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

Corey Lake Orchards

Fall is in the air….U-Pick Apples start this weekend!

Fall is in the air!  Color is coming to the apple orchard, you can smell the grapes ripening,  on the market the summer vegetables give way to colorful winter squash, summer flowers yield their spot to mums….and a sweatshirt in the mornings feels really good!

Sunrise in the apple orchard

Apples are coming!  They are a bit behind schedule so as we begin the harvest, we won’t have bushels of everything available until more ripen.  Those highlighted in red below are available by the bushel now.  Here’s what we will have on the market this weekend and we will try to pick some Honeycrisp on Saturday!

  • Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple. (not a cooking apple)
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness
  • Earli-Blaze: This is a great cooking or eating apple, we use it in our own bakery!
  • Paula Red: a tart apple for eating or cooking.

The Gala’s will be fun to pick!

This weekend we are opening up the U-Pick Apple orchard.  The varieties available are limited to Gala, Jon-A-Mac, and Mollie’s Delicious.  We know that many of you look forward to the annual  “apple picking experience” with your family.

Apple pricing for the year:  The price is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples.  With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $26 a bushel**, $14 a half-bushel, $8.00 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $6 a half-peck, $3.50 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available.

Apple picking will be available on Saturday and Sunday only this year, during our business hours of 8 until 6.  Please check in at the market first to get directions and you will be driving to the orchard.   We need everyone checked out by 6, so you must be in the apple orchard by 5:30, and checked in at the market by 5:15.  Check our website or call us to see which apple varieties will be available which weekends.

Wondering when your favorite apple will be ready?  Each week we will publish an apple estimate at the end of this post.***

What is on the market now:

  • Vegetables:  sweet corn, cabbage,  fresh dug onions,  green beans, brussel sprouts, eggplant, peppers, cherry/grape tomatoes, regular field tomatoes–red and green, spaghetti squash, winter/hard squash, garlic, shallots 
  • Fruit: apples, seeded watermelon
  • U-pick herbs 
  • U-Pick flowers
  • Dried sunflower heads–to feed your feathered friends

A wall of sunflower heads

Onions,  Our large sweet onions are now cleaned and bagged (10 pounds) for you to take. They have been “cured” to keep.

Bagged onions ready to go…10 pound bags of yellow and white for only $9

Last call for canning or freezing.   We still are picking bushels of sweet corn and tomatoes.  Please call us to order ahead.  269-244-5690.  But don’t delay much longer as these are summer heat-loving crops.

Grape Update: You can just begin to smell the grapes and they are turning color and softening.  We have a decent  crop of the purple Concord, but we lost about 60% of our white Niagara grapes to the winter freeze, so we will have fewer of those.  Our best guess now is the white grapes could be ready the week of 9-16 and the purple grapes the week of 9-30. 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 later for an update.  Additional information about grape picking can be found below.**

Concord grapes–still have a ways to go to get color and sweetness

While Niagara are “green” grapes, these are still too green to pick

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes both white Niagara and purple Concord.  They are $28 a bushel.

Photographers – If you are interested in Fall photo opportunities on our farm, please contact Brenda@coreylakeorchards.com.  She will work with you to schedule appointments and provide information on backdrop possibilities as well as our photo policies.

This weekend in the bakery  we are introducing our homemade apple crisp in an 8 x 8 dish!  So many of you have asked for it!   It’s made out of our Earli-blaze apples, just like our pies.  If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we will be happy to save it for you!

This weekend’s offerings will be:

  • Cookies:  Cut-out cookies, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
  • Pies:   Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry (Cherries, blueberries, and dried cranberries) and Strawberry Rhubarb.
  • Apple Crisp
  • Breads: Mill Grain, Wheat and Rye Herb, Potato Scallion, and Herb Baguette.  Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan,  Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
  • Note:  We are sorry we will not have focaccia bread until later in September due to a supplier issue 🙁
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts, muffins, scones
  • Dessert bars: peanut butter mousse, chocolate caramel, lemon burst, chocolate truffle,  Key lime pie bomb, chocolate and white mousse
  • Fall flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Apple Cider, and Pumpkin (Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Slushies- 3 flavors; Unpasteurized Apple Cider, White Grape Peach, and Grape blend. 

