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

Corey Lake Orchards

And the Heat Goes On….

….and so do we. This week’s heat has caused everything to ripen quickly and all at once.  Which means working longer in this heat to harvest! It means keeping the irrigation running around the clock to keep everything watered and alive. And it means worrying about what we can’t irrigate (our orchards and vineyards). So if we seem tired, we are!!  So how can you help? By purchasing those items that we have too many of due to the heat: strawberries, lettuce, kale, broccoli and kohlrabi for starters. Haven’t tried kohlrabi before? This is the time to try. And there is nothing like fresh picked broccoli, we have it in heads or florets.  We thank you in advance if you can work these into your upcoming menu!

Strawberries: Due to the heat, it will be a short season.  At this point we forecast U-Pick strawberries going through Sunday June 18th, and then will re-assess after that.  We hope to have picked berries available one more full week, hoping we might have them through June 24th. Of course, it depends on the weather.

  • Already picked berries are $3.75 a quart, or $28 for an 8 quart flat. We try to have these on hand for the entire day, but usually run out by the end of the day. We are picking the Jewel variety right now, which are large, sweet and beautiful.  Feel free to call us to save some if you want. We have called everyone back now who placed an order for flats of strawberries, if you did not get a call, please contact us.
  • U-Pick strawberries: available every day at 8 am until noon (unless we pick out earlier). We are planning on continuing through Sunday June 18th. After that, check back with us.
  • Berry picking ready for tomorrow

What else we have on the market now:

  • Rhubarb: This also is coming to an end.
  • Greenhouse Cucumbers
  • Greenhouse Tomatoes
  • Some of our U-Pick Herbs are readyFind bags and scissors for cutting herbs around the neck of the bird overlooking the herb garden. A list of what is ready is posted at the market.
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kohlrabi
  • Asparagus–we have just a few pounds left and it will be gone for the year

    Asparagus field has gone to ferns to make next year’s crop

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.

Never tried garlic scapes? These are the green tops of the garlic that we remove to help encourage the garlic to grow bigger bulbs. They taste like garlic and can be used similarly, or can be blended into a pesto, or can be stir fried with your vegetables, or…whatever you want, really! They’re so good

Bakery Update: We’d like to acknowledge all of the fathers this weekend and wish you a Happy Father’s Day. All fathers get a free cake donut from our bakery on Friday, Saturday or Sunday! This weekend we will have our strawberry glaze pies again and we also make shortcakes daily to pair with your strawberries. (Whipped cream in the cooler!) 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, Smores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry Rhubarb, Strawberry Glaze and Pecan (made these pecan pies for a great Father’s day gift!)
  • 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. We also have cherry wine, as well as: Strawberry Cider (the 2017 edition of the cider many of you liked last year), Sweet Cider, Ginger Cider, Dry Cider, Hometown Hero, Bark Bite, Brunch Cider, and Afternoon Cider.

We also have a Prince Tribute Cider we launched last week in honor of Prince’s birthday made with plum, honey, and vanilla. Becca was a really big Prince fan and much of the hard cider you enjoy was brewed with his music playing in her headphones. Curious? Come to our hard cider happy hour on Friday from 4-6 or Saturday from 3-6 if you want a growler or a sample before you buy! 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! We look forward to seeing you. 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.

Happenings on the farm:

We watched the cherries turn from green to gold, red and black. While they look ready, they are not quite.  We will try to pick a few sweet cherries this weekend for the market. Check back on June 22 and we’ll try to figure out when u-pick sweet cherries might start. The tart cherries are another week away, check back around June 26th on those.

We drank water, picked strawberries, and repeated for many hours every day. As you drive by you will see we have staked our tomatoes, the plants are coming along nicely, blooming and setting fruit. We picked so much broccoli because it all got ready at the same time, over 300 heads on one day!

One of the questions our customers ask frequently is how we keep unwanted pests out of our fields….as they relay the tales of how rabbits, deer, raccoons, etc. are eating their gardens up. The answer: We don’t!  We have the same problems you do. We have the luxury of more space than most gardeners do so we plant extra knowing we will lose some. This year has been particularly difficult, each of the flags in this picture shows where an animal ate a tomato plant, so far we have replanted 400….not happily either!

