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

Corey Lake Orchards

It’s Time! Sweet Cider Tomorrow! U-Pick Grapes, U-Pick Apples, on 9/16!

One drive by our farm with open windows and you too will know that the grapes are ready by the amazing fragrance you can now smell. So we are opening the U-PIck grapes and some varieties of U-Pick apples beginning Saturday 9-16, see information below. And while we think that their peak ripeness will be 9-25 or later, we know that life is busy.  So if this is the weekend or coming week that works for your schedule, come on over! It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend, make sure to ask about our cover crop maze when you are here for some additional fun and education and walk around the Spookley story in our front yard.

And, we pressed sweet cider today! Which means we’ll have fresh cider for you to buy in 1/4, 1/2, and 1 gallon jugs starting at 9am tomorrow (Friday, 9/15).

Picked Apples on the market:

  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple. It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh. A favorite for apple sauce.
  • 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.We now have all of these picked for the year and would encourage you to get your year’s supply within the next few weeks.
  • NovaMac: this is a new apple (daughter of a MacIntosh) that I just love! It has the taste of a MacIntosh but is a crisp apple unlike the normal softer Macintosh. Try one when you are here!
  • JonaGold: Superbly crisp and juicy with shades of tart and sweet in each apple, very large and aromatic. Cross between a Jonathan and Golden Delicious.We now have all of these picked for the year and only have a few bags left. Call us if you want us to save them for you.
  • 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.

U-Pick Apples will open on Saturday September 16th, but only a few varieties are ready, see below. If you can wait, the apples will be riper 9-25 and after with more varieties to pick. 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!) The varieties you can pick this weekend are:

    • Red and Golden Delicious (Just starting, wait to come later if you can)
    • Cortland
    • Jonathan (Just starting, wait to come later if you can)
    • Gala
  • Apple Pricing for the year: Our 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.
  • We have a good crop of apples and have made a forecast on when we think the varieties will be ready. Pick up a copy at the market or find one at the end of this update.

U-Pick Grape Update:

  • White Niagara and Purple Concord grapes will open on Saturday, September 16th for the season.
  • 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 are measuring at 15.5 brix, which is a good reading for this early in the season. If you can wait a week or so before you come, of course they will continue to get sweeter and riper.
  • Grape Availability: We have a good crop of grapes and expect to have them until the first frost. Of course the weather and the number of people that come to pick could change that.

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.

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Here’s what else is on the market now:

  • Watermelon
  • Pears–Bosc  This is a beautiful, large, firm, sweet eating pear, that keeps very well. (Not a canning pear)
  • Tomatoes
    • “Firsts” Tomatoes are $20 a bushel or $11 a half bushel.
    • “Seconds” Tomatoes (have blemishes or are misshapen) are $14 a bushel… This is great for making sauce, juice or salsa.
    • It is best to call us to pre-order bushels of tomatoes to make sure we have them picked,. especially with these cool nights.  269-244-5690.
    • How long will they last? We say up until the first frost, but they are in peak production right now so you should try to get them in the next several weeks if you want large quantities. 
  • Cabbage
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Winter squash: Butternut, Acorn, Buttercup, Heart of Gold, Sweet Dumpling and Delicata.
  • Onions, including the specialty onions: Red Torpedo Tropea, Red Marble Cippolini, and Borrettana Cippolini are in. These are incredible for cooking or roasting
  • Shallots
  • Peppers–all kinds and colors from sweet to hot  Check out our chocolate habanero!
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes (now available by the bushel for your winter use–$25 around 50 pounds)
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Fall Ornamentals of gourds, colorful mums and mini pie pumpkins

They’re back!  The hoodies and T-shirts that everyone loved last year.  we have them in all sizes, including children.

 

 

 

 

Certified Organic Produce:  

  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes – super sweet, like candy! Last weekend for these
  • Winter squash (red kuri)
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Cucumbers
  • Roma Paste Tomatoes, Slicer Tomatoes
  • Eggplant – check out the Listada di Gandia, with its purple and white striped flesh. Very tender skin, excellent flavor, and just gorgeous color
  • Peppers
  • Basil

Mushrooms! Becca took advantage of all the extra branches from the electrical line work at the farm this spring and has begun growing mushrooms on logs. We have oyster mushrooms for sale this weekend. They are not certified organic. We’re hoping to get them certified during our upcoming 2017 inspection though, and they are grown using organic techniques. These will be coming in slowly, in part because of the cool weather and in part because this year’s logs were a small trial batch. Try some if you can get them and let us know what you think!

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, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Pear,Pumpkin 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, 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. “Take and bake” pie choices are all large-9″ pies and available flavors are: Rhubarb, Blueberry, Cherry,  Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb and Blueberry Rhubarb. Note: no frozen apple pies are available until the Northern Spy apples get ready.
  • While in the bakery take advantage of our local meat from Mill Lake Farm: Meat from Mill Lake Farms.  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/other-products/mill-lake-farm-meats/.  This is a good time to stock up on roasts that can go in the crockpot which warms the kitchen as autumn arrives.

Alcohol offerings: Sweet, Semi-Sweet, Standard Dry and Black Currant/Cacao ciders are all fresh this month, and we still have Afternoon, Cherry/Sage, Blueberry, Hopped, and Preach (pear/peach cider). 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. On tap right now: Black Currant/Cacao, Afternoon, Blueberry, Strawberry, Cherry/Sage, Rhubarb, Brunch, and Hopped ciders. If we run out of one thing, we may replace it with something else, so get it while you can! 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. 

Happenings on the farm this week:  This week comes every year….where we have to get ready for the first pressing of cider, get everything ready for the U-Pick grapes and apples to begin, change over the hoophouse to fall plantings, add in more fall baked goods, get the farm decorated….that to be honest, that is the happening! Thank goodness for wonderful employees who make it all happen for your enjoyment!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see you this weekend.

