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

Corey Lake Orchards

Time to Stock Up! Last Official Day: Saturday, November 4th

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”
Frank Herbert, Author

So while our final regular full day for the 2017 season is this Saturday, we like to think we’re just putting a bookmark in place for a another year. It’s hard saying goodbye to our many customers and not seeing you all winter. But we love staying in touch with you via emails, Facebook and Instagram posts.

And honestly, we are ready for the farm to be at a slower pace for a bit. It always feels good to have the major harvest completed. Now our work tasks turn to pruning the apple trees and grapes, winterizing equipment, and putting the fields to bed for another year. Oh, and tackling a mountain of paperwork that never seems to get done.

Yes, our last official day will be Saturday November 4th, followed by reduced hours on some weekends. So there’s only several days left! Hurry over to stock up on your winter needs.

Weekend openings schedule: 

  • Saturday November 11th 11 – 3
  • Sunday November 12th 11 – 3
  • Saturday November 18th 11 – 3
  • Sunday November 19th 11 – 3
  • December 2nd 11 – 3
  • December 16th 11-3

Here’s what we plan to make available (until they run out!)

  • Baked goods: frozen take and bake pies (if you have pre-ordered holiday pies and have them stored in our freezer you can pick them up on one of these weekends closer to when you need them.)
  • Apples, some varieties
  • Organics: kale, lettuce, other things as our winter hoophouse comes into full production and they become available.
  • Alcohol products: hard cider, brandy, wine, including tastings on Saturdays from 1 – 3.
  • Other: honey, maple syrup, meat

End of Season specials:

  • Buy any size bag of Honeycrisp apples, get the same size bag of Honeycrisp free
  • Buy any size bag of apples and get a free bag of Golden Delicious apples the same size (1 free bag per customer–of the largest size bag you purchased). In other words, buy a 1/2 bushel of Romes, a peck of Jonathan, and take a free 1/2 bu bag of Golden Delicious. The Golden Delicious apples are a real treat this year as they are the nicest ones we have grown in many years.

Picked Apples on the market:

  • 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. Sold by the pound only ($2/lb.).
  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying “Spies for pies.” We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • Golden Delicious: A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It’s the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.
  • Cameo: Firm, crisp and sweet, tart. Great for snaking or baking. Keeps well in your refrigerator.  Beth’s favorite!
  • Fuji: Has a fantastic sweet flavor and tart flavor, with a low acid content.  An incredibly good keeper, it says crisp for weeks without even being in the refrigerator.
  • Red Rome:  A big, round very red apple, mild sweet flavor. Holds it shape and flavor when baked.
  • PInk Lady:  All the Pink lady have now been picked! If you don’t know a Pink lady, you need to meet her! It is a cross between a Lady William and Golden Delicious apple. It has bright white flesh that resists browning when cut. Pink Lady apples are very firm and dense, with a tart flavor and effervescent finish. Very unique apple!  Brenda’s favorite!

Apple Cider: We are through pressing apple cider for the year, so this is your last chance to get it. We should have it through Saturday. If you didn’t know, you can freeze cider for out of season enjoyment by just taking some out of the jug so it has room to expand, then simply freezing.  Make sure to shake it well when it defrosts before using.

Certified Organic Produce:  

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Peppers

Maybe a few other things, gosh the season really has wound down. We’ll see! -Becca

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

As we near the end of our baking season, we would like to remind everyone to order their holiday or winter stock of “take and bake” pies. We will take orders through Saturday, November 4th. Call us at 269-244-5690. Over the last two years, we have found that this is the best way for you to have pies on your holiday table or get you through the winter until our bakery reopens in May! And it moves the wonderful aroma of a pie baking to your own home. We will make these pies and flash freeze them for you and call you when your order is ready for pickup. All our “take and bake” pies are large 9” pies, the available flavors are: apple, blueberry, cherry, cherry berry, peach, pecan, pumpkin, rhubarb, and strawberry rhubarb. 

Cookies: Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Coconut Pecan, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip

Pies: Apple, Cherry, Peach, Cherry berry, Pumpkin, Pecan and Strawberry Rhubarb

Bread: Whole Wheat, Cinnamon, Italian, Whole Grain, Honey Oat, Vegetable and Tuscan, as well as Hamburger Buns and Hot Dog Buns. We are partnering again with La Brea bakery this year and will have the following breads: Semolina Cheese, Roasted Garlic Loaf, Sourdough, and Jalapeño Cheese

Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns

Assorted Dessert Bars

Muffins: Banana Nut, Blueberry, Lemon Poppyseed, Pistachio, Chocolate, and Apple. 

