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

Corey Lake Orchards

A Sweet Time to Eat Apples, Pick Pumpkins, and Get Grapes

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Fall Color Tour events last Sunday! What a perfect day and we enjoyed having you experience our farm’s fall fun. It’s hard to believe it is the middle of October and we are grateful that we have most of the fall harvest complete. It’s time to think about getting your apples for the winter as they are in their peak ripeness and flavor.  We’ve put some apple storage tips at the end for you! An earlier version of this post referenced a hard cider happy hour tasting from 1-3 on Sunday. This was an error. There will be no tasting on Sunday! We apologize for this confusion.

The Fall fun continues with:

  • U-pick pumpkins
  • U-pick white Niagara grapes and purple Concord grapes are ready–see info below
  • U-pick apples–see chart below
  • “U-pick” from our fall donut varieties: apple cider, pumpkin and buttermilk
  • And of course, all of our usual market offerings including freshly squeezed apple cider
  • Our “small children’s” cover crop maze–free with a $10 purchase
  • Spookley the Square Pumpkin story boards set up in our play area to enjoy with your family–a wonderful story about diversity, bullying and embracing everyone
  • We’ve set up great places to take family photos and would love to have you share them with us on our Facebook page, Instagram or Yelp. It makes us happy to see you having fun 🙂

Picked Apples on the market: 

Our Golden Delicious apples are so nice this year!

We are offering specials on three apple varieties: Gala, Macintosh  and Cortland. Buy 2 half bushels ($24) and get another 1/2 bushel free (can mix and match).  These 3 combined make a wonderful apple sauce needing no sugarApples are ripening faster than we have cold storage space.

  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • 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. Juices really well.
  • 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. We are thrilled they are ready in time for the weekend. Sold by the pound only.($2)
  • Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce.
  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • 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 are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • 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.
  • Cameo: Firm, crisp and sweet, tart. Great for snaking or baking. Keeps well in your refrigerator
  • Braeburn: Sweet with a hint of tart and a firmness that stores well. Very versatile apple that bakes well and great for fresh eating.
  • Fuji: Has a fantastic sweet flavor and tart flavor, with a low acid content.  An incredibly good keeper, it says crisp for weeks without even being in the refrigerator.
  • Red Rome:  A big, round very red apple, mild sweet flavor.  Holds it shape and flavor when baked.

U-Pick Apples open now for the season, with the following varieties left to pick. We have completed about 85% of the apple harvest now so while there are many bare trees, there are still apples to pick for one more weekend.  The varieties still available to pick are:

  • Red and Golden Delicious
  • Jonathan
  • Red Rome
  • Cameo
  • Fuji

U-pick apples are available during our normal hours of 8 to 6 (must be out of the orchard by 5:45). Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start. You will be driving to the orchards–so when you arrive, please have one person come into the market to get directions, information, baskets and bags and you’ll be on your way. (We’ve seen very unhappy children who get out of the car excited to pick, only to have to return to the car and drive to the orchard!)

Apple pricing is the same as last year. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7.50 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $5 a half-peck, $3 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available. The price is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples.

Apple Gleaning: On Monday October 16th, we will open several of the orchards for end of year “gleaning.”  You may pick apples off the ground or off the trees for $5 a bushel for what is remaining. This is a great and economical way to get animal apples, apple sauce apples, cider making, etc. This year, there are plenty of apples left for gleaning, but…you need to be a bit diligent and able to get some of them from the tops of the trees. Please bring your own ladders as well as containers to put them in. We will loan you baskets to measure them.

U-Pick Pumpkins: Check in at the market first for directions…and do remember this is a real pumpkin patch where there will no doubt be some mud, a few weeds, some poky pumpkin vines…so dress accordingly for the experience!

U-Pick Grapes: The picking has been great this year–very plentiful

  • White Niagara and purple Concord grapes are open for picking.
  • Picking hours: Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6, except for Tuesday and Thursdays, where we will stay open until 8 pm (must be checked into the market by 6pm).
  • 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 and orchard supervisor.
  • Grape sweetness: Both varieties of grapes measured at 15.5 brix at the beginning of the season which means they are even sweeter now.
  • Grape availability: We have a good crop of grapes and hope to have them until the first frost. Of course the weather and the number of people that come to pick could change that.  We have had lots of pickers coming through, so we would encourage you to come sooner rather than later to make sure you get them.

