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

Corey Lake Orchards

Market Spilling Over With Vegetables? Now We Declare It Is Summer!

This is the time of year (helped by rain and heat) where the market begins to burst at its seams as we gather so much lovely produce. As more comes in, we have to move things around to fit it all in. So if you don’t see what you’re looking for, ask one of us! We are also posting recipes beside the produce, please take and try making your favorite veggie in a new way. We have a large collection of cookbooks at the bakery entrance for you to browse for even more ideas and recipes.

Here’s what is on the market now:

  • Picked Blueberries: by pint, quart, 5 lb. and 10 lb. box
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Lodi apples (by the pound only this weekend, bushels next week)
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Greenhouse Tomatoes and Greenhouse Cucumbers
  • Green Tomatoes
  • Field Cucumbers
  • Onions: fresh-pulled with green tops
  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Red Norland and Yukon Gold Potatoes – fresh dug!
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Corn (coming in slowly so we may sell out quickly the first few days)
  • Cut Flowers

Organic Produce: 

  • Lettuce. We now offer 1# bags of certified organic lettuce for $5. Seems like a hit with customers! Lettuce is pretty good right now, a mix of baby lettuce and buttercrunch.
  • Cabbage. Becca grows caraflex cabbage, which is a smaller, “personal” size (1-2 lb. on each head) and known for its delicate, tender, sweet leaves.
  • Kale. Curly kale coming in very well right now! If you’d like a large quantity at a discount to make kale chips or other things that require a lot of kale, please call ahead and place an order. Our certified organic kale is $4/lb. for 2 lbs. or more but we do need you to call ahead so we can pick it fresh for you.
  • Collards, green garlic, garlic scapes, cucumbers, sungold cherry tomatoes, slicer tomatoes in right now too. Tomatillos, peppers, eggplant all coming soon. If you’d like us to pick you certified organic basil for pesto, please call ahead and place an order! It’s coming in very well now.

U-Pick opportunities:

Tart Cherry U-Pick:  There are still trees with nice cherries, but need to get here soon as they are ripe and ready.  U-PIck pricing: $1.50/pound, over 50 pounds @ $1.25/pound.

U-Pick Blueberries: We have a relatively small field compared to most major blueberry growers (only three acres), so our u-pick blueberries are for folks who just want to come over to pick a few pounds for the experience. In order to allow everyone to have a chance to pick some, we are limiting the picking to 10 pounds per family until more are ready. We are picking “Duke” and “Jersey” berries now. If we get picked out, we will close to allow the berries to ripen up again. So, you may want to call ahead to make sure our u-pick patch is open,  269-244-5690.

    • The hours for u-pick will be 8 until 5:45 each day, must be finished and checked out by 6 at market.
    • Pricing will be $2.00 a pound to pick (this makes it about $3.50 a quart).
    • We will have them off and on probably through most of the month of July.
    • We have buckets for you to pick in and boxes to send them home in.
    • For anyone who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at:  http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/

Bakery Update:  Yes, our popular blueberry-zucchini bread is here while we have fresh blueberries and zucchini.  Due to this being such a  labor-intensive bread to make (come watch us grate bushels of zucchini!)  we do have a limited supply we can make per day. We know that many of you like to freeze this bread, so it would help us if you could place those orders with us and we will call you when we can fill those. This allows us to have as much on hand as we can to ensure everyone can get a loaf or two. Just call us at 269-244-5690 for bread orders or anything else you would like to order.

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: Blueberry, Blueberry Rhubarb, Cherry,  Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will also have Blueberry 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 – Apple Cider, Grape

Alcohol offerings: We bottled up our Sour Cherry/Sage Cider this week! Many of you have tried this on tap at happy hour and enjoyed it. It’s on the dryer side. Blueberry cider is back, and so is Afternoon Cider. Other bottled cider: Rhubarbary Coast (rhubarb), Sweet Cider, Ginger Cider, Prince Tribute Cider, Hopped Cider, Brunch Cider (maple/vanilla), and Bark Bite (smoked hickory/oak). 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 during tasting: Afternoon, Ginger, Bark Bite, 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! 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: We did one of our favorite things this week: empty the rain gage over and over! We’ve gotten around 3 inches in the last few days…this amount really helps our orchards and vineyards which have been so parched for over a month.   It makes walking  picking in our fields a bit tricky, as boots get stuck in the mud, and with this much wetness we can’t dig potatoes for a few days (sorry…).  And to think that some athletic events now do mud runs, when they could just come to a farm and experience naturally and help pick! Along with the rain came the sweltering heat and humidity, so once again, plants over produced each day as everything ripened quickly. Please help us out with our abundance of cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, and cauliflower!