Donuts: We will have our Apple Cider, Buttermilk, and Pumpkin Cake Donuts available Friday and Saturday . We will also have Apple Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings

Slushies – Apple Cider and Grape

Look for our “take and bake” pies in our freezer in the bakery.  As we work to stock up,  please feel free to order and we can get them ready, please give us 4 days notice to make sure your pies are ready to go.

Alcohol offerings: Hometown Hero is back! We won a silver award for this blackberry, elderberry, rose hip cider, and we hope you like it too. Also bottled: Black Currant/Cacao, Dry, Ginger, Semi-Sweet, and Sweet. We have cherry wine and Kaiser Cyser as well. We’ll have a few additional ciders on tap during our hard cider happy hour. This weekend we’ll have hard cider tastings:

  • Friday from 4-6
  • Saturday from 3-6

Stop on by to sample some cider. During tasting hours, feel free to bring your own clean 32 oz. or 64 oz. growler if you’d like one filled, or buy a new growler here at the market to take home fresh draft cider. And of course, we have our usual tasting hours with Bruce from 1-3 on Saturdays, and full range of brandy offerings.

Many of you have asked where you can get our cider during our off-season. The Local Bar in Centreville has a great bottle selection and usually stocks five or more of our ciders. The Riviera Bar in Three Rivers also carries a few of our ciders, and we’ll be reaching out to some more stores now that we’re mostly done at the market. You are always welcome to schedule a time to drop by and buy some wine, brandy, and hard cider as well – 269-244-5690.

Animal feed: apples and pumpkins! Since we are no longer making cider, we have our apple “seconds” available for purchase at $5 a bushel, bring your own container please. Also, pumpkins already picked by the market are 50 cents each (or make us an offer for a truck load.)  If you want to pick them up out of the field for free, please call and ask for Beth to make arrangements.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see on one of our remaining days we are open. If not, our best wishes for the rest of the year. We truly appreciate you as customers….you are the reason we do what we do!  Thank you for your loyal patronage and being part of our farm family.

 

***Storing Apples:

Apples are best kept in your refrigerator, preferably the crisper drawer or in an unsealed plastic bag. Refrigerate apples separately from vegetables because apples naturally release small amounts of ethylene gas that can be damaging to lettuce and other produce. If you have a root cellar, you can keep larger amounts there if it is cool, dry and dark.

For every 10 degrees above 30°F, the apples’ lifespan decreases dramatically. You do not want the apples’ temperature to fall below 30°F, however, because that will make them freeze and turn to mush when they’re thawed. Their cell walls will all collapse. Therefore, apples are best stored somewhere around 30-35°F, in a humid environment.

If storing apples in the fridge, place them inside a crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the apples. Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer with aforementioned damp paper towel, or else keep them in perforated plastic bags in a cold shed or cellar.

There is trust to that old adage: “One bad apple rots the whole bunch.” Apples give off a lot of ethylene gas, and so just one bruised and rotting apple will give off enough to swiftly ripen (and rot) the others. If you have any bruises or soft spots on an apple, set it aside for eating. Don’t store with the other apples.

Ultimately, if you’re planning on storing a lot of apples for the winter, look for firm, long-lasting apples. These are usually thick-skinned, tart apples. We recommend storing Rome or Fuji, properly stored they will last until spring

No tricks, Just great treats and fun!

Only in Pure Michigan could we go once again from shirtsleeves to wooly jackets, hats and gloves in a matter of days.  So don that cold weather gear and head over to the farm for our last full weekend.  Yes, our last official day will be Saturday November 4th, followed by reduced hours on some weekends. (see list below).  So there’s still 9 days left!

Treat yourself this weekend to the following;

  • Buy any size bag of Honeycrisp apples, get the same size bag of Honeycrisp free
  • Buy any size bag of apples and get a free bag of Golden Delicious apples the same size (1 free bag per customer–of the largest size bag you purchased)  In other words, buy a 1/2 bushel of Romes, a peck of Jonathan, and take a free 1/2 bu bag of Golden Delicious.  The Golden Delicious apples are a real treat this year as they are the nicest ones we have grown in many years.
  • Come in a costume and get a free cake donut in the bakery
  • Let your kids stop at the many trick or treat stations we will have set up on the market, with bags we provide. 

U-PIck apples: Normal U-PIck apples are now gone and we have gleaning available.  The remainder of our apple orchards which have been harvested are open for Apple Gleaning. In these designated orchards only you may pick apples off the ground or off the trees for $5 a bushel for what is remaining.  We have had a lot of folks out gleaning, so there is not a lot left, mostly some Red Delicious.   You need to be a bit diligent and able to get some of them from the tops of the trees. Please bring your own ladders as well as containers to put them in. We will loan you baskets to measure them.

