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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- $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.
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.
- 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.
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
- 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
- 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
- Crusty Country
- 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)
- 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
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 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.