We want to thank all of you for coming out this week, picking berries or buying produce in this heat. Also a huge thanks to everyone who works here for your perseverance in these conditions.

Doesn’t the inner child in all of us want to pick up a large juicy berry and savor it like this little customer did?!!!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards sends our best wishes to all of the fathers and we as always, appreciate your buying local.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local!

Strawberry update

U-Pick Strawberry Information–Updated 6-13-17  4:30 pm

U-Pick strawberries will be open:  Wednesday June 14th and probably through this weekend.  Given the heat bringing the berries on quicker, we expect to be open every day now at 8 am.  It is still best to check our facebook page, our website, or call us to make sure we are open before you come.  We will keep everything updated as the situation changes.  269-244-5690.

On the days we open, we will open at 8 am, and close the field when the berries for the day are picked out or at noon, which ever comes first!  Please bring quart boxes if you have them, or something to take your berries home in.  We will loan you boxes to pick in.

U-Pick is $2.25  quart.

Picked strawberries are available for $3.75 a quart or $28 a flat of 8 quarts.   We should have plenty this week, but the heat will make the berry season go quickly.  Please call us to order if you need.

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberries: in Shortcake, Pie, Hard Cider, Salad, or Just Served Fresh!

June is one of our favorite months here on the farm because of strawberry season! There is truly nothing like a freshly picked Michigan strawberry and with the amount of phone calls we are getting, it sounds like you are ready for them too!

Grandaughter Emma Grace helping us pick strawberries

So what is the strawberry story? Here’s a few chapters…

  1. Our farm, like others in Michigan, have fewer strawberries this year due to losing most of our early variety berry crop in the May frost/freeze, despite everyone’s heroic efforts to save the crop by irrigating through the cold nights. Now that they are coming in, we are better understanding how many we lost.
  2. On some of the varieties, the berries will be small. Smaller berries are actually sweeter, but they do take longer to pick (but you get more in a quart box!).
  3. We have not quite figured out how we are going to do U-Pick this year, due to the above and wanting to provide a quality experience for you.  But we do know what a treasured experience this is for so many families, so we are looking at ways we can still have berry picking this year. We need a few more days of seeing how the berries come along to make the best decision. Stay tuned and check with us next week.

We are picking berries daily for the market, $3.75 a quart, which sell out fast. So call before you come to see if we have any or we are happy to take an order and hold them for you. 269-244-5690.

  • We are taking orders for flats of 8 quarts, which will be $28. You can order flats anytime now by calling us at 269-244-5690 and we’ll call you when ready. We have not started filling any of our orders yet, but hope to this coming week.
  • U-Pick pricing will be $2.25 a quart when it is available.

What else we have on the market now:

Asparagus: This is the end, we have stopped picking for the year and when we sell out, it will be gone for another year.

Rhubarb: Available now for $2.50 a pound. If you need 10 pounds or more, please call us to order and we’ll get it picked and ready. 269-244-5690.

Greenhouse cucumbers are ready.

Greenhouse tomatoes are finally here. So plan a BLT into an upcoming meal! We bake the bread, have extremely tasty bacon from Mill Lake Farm in the freezer (I recommend the Callie bacon, it is cut thick and perfect size for a sandwich), and beautiful organically grown lettuce in the cooler. Yum!

Pretty pleased with our greenhouse tomatoes this year.

Some of our U-Pick Herbs are readyFind bags and scissors for cutting herbs around the neck of the bird overlooking the herb garden. A list of what is ready is posted at the market.

Bedding plants: All of the plants that we still have are on sale now, and we’d like them to be in your gardens! Going fast—so come quick.

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

Please help: We have so much beautiful lettuce and kale coming in….with the hot temperatures coming this weekend….salads should be on your menu. And Becca harvested some gorgeous baby oakleaf and baby crispy lettuce today which make such beautiful, sweet, tasty salads. Spring lettuce is so nice and tender – get it while you can!