U-Pick Pumpkins: We still have a lot of pumpkins left in our field.  This is a real pumpkin patch where there will no doubt be some mud, a few weeds, some poky pumpkin vines…so dress accordingly for the experience!

U-Pick Grapes:  White Niagara and purple Concord grapes are still open for picking but we are at the end.  It looks like we should have enough grapes to get through this weekend. Concord are still plentiful, but are now in the middles of the row, so bring a wagon if you have one to pull them out. There are not very many White Niagara left, so if you want a few buckets you can find them, but they are no longer available in large quantities.  It is best to call before you drive here to ask how many grapes are left.  We had a light frost last night, while it hit the leaves, the grapes are still okay.   However, if we get another hard frost or several, the grapes will not make it through.

Dressed for the cold and ready to pick grapes

For all U-Pick, please check in at the market first to get directions. You will be driving to the orchards, vineyards and pumpkin field, so no need to get everyone out of the car only to have to put excited children right back in!!

Picking hours: Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6.

This is the last weekend to enjoy the Spookley the Square Pumpkin story set up in our play area, or to get your photo’s by the old truck.

Picked Apples on the market:

  • 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. We are thrilled they are ready in time for the weekend. Sold by the pound only.($2)
  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying “Spies for pies.” We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • Golden Delicious: A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It’s the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.
  • Cameo: Firm, crisp and sweet, tart. Great for snaking or baking. Keeps well in your refrigerator
  • Fuji: Has a fantastic sweet flavor and tart flavor, with a low acid content.  An incredibly good keeper, it says crisp for weeks without even being in the refrigerator.
  • Red Rome:  A big, round very red apple, mild sweet flavor. Holds it shape and flavor when baked.
  • PInk Lady:  We have only picked a few of the Pink Lady and will be picking the rest soon. If you don’t know a Pink lady, you need to meet her! It is a cross between a Lady William and Golden Delicious apple. It has bright white flesh that resists browning when cut. Pink Lady apples are very firm and dense, with a tart flavor and effervescent finish. Very unique apple!  Brenda’s favorite!

Here’s what else is on the market now:

  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Pumpkins
  • Apple Cider

Certified Organic Produce:  

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Peppers
  • Basil

Maybe a few other things, gosh the season really has wound down. We’ll see! -Becca

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • As we near the end of our baking season, we would like to remind everyone to order their holiday or winter stock of “take and bake” pies. Over the last two years, we have found that this is the best way for you to have pies on your holiday table or get you through the winter until our bakery reopens in May! And it moves the wonderful aroma of a pie baking to your own home. We will be taking orders through the end of the season (November 4th is our last day). We will make these pies and flash freeze them for you and call you when your order is ready for pickup. All our “take and bake” pies are large 9” pies, the available flavors are: apple, blueberry, cherry, cherry berry, peach, pecan, pumpkin, rhubarb, and strawberry rhubarb. Call us at 269-244-5690.  Give us 4 days to get your order ready, please.

    • Cookies: Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Coconut Pecan, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
    • Pies: Apple, Cherry, Peach, Cherry berry, Pumpkin, Pecan and Strawberry Rhubarb
    • Apple Dumplings
    • Bread: Whole Wheat, Cinnamon, Italian, Whole Grain, Honey Oat, Vegetable and Tuscan, as well as Hamburger Buns and Hot Dog Buns. We are partnering again with La Brea bakery this year and will have the following breads: Semolina Cheese, Roasted Garlic Loaf, Sourdough, and Jalapeño Cheese
    • Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns
    • Assorted Dessert Bars
    • Muffins: Banana Nut, Blueberry, Lemon Poppyseed, Pistachio, Chocolate, and Apple. 
    • Donuts: We will have our Apple Cider, Buttermilk, and Pumpkin Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will also have Apple Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
    • Slushies – Apple Cider and Grape
    • Look for our “take and bake” pies in our freezer in the bakery.  As we work to stock up,  please feel free to order and we can get them ready, please give us 4 days notice to make sure your pies are ready to go.

Alcohol offerings: Hometown Hero is back! We won a silver award for this blackberry, elderberry, rose hip cider, and we hope you like it too. Also bottled: Blueberry, Dry, Ginger, Hopped, Preach (pear/peach cider), Semi-Sweet, and Sweet. We have cherry wine and Kaiser Cyser as well. We’ll have a few additional ciders on tap during our hard cider happy hour. This weekend we’ll have hard cider tastings:

  • Friday from 4-6
  • Saturday from 3-6
  • Stop on by to sample some cider. During tasting hours, feel free to bring your own clean 32 oz. or 64 oz. growler if you’d like one filled, or buy a new growler here at the market to take home fresh draft cider. And of course, we have our usual brandy house tours with Bruce from 1-3 on Saturdays, and full range of brandy offerings.