Look for our “take and bake” pies for you to stock up on in your freezer (for you to indulge in). “Take and bake” pie choices are all large-9″ pies and available flavors in the freezer now.

Also in the bakery you can find:

  • Local Gluten free items
  • Local Plainwell Ice cream to scoop out with pie and apple crisp
  • Jake’s Country Meats,  pork products
  • Welch’s juice products, from Lawton
  • Local chocolates

Alcohol offerings:

  • Brandies:  Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
  • Rye Whiskey
  • Wines: Double Cherry and New:  Peach and Honey (already a favorite by those who have tried it)
  • Hard Cider flavors: Standard Dry, Standard Sweet,  Bark Bite, Cortabella, Currant/Cacoa,  United Squash Federation, Ginger, Strawberry and Brunch.
  • Brandy tours and tasting is available every Saturday from 1 until 3 pm, in the Brandy Barn/Distillery.   Bruce, our brandy maker will be there to welcome you, talk with you about our process, offer sample brandy, wine and some hard ciders as well!  It’s always an interesting and fun experience.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local!  We hope to see you soon!

Reminder:  Corey Lake Orchards is closed every Tuesday.  We will continue to share this notice since it is a major change.  As a small family business, we have begun to realize that to best serve our customers with an exceptional product and experience, we need a down day once per week to regroup, reorganize, and re-energize.

**Additional grape information:

  • Picking hours: Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm every day except Tuesday (when we are closed) , we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6, except for Wednesdays,  where we will stay open until 8 pm (must be checked into the market by 6 pm).
  • 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  supervisor.
  • 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 : 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):
    • 45 cents a pound for under 100 pounds, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel = $9
    • Over 100 pounds; 27.5 cents a pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $5.50

***Apple Estimate Chart for 2019:  Updated 9-5-9  2019

Variety Crop Size Estimate U-Pick Available?   Red means they are ready now for Saturday/Sunday picking Approximate Week Ready–Please check back as weather will can change date earlier or later Should order in advance
Braeburn good no 8-Oct no
Cameo good yes 15-Oct no
Cortland fair yes 15-Sep no
Fuji good yes 15-Oct no
Gala good yes 7-Sep no
Golden Delicious good yes 30-Sep no
Golden Supreme None
Honey Crisp fair no 16-Sep no
Ida Red few* no 30-Sep yes
Jona Mac good yes 9-Sep no
JonaGold good no 30-Sep no
Jonathon fair yes 30-Sep no
Macintosh good no 15-Sep no
Molly’s Del good yes 7-Sep no
Mutsu few* yes 30-Sep yes
Northern Spy few no 30-Sep yes
Pink Lady good no 23-Oct no
Red Delicious good yes 30-Sep no
Rome fair yes 23-Oct no

 

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Update posted 8-31-19  Sorry, we are not going to have enough sweet corn for the entire weekend after all.  We do have some today, Saturday, if you call us, we can put dozens aside for you and hold.  (269-244-5690) We will have more corn for those who are still needing bushels to can or freeze next week.    Please call to order and we can call you back when we have bushels.  Sorry:(

The weather is looking great for the weekend, maybe a few showers hit or miss, but we will take the cool!  These cool nights are great for the apple growth, allowing them to color and gain size.   For many of you, this will be your last weekend here at lake cottages, so we hope to see you to say goodbye and of course, encourage you to take some of Corey Lake Orchard’s goodness back home with you.  We have stocked our CLO fall logo wear with long sleeved tees and zippered hoodies,  perfect for cooler fall weather.  You will notice the fall changes on the market with mums and colored hard/winter squash, and apples filling up counters where you used to find vegetables!  One great surprise is that we should have blueberries through the entire weekend, due to them starting late this year and going late, the first time we can remember!  We’ve even thought of your canine friends with a new flavor of dog treats – pumpkin molasses.  When picking up some pumpkin donuts for your peeps, remember to pick up some pumpkin molasses treats for your pups!

