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

Family

Dayton and Allene Hubbard, Owners and Founders

Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Virginia Tech, and a Master’s from Rutgers, Dayton and his bride Allene moved to southwest Michigan in the 1950s, searching for that perfect piece of farmland.

In 1962 they found it, and went on to raise a myriad of fruits and vegetables, and four daughters. Dayton attributes his success to “a lot of luck, repeat customers, and help from above.” Allene passed away on Labor Day in 2005. Dayton celebrated his 80th birthday in 2010 with family and friends, and passed away in March 2014. He was working in his greenhouse, planting tomatoes, right to the very end. Allene and Dayton’s love and legacy continue through their children and grandchildren.

Two of their four daughters, Beth and Brenda, are the 2nd generation owners of the business.

Beth Hubbard, Owner and Manager Beth_wide

Beth returned to the farm in 2008 after a 26-year career in corporate America to help continue her parents’ legacy and grow the farm. Her goal is to make sure that every customer has a great farm experience and goes away knowing a little bit more about where their food comes from and how to eat healthy, all while having some fun. She serves on several boards, including the River Country Tourism Council, the Michigan Horticultural Society, and the Michigan Agritourism Association, of which she is currently the president. When she has a free minute, you’ll find her  reading, antiquing or playing with her granddaughter.   She is married to Joe Kitzinger and has two sons, Chad and Jay along with daughter in law Michaela, and granddaughter Emma Grace.

David Hubbard, IPM Specialist and Maintenance Manger

David returned to the farm in 2015 taking on the role in IPM and keeping things fixed, a never-ending job on any farm. He also works for Lord’s Seed Company and rents portion of Corey Lake Orchards for soybeans and seed corn.

Becca S., Organic Farmer and Wine Maker

Becca moved to the farm in 2013, ensuring the obsolescence of her degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan. She brings experience from past jobs on organic farms and as an Agriculture Extensionist, as well as memories from spending most childhood summers with her Grandma and Grandpa Hubbard. She manages our hoophouse and our schoolhouse garden, is responsible for most of the hard cider production, and helps her mom Charlotte keep bees when she gets a free minute. You can find her on Tuesdays at the Texas Township Farmer’s Market.

Michaela K., Bakery Manager

Michaela has been working for Corey Lake Orchards since 2010 as part of the 3rd generation of family.   She – with help from her mother and an amazing bakery crew – makes all the delicious pies, cakes, cookies, donuts, and breads now available at Corey Lake Orchards. She is married to Jay, who is Dayton and Allene’s grandson and Beth’s son, and they are the proud parents of Emma-Grace, born in December, 2014. She is looking to pursue a long happy life in baking. And for all of us who love her baking, we are grateful!

Bruce R., Brandy Maker

Bruce has been part of the Corey Lake Orchards community since 1980.  Raised on a dairy farm in Lenawee County, he moved to Southwest Michigan when he married. His wife, Leilani, was teaching at Norton Elementary School when they moved into their current home in our neighborhood.

Bruce has recently retired after teaching for 37 years at Paw Paw Middle School.  The quiet, somewhat solitary, occupation of a distiller is a distinct but welcome change for him. He also enjoys the fact that just a short stroll will now bring him to his workplace!

The principle that locally grown fruits and vegetables form the basis of everything sold at Corey Lake Orchards, is wholeheartedly endorsed by Bruce and his wife.  He further believes that a strong agricultural presence in an increasingly developed township is vital to the quality of life of residents and visitors. He is pleased to be part of these endeavors.

Bruce is proud to bottle the results of the previous distillers and intends to maintain the quality of current offerings. He intends to expand the products available, so stop by the Brandy House periodically to taste what’s new and hear about what’s coming.  To find out more about our brandy and when you can visit the Brandy House, go to:  ttp://www.coreylakeorchards.com/our-brandy/

 

9 Comments

  1. Kari Amundson

    Bummer! Another summer missing out coming to your farmstand.
    I have been a customer for over 40 years.
    My uncle is Ernie Knapp who lives @ Corey Lake.
    My mom grew up in 3 Rivers & We live in Lake Forest IL.
    Its been a tradition All my life to come to your farmstand every summer when we were @ grandmas cottage on the Lake.
    My boyfriend Loves your brittle .
    I am battling Colon Cancer & couldn’t make it there this summer.
    Never close!!!!!!

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  2. Debbie Haseman RN

    Hi Dayton,
    Hope all is well and hope to see you this fall when we are out at the orchard.
    Nurse Debbie

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  3. missjessicalynnmartin25jessie

    when is your fall color tour this year my art teacher miss lucy grandell whould lake to sign up for the fall color tour art sale she like to sign us her art class todo the art sale color tour there she like a have a spot there to sale her art classes art stuff
    her art class heart 4 art her art class has some art stuff we like to sell there
    for the fall color tour art sale there she is going to call to sign us up there to sell her class art her class name is heart 4 art she will call there to sign up.

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    1. Beth

      It is October 14th and we would love to have your group come.

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  4. Jodie

    We recently visited and we are excited to come back! Corey Lake Orchards will become a family tradition for us!!! It will be our first stop before hitting our lake house for the summer weekends! The blueberries were gone in a second, Bruce and his brandy were amazing and the baked goods were plate licking good!!!!!

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  5. Melissa Keith

    I would just like to say Thank You. Thank you for allowing my family and I the opportunity to relish is such a beautiful place. We have come every fall to pick apples, It’s one of those family traditions I would like passed down to my grandchildren. Thank you.

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  6. Becky blood

    Beth. It was awesome to see you at the orchard this summer. I love your website and updates. Your work and it’s continued success makes this Michigander proud! May I have permission to include your website link on my fisher lake cottage rental posting? Hubbard Orchards has been and continues to be a real draw/attraction to TR! Love to learn more about your farm to table advocacy.

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  7. missjessicalynnmartin26jessie

    hi corey lake orchards thank you for leting us a heart for art group class
    sale our necklaces and braclets and jewelry there we made over $1ooo dollars there
    lucy grandel thanks you for leting her a heart for art group class sale at the fall color tour art sale and thanks for the pizza it was really good
    we will be there next year see ya’ll then from jessica martin

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  8. Linda Glodek Neilan- Huntington Beach, CA

    Sad to hear of the loss of your Father and matriarch of Corey Lake Orchards. What a wonderful life he gave all of you and all of us who frequented your orchards! My family has been coming to your orchards since 1966 when my parents bought a lake house nearby. Three generations of our family has so enjoyed the fruits of your Father’s and your’s labor. We have a wonderful connection with all of you and while many of our family frequents more often then some, when we come to town we always make a point to visit. All of you are like family to us!
    So thank you Dayton, May you rest in peace and enjoy your eternal life with your wife.

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