Closing Date Information: Our last official day will be Saturday, November 4th, with our normal hours of 8 until 6. Many of you have also

We open every now and then for you to replenish your stock as we did last year for you to get produce, frozen pies, honey, maple syrup and our distillery/cidery products. At this point, we aren’t sure if we will have apples left after November 4th, so get your winter stock soon!

  • Saturday November 11th 11 – 3
  • Sunday November 12th 11 – 3
  • Saturday November 18th 11 – 3
  • Sunday November 19th 11 – 3
  • December 2nd 11 – 3
  • December 16th 11-3

Here’s what we plan to make available (until they run out!)

  • Baked goods: frozen take and bake pies (if you have pre-ordered Holiday pies and have them stored in our freezer you can pick them up on one of these weekends closer to when you need them.)
  • Apples, if any are left after our closing date of November 4th
  • Organics: kale, lettuce, spinach, maybe carrots, onions, or other things
  • Alcohol products: hard cider, brandy, wine, including tastings on Saturdays from 1 – 3.
  • Other: honey, maple syrup, meat

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins. Our thanks to the Triple Cross Fit group who came out Saturday and picked 800 pumpkins for us in about one hour.  We have never seen a pumpkin field stripped so fast.  We are grateful for their help, as this allowed us to donate these pumpkins to those who otherwise might not have gotten a pumpkin this year.   They coined their mission aptly:  Everyone deserves a pumpkin! We agree.  Job well done.

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see soon,

***Storing Apples:

Apples are best kept in your refrigerator, preferably the crisper drawer or in an unsealed plastic bag. Refrigerate apples separately from vegetables because apples naturally release small amounts of ethylene gas that can be damaging to lettuce and other produce. If you have a root cellar, you can keep larger amounts there if it is cool, dry and dark.

For every 10 degrees above 30°F, the apples’ lifespan decreases dramatically. You do not want the apples’ temperature to fall below 30°F, however, because that will make them freeze and turn to mush when they’re thawed. Their cell walls will all collapse. Therefore, apples are best stored somewhere around 30-35°F, in a humid environment.

If storing apples in the fridge, place them inside a crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the apples. Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer with aforementioned damp paper towel, or else keep them in perforated plastic bags in a cold shed or cellar.

There is trust to that old adage: “One bad apple rots the whole bunch.” Apples give off a lot of ethylene gas, and so just one bruised and rotting apple will give off enough to swiftly ripen (and rot) the others. If you have any bruises or soft spots on an apple, set it aside for eating. Don’t store with the other apples.

Ultimately, if you’re planning on storing a lot of apples for the winter, look for firm, long-lasting apples. These are usually thick-skinned, tart apples. We recommend storing Rome or Fuji, properly stored they will last until spring

Special Opportunity – Honeycrisp U-Pick!

Update posted at 6pm on Saturday, October 21.  There are only a few Honeycrisp left to pick, we had sooo many people out today.  There are still some Cameo’s and Red Romes.

To make up for the rain which kept most of you out of our orchards last weekend we have decided to give families a special treat this weekend by opening up a section of the orchard we usually do not. Most of you know we never have U-Pick Honeycrisp, but as we went through our orchards to see what was remaining, we found about 12 trees that still need to be picked and our crew has already moved into fall pruning mode. So we will open this row of trees, which also has some beautiful Cameo, Fuji and Red Rome for this weekend only (Saturday and Sunday or until all picked) with special hours of 10 to 4. These will be at our normal pricing of:  $24 a bushel, $13 a half-bushel, and $7.50 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), and $5 a half-peck. It will be first come, first serve and when they are all picked we will close this section of the orchard.  The weather at least for Saturday looks to be perfect for an apple picking outing!

One of the trees waiting for you to pick it on Saturday

Update at 6pm on Saturday, October 21st.  The only apples left for gleaning are mostly Red Delicious, but there are still lots of those.

The remainder of our apple orchards which have been harvested are open for Apple Gleaning. In these designated orchards only you may pick apples off the ground or off the trees for $5 a bushel for what is remaining. This is a great and economical way to get animal apples, apple sauce apples, cider making, etc. This year, there are plenty of apples left for gleaning, but…you need to be a bit diligent and able to get some of them from the tops of the trees. Please bring your own ladders as well as containers to put them in. We will loan you baskets to measure them.

U-Pick Pumpkins: This is a real pumpkin patch where there will no doubt be some mud, a few weeds, some poky pumpkin vines…so dress accordingly for the experience!

