We’re just chillin’ here on the farm, waiting for these cold temperatures to break so that we can continue our outdoor winter work. No need to hurry the pruning as long as our orchards and vineyards are in full dormancy, and right now they’re getting their deep winter’s rest for sure! So the indoor work continues, despite the pull to stay curled up in a blanket some mornings.
The tomato seeds have arrived safely at Schram’s greenhouse in Portage who always starts our greenhouse tomato plants for us, 800 being planted this week. So, the official BLT countdown begins: about 170 days to go! The seed order for the conventional growing side of our business is going in this afternoon. The most time consuming part was deciding on the final sweet corn varieties since there were several that we all loved last year. Not to worry, those favorites are coming back while trying two new ones. So to get our minds off the cold for just a minute, here’s a sweet corn picture to remind us of summer.
Becca has placed all of her organic seed orders too, since it’s important to buy seeds while organic varieties are still available! We’re growing a few new types of tomatoes this year and have bought some great lettuce varieties that will hopefully hold up in the heat. After three years of doing this it feels like we’re getting a good idea of what our customers want from the organic side, but it’s always fun to learn new techniques and try new ideas.
As always, we want to make sure our customers are happy about the produce and experience they get from our farm. So while we are still in the planning mode, feel free to give us any feedback on things that you wish we would grow or do, and we’ll certainly consider it! Just reply to this if you got it in an email, or leave us comments if you are reading it on Facebook!
And while we are closed for the winter season, we are always happy to meet you by appointment (just call us on 269-244-5690) if you need any of the following:
- Baked goods: frozen take and bake pies
- Alcohol products: hard ciders, brandy, or wine,
- Other: honey, maple syrup and meat
- Animal Apples: $5 a bushel, bring containers
- Vegetables: certified organic spinach, carrots kale, lettuce, scallions, garlic available all winter long (grown in our sun-heated hoophouse). These will be a little slow-growing until mid-January due to the especial cold and cloudiness this winter, but we know our patience will be rewarded soon!
Starting January 9th we will have organic produce for sale at World Fare in downtown Three Rivers. They are open Tuesday through Saturday and our refrigerator is in the back of the store. As previously mentioned the greens are growing a little slowly right now and it might be sparse for a bit, but the sun in the forecast and a few warmer days will really help them swing out of the slow growth of dark mid-winter.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards hopes you stay warm and safe, and get a little chillin’ time in yourself during the quiet of the winter season.