Our family is committed to this area and are working to support the community in every way that we can to have it be the vibrant town of yesteryear. Here is the weekly update from Dave Vago, Executive Director of DDA, Three Rivers.

Some of you might have wondered where I went last week. HarmonyFest, our annual outdoor concert in Downtown Three Rivers, is my single biggest logistical undertaking, and I took a break to finish behind-the-scenes event wrap-up–and to recover. That said, the event itself was great: the weather was perfect, the musical acts were outstanding, the crowds were happy, and our volunteers came away feeling like it was a job well done. Our beer garden, increasingly featuring local products, was a success both as a fundraiser and a mini-event. We sold out of most things, including two excellent ciders from Corey Lake Orchard. Now, we’re on to the next big thing. In between working with prospective, new business developers on filling more storefronts, we continue our fabulous First Fridays event series. We’re particularly excited about October 6th: it’ll be 50s Fall Fest in downtown Three Rivers. For an evening, we’re closing off and throwing a block party on our historic Main Street, backdating the block with classic cars, period-appropriate music, old-time fair games such as cornhole, horseshoes, and hula-hoops, some food concessions for your sweet tooth, and a “what was this business in 1955” scavenger hunt. Though you’re not obligated, we encourage you to dig out your poodle skirts, gingham dresses, leather or lettermen’s jackets, and canvas shoes for the full, immersive experience. More to follow, but put it on your calendars – we hope to see you there!

Best, Dave

 

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2017 Apple Estimate Chart

Variety       Crop Size Estimate Will U-Pick be Available when they are ready? Apples in red are available to pick beginning Saturday September 16th Approximate Week Ready–Please check back as weather will can change timing earlier or later Should order in advance
Braeburn good no 2-Oct no
Cameo good yes 9-Oct no
Cortland lots yes Ready now no
Earli Blaze lots all picked gone for the year no
Fuji good yes 9-Oct no
Gala Lots yes Ready now no
Golden Delicious lots yes 25-Sep no
Golden Supreme few no 25-Sep yes
Honey Crisp lots no Ready now no
Ida Red few yes 25-Sep yes
JonaMac lots yes Ready now no
JonaGold good no Ready now no
Jonathon good yes 18-Sep no
Macintosh good all picked Ready now no
Molly’s Del good all picked Ready now no
Mutsu few yes 25-Sep yes
Northern Spy good yes 25-Sep no
Pink Lady few yes 16-Oct yes
Red Delicious lots yes 25-Sep no
Rome lots yes 16-Oct no

 

**Children’s Maze Trail information:

  • Learn about the importance of cover crops
  • Find fun activity stops, make a craft
  • Enter your name for weekly prize giveaways!

Entrance into the maze is free with any $10 purchase at the market. Upon your purchase, you will be given a ticket for entrance. Please fill this out with your name, email address and phone number and place it in the box at the entrance. We will do a drawing once a week for various prizes from our market!

Information for Adults:

  1. Please pick up a map of the trail if you would like to see how to get through it and where the activity spots are
  2. No children are to be unattended in the trail. An adult must be supervising at all times
  3. Please help us put each of the activity stations back in order so they’re ready for the next person when you leave
  4. Please be careful walking through the maze as there are many natural hazards (an occasional rock, an uneven surface, a honeybee, etc.)
  5. Due to uneven surface, strollers will not easily go through the walkway (wagons will)
  6. Please stay on the path and the mowed grass
  7. Please do not take food or drinks into the area (you will only invite a bee to want to come with you!)
  8. No pets, please
  9. Absolutely no smoking anywhere in or near the maze
  10. You may peek into our greenhouse and hoophouse structures from a distance, but please do not go in them. There is important farm work happening and they are closed to the public
  11. Please watch for vehicles when crossing the driveway to the entrance
  12. We close at 6 pm, so please be out of the trail by 5:45

“How Do You Like Them Apples?”

So, how do you like them apples? In a pie, in a fritter, in a caramel apple cookie, in an apple cider donut, in apple brandy, in our Kaiser Cyser wine, or in our many choices and flavors of hard ciders?  With this early fall weather, apples are here! See the list below of what is ready now. When you are in the market, please feel free to try apples from any of our bins to see which variety you like best. Who knows, maybe you have always gotten Macintosh because you remember your family making applesauce from them, but we encourage you to try something you haven’t tried before, just in case it might become your new favorite apple!

Yesterday’s harvest

Apples are here!

  • Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple. It is a late summer apple which we will only have a short time.
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple.  It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh. A favorite for apple sauce.
  • 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.We now have all of these picked for the year and would encourage you to get your year’s supply within the next few weeks.
  • JonaGold: Superbly crisp and juicy with shades of tart and sweet in each apple, very large and aromatic. Cross between a Jonathan and Golden Delicious.We now have all of these picked for the year and would encourage you to get your year’s supply within the next few weeks.
  • U-PIck apples is closed for now but will open again for the season when more of the fall varieties are ready.  Check back with us around 9-15 to see if we have an opening date yet.
  • Apple Pricing for the year: Our 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.
  • We have a good crop of apples and have made a forecast on when we think the varieties will be ready. Pick up a copy at the market or find one at the end of this update.

Here’s what is on the market now or coming by this weekend if you can find them with all of the apples out!