U-Pick Grapes:  White Niagara and purple Concord grapes are still open for picking but we are at the end.  It looks like we should have enough grapes to get through this weekend. Concord are still plentiful, but are now in the middles of the row, so bring a wagon if you have one to pull them out. There are not very many White Niagara left, so if you want a few buckets you can find them, but they are no longer available in large quantities.  It is best to call before you drive here to ask how many grapes are left.

This is what 2000 lbs of grapes look like, before they leave to go to Nashville, Tennessee!

For all U-Pick, please check in at the market first to get directions. You will be driving to the orchards, vineyards and pumpkin field, so no need to get everyone out of the car only to have to put excited children right back in!!

Picking hours: Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6.

While you are here, take your family around the Spookley the Square Pumpkin story set up in our play area. We thank granddaughter Emma Grace who comes regularly to help us pick it back up after the wind blows it over and places pumpkins by each storyboard!

Picked Apples on the market:

We are still offering specials on two apple varieties: Gala and Cortland. Buy 2 half bushels ($24) and get another 1/2 bushel free (can mix and match). These two combined make a wonderful apple sauce needing no sugar! But hurry or call us to save them for you as we just have a few left and expect them to be gone over the weekend.

  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • 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. Juices really well.
  • 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. We are thrilled they are ready in time for the weekend. Sold by the pound only.($2)
  • Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce.
  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying “Spies for pies.” We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • Golden Delicious: A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It’s the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.
  • Cameo: Firm, crisp and sweet, tart. Great for snaking or baking. Keeps well in your refrigerator
  • Fuji: Has a fantastic sweet flavor and tart flavor, with a low acid content.  An incredibly good keeper, it says crisp for weeks without even being in the refrigerator.
  • Red Rome:  A big, round very red apple, mild sweet flavor. Holds it shape and flavor when baked.
  • PInk Lady: Finally we will be able to pick our last apple of the season, such a late one. We will have these in the market on Saturday. If you don’t know a Pink lady, you need to meet her! It is a cross between a Lady William and Golden Delicious apple. It has bright white flesh that resists browning when cut. Pink Lady apples are very firm and dense, with a tart flavor and effervescent finish. Very unique apple!  Brenda’s favorite!

Here’s what else is on the market now:

  • Bosc Pears. This is a beautiful, large, firm, sweet eating pear, that keeps very well. (Not a canning pear)
  • Winter Squash: Butternut, Acorn,  Heart of Gold, and Sweet Dumpling.  Hurry, only a few left.
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Fall Ornamentals of gourds, colorful mums, colorful fall corn and mini pie pumpkins
  • Pumpkins

Certified Organic Produce:  

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Peppers
  • Basil

Maybe a few other things, gosh the season really has wound down. We’ll see! -Becca

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • As we near the end of our baking season, we would like to remind everyone to order their holiday or winter stock of “take and bake” pies. Over the last two years, we have found that this is the best way for you to have pies on your holiday table or get you through the winter until our bakery reopens in May! And it moves the wonderful aroma of a pie baking to your own home. We will be taking orders through the end of the season (November 4th is our last day). We will make these pies and flash freeze them for you and call you when your order is ready for pickup. All our “take and bake” pies are large 9” pies, the available flavors are: apple, blueberry, cherry, cherry berry, peach, pecan, pumpkin, rhubarb, and strawberry rhubarb. Call us at 269-244-5690.

    • Cookies: Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Coconut Pecan, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
    • Pies: Apple, Cherry, Peach, Cherry berry, Pumpkin, Pecan and Strawberry Rhubarb
    • Apple Dumplings
    • Bread: Whole Wheat, Cinnamon, Italian, Whole Grain, Honey Oat, Vegetable and Tuscan, as well as Hamburger Buns and Hot Dog Buns. We are partnering again with La Brea bakery this year and will have the following breads: Semolina Cheese, Roasted Garlic Loaf, Sourdough, and Jalapeño Cheese
    • Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns
    • Assorted Dessert Bars
    • Muffins: Banana Nut, Blueberry, Lemon Poppyseed, Pistachio, Chocolate, and Apple. 
    • Donuts: We will have our Apple Cider, Buttermilk, and Pumpkin Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will also have Apple Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
    • Slushies – Apple Cider and Grape
    • Look for our “take and bake” pies in our freezer in the bakery.  As we work to stock up,  please feel free to order and we can get them ready, please give us 4 days notice to make sure your pies are ready to go.

Alcohol offerings: Hometown Hero is back! We won a silver award for this blackberry, elderberry, rose hip cider, and we hope you like it too. Also bottled: Blueberry, Dry, Ginger, Hopped, Preach (pear/peach cider), Semi-Sweet, and Sweet. We have cherry wine and Kaiser Cyser as well. We’ll have a few additional ciders on tap during our hard cider happy hour. This weekend we’ll have hard cider tastings:

  • Friday from 4-6
  • Saturday from 3-6
  • Stop on by to sample some cider. During tasting hours, feel free to bring your own clean 32 oz. or 64 oz. growler if you’d like one filled, or buy a new growler here at the market to take home fresh draft cider. And of course, we have our usual brandy house tours with Bruce from 1-3 on Saturdays, and full range of brandy offerings.