Yes, we will be open from 8 until 6 all holiday weekend, including Labor Day Monday!  (Closed Tuesday)

Brenda wearing one of the new CLO sweatshirts!

Love the colors of fall!

What is on the market now:

  • Vegetables:  sweet corn, cabbage,  yellow summer squash, fresh dug onions,  green beans, brussel sprouts, cherry/grape tomatoes, regular field tomatoes–red and green, spaghetti squash, winter/hard squash, garlic.  
  • Fruit:  blueberries, summer apples, seeded watermelon
  • U-pick herbs 
  • U-Pick flowers
  • Dried sunflower heads–to feed your feathered friends

Are you canning or freezing?  We can still get bushels of sweet corn, tomatoes,and green beans.  Please call us to order ahead.

For those wondering about fall apple and grapes, please know they are both running at least one week later than normal, due to the cool spring.  We normally have U-Pick apples available on Labor Day weekend, but will not this year as they are not ready.  We have some good summer apples in now for eating or cooking (and for those school lunch boxes!).  After Labor Day weekend, we will publish an apple estimate chart on when the different varieties will be ready.  For grapes, check back with us in the middle of September to see how they are coming along, but they are typically not ready until the last week of September.

Gala apples coloring nicely

Photographers – If you are interested in Fall photo opportunities on our farm, please contact Brenda@coreylakeorchards.com.  She will work with you to schedule appointments and provide information on backdrop possibilities as well as our photo policies.

This weekend in the bakery  we are bringing back fresh apple pies, made from one of the best pie apples we grow;  Earli-blaze!.  This is one of only 2 apple varieties that have earned their place to be used in one of our pies because of their amazing flavor and consistency.  We will have fall flavored donuts-Apple cider, Pumpkin and Buttermilk (available Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day Monday).  If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we will be happy to save it for you!

This weekend’s offerings will be:

  • Cookies:  Cut-out cookies, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
  • Pies:   Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry (Cherries, blueberries, and dried cranberries) and Strawberry Rhubarb.
  • Breads: Mill Grain, Wheat and Rye Herb, Potato Scallion, and Herb Baguette.  Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan,  Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
  • Note:  We are sorry we will not have focaccia bread until September due to a supplier issue 🙁
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts, muffins, scones
  • Dessert bars: peanut butter mousse, chocolate caramel, lemon burst, chocolate truffle,  Key lime pie bomb, chocolate and white mousse
  • Fall flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Apple Cider, and Pumpkin (Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Slushies- 3 flavors; Unpasteurized Apple Cider, White Grape Peach, and Grape blend. 

Look for our “take and bake” pies for you to stock up on in your freezer (for you to indulge in). “Take and bake” pie choices are all large-9″ pies and available flavors in the freezer now are: Blueberry,  Peach, Berry Peachy, Strawberry Rhubarb and Cherry berry.

Also in the bakery you can find:

  • Local Gluten free items
  • Local Plainwell Ice cream to scoop out with pie.
  • Jake’s Country Meats,  pork products
  • Welch’s juice products, from Lawton
  • Local chocolates

Alcohol offerings:

  • Brandies:  Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
  • Rye Whiskey
  • Wines: Double Cherry and New:  Peach and Honey (already a favorite by those who have tried it)
  • Hard Cider flavors: Standard Dry, Standard Sweet,  Bark Bite, Cortabella, Currant/Cacoa,  United Squash Federation, Ginger, Strawberry and Brunch.
  • Brandy tours and tasting is available every Saturday from 1 until 3 pm, in the Brandy Barn/Distillery.   Bruce, our brandy maker will be there to welcome you, talk with you about our process, offer sample brandy and some hard ciders as well!  It’s always an interesting and fun experience.
  • Our last summer Happy Hour! Happy Hour, with free cider samples for the tasting, happens on Saturday from 3 to 6, this will be our last Saturday Happy Hour for the year.   This weekend find us in the “onion barn” at the top of the hill.  If you want to taste more than the three free samples, ciders can be purchased for continued enjoyment here or to take home.