FRUIT

  • Watermelon
  • Bartlett Pears: Available by the bushel or in smaller quantities. The Bartlett pear is a good eating and canning pear, very sweet and juicy. Pricing is $35 a bushel, $18 a half bushel, and we also have them in eating size quantities. You may wonder why the pears are picked and sold green, this is a characteristic of pears. They must ripen off the tree, if not, then they will ripen from the inside out and be mushy. They will easily ripen for you if you will lay them out in a single layer when you get home in a dry, cool place, then wait for them to turn yellow, and enjoy!
  • Fredonia Grapes: Available in 1 and 2 quart boxes or by the 1/2 bushel. This is a purple seeded grape similar to a Concord grape.
  • Peaches are gone for the year…we all so enjoyed them this year!
  • Tomatoes from the field are coming in, but slower with the cool nights. We have called everyone on our list to come and get them. If you did not receive a message, please call us and we’ll get your order filled.
    • “Firsts” Tomatoes are $20 a bushel or $11 a half bushel.
    • “Seconds” Tomatoes (have blemishes or are misshapen) are $14 a bushel… This is great for making sauce, juice or salsa.
    • It is best to call us to pre-order bushels of tomatoes to make sure we have them picked,. especially with these cool nights.  269-244-5690.
    • How long will they last? We say up until the first frost, but they are in peak production right now so you should try to get them in the next several weeks if you want large quantities. 

VEGETABLES

  • Cabbage
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Winter squash: Butternut, Acorn, Buttercup, Heart of Gold, Sweet Dumpling and Delicatta.
  • Field Tomatoes
  • Green Tomatoes
  • Onions, including the specialty onions: Red Torpedo Tropea, Red Marble Cippolini, and Borrettana Cippolini are in. These are incredible for cooking or roasting
  • Shallots
  • Peppers–all kinds and colors from sweet to hot  Check out our chocolate habanero!
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes (now available by the bushel for your winter use–$25 around 50 pounds)
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Fall Ornamentals of gourds, colorful mums and mini pumpkins

Grape Update: You can smell the grapes more each day as they ripen. We will take a sugar sample of grapes the week of 9-11, then hopefully we can determine an opening date for both the purple Concords and the white Niagaras. Best guess now is the  white grapes could be ready the week of 9-18 and the purple grapes the week of 9-25. But it depends on the weather. Before we open, we will want them to be at their full ripeness and sugar content. Please check back with us around September 14th when we get our sugar sample back.

Certified Organic Produce:  

  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes – super sweet, like candy! We’ll have these only another week or two (Becca has to rip out the plants from the hoophouse and put in winter spinach).
  • Winter squash (red kuri)
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Cucumbers
  • Roma Paste Tomatoes, Slicer Tomatoes
  • Eggplant – check out the Listada di Gandia, with its purple and white striped flesh. Very tender skin, excellent flavor, and just gorgeous color
  • Peppers
  • Basil

Mushrooms! Becca took advantage of all the extra branches from the electrical line work at the farm this spring and has begun growing mushrooms. We have a few almond agaricus and oyster mushrooms for sale this weekend. They are not certified organic. We’re getting them certified during our upcoming 2017 inspection though, and they are grown using organic techniques. These will be coming in slowly, in part because of the cool weather and in part because this year’s logs were a small trial batch. Try some if you can get them and let us know what you think!

The bakery takes on a fall feel this weekend as well. Our fall donut flavors are back: apple and pumpkin cake donuts! Also you will find pear pie (a must try) along with fresh made apple pie and apple fritters.

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, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Pear,Pumpkin 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, 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. “Take and bake” pie choices are all large-9″ pies and available flavors are: Rhubarb, Blueberry, Cherry,  Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb and Blueberry Rhubarb. Note: no frozen apple pies are available until the Northern Spy apples get ready.
  • While in the bakery take advantage of our local meat from Mill Lake Farm: Meat from Mill Lake Farms.  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/other-products/mill-lake-farm-meats/.  This is a good time to stock up on roasts that can go in the crockpot which warms the kitchen as autumn arrives.

Alcohol offerings: Sweet, Semi-Sweet, Standard Dry and Black Currant/Cacao ciders are all fresh this month, and we still have Afternoon, Cherry/Sage, Blueberry, Hopped, and Preach (pear/peach cider). 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. On tap right now: Black Currant/Cacao, Afternoon, Blueberry, Strawberry, Cherry/Sage, Rhubarb, Brunch, and Hopped ciders. If we run out of one thing, we may replace it with something else, so get it while you can! 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. 

Happenings on the farm this week: We picked apples, we sorted apples, we bagged apples, we sold apples, we washed apples, we peeled apples for pie, we made apple pies and cookies we bottled hard apple cider, we ate/slept, then repeated over and over! And some of us, even dreamed about apples….will we ever be able to pick all of these? Will we have enough boxes?!!

We ordered all the remaining cider making supplies (most important jugs!!). If all goes well, we hope to have cider the weekend of September 16th.

We put the finishing touches on our Cover Crop maze located here by the market. Ask about it when you are here and you can get more info below.**

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local, and especially for buying and enjoying them apples!

A beautiful full harvest moon over the vineyards this week.

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2017 Apple Estimate Chart

Variety       Crop Size Estimate Will U-Pick be Available when they are ready? Apples in red ink will be available to pick this Labor Day weekend only.  Others later. Approximate Week Ready–Please check back as weather will can change timing earlier or later Should order in advance
Braeburn good no 2-Oct no
Cameo good yes 9-Oct no
Cortland lots yes 11-Sep no
Earli Blaze lots no gone for the year no
Fuji good yes 9-Oct no
Gala Lots yes Ready now no
Golden Delicious lots yes 25-Sep no
Golden Supreme few no 25-Sep yes
Honey Crisp lots no Ready now no
Ida Red few yes 25-Sep yes
JonaMac lots yes Ready now no
JonaGold good no Ready now no
Jonathon good yes 18-Sep no
Macintosh good yes Ready now no
Molly’s Del good yes Ready now no
Mutsu few yes 25-Sep yes
Northern Spy good yes 25-Sep no
Nu-Red good yes 25-Sep no
Pink Lady few yes 16-Oct yes
Red Delicious lots yes 25-Sep no
Rome lots yes 16-Oct no

 

**Children’s Maze Trail information:

  • Learn about the importance of cover crops
  • Find fun activity stops, make a craft
  • Enter your name for weekly prize giveaways!