Closing Date Information: Our last official day will be Saturday, November 4th, with our normal hours of 8 until 6. Many of you have also

A customer taking advantage of a beautiful fall day and stocking up on apples!

requested we open every now and then for you to replenish your stock as we did last year for you to get produce, frozen pies, honey, maple syrup and our distillery/cidery products. At this point, we aren’t sure if we will have apples left after November 4th, so get your winter stock soon!

  • Saturday November 11th 11 – 3
  • Sunday November 12th 11 – 3
  • Saturday November 18th 11 – 3
  • Sunday November 19th 11 – 3
  • December 2nd 11 – 3
  • December 16th 11-3

Here’s what we plan to make available (until they run out!)

  • Baked goods: frozen take and bake pies (if you have pre-ordered Holiday pies and have them stored in our freezer you can pick them up on one of these weekends closer to when you need them.)
  • Apples, if any are left after our closing date of November 4th
  • Organics: kale, lettuce, spinach, maybe carrots, onions, or other things
  • Alcohol products: hard cider, brandy, wine, including tastings on Saturdays from 1 – 3.
  • Other: honey, maple syrup, meat

It takes a village……once again our pumpkins surprised us by over producing and on top of that, growing so big! So we are on a mission to get pumpkins to those folks who might not otherwise get a pumpkin in our community, with help from charitable non-profit organizations. In addition, our Red Delicious apple trees were loaded so we are stripping those for food banks and shelters across Southwest Michigan. A special thanks to the Pathfinder First United Methodist Church of Portage who are volunteering their time to pick the apples.  Also, a special thanks to Triple River Cross Fit who is holding their workout here on Saturday morning and volunteering their time to pick these ginormous pumpkins. As they carry these 50+ pound pumpkins across uneven terrain and mud, we think they will get an awesome work out and help us with an awesome cause. Cider and donuts will be waiting at the finish line!

Pumpkins getting picked and lined up which we donated to the Mendon Fall Festival last weekend

The gracious team of volunteers from Pathfinder UMC

A load of pumpkins specially picked for the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

Apples and pumpkins on their way to be enjoyed

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see soon,

***Storing Apples:

Apples are best kept in your refrigerator, preferably the crisper drawer or in an unsealed plastic bag. Refrigerate apples separately from vegetables because apples naturally release small amounts of ethylene gas that can be damaging to lettuce and other produce. If you have a root cellar, you can keep larger amounts there if it is cool, dry and dark.

For every 10 degrees above 30°F, the apples’ lifespan decreases dramatically. You do not want the apples’ temperature to fall below 30°F, however, because that will make them freeze and turn to mush when they’re thawed. Their cell walls will all collapse. Therefore, apples are best stored somewhere around 30-35°F, in a humid environment.

If storing apples in the fridge, place them inside a crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the apples. Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer with aforementioned damp paper towel, or else keep them in perforated plastic bags in a cold shed or cellar.

There is trust to that old adage: “One bad apple rots the whole bunch.” Apples give off a lot of ethylene gas, and so just one bruised and rotting apple will give off enough to swiftly ripen (and rot) the others. If you have any bruises or soft spots on an apple, set it aside for eating. Don’t store with the other apples.

Ultimately, if you’re planning on storing a lot of apples for the winter, look for firm, long-lasting apples. These are usually thick-skinned, tart apples. We recommend storing Rome or Fuji, properly stored they will last until spring.

U-Pick Grape update: And so it rained….

and rained and rained….and 6 plus inches later…it stopped and  the sun came out!  We truly thank all of you who came to the farm and endured a little (or a lot) of wetness to still pick apples, grapes, pumpkins or just stay in the dry and enjoy cider and donuts!

Our grape vineyards did not need this much rain at once, so sadly, it has begun to cause the grapes to split.  Fortunately about 90 % of our grapes have been picked already.  So while we thought we would have grapes until the first frost, we are not so sure now.  If you are still in need of grapes, we’d encourage you to come soon.

Please call before you come, to make sure we still have grapes left and check on the picking conditions.  269-244-5690.

Thanks!!