This weekend marks one year since the serious RTV accident we had on our farm last Labor Day with our own Terri Kaufman.   Terri sustained extreme injuries, has had multiple surgeries, and has spent this year continuing to recover.  Tomorrow she undergoes another difficult surgery; please hold her in your thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery and recovery.  We all miss her!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local!  We hope to see you this weekend.

Reminder:  Corey Lake Orchards is closed every Tuesday.  We will continue to share this notice since it is a major change.  As a small family business, we have begun to realize that to best serve our customers with an exceptional product and experience, we need a down day once per week to regroup, reorganize, and re-energize.

Where has summer gone?

We say this every year as the schools start up, how did another summer come and go so quickly?  All the signals were there:  summer crops waning, back to school sales, apples starting, the darkness in the mornings….we hope you had a great summer and wish all of the kids returning to school a great year!

Goodbye to another year of sunflowers!

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with the sunflower field experience.  We thank so many of you for coming out to enjoy them while they were in bloom.  Friday, August 23rd will be the last day we will be open for sunflowers.

Bird Lovers, stay tuned, in a few weeks we will be offering the chance to pick the heads for birdseed for your feathered friends.

What is on the market now:

  • Vegetables:  cabbage, cucumbers, yellow summer squash, fresh dug onions, new potatoes (Red Norland and Yukon Gold), green beans, brussel sprouts, cherry/grape tomatoes, regular field tomatoes–red and green, spaghetti squash, garlic.  
  • Fruit:  Blueberries, Summer apples, Cantaloupe, seeded watermelon
  • U-pick herbs 
  • U-Pick flowers

Are you canning or freezing?  We can still get bushels of sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers and green beans.  Please call us to order ahead.

Two of the most frequently asked questions are:  How long will you have tomatoes?  Answer, until the first frost, and if you can tell us when that would be we’d love to know ahead of time!  How much longer will you have sweet corn?  Answer:  Into September, for sure through Labor Day Weekend!

For those wondering about fall apple and grapes, please know they are both running at least one week later than normal, due to the cool spring.  We have some good summer apples in now for eating or cooking (and for those school lunch boxes!).  After Labor Day weekend, we will publish an apple estimate chart on when the different varieties will be ready.  For grapes, check back with us in the middle of September to see how they are coming along, but they are typically not ready until the last week of September.

Some of you are still inquiring about peaches and pears (which normally we would have now).  We lost both of these crops due to the winter polar vortex.  So there are none available at our farm this year.   Sorry…..

This weekend in the bakery  we are featuring a fall favorite pie: Cherry Berry. This is a great sweet/tart pie with the perfect blend of cherries, blueberries, and dried cranberries!  We will have fall flavored donuts-Apple cider, Pumpkin and Buttermilk (available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).   If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we would be happy to save it for you!

This weekend’s offerings will be:

  • Cookies: Sunflower Cut Out cookies, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
  • Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry (Cherries, blueberries, and dried cranberries) and Strawberry Rhubarb.
  • Breads: Mill Grain, Wheat and Rye Herb, Potato Scallion, and Herb Baguette.  Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan,  Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
  • Note:  We are sorry we will not have focaccia bread until September due to a supplier issue 🙁
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts, muffins, scones
  • Dessert bars: peanut butter mousse, chocolate caramel, lemon burst, chocolate truffle,  Key lime pie bomb, chocolate and white mousse
  • Fall flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Apple Cider, and Pumpkin (Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Slushies- 3 flavors; Unpasteurized Apple Cider, White Grape Peach, and Grape blend. 