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 will be the same as last year: 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.
    • 40 cents a pound for 20 pounds or less, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel= $8
    • 21 to 100 pounds: 35 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $7
    • Over 100 pounds; 25 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel=$5

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes both white Niagara and purple Concord, they are $26 a bushel, $14 half bushel, please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.

Here’s what else is on the market now:

  • Bosc Pears. This is a beautiful, large, firm, sweet eating pear, that keeps very well. (Not a canning pear)
  • Winter Squash: Butternut, Acorn, Buttercup, Heart of Gold, and Sweet Dumpling.
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Red Potatoes
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Fall Ornamentals of gourds, colorful mums, colorful fall corn and mini pie pumpkins
  • Pumpkins

Certified Organic Produce:  

  • Winter squash (red kuri, a Hubbard squash type)
  • Lettuce
  • Peppers
  • Basil

Maybe a few other things, gosh the season really has wound down. We’ll see! -Becca

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Cut Out, Caramel Apple, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Coconut Pecan, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Apple, Cherry, Peach, Cherry berry, Pumpkin, Pecan and Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Apple Dumplings
  • 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 Apple. 
  • Donuts: We will have our Apple Cider, Buttermilk, and Pumpkin Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will also have Apple Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
  • Slushies – Grape
  • Look for our “take and bake” pies for you to stock up on in your freezer (for you to indulge in). As we work to stock up,  please feel free to order and we can get them ready, please give us 4 days notice to make sure your pies are ready to go. “Take and bake” pie choices are all large-9″ pies and available flavors are: Apple, blueberry, cherry, cherry berry, peach, pecan, pumpkin, rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb.

Alcohol offerings: Hometown Hero is back! We won a silver award for this blackberry, elderberry, rose hip cider, and we hope you like it too. Also bottled: Blueberry, Dry, Ginger, Hopped, Preach (pear/peach cider), Semi-Sweet, and Sweet. 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
  • An earlier version of this post referenced a hard cider happy hour tasting from 1-3 on Sunday. This was an error. There will be no tasting on Sunday! We apologize for this confusion.

Stop on by to sample some cider. During tasting hours, 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.

Closing Date Information: Many of you have been asking how long we will be open for the season, we have decided that our last official day will be Saturday, November 4th, with our normal hours of 8 until 6. Many of you have also requested we open every now and then for you to replenish your stock, so we are going to open some reduced hours on some weekends, for you to get produce, frozen pies, honey, maple syrup and our distillery/cidery products. We will have a schedule out soon with these dates.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see soon,

***Storing Apples:

Apples are best kept in your refrigerator, preferably the crisper drawer or in an unsealed plastic bag. Refrigerate apples separately from vegetables because apples naturally release small amounts of ethylene gas that can be damaging to lettuce and other produce. If you have a root cellar, you can keep larger amounts there if it is cool, dry and dark.

For every 10 degrees above 30°F, the apples’ lifespan decreases dramatically. You do not want the apples’ temperature to fall below 30°F, however, because that will make them freeze and turn to mush when they’re thawed. Their cell walls will all collapse. Therefore, apples are best stored somewhere around 30-35°F, in a humid environment.

If storing apples in the fridge, place them inside a crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the apples. Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer with aforementioned damp paper towel, or else keep them in perforated plastic bags in a cold shed or cellar.

There is trust to that old adage: “One bad apple rots the whole bunch.” Apples give off a lot of ethylene gas, and so just one bruised and rotting apple will give off enough to swiftly ripen (and rot) the others. If you have any bruises or soft spots on an apple, set it aside for eating. Don’t store with the other apples.

Ultimately, if you’re planning on storing a lot of apples for the winter, look for firm, long-lasting apples. These are usually thick-skinned, tart apples.  We recommend storing Rome or Fuji, properly stored they will last until spring.

Fall Color Tour Sunday! 11-5 for Fall Farm Fun!

It’s once again time for the Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour. We are one of many stops on and hope you will be able to be out to enjoy the area. Click here for the link which will give you the map and brochure:  http://trchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/2017-Brochure.pdf

Our special activities for fall color tour include:

  • Local artists displaying/selling their work: 11 to 5
  • Local musicians/bands playing: the Pipers Four from 1 to 2:30 and the Swan Creek Band from 3 to 4:30
  • Camzies Pizza Food Truck: 11 to 5
  • Live Birds of Prey exhibit: 1 to 3
  • The Hope Truck Foundation Fire Truck on display and making fresh kettle corn: 11 to 5
  • Brandy and Wine Tasting: 1 to 3
  • Hard Cider Happy Hour: 1 to 3 (tastings, flights, full pours)

Of course all of our normal fall activities will be available all weekend in our normal 8 to 6 daily hours.