Bakery Update: One of the most frequent calls to the bakery is about when will we have Strawberry Glaze Pie. We are making them right now! We will have them on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until they sell out. We are also making shortcakes, from an old family favorite recipe, to go with your strawberries (whipped cream in the cooler!). 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, Smores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry Rhubarb and 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. We also have cherry wine, as well as: Strawberry Cider (the 2017 edition of the cider many of you liked last year), Sweet Cider, Ginger Cider, Dry Cider, Hometown Hero, Bark Bite, Brunch Cider, and Afternoon Cider.

We also have a Prince Tribute Cider starting Saturday in honor of Prince (his birthday was this week!) made with plum, honey, and vanilla. Becca was a really big Prince fan and much of the hard cider you enjoy was brewed with his music playing in her headphones. Curious? Come to our hard cider happy hour on Friday from 4-6 or Saturday from 3-6 if you want a growler or a sample before you buy! 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! We look forward to seeing you.

And of course, we have our usual brandy house tours with Bruce from 1-3 on Saturdays.

Happenings on the farm:

We have watered, then watered some more.   The winds have been so drying….our fields are parched.

Watering strawberries

We started thinning our peach trees. We will have peaches this year of some varieties. When you look at the orchard you will see trees with no peaches on them or too many peaches–which is why we take them off, so that they can grow to a nice size and not break the limb!). We did lose some of the peaches in the spring frost, but the good news is, we will have peaches!

Look how many peaches on this little limb

We planted pumpkins today….and now after one more sweet corn planting (to hit on Labor Day weekend) and some more green beans….we will soon be able to put the planting equipment away for the year.

May not look like much now….but just wait until it’s full of big pumpkins!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local!

 

How Could It Be June?

Our spring has been so “over-tasked” that it was shocking to realize that the calendar has us in June. June is one of our favorite months here on the farm because of strawberry season! There is truly nothing like a freshly picked Michigan strawberry.

So here’s an update to the most frequently asked question: “When will strawberries be ready?”

  • The current weather (which is fantastic growing weather–cool nights and warm days) have slowed down the berries a bit, so our best guess is that U-PIck strawberries could be ready around June 15th. We recommend you check back around June 12th for an update.
  • We are starting to pick a few berries each day from our early variety, which sell out fast.  So call before you come to see if we have any or ask us to hold some for you.
  • Pricing will be the same as last year when the berries come into full production: at that point, a quart of berries already picked will be $3.75 and a flat of 8 quarts, ordered in advance or when available, will be $28. You can order flats anytime now by calling us at 269-244-5690 and we’ll call you when ready. U-Pick pricing will be $2.25 a quart.

What we have on the market now:

Asparagus: We have plenty of asparagus now, this is the time to can, freeze, or simply get a lot to enjoy. It will only last about one more week…pricing is the same as last year: $2.25 a pound, 10# or more in bulk, goes to $2.00 a pound. If you want to call and place an order for a large quantity, call us at 269-244-5690, but we have plenty on hand.

Rhubarb: Available now for $2.50 a pound. If you need 10 pounds or more, please call us to order and we’ll get it picked and ready.  269-244-5690. And….if you don’t have time or want to make your own rhubarb pie, stop into our bakery where we have this spring favorite pie ready.

Greenhouse tomatoes are finally here. So plan a BLT into an upcoming meal! We bake the bread, have extremely tasty bacon from Mill Lake farm in the freezer, and beautiful organically grown lettuce in the cooler. Yum!

Finally! Plenty of greenhouse tomatoes.

Some of our U-Pick Herbs are readyFind bags, scissors for cutting around the neck of the bird overlooking the herb garden. A list of what is ready is posted at the market.

Bedding plants: All of the plants that we still have are on sale now, and we’d like them to be in your gardens!  We still have flowers, tomatoes, vegetables and herbs.

Organic Produce: Lettuce, spinach, kale and carrots, grown in our organically certified hoophouse and at our organic schoolhouse garden. Look for the bright organic sign located by the market cooler where we keep this produce fresh. Sungold tomatoes still about a week away…we’re eager to get our hands on some super sweet baby tomatoes from the greenhouse!