Thanks to our green picking crew for getting through this mud this morning!

We have a new sign up in front of the market that you may notice. Earlier this year we obtained our MAEAP certification after a rigorous review and audit from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. MAEAP stands for Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program.  This certifies that our farm is committed to keeping the land, water and air healthy. It represents the highest standards of environmental stewardship and the pinnacle of responsible agriculture. Our family has always understood the importance of caring for the land and used best practices – there is a reason there is so much forest and wood left on the farm, cared for ponds and lake frontage and our use of an integrated pest management strategy.   To receive this ultimate certification, we had to do some major infrastructure changes that have taken us 4 years to complete. So behind the fresh quality produce you find here on our farm, there is a plethora of processes and procedures, education and training, dedicated buildings and roadways, that you don’t see which supports our philosophy and commitment of taking care of the environment.  Getting this accomplished was great, but the importance is living it each day, which is a true team effort by all of us. We are grateful to have such a strong farm team here.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local.  Hope to see you soon.

We were all so happy to have the rain we joined Emma Grace in playing in the mud puddles

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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 town update from Dave Vago, Executive Director of DDA, Three Rivers

57 N. Main St. – Three Rivers, MI 49093
 
Greetings from Downtown Three Rivers! It’s been a rainy week off and on here, and if you’re like me, sometimes you just enjoy watching the rain from inside. However, if you are looking for something to do, I’d encourage you to visit our historic downtown, which is on the cusp of some great changes, including several new restaurant options due to open soon. Even now, there are some great activities that are as suitable for a rainy day as any other. I am always on the lookout for unique furniture, antiques, and collectables, and so I am happy to report that I do very well shopping at Centsible Treasures and CZs Secondhand, both on North Main Street, and within a block of one another. In the past couple of months, I’ve picked up two antique chairs and an Eastlake lamp, vintage maps, and some great kitchenware. There is also Golden Finch Frame and Gallery (one of the best frame shops in the business, which carries a good selection of art prints as well), Lowry’s books, the third largest bookstore in the state and a VERY easy place to lose yourself for an afternoon, and World Fare, a fair trade store that keeps me supplied in chocolate and coffee, and stocks some exceptionally nice clothing, regional souvenirs, and housewares. That’s five stores to keep in mind I’ll tell you more about why I love it here soon, but for now, suffice it to say that this is a great place. In the meantime, keep up on businesses and doings by watching the Downtown Three Rivers Facebook page! We hope to see you here!   Dave

We’ve Got the Blues! Blueberry Hard Cider, Blueberry Bread/Pie, and Just Plain Ol’ Blueberries!

Thanks to everyone who came out over this past holiday weekend. It was great to have all of you here enjoying the farm!

Here’s what is on the market now:

  • Picked Blueberries: by pint, quart, 5 lb. and 10 lb. box
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Greenhouse Tomatoes and Greenhouse Cucumbers
  • Green Tomatoes
  • Field Cucumbers
  • Onions: fresh-pulled with green tops
  • Red Potatoes: fresh dug!
  • Cut Flowers

Just dug red potatoes being washed by Emma-Grace!

Organic Produce:

  • Lettuce. We now offer 1# bags of certified organic lettuce for $5. Seems like a hit with customers! Lettuce is pretty good right now, a mix of baby lettuce and buttercrunch.
  • Cabbage. Becca grows caraflex lettuce, which is a smaller, “personal” size (1-2 lb. on each head) and known for its delicate, tender, sweet leaves.
  • Kale. Curly kale coming in very well right now! If you’d like a large quantity at a discount to make kale chips or other things that require a lot of kale, please call ahead and place an order. Our certified organic kale is $4/lb. for 2 lbs. or more but we do need you to call ahead so we can pick it fresh for you.
  • Collards, green garlic, garlic scapes, cucumbers, sungold cherry tomatoes, slicer tomatoes in right now too. Tomatillos, peppers, eggplant all coming soon. If you’d like us to pick you certified organic basil for pesto, please call ahead and place an order! It’s coming in very well now.