  • U-pick pumpkins
  • U-pick white Niagara grapes and purple Concord grapes are ready–See info below
  • U-pick apples–see chart below
  • “U-pick” from our fall donut varieties: apple cider, pumpkin and buttermilk
  • And of course, all of our usual market offerings including freshly squeezed apple cider
  • Our “small children’s” cover crop maze–free with a $10 purchase
  • Spookley the Square Pumpkin story boards set up in our play area to enjoy with your family–a wonderful story about diversity, bullying and embracing everyone
  • We’ve set up great places to take family photos and would love to have you share them with us on our Facebook page, Instagram or Yelp. It makes us happy to see you having fun 🙂

Picked Apples on the market: 

Our Golden Delicious apples are so nice this year!

We are offering specials on three apple varieties: Gala, Jona-Mac and Cortland. Buy 2 half bushels ($24) and get another 1/2 bushel free (can mix and match).  These 3 combined make a wonderful apple sauce needing no sugarApples are ripening faster than we have cold storage space.

  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple. It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh. A favorite for apple sauce.  (only a few bags left)
  • 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. Juices really well.
  • 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. We are thrilled they are ready in time for the weekend. Sold by the pound only.($2)
  • Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce.
  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • 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 are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • 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.
  • Cameo: Firm, crisp and sweet, tart. Great for snaking or baking. Keeps well in your refrigerator
  • Braeburn: Sweet with a hint of tart and a firmness that stores well. Very versatile apple that bakes well and great for fresh eating.
  • Fuji: Has a fantastic sweet flavor and tart flavor, with a low acid content.  An incredibly good keeper, it says crisp for weeks without even being in the refrigerator.  We will be picking these on Thursday, October 5th, and will have them on the market on Friday, October 6th.

U-Pick Apples  open now for the season, with the following varieties ready to pick. The varieties ready now are:

  • Red and Golden Delicious
  • Cortland
  • Jonathan
  • Ida Reds
  • Mutsu (only a few left)
  • Northern Spies
  • Cameo
  • Fuji

U-Pick apples are available during our normal hours of 8 to 6 (must be out of the orchard by 5:45). Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start. You will be driving to the orchards–so when you arrive, please have one person come into the market to get directions, information, baskets and bags and you’ll be on your way. (We’ve seen very unhappy children who get out of the car excited to pick, only to have to return to the car and drive to the orchard!)

Apple Pricing for the year: Our apple pricing is the same as last year. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7.50 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $5 a half-peck, $3 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available. The price is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples.

U-Pick Pumpkins: Check in at the market first for directions…and do remember this is a real pumpkin patch where there will no doubt be some mud, a few weeds, some poky pumpkin vines…so dress accordingly for the experience!

U-Pick Grapes: The picking has been great this year–very plentiful

  • White Niagara and purple Concord grapes are open for picking.
  • Picking hours: Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6, except for Tuesday and Thursdays, where we will stay open until 8 pm (must be checked into the market by 6pm).
  • 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 and orchard supervisor.
  • Grape sweetness: Both varieties of grapes measured at 15.5 brix last week which means they are even sweeter now.
  • Grape Availability: We have a good crop of grapes and expect to have them until the first frost. Of course the weather and the number of people that come to pick could change that.

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 will be the same as last year: 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.
    • 40 cents a pound for 20 pounds or less, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel= $8
    • 21 to 100 pounds: 35 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $7
    • Over 100 pounds; 25 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel=$5

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes both white Niagara and purple Concord, they are $26 a bushel, $14 half bushel, please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.