Entrance into the maze is free with any $10 purchase at the market. Upon your purchase, you will be given a ticket for entrance. Please fill this out with your name, email address and phone number and place it in the box at the entrance. We will do a drawing once a week for various prizes from our market!

Information for Adults:

  1. Please pick up a map of the trail if you would like to see how to get through it and where the activity spots are
  2. No children are to be unattended in the trail. An adult must be supervising at all times
  3. Please help us put each of the activity stations back in order so they’re ready for the next person when you leave
  4. Please be careful walking through the maze as there are many natural hazards (an occasional rock, an uneven surface, a honeybee, etc.)
  5. Due to uneven surface, strollers will not easily go through the walkway (wagons will)
  6. Please stay on the path and the mowed grass
  7. Please do not take food or drinks into the area (you will only invite a bee to want to come with you!)
  8. No pets, please
  9. Absolutely no smoking anywhere in or near the maze
  10. You may peek into our greenhouse and hoophouse structures from a distance, but please do not go in them. There is important farm work happening and they are closed to the public
  11. Please watch for vehicles when crossing the driveway to the entrance
  12. We close at 6 pm, so please be out of the trail by 5:45

Who Is Loving These Cool Nights? The Apples!

Happy Labor Day Weekend! We will be open all weekend from 8 – 6 every day, including Monday AND we will be opening u-pick for apples for your weekend enjoyment. This perfect apple growing weather allows the apples to ripen slowly, gain some nice size, get some beautiful red blushes of color and most important–develop great flavor. We’ve never had weather like this leading up to apples so we’re quite happy about the results.

And while most of us are loving the long sleeve and “pull a blanket around you nights,” many feel like they didn’t get enough summer. These unseasonably cool nights make us wish we could put long sleeves and blankets on our heat loving crops like tomatoes and sweet corn. So while our last planting of sweetcorn was perfectly timed to hit this weekend, Mother Nature did not cooperate. We are keeping a close eye on the corn daily and will pick what is ready for the weekend. There will be some!

Ready or not, the weather has jump-started fall and we’re “falling” into the season earlier than normal. Fall produce is dominating the market as the summer produce wanes.

Apples are here!

  • Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple. It is a late summer apple which we will only have a short time.
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple.  It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh. A favorite for apple sauce.
  • Earli-blaze: This is a good cooking or eating apple, and it particularly makes a wonderful apple pie. We sell this apple to bakeries (including our own) for apple pie. (These apples are specially priced at $20 a bushel)
  • Paula Red: a tart apple for eating or cooking, available by the 1/4 peck or 1/2 peck
  • 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)

  • We are opening up U-pick Apples this weekend for you to be able to pick your own. The varieties available will be:  Gala, Jon-A-Mac, and Mollie’s Delicious. We know that many of you will be around for the weekend and would like to have the “apple picking experience” with your family, especially so the kids can have apples they picked themselves for their lunch box and to give to their teacher!! (Do they still do that??) After this weekend, the U-Pick will close again until more apples are ready, please check back for a date probably mid to the end of September.
  •  Apple picking will be available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day Monday, during the hours we are open which is 8 until 6. We need everyone checked out by 6, so you must be in the apple orchard by 5:30 to be able to pick. Please check in at the market to get directions and containers to pick them in.
  • Apple Pricing for the year: Our 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.
  • We have a good crop of apples and have made a forecast on when we think the varieties will be ready. Pick up a copy at the market or find one at the end of this update.

Here’s what is on the market now or coming by this weekend if you can find them with all of the apples out!

FRUIT

  • Cantalope and Watermelon
  • Bartlett Pears: Available by the bushel or in smaller quantities. The Bartlett pear is a good eating and canning pear, very sweet and juicy. We will have them about one more week. If you have already called us to reserve bushels, you should have received a call that they were ready, if not, please call us or come and get them. If you would still like some, please call the market and let us know how many you would want and we can save them for you. 269-244-5690. Pricing is $35 a bushel, $18 a half bushel, and we also have them in eating size quantities. You may wonder why the pears are picked and sold green, this is a characteristic of pears. They must ripen off the tree, if not, then they will ripen from the inside out and be mushy. They will easily ripen for you if you will lay them out in a single layer when you get home in a dry, cool place, then wait for them to turn yellow, and enjoy!
  • Stanley Prune Plums:  by the quart, 2 quart and peck
  • Fredonia Grapes: Available in 1 and 2 quart boxes. This is a purple seeded grape similar to a Concord grape.
  • Peaches are gone for the year…we all so enjoyed them this year!
  • Tomatoes from the field are coming in, but slower with the cool nights. We have called everyone on our list to come and get them. If you did not receive a message, please call us and we’ll get your order filled.
    •  “Firsts” Tomatoes are $20 a bushel or $11 a half bushel.
    • “Seconds” Tomatoes (have blemishes or are misshapen) are $14 a bushel… This is great for making sauce, juice or salsa.
    • It is best to call us to pre-order bushels of tomatoes to make sure we have them picked,. especially with these cool nights.  269-244-5690.
    • How long will they last? We say up until the first frost, but they are in peak production right now so you should try to get them in the next several weeks if you want large quantities.
  •  We have sooo many tomatoes...

VEGETABLES

  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Zucchini
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Winter squash: Butternut, Acorn and Buttercup
  • Field Tomatoes
  • Green Tomatoes
  • Onions, including the Specialty onions:  Red Torpedo Tropea, Red Marble Cippolini, and Borrettana Cippolini are in. These are incredible for cooking or roasting
  • Shallots
  • Peppers–all kinds and colors from sweet to hot  Check out our chocolate habanero!
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes (now available by the bushel for your winter use–$25 around 50 pounds)
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Corn (a little)
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Fall Ornamentals of gourds, colorful mums and mini pumpkins

And….while this may not be produce–check out our new selections of Mad Mats…these are perfect for dorm rooms!

