  • Juice, strawberry and chocolate milk in the cooler
  • Pottery from Barb’s Bowls
  • Carruth Studio Clay figurines
  • Plainwell Ice Cream
  • Gluten Free Sensations

Our Days and Hours of Operation

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 and produce onto the market for sale – thanks for your understanding!

Open – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Hours – 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

Market Operations

Pre-ordering:  For your convenience pre-ordering is available.

Curbside service:  We are happy to provide contactless curbside service.

  1.  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.
  2. 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 covering 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.

 

 

“Sheltering in place” here on the farm! Posted 3-26-20

Hello from where we are all sheltering in place on the farm!  So the world is changing and things are unsettling.  However, the rhythm of spring is in perfect tempo here on the farm.  We are grateful for the mild winter where our fruit trees, plants and vines got their winter rest and the chilling requirements they needed, and now have begun their annual growth.  Peaches, cherries, plums and early apples are budding out more each day.  It is truly exciting to see peach trees growing again after last year’s winter injury where we didn’t have any peaches Angry Birds Action Download!

Sweet Cherry buds

During this time with so many businesses closed, we take our responsibility of being one of the critical industries (Agriculture and Food) seriously.  We have a small but mighty crew working daily to finish up pruning, begin to prepare the ground for planting, and tend to all the plants growing in the greenhouse.  We are carefully monitoring the best practices for keeping food and our employees safe, which has always been our priority.  Rest assured, we are going to keep growing fruits and vegetables like normal and we will work together to find ways to get them to you, our customers Word trial.

The tomatoes are thriving in the greenhouse, and so it is time to extend our annual promise to get you a good tasting tomato for your first BLT by the middle of May.  Our 20,000-plus onion plants are doing well in the greenhouse, growing our own onions from seed using our own greenhouse is a new experience for us.  You’ll be hearing a lot more about this as we are learning, sometimes the hard way 윈도우7 한글 언어팩 다운로드!

A few weeks ago, after starting our morning with a beautiful sunrise, we got our straw down in the strawberry rows; now we’re waiting for the plants to start pushing out for the year.  We have added an additional field of strawberries this year with some varieties that will help us extend the season about a week longer.  It is always hard to say goodbye to a Michigan strawberry when they are finished for the year windows 10 버전 1709 다운로드!

On a chilly Florida day, Brenda, (still in Florida,) talked with ‘Strawberry Sue’ from the Florida Strawberry Growers Association.  Watch for some delicious recipes from Strawberry Sue closer to strawberry season Download Camouflage!   Mmmmm,  Fresh strawberries, this picture makes us even more anxious for ours to get here!

Straw bales for Sale:  We discovered it is really hard to get straw this year as the 2019 crop was shortened due to wet field conditions.  We finally found enough for our needs and have extra if you need it for your own gardens and mulching Cool favorite download. It is really great quality straw and the bales are packed so thick that it goes farther.  Just call us on 269-244-5690 and we’ll set up an appointment to get it to you.  It is $6 a bale this year, 10 or more bales for $5 동영상 소리 다운로드.

Our left over straw!

Now that spring is revving up, we’ll try to get back to our weekly updates.   Probably like you, the “sheltering-in-place “makes us want to stay more connected.  Please stay safe and healthy and let’s all remain positive as we adjust to a changed world.  Thanks from everyone at Corey Lake Orchards ecm!

 

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at the farm! 2-14-2020

A very Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you from all of us here at the farm and “winter” greetings as well.  However, for most of the winter it has seemed like Spring or Fall here – like many of you are also experiencing.  It seems like every day requires a decision on what outer gear to wear, from tall boots to mud boots, to sweatshirt layers or a full blown parka This is a true story download!   Maybe this means strawberries will be early this year?!!  Whose ready for a Michigan strawberry?

 

Our orchards and vineyards must surely be confused as some of our “winter” days  have been near 50 degrees!  We’re up to our usual winter activities, mainly pruning.  All of the apple orchards are trimmed and we are two thirds done with our grapevine pruning.  While these perennial crops should be deep into their dormant winter’s sleep, we sense they aren’t sleeping well with the weather changes!  When we are pruning on some of these warmer days I swear I hear the grapevines saying “ouch” as we cut them 동키콩 컨트리 다운로드!

You might have noticed that our greenhouse plastic roof blew off in one of our Fall windstorms.  It was replaced a few weeks ago and many thanks to the crew of 7 who helped get the 100-foot piece of plastic pulled over and secured.  Now the greenhouse would like to have some sun…..no, the black and white filter was not on for these pictures, it has been a grey winter for sure:(

Our greenhouse is up and running, the tomatoes were planted Monday, and so far, so good sas 통계 프로그램 다운로드.   The red strings you see coming off the trellis bars are for training the tomato plants to grow tall for maximum tomato yield.  Next week we will be planting 20,000 onion seeds in our greenhouse, this will be our first time doing it ourselves.  We’ll keep you posted on how it goes (or if we need help!)