U-Pick opportunities:

Tart Cherry U-Pick: Open for picking now, there are still plenty left, but they are ripe and won’t last much longer. U-Pick pricing: $1.50/pound, over 50 pounds @ $1.25/pound.

U-Pick Blueberries: We have a relatively small field compared to most major blueberry growers (only three acres), so our u-pick blueberries are for folks who just want to come over to pick a few pounds for the experience. In order to allow everyone to have a chance to pick some, we are limiting the picking to 10 pounds per family until more are ready. We are picking “Duke” berries now. If we get picked out, we will close to allow the berries to ripen up again. So, you may want to call ahead to make sure our u-pick patch is open,  269-244-5690.

    • The hours for u-pick will be 8 until 5:45 each day, must be finished and checked out by 6 at market.
    • Pricing will be $2.00 a pound to pick (this makes it about $3.50 a quart).
    • We will have them off and on probably through most of the month of July.
    • We have buckets for you to pick in and boxes to send them home in.
    • For anyone who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at:  http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/

Bakery Update: A popular favorite returns this weekend with blueberries and zucchini now in season: yes, the famous blueberry-zucchini bread! This is a labor-intensive bread to make (come watch us grate bushels of zucchini if you don’t believe it!). So we do have a limited supply we can make per day. We know that many of you like to freeze this bread, so it would help us if you could place those orders with us and we will call you when we can fill those. This allows us to have as much on hand as we can to ensure everyone can get a loaf or two. Just call us at 269-244-5690 for bread orders or anything else you would like to order.

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: Blueberry, Blueberry Rhubarb, Cherry,  Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will also have Blueberry 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 – Apple Cider, Grape
  • Michaela putting the whipped cream on the blueberry glaze pies! Yum!

Alcohol offerings: Blueberry cider is back, and so is Afternoon Cider! Other bottled cider: Rhubarbary Coast (rhubarb), Sweet Cider, Ginger Cider, Prince Tribute Cider, Hopped Cider, Brunch Cider (maple/vanilla), and Bark Bite (smoked hickory/oak). 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 tastings:

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

Stop on by to sample some cider. On tap during tasting: Prince Tribute, Ginger, Bark Bite, Blueberry, Strawberry, Cherry/Sage, Rhubarb, Brunch, and Hopped cider. If we run out of one thing, we may replace it with something else, so get it while you can! 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: Sweet cherries and strawberries have come and gone for another year, now we will begin the process of renovating the strawberry fields for maintenance and next year’s production. So when you see them cut off and the rows cut down in size, not to worry, that’s all part of the process.

We irrigated and irrigated and irrigated, and then weeded everywhere due to the weeds which thrive under any adverse weather condition! The heat of the last few days has hurried along growth on heat loving crops, like zucchini and yellow squash. We have our annual “too many squash” problem so we have a special on, please find a way to work these into your menu (a spiralizer to make noodles out of zucchini and yellow squash really helps here!). All of the cauliflower is ready at the same time too, it is just beautiful. We have some great recipes available at the market for new ways to use this.

Today’s cauliflower harvest

Sweet corn, green beans, eggplant, peppers and field tomatoes are moving along faster with this heat. Everyone is ready for sweet corn….we hope to have within a week.  We have lots of varieties planted, all selected for sweetness! With the field tomatoes coming along, we will start to transition from the greenhouse to those. Which means, we will start harvesting green tomatoes for the market now: yep, fried green tomato time!

Field tomatoes are coming along great

This week we spent some time with Dave Vago, Executive Director of the Three Rivers DDA/Main Street program. It was exciting to hear his updates about the activities planned to rejuvenate my hometown. “Back in the day” you could get everything you needed in Three Rivers. There were multiple clothing stores, shoe stores, a wonderful five and dime store with a soda fountain counter, drugstores and the still existing Riviera Theatre. And a there was a huge JC Penney store for if you couldn’t find it, you could order it!  All this was within the confines of the walkable downtown. So when I returned to this area in 2008 to my parent’s farm, it was disheartening to see the change that sadly is typical of small town America.