Bakery Update: 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, Smores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry Rhubarb and Rhubarb
  • 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. We also have cherry wine, as well as: Strawberry Cider (the 2017 edition of the cider many of you liked last year), Sweet Cider, Ginger Cider, Dry Cider, Hometown Hero, Brunch Cider, made with vanilla and Michigan maple syrup, and a new one: Bark Bite. Bark Bite is a totally dry cider aged with smoked hickory, beech, cherry, and oak barks.

We also have our new Afternoon Cider. Becca’s a big iced tea fan and whipped this up with red rooibos tea, chamomile, and a touch of strawberry. It’s a great cider to drink sitting in the spring sunshine.

Brandy tasting and tours are on Saturday with Bruce from 1-3 in the brandy room. New this year are cider tastings. From 4-6 on Fridays and 3-6 on Saturdays, join Becca at the market for hard cider happy hour. We’ll be doing bottle pours and have many of our ciders on tap for flights and growler fills as well. We’re really excited to be doing more tastings this year as well as provide a nice space at the market for our customers to have a drink and pleasant conversation. 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! We look forward to seeing you.

Happenings on the farm:

Becca got off the farm on Tuesday night to deliver three kegs to Craft Draft 2 Go in Kalamazoo, so for our Kalamazoo customers looking to get a crowler, growler, or just a sample of some of our ciders, there’s one more place you can check (as well as The Local in Centreville and Appoloni’s and the Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers).

Craft Draft 2 Go. It’s a really nice space!

We loved seeing so many customers enjoying the farm over the holiday weekend, many of the lake customers were back for the first time for the year along with all of our loyal local customers. You kept us busy making pies, then more pies, bottling more hard cider, picking and bagging asparagus and by Tuesday we were ready to catch our breath.   And….for once it seemed everyone was happy that the weather people were wrong as nice weather prevailed.

Two young customers enjoying donuts over the holiday weekend.

Thanks as always for buying local, from everyone at Corey Lake Orchards.

Wishing Everyone a Pleasant Memorial Day Weekend

This holiday weekend, along with all of you, we’d like to extend our appreciation to our veterans and active service members for all that they have given and sacrificed. We’d like to treat any veteran or active service member who comes to the market over the weekend and on Memorial Day to a free cake donut. (Yes, we will be open our normal hours of 8 until 6 on Memorial Day.)

The most frequently asked question has become “When will strawberries be ready?”

  • Sadly, the freeze/frost event in late May hurt about 60% of our early variety berries, but we are pleased with how the middle and late berries are coming with so many blossom and berries! So U-Pick will open when the later berries come in to ensure you have a great picking experience. Our best guess is that U-PIck strawberries would be ready the week of June 12th. We recommend you check back around June 5th for an update. Depending on the weather, we may have some of the early berries already picked for sale on the market this coming week. Yes, we understand everyone is anxious for a Michigan strawberry….they are coming!
  • Pricing will be the same as last year when the berries come into full production: at that point, a quart of berries already picked will be $3.75 and a flat of 8 quarts, ordered in advance or when available, will be $28. You can order flats anytime now by calling us at 269-244-5690 and we’ll call you when ready. U-Pick pricing will be $2.25 a quart.
  • Great showing of blossoms and berries coming on the late berries

What we have on the market now:

Asparagus: We have plenty of asparagus now, this is the time to can, freeze, or simply get a lot to enjoy. It will only last a few more weeks…pricing is the same as last year: $2.25 a pound, 10# or more in bulk, goes to $2.00 a pound. If you want to call and place an order for a large quantity, call us at 269-244-5690, but we have plenty on hand.

Rhubarb: Available now for $2.50 a pound. If you need 10 pounds or more, please call us to order and we’ll get it picked and ready.  269-244-5690. And….if you don’t have time or want to make your own rhubarb pie, stop into our bakery where we have this spring favorite pie ready.

Some of our U-Pick Herbs are readyFind bags, scissors for cutting around the neck of the bird overlooking the herb garden. A list of what is ready is posted at the market.

Bedding plants: All of the plants that we will have for the year are here now!  Yes, it is time to get your gardens finished….or for some of you, started! Memorial Day has always served as a marker for when gardens and flower beds should be planted and finished.