Grape Update: You can smell the grapes now and they are turning color and softening.  We will take a sugar sample of grapes the week of 9-11, then hopefully we can determine an opening date for both the purple Concords and the white Niagaras. Best guess now is the  white grapes could be ready the week of 9-18 and the purple grapes the week of 9-25. But it depends on the weather. Before we open, we will want them to be at their full ripeness and sugar content. Please check back with us around September 14th when we get our sugar sample back.

Certified Organic Produce:  

  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes – super sweet, like candy! We’ll have these only another week or two (Becca has to rip out the plants from the hoophouse and put in winter spinach).
  • Winter squash (red kuri)
  • Garlic! Get it while it lasts, we have almost sold out.
  • Lettuce, though it’s lagging from the hot weather. Lettuce is often a bit slow in August due to the sun and heat..yes, heat from three or four weeks ago still affects our lettuce crop now. Call ahead and have us save you some if you know you want it – 269 244 5690.
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Cucumbers
  • Roma Paste Tomatoes, Slicer Tomatoes
  • Eggplant – check out the Listada di Gandia, with its purple and white striped flesh. Very tender skin, excellent flavor, and just gorgeous color
  • Peppers
  • Basil

The bakery takes on a fall feel this weekend as well. Our Fall donut flavors are back: apple and pumpkin cake donuts!  Also you will find pear pie (a must try) along with fresh made apple pie and apple fritters.

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, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Pear, 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, Raisin Bran, Chocolate, and Apple. 
  • Donuts: We will have our Apple Cider, Buttermilk, and Pumpkin Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  + 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. “Take and bake” pie choices are all large-9″ pies and available flavors are: Rhubarb, Blueberry, Cherry,  Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb and Blueberry Rhubarb. Note: no frozen apple pies are available until the Northern Spy apples get ready.
  • While in the bakery take advantage of our local meat from Mill Lake Farm: Meat from Mill Lake Farms.  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/other-products/mill-lake-farm-meats/. We have all of the grillables like brats, kielbasa, and steaks for your weekend cookouts. And of course, bacon for one of the last BLTs of the summer. Also this is a good time to stock up on roasts that can go in the crockpot which warms the kitchen as autumn arrives. If this is one of your last weekends here at the lake, bring an extra cooler to take frozen meat home to enjoy later, especially nice to go with any fruit or vegetables that you might have put in the freezer earlier this year.

Alcohol offerings: Standard Dry and Black Currant/Cacao, Afternoon, Cherry/Sage, Blueberry, Sweet Cider, Ginger, Hopped, and Preach (pear/peach cider). 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
  • Sunday from 1-4

Stop on by to sample some cider. On tap right now: Black Currant/Cacao, Afternoon, Blueberry, Strawberry, Cherry/Sage, Rhubarb, Brunch, and Hopped ciders. If we run out of one thing, we may replace it with something else, so get it while you can! 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. 

Happenings on the farm this week:  Another week of heavy harvest, bringing in all of the onions, melons, and plums. Then we started the winter squash harvest along with gourds and mini-pumpkins. The apple harvest started in full force. Today our crew picked most of the MacIntosh to get them off the tree while at their peak ripeness.

Bin after bin of apples coming in from the orchard today

We began readying the cider mill – and we anticipate having cider by mid-September.

We worked on our new children’s maze for this year, which has a cover crop theme. This maze was planted, designed, and cut by our student intern, Charity Green. Thanks, Charity, great job!  She will be finishing it up tomorrow so we can have it open on Saturday. This is a small children’s maze, for toddlers up to around 8 years old, we think all ages will enjoy it and learn from it.

Charity cutting the maze

Three River’s Harmony Fest is this weekend.  This is a great event, great music and you can enjoy our hard ciders there! It is on Labor Day Sunday, for more info go to:  https://www.facebook.com/HarmonyFest/events

Here’s hoping you have a safe and great weekend and we hope to see you at the farm.  

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. 

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Our family is committed to this area and are working to support the community in every way that we can to have it be the vibrant town of yesteryear. Here is the weekly update from Dave Vago, Executive Director of DDA, Three Rivers.

If you have been following these, you might notice that I often write about food. This is, after all, an orchard newsletter, but I also like good food. I do not think I am alone in that regard, but I am grateful to live where the food is plentiful and exceptional. I was reminded of this a few nights ago, eating a pizza from the Riviera Theatre. Though my childhood summers were spent here, my home was on the east coast, and I’d put their pies on par with the better city pizza shops there.

This week’s pie included some amazing orange cherry tomatoes. Nothing beats a good tomato, ever. This was a take-out pie, so I couldn’t directly inquire of the source, but I suspect they were local. For me, they recalled a lifelong association between Three Rivers and great tomatoes. My grandfather grew them in his garden next to Black Cat Alley, and when I first tried one, it was a revelation against which I still judge all tomatoes.

Today, I get produce three ways. One is through an excellent, local crop share. Second is through frequent dining in downtown Three Rivers at the Riviera Theatre, Rooster’s Wing Shack, and Kelsey Block brewery. Third is through the Corey Lake Orchards stand. I am grateful to Corey Lake for letting me write here, but I am at least as grateful to them for tomatoes that wholly invoke my grandfather’s, and for peaches and blueberries that are the essence of Michigan summers.

Your opportunities to eat well here are nearly limitless, so please, get out and eat! Meanwhile, if you’re around for Labor Day weekend, HarmonyFest – our all-afternoon outdoor concert – is happening on Sunday, September 3rd from 1 to 11 pm on Main Street. There will be six great acts covering a range of American roots genres, a very nicely put-together beer garden that will include Corey Lake ciders……and, of course, some really great food. We look forward to seeing you there!