Also in the bakery you can find:

  • Local Gluten free items
  • Local Plainwell Ice cream to scoop out with pie.
  • Jake’s Country Meats,  pork products
  • Welch’s juice products, from Lawton
  • Local chocolates

Alcohol offerings:

  • Brandies:  Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
  • Rye Whiskey
  • Wines: Double Cherry and New:  Peach and Honey (already a favorite by those who have tried it)
  • Hard Cider flavors: Standard Dry, Standard Sweet,  Bark Bite, Cortabella, Currant/Cacoa,  United Squash Federation, Ginger, Strawberry and Brunch.
  • Brandy tours and tasting is available every Saturday from 1 until 3 pm, in the Brandy Barn/Distillery.   Bruce, our brandy maker will be there to welcome you, talk with you about our process, offer sample brandy and some hard ciders as well!  It’s always an interesting and fun experience.
  • Two more chances for Happy Hour! Happy Hour, with free cider samples for the tasting, happens on Saturday from 3 to 6 through Labor Day weekend.   This weekend find us in the “onion barn” at the top of the hill.  If you want to taste more than the three free samples, ciders can be purchased for continued enjoyment here or to take home.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local!

Reminder:  Corey Lake Orchards is closed every Tuesday.  We will continue to share this notice since it is a major change.  As a small family business, we have begun to realize that to best serve our customers with an exceptional product and experience, we need a down day once per week to regroup, reorganize, and re-energize.

Sunflowers, Sunflowers, Sunflowers…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunflowers are ready and in their peak bloom right now!  The sunflower field experience is now open and will be open every day (except Tuesdays when we are closed) while the sunflowers are in their prime, which is typically 2 weeks.  Depending on the weather, we hope to have this available through August 24, but would encourage you to come within a week for optimum bloom and viewing.   The field is open from 9 until 5 daily. Please call before traveling far to make sure the sunflowers are still in good bloom and available.  To have a better experience, we encourage you to come during the weekdays when we have fewer guests.

  • Cost of admission to the sunflower field is:
    • $5.00 for anyone 11 years old and up
    • $3.00 for accompanied children 3 to 10 years
    • Free to children 2 years or younger
    • Please check in at the market for tickets and directions to the field.  You will be driving to the field from our market, so if you want to drive up close to our market and have someone get the tickets and directions, you can be on your way without getting all of the excited kids out of the car, only to go back in!
  • This admission fee for each ticket holder includes:
    • The opportunity to cut 1 sunflower per person (cutting tool provided)
    • Receive a bag and water for taking it home
    • Walk through the meandering paths that go through the field. Long path: approximately ¼ of a mile long or take the short path from the entrance straight back to the parking lot.  (Please wear good walking shoes–this is a field path)–also it is not stroller friendly but we have wagons
    • Educational information posted throughout the farm
    • Photo opportunities available at the field entrance as well as the along the walking pathway
    • Picnic tables, hay bales to sit and relax in
    • Parking adjacent to the field
    • RTV Rides for people with mobility issues or folks who can’t walk through the sunflowers or prefer a ride.   Depending on how many people need this service there may be a small wait as we try to accommodate and include everybody in the fun.
  • Check out our sunflower gift shop at the market

  • Safety:   Your safety is of the utmost importance to us and we have worked hard to make this a great experience.  But we are a working farm and you will be in a field where natural farm hazards exist such as
    • Uneven ground on the pathways (wear walking shoes)
    • Tripping hazards like a rock or a sunflower stalk
    • Bees and other insects sharing the field with you
    • Pollen from the flowers and other weeds for those with allergy issues
    • An occasional tractor/ truck passing through with our crew harvesting produce
  • Additional flowers, when available, can be cut and purchased for $2 each.  We also have decorative vases for purchase.