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…. I have invited Dave to share updates in our weekly blog postings to keep all of us informed.    You will find these updates at the end of the posts. Please give us some feedback on what else you’d like to know about  our surrounding community. Truly, there are many hidden gems we hope to make sure you know about and enjoy as much as we do. It is a pleasure to walk Three Rivers’ walking trails, enjoy the downtown shops that still exist, grab pizza and a movie at the Riviera and we are grateful for Dave’s work revitalizing the city.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local.  Hope to see you soon.

57 N. Main St. – Three Rivers, MI 49093
 
As you well know, there is a lot to see and do among our lakes and farms, but you might not know what downtown Three Rivers has to offer. As such, Beth has invited me to be a part of this newsletter, so that you will know what exciting things you can come downtown and experience. Three Rivers features one of Michigan’s most intact Victorian commercial districts, and it has been showing some encouraging, new signs of life. Even today, it features a number of venues, events, and activities that are compatible with a pleasant summer or fall evening for the vacationer or leisure lake dweller. We’ve got a new brewery on Main Street with a fantastic product and a very nice, low-key vibe, and a historic theater that presents an eclectic mix of live music and stage performances and movies of all kinds nearly every night. It also features one of the classier small-town bars in southwest Michigan. We have other retail and service businesses you might like, whether you want a haircut or color, you need a massage, or you just like to shop for curios and decor. There are more drinking and dining businesses under development, and if they aren’t open before you leave, you’ll see them when you return. We expect to have even more on the radar by next summer. In the meantime, we have a host of events, including a First Fridays series where we host themed entertainment and activities, and our businesses stay open late, and a great, 10-hour, free outdoor concert on Labor Day weekend. The First Friday for August the 4th will be “Sass in the City,” a ladies’ night on the town. There’s a lot happening in Downtown Three Rivers, and more on the horizon. Stay tuned to this space for more, and we hope you’ll check us out!   Dave Vago

 

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

Here’s wishing everyone a great holiday weekend. Hope you’ve planned a trip to the farm somewhere in there to enjoy our relaxed atmosphere, and to get your items for the weekend needs. We’ve got fresh produce, baked goods, local meat, cheese and eggs, and our own wine and hard cider selections. We recommend you pair these with good weather, family and friends.

Strawberries just don’t want to end!  The cool nights rejuvenated them so we have continued to keep U-Pick open this week and have picked quarts on the market. We hope to continue through this weekend if the weather permits (if it rains for two days that could put an end to them). So best to call before you come to see what the situation is: 269-244-5690.

Sweet Cherries: U-Pick is now finished for the year. However we still have picked cherries on the market for sale by the quart. We will finish harvesting them from the very tops of the trees today, then have them until they are sold out.

Tart Cherry U-Pick: Open for picking now, we have plenty of these. (See U-Pick cherry information at end of this post.)

    • Tart cherry U-Pick pricing: $1.50/pound, over 50 pounds @ $1.25/pound.
    • Length of season. We have a good crop of these and would expect them to last about another week.

Blueberries–we are coaxing them to be ready for this weekend. If successful, we will have them picked and open for U-Pick. Send warm weather!

  • U-Pick Blueberries: They are just starting and we are going to open up U-Pick Blueberries for the holiday weekend.   We will open on Friday, June 30th to give families a chance to come out. We have a relatively small field compared to most major blueberry growers (only three acres), so our u-pick blueberries are for folks who just want to come over to pick a few pounds for the experience. In order to allow everyone to have a chance to pick some, we are limiting the picking to 5 pounds per family until more are ready. We are picking “Duke” berries now. This weekend’s picking will be perfect for small children (supervised by an adult of course) as we have new bushes to pick which are just their height! If we get picked out, we will close to allow the berries to ripen up again. So, you may want to call ahead to make sure our u-pick patch is open,  269-244-5690.
    • The hours for u-pick will be 8 until 5:45 each day, must be finished and checked out by 6 back at market.
    • Pricing will be $2.00 a pound to pick (this makes it about $3.50 a quart).
    • We will have them off and on probably through most of the month of July.
    • We have buckets for you to pick in and boxes to send them home in.
    • For anyone who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at:  http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/