 

 

 

A Sweet Time to Eat Apples, Pick Pumpkins, and Get Grapes

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Fall Color Tour events last Sunday! What a perfect day and we enjoyed having you experience our farm’s fall fun. It’s hard to believe it is the middle of October and we are grateful that we have most of the fall harvest complete. It’s time to think about getting your apples for the winter as they are in their peak ripeness and flavor.  We’ve put some apple storage tips at the end for you! An earlier version of this post referenced a hard cider happy hour tasting from 1-3 on Sunday. This was an error. There will be no tasting on Sunday! We apologize for this confusion.

The Fall fun continues with:

  • U-pick pumpkins
  • U-pick white Niagara grapes and purple Concord grapes are ready–see info below
  • U-pick apples–see chart below
  • “U-pick” from our fall donut varieties: apple cider, pumpkin and buttermilk
  • And of course, all of our usual market offerings including freshly squeezed apple cider
  • Our “small children’s” cover crop maze–free with a $10 purchase
  • Spookley the Square Pumpkin story boards set up in our play area to enjoy with your family–a wonderful story about diversity, bullying and embracing everyone
  • We’ve set up great places to take family photos and would love to have you share them with us on our Facebook page, Instagram or Yelp. It makes us happy to see you having fun 🙂

Picked Apples on the market: 

Our Golden Delicious apples are so nice this year!

We are offering specials on three apple varieties: Gala, Macintosh  and Cortland. Buy 2 half bushels ($24) and get another 1/2 bushel free (can mix and match).  These 3 combined make a wonderful apple sauce needing no sugarApples are ripening faster than we have cold storage space.

  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • 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. Juices really well.
  • 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. We are thrilled they are ready in time for the weekend. Sold by the pound only.($2)
  • Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce.
  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying “Spies for pies.” We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • Golden Delicious: A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It’s the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.
  • Cameo: Firm, crisp and sweet, tart. Great for snaking or baking. Keeps well in your refrigerator
  • Braeburn: Sweet with a hint of tart and a firmness that stores well. Very versatile apple that bakes well and great for fresh eating.
  • Fuji: Has a fantastic sweet flavor and tart flavor, with a low acid content.  An incredibly good keeper, it says crisp for weeks without even being in the refrigerator.
  • Red Rome:  A big, round very red apple, mild sweet flavor.  Holds it shape and flavor when baked.

U-Pick Apples open now for the season, with the following varieties left to pick. We have completed about 85% of the apple harvest now so while there are many bare trees, there are still apples to pick for one more weekend.  The varieties still available to pick are:

  • Red and Golden Delicious
  • Jonathan
  • Red Rome
  • Cameo
  • Fuji

U-pick apples are available during our normal hours of 8 to 6 (must be out of the orchard by 5:45). Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start. You will be driving to the orchards–so when you arrive, please have one person come into the market to get directions, information, baskets and bags and you’ll be on your way. (We’ve seen very unhappy children who get out of the car excited to pick, only to have to return to the car and drive to the orchard!)

Apple pricing is the same as last year. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7.50 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $5 a half-peck, $3 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available. The price is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples.

Apple Gleaning: On Monday October 16th, we will open several of the orchards for end of year “gleaning.”  You may pick apples off the ground or off the trees for $5 a bushel for what is remaining. This is a great and economical way to get animal apples, apple sauce apples, cider making, etc. This year, there are plenty of apples left for gleaning, but…you need to be a bit diligent and able to get some of them from the tops of the trees. Please bring your own ladders as well as containers to put them in. We will loan you baskets to measure them.

U-Pick Pumpkins: Check in at the market first for directions…and do remember this is a real pumpkin patch where there will no doubt be some mud, a few weeds, some poky pumpkin vines…so dress accordingly for the experience!

U-Pick Grapes: The picking has been great this year–very plentiful

  • White Niagara and purple Concord grapes are open for picking.
  • Picking hours: Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6, except for Tuesday and Thursdays, where we will stay open until 8 pm (must be checked into the market by 6pm).
  • Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start. You will be directed to the vineyard in which we are picking that day and be assigned rows to pick on by our vineyard and orchard supervisor.
  • Grape sweetness: Both varieties of grapes measured at 15.5 brix at the beginning of the season which means they are even sweeter now.
  • Grape availability: We have a good crop of grapes and hope to have them until the first frost. Of course the weather and the number of people that come to pick could change that.  We have had lots of pickers coming through, so we would encourage you to come sooner rather than later to make sure you get them.

If you are coming to pick grapes, please bring clippers, scissors, 5 gallon buckets and small wagons if you have them. Some of our rows are very long! If you don’t have 5 gallon buckets to pick in, we will loan you ours, but please bring something to take your grapes back home in. (Boxes, plastic tubs, etc.)