Attention Photographers!  We have photo opportunities and packages available for professional photographers. Now is the time for senior photos, engagement photos, family photos, and more.  The fee to use our sunflower, soybean, and buckwheat fields is $25 for a single session and $60 for a three-hour time slot.  We have a portion of the Sunflower field set aside for photographer-use only.  The field is also available in the evenings.  There is no admission fee for the photographer, but clients will need to pay admission.  Please contact Brenda at Brenda@CoreyLakeOrchards.com for more information or to book an appointment.

What is on the market now:

  • Fresh zucchini, cabbage, cucumbers, yellow summer squash, fresh dug onions, cauliflower, kale,  swiss chard,  cucumbers, peas, new potatoes (Red Norland and Yukon Gold), green beans, brussel sprouts, cherry/grape tomatoes, regular field tomatoes–red and green, spaghetti squash, garlic.  
  • Fruit:  Blueberries, Summer apples:  Jersey Mac, Cantaloupe, seeded watermelon,
  • U-pick herbs 
  • U-Pick flowers
  • Field Tomatoes are finally here—thanks for your patience in waiting!  We are in the process of calling folks who have ordered them by the bushel.

Are you looking for larger quantities to can, pickle or freeze?  Just call or stop in the market to get on the lists we keep for bushels of green beans, tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn and other produce.   Many of our staff members can, freeze and pickle produce, so seek them out with your questions.

New on the market and in the bakery are jams, jellies, butters and salsa’s.  All made locally!

This weekend in the bakery  we will have our peach pies and berry peachy pie (blueberries and peaches). This is the last weekend for these two pies, so if you are craving peaches, get them soon.   We will have fall flavored donuts-Apple cider, Pumpkin and Buttermilk (available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).   If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we would be happy to save it for you!

This weekend’s offerings will be:

  • Cookies: Sunflower Cut Out cookies, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
  • Pies: Berry Peachy (peaches and blueberries), Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb. Fresh Blueberry Glaze pie is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Breads: Mill Grain, Wheat and Rye Herb, Potato Scallion, and Herb Baguette.  Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan,  Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
  • Note:  We are sorry we will not have focaccia bread until September due to a supplier issue:(
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts, muffins, sconesDessert bars: Strawberry, peanut butter mousse, chocolate caramel, lemon burst, chocolate truffle,  Key lime pie bomb, chocolate and white mousse
  • Fall flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Apple Cider, and Pumpkin (Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Slushies- 3 flavors; Unpasteurized Apple Cider, White Grape Peach, and Grape blend. 

Also in the bakery you can find:

  • Local Gluten free items
  • Local Plainwell Ice cream to scoop out with pie.
  • Jake’s Country Meats,  pork products
  • Welch’s juice products, from Lawton
  • Local chocolates

Alcohol offerings:

  • Brandies:  Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
  • Rye Whiskey
  • Wines: Double Cherry
  • Hard Cider flavors: Standard Dry, Standard Sweet,  Bark Bite, Cortabella, Currant/Cacoa,  United Squash Federation, Ginger, Strawberry and Brunch.
  • Brandy tours and tasting is available every Saturday from 1 until 3 pm, in the Brandy Barn/Distillery.   Bruce, our brandy maker will be there to welcome you, talk with you about our process, offer sample brandy and some hard ciders as well!  It’s always an interesting and fun experience.
  • Welcome back to Happy Hour! Happy Hour, with free cider samples for the tasting, happens on Saturday from 3 to 6.  This weekend find us in the “onion barn” at the top of the hill.  If you want to taste more than the three free samples, ciders can be purchased for continued enjoyment here or to take home.

Happenings on the farm:

We watched lots of pictures being taken in the sunflower field and saw lots of sunflowers leaving with happy people!  We started harvesting our onions for the year….you can’t miss seeing them if you just look up when you are in the market.  They are bundled and hanging to dry/cure.  Once they are cured, we will take them back down and bag them and they will keep 4 – 5 months for you!