One of our annual winter activities is continuing our own education and learning from others 준페이 다시 생각해 다운로드.   We take turns going to conventions. With Brenda being a “snowbird” and returning to Florida for winters, she goes to the ones in the south.  Brenda attended the annual NAFDMA (International Agritourism Association} Conference last week in Charleston, SC.  This international conference was attended by over 400 people mainly from the US and Canada who have a farm, farm market, bakery, and/or distillery with an agritourism component to their business.  Even though the conference was held in the South, the weather was nearly identical to that of Michigan Download the bible!

Day 1 was spent on a 15-hour bus tour seeing the operations of 4 local farms.  The plantations were quite beautiful and delighting with Southern charm.  It was interesting to see how they handle group tours and how they presented antebellum history through education.  Her favorite stop was touring the only commercial tea plantation in the US and learn how tea is harvested, processed, and packaged charles 다운로드.  Being a tea lover, she enjoyed the tastings at the hot and cold “tea bars”.  Dinner that evening was aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point 셀럽파이브 다운로드.

Days 2-4 were spent visiting exhibitors and attending education seminars.  There were over 100 vendors with products to support farm markets such as jams, jellies, playground equipment, donut machines, custom corn mazes, packaging materials, gift products, and more.  She attended sessions on planning and hosting events, photography, graphic design, staff scheduling, retail strategies, food and beverage management, generational differences, and future trends Papan 6 download.

One of the best parts of the conference was meeting congenial peers with operations similar to ours.  She left loving her new NAFDMA family and knows just the person to contact when she has a question!  The constant idea exchange between attendees was great and she left with bushels of new insights, projects to consider, and proven ideas 솔뫼 체 다운로드!   Stay tuned to see what we will do with all of this for 2020!

We are enjoying the quiet of winter, the chance to sleep in and read books by the fire before going to the farm for the day, catching up with friends and family, playing with Emma-Grace in the snow, when we have some!  But…..we do love and miss our many wonderful customers, so again, Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at the farm smartphone virus!

 

‘Twas the night before Christmas….

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the farm, Not a creature was stirring, to do any harm; Bushel baskets were placed by the market with care, In hopes that St Love Of Fire 3 Episode. Nicholas soon would be there;

The orchards were nestled all snug in the ground, While visions of sweet spring time danced all around. And the farmer in her bibs and standard farm cap, had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the farm there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter 엑셀 2007 한글판 무료 다운로드. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But so many, many tree eating deer Team Viewer.

And then more motion, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he shouted, “Stop eating those trees, what a shame,”

“And stay out of the grapes and the strawberries too, and tell all your friends they better just shoo, These trees are preparing for the 2020 crop, for eager CLO customers to get when they shop.”

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And then, in a twinkling, I heard a new sound. As I drew in my hand, and was turning around, Down through the market St. Nicholas came with a bound monster taming bug edition.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to farm boots,  And his clothes were all tarnished with dirt and stained fruits,  Something large was flung on his back, And I wondered, what did he  have in that sack 풍운 만화 다운로드?

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were apple red, his nose like a sweet cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up so sweet, And I saw leftover sugar from a donut treat 그레이 아나토미 시즌1 다운로드.

He was eating an apple and then a pear, but I saw him looking at pies, I swear, He had a broad face and a donut shaped belly, That shook, when he laughed like a jar of grape jelly Samtalwer.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I wondered if he’d found peach brandy on the shelf; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, showed empty hard cider bottles he had instead 모나크모나크 다운로드.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the bushels; then turned with a jerk, I could see new farm tools; some pruners and hoes, but where was that new tractor I recently chose 일정표 다운로드?

He moved to leave and I heard an engine roar, he was driving my new tractor right out the door, But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!

Wishing you the peace of winter…..

While the market is closed as we take our winter breather, we also know that some of you would like to pick up items we might still have for yourself or others 시빌 워 자막 다운로드. We know a lot of customers like giving hard ciders and brandies as gifts, or picking up some of our frozen “take and bake” pies.  (Still available in apple, strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry, cherry, and cherry-berry.) Just give us a call on 269-244-5690, and we’re happy to make an appointment to meet up with you Gary 2002 download.

From the Farmer’s Almanac:

In 2019, the winter solstice arrives on Saturday, December 21, at 11:19 p.m. EST, marking the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere ebse. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice always occurs around December 21 or 22. (In the Southern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs around June 20 or 21.) It is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in the whole year. 

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The word solstice comes from Latin sol “sun” and sistere “to stand still.” So, loosely translated, it means “sun stand still.” For a few days before and after the solstice, the Sun appears to stand still in the sky asp net 첨부 파일. The change in its noontime elevation is so slight that the Sun’s path seems to stay the same, or stand still.  Think of it this way. The solstice brings the return of more sunlight 윈도우 mr 다운로드. It only gets brighter from here!  (I think all of us are ready for that!)

As winter officially begins everyone here at the farm wishes you a most peaceful winter vsti. For we farmers who spend so much time outdoors, thinking about growing hours and daylight, winter on the farm is an important time. It is when our orchards, vineyards and fields go into their deep sleep to prepare for another growing season 궁귀검신 다운로드. It is the time when all of us get to catch up with family and friends, linger over a cup of coffee, delight in eating our frozen/canned fruits and vegetables, and not set alarms 새찬송가 전곡 mp3 다운로드. The moments of quiet and solitude are perhaps the best gifts we receive as we find time to relax and rejuvenate. All the best to all of you!