Best, Dave

2017 Apple Estimate Chart

Variety       Crop Size Estimate Will U-Pick be Available when they are ready? Apples in red ink will be available to pick this Labor Day weekend only.  Others later. Approximate Week Ready–Please check back as weather will can change timing earlier or later Should order in advance
Braeburn good no 2-Oct no
Cameo good yes 9-Oct no
Cortland lots yes 11-Sep no
Earli Blaze lots no 28-Aug no
Fuji good yes 9-Oct no
Gala Lots yes 28-Aug no
Golden Delicious lots yes 25-Sep no
Golden Supreme few no 25-Sep yes
Honey Crisp lots no 4-Sep no
Ida Red few yes 25-Sep yes
JonaMac lots yes 4-Sep no
JonaGold good no 18-Sep no
Jonathon good yes 18-Sep no
Macintosh good yes 28-Aug no
Molly’s Del good yes 28-Aug no
Mutsu few yes 25-Sep yes
Northern Spy good yes 25-Sep no
Nu-Red good yes 25-Sep no
Pink Lady few yes 16-Oct yes
Red Delicious lots yes 25-Sep no
Rome lots yes 16-Oct no

 

**Children’s Maze Trail information:

  • Learn about the importance of cover crops
  • Find fun activity stops, make a craft
  • Enter your name for weekly prize giveaways!

Entrance into the maze is free with any $10 purchase at the market. Upon your purchase, you will be given a ticket for entrance. Please fill this out with your name, email address and phone number and place it in the box at the entrance. We will do a drawing once a week for various prizes from our market!

Information for Adults:

  1. Please pick up a map of the trail if you would like to see how to get through it and where the activity spots are
  2. No children are to be unattended in the trail. An adult must be supervising at all times
  3. Please help us put each of the activity stations back in order so they’re ready for the next person when you leave
  4. Please be careful walking through the maze as there are many natural hazards (an occasional rock, an uneven surface, a honeybee, etc.)
  5. Due to uneven surface, strollers will not easily go through the walkway (wagons will)
  6. Please stay on the path and the mowed grass
  7. Please do not take food or drinks into the area (you will only invite a bee to want to come with you!)
  8. No pets, please
  9. Absolutely no smoking anywhere in or near the maze
  10. You may peek into our greenhouse and hoophouse structures from a distance, but please do not go in them. There is important farm work happening and they are closed to the public
  11. Please watch for vehicles when crossing the driveway to the entrance
  12. We close at 6 pm, so please be out of the trail by 5:45

 

Eclipsed by the Weather…

Here’s what is on the market now or coming by this weekend.

  • FRUIT
    • Peaches: by the quart, 2 quart box–No more pecks or bushels available right now.  (Updated 8-25)
    • Cantaloupe and Watermelon
    • We really taste test our watermelon while picking them to make sure they are ready and sweet!

    • Bartlett Pears: Available by the bushel or in smaller quantities. If you have ordered pears, we will be calling you in a few days to get your order.
    • Stanley Prune Plums (available starting Saturday, 8-26), by the quart, 2 quart and peck
    • Fredonia Grapes:  Available in 1 and 2 quart boxes. This is a purple seeded grape similar to a Concord grape.
      Apples: 

      • Earli-Blaze Apples– We think this is our best summer apple. It is a crunchy, mildly tart apple that is good for eating or cooking. We will be using them to make apple pies in the bakery as it is one of only two apple varieties that we bake with. Available by the bushel or in smaller quantities.
      • Jersey Mac Apples: a summer apple which is like a Macintosh, soft skin and flesh, mildly tart.   Available by the bushel or in smaller quantities.
      • Ginger Gold: a yellow, sweet/tart firm apple with a hint of ginger (sold by 1/4 peck or 1/2 peck)
      • Mollie’s Delicious: a large, sweet eating apple, available by the bushel or in smaller quantities
      • Paula Red: a tart apple for eating or cooking, available by the 1/4 peck or 1/2 peck
      • Gala: available starting Saturday, 8-26, in small quantities first, bushels later
  • VEGETABLES
    • Brussels Sprouts
    • Cabbage
    • Zucchini
    • Spaghetti Squash
    • Field Tomatoes
    • Green Tomatoes
    • Onions
    • Peppers–all kinds and colors from sweet to hot
    • Eggplant
    • Potatoes
    • Green Beans
    • Sweet Corn
    • U-Pick Herbs

Certified Organic Produce: 

  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes – super sweet, like candy!
  • Garlic! Becca went big planting garlic last year and we have a lot of very interesting varieties. Generally we grow two types, Porcelain (slightly less flavor but a much better keeper) and Rocambole (amazing flavor, only keeps until December or so). We grow a lot of varieties within these groups so check out Becca’s notes in the market.
  • Lettuce, though it’s lagging from the hot weather. Lettuce is often a bit slow in August due to the sun and heat. Call ahead and have us save you some if you know you want it – 269 244 5690.
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Cucumbers
  • Roma Paste tomatoes, Slicer tomatoes
  • Eggplant – check out the Listada di Gandia, with its purple and white striped flesh. Very tender skin, excellent flavor, and just gorgeous color
  • Peppers
  • Tomatillos
  • Basil

U-Pick Opportunities: We currently do not have any thing for you to pick right now. We plan to open for U-PIck apples on Labor Day weekend for 3 days. September 2, 3 and 4 for early fall apples.