They are pulled from the ground out of the plastic mulch and tied into bundles

They come in truckload after truckload

They are hung in the market and various barns to start drying

We give them a “haircut” so they don’t hang down in our customers’ way!

We hope you enjoy seeing and smelling them and even more, using our sweet onions for all your onion needs!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local!

Reminder:  Corey Lake Orchards is closed every Tuesday.  We will continue to share this notice since it is a major change.  As a small family business, we have begun to realize that to best serve our customers with an exceptional product and experience, we need a down day once per week to regroup, reorganize, and re-energize.

 

Peaches, kind of……Sunflowers, for real!

The Peach Story:  Yes, we will all miss the joy of fresh sweet juice running down our chins after biting into that most luscious of summer fruits: the peach.  Fresh peaches will not be making an appearance this season,* but we are going to celebrate their flavor in various forms.  We invite you to come and experience the plethora of peach products we have in store for your eating and drinking pleasure. We think you’ll find everything “just peachy”.

 

Last year’s peach crop, just wanted you to remember what they look like

  • Peach Honey Sticks
  • Peach Salsa
  • Peach Jam
  • Peach Butter
  • Peach Pie
  • Peach Brandy
  • Peach Wine (coming soon)
  • Peach Slushies

*We lost our peach crop, as did most of Southwest Michigan in this winter’s freezing temperatures due to the polar vortex.

 

Sunflowers are ready! 

  • We are opening our 3-acre field of sunflowers to create a unique and memorable experience for you.  Around 50,000 happy sunflowers await you for viewing, walking through, photographing, and just plain enjoying.  Check out the fields of blooming buckwheat and thriving soybeans too!
  • The sunflower field will open on Friday, August 9th and be open every day (except Tuesdays when we are closed) while the sunflowers are in their prime, which is typically 2 to 3 weeks.  Depending on the weather, we hope to have this available through August 24th.  The field is open from 9 until 5 daily.  Please call before traveling far to make sure the sunflowers are still in bloom and available.  To have a better experience, we encourage you to come during the weekdays when we have fewer guests.
  • Cost of admission to the sunflower field is:
    • $5.00 for anyone 11 years old and up
    • $3.00 for accompanied children 3 to 10 years
    • Free to children 2 years or younger
    • Please check in at the market for tickets and directions to the field
  • This admission fee for each ticket holder includes:
    • The opportunity to cut 1 sunflower per person (cutting tool provided)
    • Receive a bag and water for taking it home
    • Walk through the meandering paths that go through the field. Long path: approximately ¼ of a mile long or take the short path from the entrance straight back to the parking lot.  (Please wear good walking shoes–this is a field path)
    • Educational information posted throughout the farm
    • Photo opportunities available at the field entrance as well as the along the walking pathway
    • Picnic tables, hay bales to sit and relax in
    • Parking adjacent to the field
    • RTV Rides for people with mobility issues or folks who can’t walk through the sunflowers or prefer a ride.   Depending on how many people need this service there may be a small wait as we try to accommodate and include everybody in the fun.
  • Safety:   Your safety is of the utmost importance to us and we have worked hard to make this a great experience.  But we are a working farm and you will be in a field where natural farm hazards exist such as
    • Uneven ground on the pathways (wear walking shoes)
    • Tripping hazards like a rock or a sunflower stalk
    • Bees and other insects sharing the field with you
    • Pollen from the flowers and other weeds for those with allergy issues
    • An occasional tractor/ truck passing through with our crew harvesting produce
  • Additional flowers, when available, can be cut and purchased for $2 each.  We also have decorative vases for purchase.