    Baby bushes to pick--perfect for small children

    Baby bushes to pick–perfect for small children

What else we have on the market now:

  • Picked Sweet Cherries
  • Picked Tart Cherries
  • Picked Strawberries (hopefully)
  • Picked Blueberries (hopefully)
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kohlrabi
  • Snow Peas and Sugar Snap Peas
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Greenhouse Tomatoes and Greenhouse Cucumbers
  • Cut Flowers

Organic Produce: Lettuce, cabbage, kale, collards, garlic scapes, cucumbers, sungold cherry tomatoes. This is going to be a great weekend for lettuce as several plantings have come in after the heat wave now and it is so sweet and tender from the cool weather!

Bakery Update:  Be sure to come see us in the bakery, Beth’s favorite cookies are back now that zucchini is in season:  Zucchini chocolate chip! While we are not a gluten-free bakery, we are carrying some gluten free products given the requests for them, starting with muffins and granola. If there is a favorite pie or something you want for the holiday, please feel free to call and have us save it back for you!  269-244-5690.

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: Blueberry, Blueberry Rhubarb, Cherry, Cherry Berry, Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will also have Chocolate Cream and Peanut Butter Cream available Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday
  • 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, Sunday, Monday , and Tuesday for the Fourth of July weekend. We will also have Cherry Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
  • Slushies – Apple Cider, Grape

Alcohol offerings: Blueberry cider is back! Just bottled up today. Many of you know this cider from last year. We also have Rhubarbary Coast, our semi-dry rhubarb cider, available in bottles this week now too! Other bottled cider: Sweet Cider, Ginger Cider,  Prince Tribute Cider, Hopped Cider, Brunch Cider, and Bark Bite. 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 tastings:

  • Friday from 4-6
  • Saturday from 3-6
  • Sunday 12-3
  • Monday 4-6

Stop on by to sample some cider. In addition to what we have bottled, we’ll have strawberry cider, cherry sage cider, and carrot cider on tap. Of course, we are a small family market so bear with us as we try and figure out the best way to do this and keep the atmosphere you know and love! It is really wonderful sitting in the breeze enjoying a cold cider on these weekend afternoons.

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:

Today for the first time in 9 years, I walked alone to work. As many of you know, my dog Denim has been “stuck” to my side and moves with every step I take. He passed away last night peacefully, right by my side.

I brought Denim to the farm in 2008 to be a companion for my Dad. Denim was a rescue dog, recovering from a traumatic situation and they were looking for the right place for him. After learning a bit about our farm and our ability to provide a safe and loving environment, they asked us to take him.

From the minute I picked him up, he decided that I was “his person” and that my dad was not! But since I was constantly with Dad on the farm, Dad sort of got a dog. This selection on his part was rather shocking to me as I was not a dog person and had never had or even wanted a dog. So I thought. Many of you may remember how he shied away from people for several years as he slowly recovered from his past and decided it was safe here and he could just be a dog again.

And what a dog he became! How lucky he was to spend each day following me around the farm, chasing a rabbit, scaring deer out of the grape vineyards, following me across the market as many customer hands reached out to pet him. As expected with his purebred traits, he was incredibly smart with impeccable manners. He knew that when we closed at 6pm it was okay to bark at a customer who came up the driveway, but not before then. His German Shepard herding instinct was strong. He would step between me and anyone approaching, even gently nudging customers who got too close. He was a protector of myself, and the farm. He knew that was his job and he never took a day off. Our roles reversed during thunderstorms only!

But I too was the lucky one, along with those of you who knew him.  I had a faithful companion who loved me unconditionally. Who literally stood by my side, knew my every mood, made me laugh, made me smile and then broke my heart when his big heart finally stopped last night. I am grateful for the time we had together and am happy I was able to share him with so many of you over the years.

Twin sisters insist that Denim would like an apple!

Denim, guarding the strawberries on the market

Denim waits for Beth to finish weeding in the terrace garden flower bed

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates your buying local.  Hope to see you during the holiday weekend.

Information for U-Pick cherries:

  • U-Pick Hours: 8 – 6 daily, please be finished picking by 5:45 p.m. to be back to the market by 6pm.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you may run into poison ivy or prickly plants in the orchard area, among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers. We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs, buckets, etc.).
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.
  • Please bring your own ladder as we do not supply ladders. Some of the best cherries are out of reach and even a small step ladder would be helpful. We cannot let anyone climb the trees lest the branches get damaged or even worse, you injure yourself, so please come prepared.