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Zucchini Chocolate Chip, 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, Blueberry, Berry Peachy, Cherry, Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will also have Peach Glaze pie available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • 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 Cherry Almond. 
  • Donuts: We will have our Blueberry, Buttermilk, and Cherry Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We will also have Cherry Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
  • Slushies – Grape

Alcohol offerings: Standard Dry and Black Currant/Cacao are new this week! Still available: Afternoon, Cherry/Sage, Blueberry, Sweet Cider, Ginger, Hopped, and Preach (pear/peach cider). 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. On tap right now: Black Currant/Cacao, Afternoon, Blueberry, Strawberry, Cherry/Sage, Rhubarb, Brunch, and Hopped ciders. If we run out of one thing, we may replace it with something else, so get it while you can! 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.

Fruit and vegetable update and forecast: To order please call us on 269-244-5690

  • Sweet Corn: Sweet corn season is winding down.  We have planted enough sweet corn to have it through the month of August, if the weather cooperates.  Don’t delay if you need some to freeze.
  • Bartlett Pears: We are picking the pears this week and have available.  Bushels will be $35 of sorted and sized pears. If you are on our list, we will be calling you about your order soon.
  • Tomatoes: We are now bringing in tomatoes from the field. We are taking bushel orders for “firsts” and “seconds” tomatoes which are blemished but great for salsa, juice, etc. We are almost to the end of our wait list for those desiring bushels. If you want to be added, please give us a call. We will not be able to offer U-Pick tomatoes at this time, but will evaluate in late August and may be able to offer U-PIck then. Picked tomatoes will be $20 a bushel (for first quality). If you need a lot of tomatoes (3 bushel or more) -we will offer a quantity discount of $18 a bushel for firsts. Seconds will be $14 a bushel.
  • Apples: We have a good crop of apples this year and will provide an update next week.
  • Grapes: The Concord grapes are beginning to turn color. We have a good crop of both Concord (purple) and Niagara (white) grapes. These are usually ready the last week of September of first week of October.

Happenings on the farm:

As you know, we are really dialed in to the weather in this business, so this week has brought it all. We picked peaches and pears on Monday in the oppressive heat, enjoying the few minutes of cooler air during the eclipse.

Enjoying the eclipse with our happy sunflowers (who unlike us do not need eclipse glasses!).

Yesterday we ran in and out of short showers, grateful for the 1/2 inch but really needed more. Today finds us with jackets on and feeling like fall has arrived early. Thankfully it hasn’t as we have so much to get ready for our busy fall season!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local, and we hope to see you soon.

 

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Our family is committed to this area and are working to support the community in every way that we can to have it be the vibrant town of yesteryear. Here is the weekly update from Dave Vago, Executive Director of DDA, Three Rivers.

The big news in downtown Three Rivers this week is truly exciting – the Three Rivers Public Library voted to purchase a building in downtown! Southern Michigan Bank and Trust will be vacating its classical brick building later this year, and offered it to the library for sale. After much analysis by architects and board members, the library is coming back downtown! This will make it one of five humanities institutions in downtown Three Rivers – which also include two history museums, the Riviera Theatre, and the Carnegie Center for the Arts. I’ve said it in this space before, but it really is an exciting time to be here. The beer is still cold and the restaurants are doing great, our fall events season continues to develop, and we hope you’ll join us at the beginning of September for our Paint the Town Purple event and our big, outdoor concert on Labor Day Sunday: HarmonyFest! We’ve had more people lately kicking the tires on our historic storefronts for potential development lately than we’ve seen in decades. Stay tuned as we work to build and grow the momentum!
Best, Dave

Peach Mania Continues

We picked more peaches this week than in any single week ever in the 50 plus years of the farm. Whew, we are tired. The peaches reached peak production this week, and with the heat, all of our mid-season peaches got ready at the same time. Due to this, we have a peach special of $12 a peck, $24 a half bushel, and $48 a bushel. This special is on through the weekend unless we run out sooner. So if you haven’t had your fill of fresh peaches, don’t delay. Due to lack of rain, they are very sweet this year. We have Coral Stars, Loring, and Glo Haven available. If you’d like to try one before you get some, please ask one of our clerks and we are happy to provide samples.

Update 8-21:  We are no longer running our peach special and do not have any more bushels unless you had them ordered in advance.  We do have them in quarts and peck bags.

Here’s what is on the market now:

  • FRUIT
    • Peaches: by the quart, peck, or bushels (please call to order bushels) 269-244-5690.
    • Picked Blueberries: by pint, quart, 5 lb. and 10 lb. box.  This is the end of the blueberries and we expect to have them only for a few more days. Updated 8-21:  Gone for the season
    • Earli-Blaze Apples–we picked them today. This is our best summer apple.  It is a crunchy, mildly tart apple that is good for eating or cooking.  We will be using them to make apple pies in the bakery as it is one of only two apple varieties that we bake with.
    • Jersey Mac Apples (by the bushel or in smaller quantities) a summer apple which is like a Macintosh, soft skin and flesh, mildly tart
    • Apple Update 8-21:  We are now bringing in Mollie’s delicious, Ginger Gold and Paula Red apples, available by the pound and small bags.
    • Canteloupe and Watermelon: Just starting to come on
  • VEGETABLES
    • Broccoli
    • Brussels Sprouts
    • Zucchini
    • Yellow Squash
    • Spaghetti Squash
    • Field Tomatoes
    • Green Tomatoes
    • Field Cucumbers
    • Onions:
    • Peppers–all kinds and colors from sweet to hot
    • Eggplant
    • Potatoes:  Red Norland and Yukon Gold and Blue Adirondack – fresh dug!
    • Green Beans
    • Sweet Corn — incredibly sweet right now, by the dozen or bushel
    • U-Pick Herbs

Certified Organic Produce: 

  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes – super sweet, like candy!
  • Garlic! Becca went big planting garlic last year and we have a lot of very interesting varieties. Generally we grow two types, Porcelain (slightly less flavor but a much better keeper) and Rocambole (amazing flavor, only keeps until December or so). We grow a lot of varieties within these groups so check out Becca’s notes in the market.
  • Lettuce, though it’s lagging from the hot weather. Lettuce is often a bit slow in August due to the sun and heat. Call ahead and have us save you some if you know you want it – 269 244 5690.
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Collards
  • Cucumbers
  • Roma Paste tomatoes, Slicer tomatoes
  • Eggplant – check out the Listada di Gandia, with its purple and white striped flesh. Very tender skin, excellent flavor, and just gorgeous color
  • Peppers
  • Tomatillos
  • Basil

U-Pick opportunities: We currently do not have any thing for you to pick right now. Waiting on grapes (late September) and apples.