  • Cold-loving vegetables: cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, various lettuce varieties, broccoli, chard, and spinach.
  • Flower annuals:  We have a huge selection of flower annuals….too many to list!
  • Tomato plants: We have a large selection of tomatoes (all the ones that we grow here in our own fields) and mini tomatoes like grape and cherry.
  • Herbs
  • Other “heat loving” vegetable plants like peppers, cucumbers, melons, squash, eggplant
  • Hanging flower baskets
  • Specialty pots made up to select from
  • Lettuce and spinach bowls, for your “pick your own salad.”

Organic Produce: Lettuce, spinach, kale and carrots, grown in our organically certified hoophouse and at our organic schoolhouse garden. Look for the bright organic sign located by the market cooler where we keep this produce fresh.

Bakery Update: 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, Smores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry Rhubarb and Rhubarb and Lemon Cream
  • Bread: Whole Wheat, Cinnamon, Italian, Whole Grain, 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.  The popular Vegetable Bread returns this weekend!
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns
  • Assorted Dessert Bars
  • Muffins: Banana Nut, Blueberry, Lemon Poppyseed, Pistachio, and Strawberry
  • Cupcakes: Coca-Cola chocolate cupcakes and vanilla cupcakes are back!
  • Donuts: We will have our Blueberry, Buttermilk, and Cherry cake donuts available Friday, Saturday, Sunday and on the holiday Monday. We will also have Cherry Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
  • Slushies

Red, white and blue sugar cookies for the holiday weekend

Alcohol offerings: We have our full range of brandy for sale. We also have cherry wine, as well as: Strawberry Cider (the 2017 edition of the cider many of you liked last year), Sweet Cider, Ginger Cider, Dry Cider, Hometown Hero, Brunch Cider, made with vanilla and Michigan maple syrup, and a new one: Bark Bite. Bark Bite is a totally dry cider aged with smoked hickory, beech, cherry, and oak barks.

We also have our new Afternoon Cider. Becca’s a big iced tea fan and whipped this up with red rooibos tea, chamomile, and a touch of strawberry. It’s a great cider to drink sitting in the spring sunshine.

Brandy tasting and tours returns this Saturday with Bruce from 1 – 3 in the brandy room. New this year are cider tastings. From 4-6 on Fridays and 3-6 on Saturdays, join Becca at the market for hard cider happy hour. We’ll be doing bottle pours and have many of our ciders on tap for flights and growler fills as well. We’re really excited to be doing more tastings this year as well as provide a nice space at the market for our customers to have a drink and pleasant conversation. 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! We look forward to seeing you.

Local Products: We try to offer as many local and Michigan made products as we can. Our market is beginning to fill out with some of these and you’ll find them in the cooler, to the bakery to around on various shelves and the wall. You should be able to get just about everything you need for your weekend activities right here….from bread, to cheese or meat to accompany your fresh produce.

Happenings on the farm:

The greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers are ripening slowly  (code for please send the sun)….they will go fast, we picked one half bushel for our first picking this week!

We planted our vine crops of cucumbers, squash, melons and such. Good to finally get everything in the ground.

If you were driving by you saw us painting our peach trees trunks.Many of you have asked why we do this. Painting fruit tree trunks with white latex paint can prevent the bark from splitting and cracking off. Splitting can happen when the tree is exposed to freezing evening temperatures, followed by a daytime thawing (as you know a fairly common occurrence in this state!!). The painted white trunk helps reflect sunlight during the daytime hours and keep the tree warmer at night. It also helps protect against rodent damage, mice and voles can girdle a tree under the snow cover. Even better, we have found that rabbits don’t like the taste of paint.

Check out the antique blacksmith’s table in the center of the market for lots of information about what is going on here locally and in Michigan.  We encourage you to discover some of the many treasures we have here in St. Joseph County. We will try to highlight some of our favorites for you as the year goes on.  This week, the 2017 Michigan Farm Fun directories came.  These are a “must have” for your vehicle glove box in order to visit the many wonderful farms in your travels around the state.

Thanks as always for buying local, from everyone at Corey Lake Orchards. We hope everyone has a pleasant and safe weekend, and if you are traveling in for the weekend, bring the sun with you, please!