It’s Officially Summer!

Yesterday officially marked the first day of summer, the longest day of the year. And with power supply problems and phone issues it truly felt like the longest day of the year! Thanks to the customers who patiently waited when it took longer to check out. We apologize to those of you who have been trying to call us, everything is back up and running now.

Strawberries are coming to an end. While we will try to keep U-Pick and picked berries on the market through the weekend, it will be a day to day decision based on how they hold up with the heat and potential rain in the forecast. So best to call before you come to see what the situation is: 269-244-5690. We are no longer selling them by the flat as they are harder to pick now, so just by the quart for $3.75. U-Pick pricing remains at $2.25 a quart. So hard to accept that strawberries will be gone for another year. 🙁 They were so sweet this year. Thanks to everyone who came out to pick and to get them fresh at the market.

Sweet Cherry U-Pick l opened on Friday, June 23rd for picking and we have been picked out and they are gone for another year. Sorry!

 

Tart Cherry U-Pick: We will open this orchard on Friday June 23rd when the sweet cherries open (you will need to spot pick carefully to get the ripe ones). Their prime picking will be around June 29th and after if you want to wait and get them nice and ripe.

    • Tart cherry U-Pick pricing:: 1.50 pound, over 50 pounds  @$1.25
    • Length of season. We have a good crop of these and would expect them to last about a week to 10 days.

Information for U-Pick cherries:

  • U-Pick Hours: 8 – 6 daily, please be finished picking by 5:45 p.m. to be back to the market by 6pm.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you may run into poison ivy or prickly plants in the orchard area, among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers. We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs, buckets, etc.).
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.
  • Please bring your own ladder as we do not supply ladders. Some of the best cherries are out of reach and even a small step ladder would be helpful. We cannot let anyone climb the trees lest the branches get damaged or even worse, you injure yourself, so please come prepared.
  • Our current orchards are older with very tall trees, so be mindful this is not always the ideal “small children” picking experience unless you come when there is still picking from the ground.

What else we have on the market now:

  • Picked Sweet Cherries
  • Picked Tart Cherries
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kohlrabi
  • Snow Peas
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Limited supply of Greenhouse Tomatoes and Greenhouse Cucumbers. Greenhouse tomato plants produce their fruit in successive “waves” as you can see from this picture. We finished harvesting the first “wave” and now are impatiently waiting for the second wave to turn red. As we have done in previous years, we will be supplementing with tomatoes from Indiana farm greenhouses.

  • Cut flowers will be back this weekend!

Organic Produce: Lettuce, kale, collards, garlic scapes, and carrots, grown in our organically certified hoophouse and at our organic schoolhouse garden. A few cucumbers too and pints of sungold cherry tomatoes too! (Just starting to come in.) Look for the bright organic sign located by the market cooler where we keep this produce fresh.

Bakery Update: This weekend will be the last weekend for our strawberry glaze pies with the strawberry season coming to an end. If you would like us to save something for you feel free to call us at 269-244-5690 and we will gladly set it back for you!

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: 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, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry Rhubarb, Strawberry Glaze
  • Bread: Whole Wheat, Cinnamon, Italian, Whole Grain, Vegetables 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, and Jalapeño Cheese
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns
  • Assorted Dessert Bars
  • Muffins: Banana Nut, Blueberry, Lemon Poppyseed, Pistachio, and Strawberry
  • 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

Alcohol offerings: We have our full range of brandy for sale. In bottles, we have Sweet Cider, Ginger Cider, Dry Cider, Prince Tribute Cider, Hopped Cider, Brunch Cider, and Bark Bite. We have cherry wine and Kaiser Cyser as well.

We’ll have a few additional ciders on tap during our hard cider happy hour, Friday from 4-6 or Saturday from 3-6 if you want a growler or a sample before you buy! In addition to what we have bottled, we’ll have strawberry cider, rhubarb cider, and carrot cider on tap. Of course, we are a small family market so bear with us as we try and figure out the best way to do this and keep the atmosphere you know and love! It is really wonderful sitting in the breeze enjoying a cold cider on these weekend afternoons.