Attention Photographers!  We have photo opportunities and packages available for professional photographers. Now is the time for senior photos, engagement photos, family photos, and more.  The fee to use our sunflower, soybean, and buckwheat fields is $25 for a single session and $60 for a three-hour time slot.  We have a portion of the Sunflower field set aside for photographer-use only.  The field is also available in the evenings.  There is no admission fee for the photographer, but clients will need to pay admission.  Please contact Brenda at Brenda@CoreyLakeOrchards.com for more information or to book an appointment.

What is on the market now:

  • Fresh zucchini, cabbage, cucumbers, yellow summer squash, fresh dug onions, cauliflower, kale,  swiss chard,  cucumbers, peas, new potatoes (Red Norland and Yukon Gold), green beans, brussel sprouts, cherry tomatoes, spaghetti squash.  
  • Organic cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes and garlic
  • Greenhouse tomatoes and field tomatoes
  • Fruit:  Blueberries and Cantaloupe Melons.  Blueberry U-Pick is still available, Call for information.
  • U-pick herbs 
  • U-Pick flowers

Are you looking for larger quantities to can, pickle or freeze?  Just call or stop in the market to get on the lists we keep for bushels of green beans, tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn and other produce.   Many of our staff members can, freeze and pickle produce, so seek them out with your questions.

New on the market and in the bakery are jams, jellies, butters and salsa’s.  All made locally!

This weekend in the bakery we are peachy keen:  This weekend we will have our peach pies and berry peachy pie (blueberries and peaches). This is a great way to get your peach craving fix!  We will have fall flavored donuts-Apple cider, Pumpkin and Buttermilk (available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).   If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we would be happy to save it for you!

This weekend’s offerings will be:

  • Cookies: Sunflower Cut Out cookies, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Zucchini Chocolate Chip, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
  • Pies: Berry Peachy (peaches and blueberries), Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb. Fresh Blueberry Glaze pie is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Breads: Mill Grain, Wheat and Rye Herb, Potato Scallion, and Herb Baguette.  Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan,  Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
  • Note:  We are sorry we will not have focaccia bread until September due to a supplier issue:(
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts, muffins, sconesDessert bars: Strawberry, peanut butter mousse, chocolate caramel, lemon burst, chocolate truffle,  Key lime pie bomb, chocolate and white mousse
  • Fall flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Apple Cider, and Pumpkin (Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Slushies- Check out our new slushie machine, now featuring 3 flavors; Unpasteurized Apple Cider, White Grape Peach, and Grape blend. 

Also in the bakery you can find:

  • Local Gluten free items
  • Local Plainwell Ice cream to scoop out with pie.
  • Jake’s Country Meats,  pork products
  • Welch’s juice products, from Lawton
  • Local chocolates —we are restocked now on dark chocolate!

Alcohol offerings:

  • Brandies:  Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
  • Rye Whiskey
  • Wines: Double Cherry and Kaiser Cyser
  • Hard Cider flavors: Standard Dry, Standard Sweet,  Bark Bite, Cortabella, Currant/Cacoa,  United Squash Federation, Ginger, Strawberry and Brunch. 
  • Brandy tours and tasting is available every Saturday from 1 until 3 pm, in the Brandy Barn/Distillery.   Bruce, our brandy maker will be there to welcome you, talk with you about our process, offer sample brandy and some hard ciders as well!  It’s always an interesting and fun experience.
  • Welcome back to Happy Hour! Happy Hour, with free cider samples for the tasting, happens on Saturday from 3 to 6.  This weekend find us in the “onion barn” at the top of the hill.  If you want to taste more than the three free samples, ciders can be purchased for continued enjoyment here or to take home.

Happenings on the farm:

It was a “get ready for sunflowers” week for sure.  We all lived, breathed and dreamed sunflowers as many helping hands got our field ready.  We hope you enjoy their hard work!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards appreciates you buying local!

Reminder:  Corey Lake Orchards is closed every Tuesday.  We will continue to share this notice since it is a major change.  As a small family business, we have begun to realize that to best serve our customers with an exceptional product and experience, we need a down day once per week to regroup, reorganize, and re-energize.