Our next U-Pick fruit opportunity will be when fall apples and grapes arrive. Stay tuned for more info as we get closer to apple season.

Bakery Update: We are happy to have fresh apples to bake with, so many of you have been wanting apple pie! Just call us at 269-244-5690 for bread orders or anything else you would like to order to make sure we have.

We will be making fresh apple pie tonight!

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Zucchini Chocolate Chip, Cut Out Sugar, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Peachy Berry, Cherry, Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will also have Peach Glaze pie available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Bread: Blueberry-Zucchini, 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 Cherry Almond. 
  • Donuts: We will have our Blueberry, Buttermilk, and Cherry Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We will also have Cherry Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
  • Slushies – Grape

Alcohol offerings: Afternoon, Cherry/Sage, Blueberry, Sweet Cider, Ginger, Hopped, and Preach! Yes, last year’s crowd favorite, our pear/peach cider, is back in stock! 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. On tap right now: Black Currant/Cacao, Afternoon, Blueberry, Strawberry, Cherry/Sage, Rhubarb, Brunch, and Hopped ciders. If we run out of one thing, we may replace it with something else, so get it while you can! 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.

Fruit and vegetable update and forecast: To order please call us on 269-244-5690

  • Sweet Corn: We have plenty coming in now, if you are looking for large quantities to freeze or for a large gathering, we have it by the bushel. Bushel pricing (5 dozen) is $20. It helps us if you can call and pre-order as we pick daily to make sure it is fresh. We have planted enough sweet corn to have it through the month of August, if the weather cooperates.
  • Plums: We do not have a very large crop of plums and will not be able to have any by the bushel this year.
  • Bartlett Pears: We have a good pear crop which looks like they will be ready the week of August 21st. Bushels will be $35 of sorted and sized pears. If you want bushels to can, please call and get added to our list.
  • Tomatoes: We are now bringing in tomatoes from the field. We are taking bushel orders for “firsts” and “seconds” tomatoes which are blemished but great for salsa, juice, etc. We are almost to the end of our wait list for those desiring bushels. If you want to be added, please give us a call. We will not be able to offer U-Pick tomatoes at this time, but will evaluate in late August and may be able to offer U-PIck then. Picked tomatoes will be $20 a bushel (for first quality). If you need a lot of tomatoes (3 bushel or more) -we will offer a quantity discount of $18 a bushel for firsts. Seconds will be $14 a bushel.
  • Apples: We have a good crop of apples this year and will provide an update closer to fall.
  • Grapes: The Concord grapes are beginning to turn color. We have a good crop of both Concord (purple) and Niagara (white) grapes. These are usually ready the last week of September of first week of October.

 

Happenings on the farm:

This has been a huge harvest week again as the summer bounty is upon us. As we update this post we frankly are a little tired of the heat, really-really wishing it would rain, and just plain tired! But we’ve been here before and we will be here again. Thanks to all of you for coming out; watching peach juice drip down your face, telling us this was the best cantaloupe you ever ate, that you consumed the entire box of sungold tomatoes before you got home and that you had to come back for another pie because the first one was is already gone (and dinner hasn’t even been served!) is what keeps us going!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local, and we hope to see you soon.

 

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Our family is committed to this area and are working to support the community in every way that we can to have it be the vibrant town of yesteryear. Here is the weekly update from Dave Vago, Executive Director of DDA, Three Rivers.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s getting to be my favorite time of summer. We’re a few weeks past the solstice, and the great, golden hour of the evening is at its most golden this time of year. In August, it happens to occur during the evening hours when it’s natural to be out strolling the sidewalk of an historic Main Street like the one we’ve got in Three Rivers. As such, I find myself hard pressed not to do just that, and our drinking and dining establishments are helping to keep me fed and watered in the process. It also means that our biggest event season in downtown Three Rivers is just around the corner, with HarmonyFest headlining. If you’re not familiar with it, HarmonyFest is an all-afternoon music festival where we close off our Main Street block, put up a bandstand, and play music for ten hours straight in celebration of the great mix of people we’ve got here. This year’s lineup includes blues, rock, gospel and bluegrass acts, as well as a variety of kids activities, food and arts & crafts vendors, and a very classy beer garden which will include some of Corey Lake’s fine cider. The event takes place on September 3rd – Labor Day Sunday – and runs from 1pm to 11pm. It’s our community’s second largest event after Water Festival. The preceding Friday evening, September 1st, we’re hosting the next of our First Friday events. This one will be all about local pride, and if you or someone you love has ties to our hometown team, the Wildcats, we’d be happy to have you join us between 5 and 8 as we decorate Main Street in the team’s colors of purple and white in preparation for Homecoming two weeks later. Look for “Paint the Town Purple in Three Rivers” on Facebook. The Marching Band and pep squad will be out, and it should be a great time. The fun will continue with more First Fridays in the fall, including a 50s fall festival where we backdate downtown, bring out the hula hoops and country yard games, and encourage you to dress back in time. If you’re still in the area then, we hope you’ll come out. As always, our businesses are open and ready to have you, and if you’d like to stay up on what we’re doing, stay tuned to this newsletter and watch “Downtown Three Rivers” on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you here!
Best, Dave