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:

We are now into thinning apples from trees and varieties that have an abundance of apples. We do this so that the apples remaining can have room to grow to a large size and to get the weight off the limbs so they don’t break. Every year it always surprises us how many apples need to come off, look at what is on the ground in this picture!

Blueberry watching! They are coming and we expect to have them picked and for U-Pick by the 4th of July.

Summer means all of the local farmers markets have started. You can find us at Texas Township Farmers Market every Tuesday, plus every other Saturday (there again on July 8th). Find out more:  http://www.texastownship.org/community/farmers-market/. We also partner with CINO and the Huss School project to have our produce and baked goods at the Three Rivers Farmer’s market every Thursday:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/trfarmersmarket/about/?ref=page_internal

Terri at the Texas Township Market

In the last few weeks, the most frequently asked question has been what kind of flower is in our stone bed in front of the market? It is yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata). We love it! If you want some, see us in the spring when we thin some out before it takes over the entire bed. Find out more about it here:  https://www.gardenia.net/plant/lysimachia-punctata-yellow-loosestrife

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates your buying local.  Hope to see you during cherry season!

Strawberry and Cherry Update

Strawberry Update: With the weather cooling down we hope strawberries might last another week, hopefully through this coming weekend of June 24/25!

  • U-Pick: We will continue to open the U-Pick berries as long as there is good picking. We started in a new field today and the picking is beautiful. So we except to be open everyday for most of this week and MAYBE through the weekend. Our hours are 8 until noon unless we get picked out early. They are $2.25 a quart, please bring containers to take them home in.
  • Picked berries: Available in the market at $3.75 a quart or a flat of 8 quarts for $28. It really helps us if you could call ahead to reserve a flat if you want them, 269-244-5690!

Sweet cherry update: 

  • Picked Sweet Cherries: We picked a few for the weekend, but now are waiting for more to ripen. We hope to have more again on Wednesday.
  • Sweet Cherry U-Pick will open on Friday, June 23rd for picking. After getting into the trees this week, we realize there are really not a lot of sweet cherries to pick this year due to poor spring pollination when it was so cold and wet. We want to be upfront with you about the picking conditions so you can make the best decision before you drive here, especially if you are coming from a distance. We grow about 8 different varieties including black, red, yellow and a few that are multi-colored. We have lots of yellow sweet cherries which are really good! Try them! This may be the year you want to enjoy your cherries already picked!
    • Pricing: 2.25 per pound to pick (same price as last year.)
    • The sweet cherry trees are very tall (15 – 25 feet). We cannot lend you a ladder (sorry!), see note below on this.
    • Length of the season. It is hard to determine how long they will last since we don’t know how many folks may come out to pick. Feel free to call us before you come and we can tell you how the picking is.  269-244-5690.

Tart cherry update: 

  • Picked Tart cherries will be on the market for sale beginning Friday June 23rd.
  • U-Pick Tart cherries: We will open this orchard on Friday June 23rd when the sweet cherries open (you will need to spot pick carefully to get the ripe ones). Their prime picking will be around June 29th and after if you want to wait and get them nice and ripe.
    • Tart cherry U-Pick pricing will be the same as last year: 1.50 pound, over 50 pounds @$1.25.
    • Length of season. We have a good crop of these and would expect them to last about a week to 10 days.

Information for U-Pick cherries:

  • U-Pick Hours:  8 – 6 daily, please be finished picking by 5:45 p.m. to be back to the market by 6pm.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you may run into poison ivy or prickly plants in the orchard area, among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers. We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs, buckets, etc.).
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.
  • Please bring your own ladder as we do not supply ladders. Some of the best cherries are out of reach and even a small step ladder would be helpful. We cannot let anyone climb the trees lest the branches get damaged, so please come prepared.
  • Our current orchards are older with very tall trees, so be mindful this is not always the ideal “small children” picking experience, although perched on a parents’ shoulder seems to work!

Wanted to get this update out to all of you as we know that strawberries and cherries are June favorites!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry, we can’t predict how long we will have U-Pick cherries as we never know how many people will come out and pick. Usually we have sour cherries for around 2 weeks, but sweet cherries go quickly.