  • Pricing will be the same as last year: U-Pick Pricing for both color grapes is the following, please note we sell them by the pound, and consider a five-gallon pail or a 1/2 bushel basket to be 20 pounds.
    • 40 cents a pound for 20 pounds or less, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel= $8
    • 21 to 100 pounds: 35 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $7
    • Over 100 pounds; 25 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel=$5

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes both white Niagara and purple Concord, they are $26 a bushel, $14 half bushel, please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.

Here’s what else is on the market now:

  • Bosc Pears. This is a beautiful, large, firm, sweet eating pear, that keeps very well. (Not a canning pear)
  • Winter Squash: Butternut, Acorn, Buttercup, Heart of Gold, and Sweet Dumpling.
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Red Potatoes
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Fall Ornamentals of gourds, colorful mums, colorful fall corn and mini pie pumpkins
  • Pumpkins

Certified Organic Produce:  

  • Winter squash (red kuri, a Hubbard squash type)
  • Lettuce
  • Peppers
  • Basil

Maybe a few other things, gosh the season really has wound down. We’ll see! -Becca

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Cut Out, Caramel Apple, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Coconut Pecan, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Apple, Cherry, Peach, Cherry berry, Pumpkin, Pecan and Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Apple Dumplings
  • Bread: Whole Wheat, Cinnamon, Italian, Whole Grain, Honey Oat, Vegetable and Tuscan, as well as Hamburger Buns and Hot Dog Buns. We are partnering again with La Brea bakery this year and will have the following breads: Semolina Cheese, Roasted Garlic Loaf, Sourdough, and Jalapeño Cheese
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns
  • Assorted Dessert Bars
  • Muffins: Banana Nut, Blueberry, Lemon Poppyseed, Pistachio, Raisin Bran, Chocolate, and Apple. 
  • Donuts: We will have our Apple Cider, Buttermilk, and Pumpkin Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will also have Apple Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
  • Slushies – Grape
  • Look for our “take and bake” pies for you to stock up on in your freezer (for you to indulge in). As we work to stock up,  please feel free to order and we can get them ready, please give us 4 days notice to make sure your pies are ready to go. “Take and bake” pie choices are all large-9″ pies and available flavors are: Apple, blueberry, cherry, cherry berry, peach, pecan, pumpkin, rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb.

Alcohol offerings: Hometown Hero is back! We won a silver award for this blackberry, elderberry, rose hip cider, and we hope you like it too. Also bottled: Blueberry, Dry, Ginger, Hopped, Preach (pear/peach cider), Semi-Sweet, and Sweet. We have cherry wine and Kaiser Cyser as well. We’ll have a few additional ciders on tap during our hard cider happy hour. This weekend we’ll have hard cider tastings:

  • Friday from 4-6
  • Saturday from 3-6
  • An earlier version of this post referenced a hard cider happy hour tasting from 1-3 on Sunday. This was an error. There will be no tasting on Sunday! We apologize for this confusion.

Stop on by to sample some cider. During tasting hours, feel free to bring your own clean 32 oz. or 64 oz. growler if you’d like one filled, or buy a new growler here at the market to take home fresh draft cider. And of course, we have our usual brandy house tours with Bruce from 1-3 on Saturdays, and full range of brandy offerings.

Closing Date Information: Many of you have been asking how long we will be open for the season, we have decided that our last official day will be Saturday, November 4th, with our normal hours of 8 until 6. Many of you have also requested we open every now and then for you to replenish your stock, so we are going to open some reduced hours on some weekends, for you to get produce, frozen pies, honey, maple syrup and our distillery/cidery products. We will have a schedule out soon with these dates.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see soon,

***Storing Apples:

Apples are best kept in your refrigerator, preferably the crisper drawer or in an unsealed plastic bag. Refrigerate apples separately from vegetables because apples naturally release small amounts of ethylene gas that can be damaging to lettuce and other produce. If you have a root cellar, you can keep larger amounts there if it is cool, dry and dark.

For every 10 degrees above 30°F, the apples’ lifespan decreases dramatically. You do not want the apples’ temperature to fall below 30°F, however, because that will make them freeze and turn to mush when they’re thawed. Their cell walls will all collapse. Therefore, apples are best stored somewhere around 30-35°F, in a humid environment.

If storing apples in the fridge, place them inside a crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the apples. Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer with aforementioned damp paper towel, or else keep them in perforated plastic bags in a cold shed or cellar.

There is trust to that old adage: “One bad apple rots the whole bunch.” Apples give off a lot of ethylene gas, and so just one bruised and rotting apple will give off enough to swiftly ripen (and rot) the others. If you have any bruises or soft spots on an apple, set it aside for eating. Don’t store with the other apples.

Ultimately, if you’re planning on storing a lot of apples for the winter, look for firm, long-lasting apples. These are usually thick-skinned, tart apples.  We recommend storing Rome or Fuji, properly stored they will last until spring.