It’s Apple Season! Here’s what we have in the market for sale now:
- Gala is a great eating and cooking apple with a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness
- Honeycrisp: This seems to be many people’s favorite. It is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it. Great for eating fresh or using in salads. Sold by the pound only, ($2).
- McIntosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce. Come soon, not many left.
- Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple. It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan and a McIntosh. A favorite for apple sauce.
- 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 and juices really well. Come soon, not many left.
- Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying “Spies for pies.” We have very few of these this year, if you want some please call and order. if you have already placed and order, we will call you next week for pick up.
- Golden Delicious: A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It’s the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads. Makes a nice apple sauce and many people use for canning pie filling. We have a bumper crop of these this year! However, many of them have some russet marks on the skin caused by some of the extremes in the spring weather. It does not go skin deep, but just doesn’t look very pretty:( We are bagging these up as “seconds,” and doing a special price on them for $8 a half bushel (normal pricing is $14 a half bushel. This is a great deal for someone who is going to process a lot of apples or wants to feed animals.
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 as 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.
This Saturday and Sunday the U-Pick Apples varieties available are limited to Jonathon and Yellow and Red Delicious until more varieties ripen. The trees are full and they are fun to pick!
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.
Wondering when your favorite apple will be ready? Each week we will publish an apple estimate at the end of this post.***
U-PIck visitors to our farm, please be aware that we are located in St. Joseph County, MI where cases of Triple E have occurred. While we have not seen many mosquitos around lately, we want everyone to be diligent and protected. Eastern Equine Encephalitis or commonly known as Triple E or sleeping sickness caused the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to urge locals to protect themselves from the bite of infected mosquitoes. Initially infecting horses with a reported 90 percent fatality rate, people are still warned for they can also be bitten by infected mosquitoes. Though it is a rare cause of potentially fatal brain infections in people, “it has a 33 [percent] fatality rate for humans who become ill,” Lynn Sutfin of the MDHHS said. Here’s what you can do to take precaution:
- Apply insect repellents that are EPA-registered or contain DEET to exposed skin. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. It is also important to wear light colored clothes so as not to attract mosquitoes.
Apple Cider update: We made our second cider batch yesterday and it is really nice, we put a lot of Gala in it and you will love the sweetness!
White Niagara Grape Update: the white Niagara grapes opened for U-pick on Saturday 9-21 for the season. We have less than half of a crop of these this year due to the winter freeze, so they may not last long. For those trying to get huge amounts of white grapes (like 500 pounds or more), we would suggest this is not the year to try to pick them here. Sorry.
Purple Concord grape update: We have one vineyard of purple Concord grapes open that is riper than the other vineyards, for those who are trying to pick both colors at the same time, or for those who can only come this weekend. We feel the Concord grape peak ripeness will be the week of 9-30 and after, so plan your trip the 9-30 or after, just remember we are closed on Tuesday! There is a good crop Concord grapes, and the longer customers wait, the sweeter/riper they will get. Concord grapes usually last up until the first frost. It just depends how many customers come and how many get picked. Additional information about grape picking can be found below.**
Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes both white Niagara and purple Concord. They are $28 a bushel.
What is on the market now:
- Vegetables: onions, regular field tomatoes–red and green, spaghetti squash, winter/hard squash, garlic, shallots
- Fruit: apples
- U-pick herbs
- U-Pick flowers
This weekend in the bakery Monday September 30 is the last day to place your order for Apple Dumplings! We will only have them available the weekend of October 4-6, by order only, and they are sold in packages of 2. If you would like anything reserved or to order apple dumplings, 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, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Pumpkin.
- Apple Crisp
- Breads: Wheat and Rye Herb, Potato Scallion, and Herb Baguette. Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
- Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts, muffins, scones
- Dessert bars: peanut butter mousse, chocolate caramel, lemon burst, chocolate truffle, 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.
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, provide information on our photo policies and discuss backdrop possibilities in the apple orchard, the pumpkin field and other picturesque spots we have on the farm.
- 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: A fall favorite is back: Preach! A great blend of pears and peaches! 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 We offer brandy, wine and some hard cider samples. 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, Sorry, for everyone’s safety, we have suspended evening picking hours this year due to the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) mosquito-borne disease threat in Southwest Michigan.
- 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 9-12-9 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|
|Cortland||fair||yes–just a few||in market now||no|
|Gala||good||all picked||In market now||no|
|Golden Delicious||good||yes||in market now||no|
|Honey Crisp||fair||no||In market now||no|
|Jona Mac||good||All picked||In market now||no|
|JonaGold||good||All picked||In market now||no|
|McIntosh||good||All picked||In market now||no|
|Molly’s Del||good||All picked||in market now||no|
|Northern Spy||few||no||in market now|