Here’s what else is on the market now:

  • Bosc Pears. This is a beautiful, large, firm, sweet eating pear, that keeps very well. (Not a canning pear)
  • Winter Squash: Butternut, Acorn, Buttercup, Heart of Gold, Sweet Dumpling and Delicata.
  • Onions, including the specialty onions: Red Torpedo Tropea, Red Marble Cippolini, and Borrettana Cippolini are in. These are incredible for cooking or roasting
  • Shallots
  • Red Potatoes
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Fall Ornamentals of gourds, colorful mums, colorful fall corn and mini pie pumpkins
  • Pumpkins

Certified Organic Produce:  

  • Winter squash (red kuri, a Hubbard squash type)
  • Lettuce (supplemented from Wendy’s Organic Farm in NW Three Rivers)
  • Roma Paste Tomatoes, Slicer Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Basil

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Cut Out, Caramel Apple, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Coconut Pecan, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Pear, Pumpkin and Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Apple Dumplings
  • 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 Apple. 
  • Donuts: We will have our Apple Cider, Buttermilk, and Pumpkin Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will also have Apple Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
  • Slushies – Grape
  • Look for our “take and bake” pies for you to stock up on in your freezer (for you to indulge in). As we work to stock up,  please feel free to order and we can get them ready. “Take and bake” pie choices are all large-9″ pies and available flavors are: Rhubarb, Blueberry, Cherry,  Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb and Blueberry Rhubarb. Note: no frozen apple pies are available until the Northern Spy apples get ready.

Alcohol offerings: Hometown Hero is back! We won a silver award for this blackberry, elderberry, rose hip cider, and we hope you like it too. Also bottled: we still have Afternoon, Blueberry, Dry, Hopped, Preach (pear/peach cider), Semi-Sweet, and Sweet. 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
  • Sunday from 1-3 for the Fall Color Tour

Stop on by to sample some cider. During tasting hours, 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.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see you for a fun weekend.

 

Variety       Crop Size Estimate Will U-Pick be Available when they are ready? Red means they are ready now. Approximate Week Ready–Please check back as weather will can change timing earlier or later Should order in advance
Braeburn good yes Ready now no
Cameo good yes 9-Oct no
Cortland lots yes Ready now no
Earli Blaze lots all picked Gone no
Fuji good yes 9-Oct no
Gala Lots all picked Ready now no
Golden Delicious lots yes Ready now no
Golden Supreme few no October 6 yes
Honey Crisp lots no Ready now no
Ida Red few yes Ready now yes
Jona Mac lots all picked Ready now no
JonaGold good all picked gone no
Jonathon good yes Ready now no
Macintosh good all picked Ready now no
Molly’s Del good all picked Ready now no
Mutsu few yes Ready now yes
Northern Spy good yes Ready now no
Pink Lady few yes 16-Oct yes
Red Delicious lots yes Ready now no
Rome lots yes 16-Oct no

**Children’s Maze Trail information:

  • Learn about the importance of cover crops
  • Find fun activity stops, make a craft
  • Enter your name for weekly prize giveaways!

Entrance into the maze is free with any $10 purchase at the market. Upon your purchase, you will be given a ticket for entrance. Please fill this out with your name, email address and phone number and place it in the box at the entrance. We will do a drawing once a week for various prizes from our market!

Information for Adults:

  1. Please pick up a map of the trail if you would like to see how to get through it and where the activity spots are
  2. No children are to be unattended in the trail. An adult must be supervising at all times
  3. Please help us put each of the activity stations back in order so they’re ready for the next person when you leave
  4. Please be careful walking through the maze as there are many natural hazards (an occasional rock, an uneven surface, a honeybee, etc.)
  5. Due to uneven surface, strollers will not easily go through the walkway (wagons will)
  6. Please stay on the path and the mowed grass
  7. Please do not take food or drinks into the area (you will only invite a bee to want to come with you!)
  8. No pets, please
  9. Absolutely no smoking anywhere in or near the maze
  10. You may peek into our greenhouse and hoophouse structures from a distance, but please do not go in them. There is important farm work happening and they are closed to the public
  11. Please watch for vehicles when crossing the driveway to the entrance
  12. We close at 6 pm, so please be out of the trail by 5:45

U-Pick: Apples! Grapes! Pumpkins! (And U-Pick Donuts and Hard Cider Too…)

Everyone here, including our orchards, vineyards and fields, are happy to have fall weather back. It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend and we hope you are able to make your way out to the farm to enjoy fall fun.

Hmmm, finish this great apple or play?

Happenings on the farm this weekend you should check out: 

  • U-pick apples with lots of varieties to choose from–See info below
  • U-pick pumpkins
  • U-pick white Niagara grapes and purple Concord grapes are ready–See info below
  • “U-pick” from our fall donut varieties: apple cider, pumpkin and buttermilk
  • Tour and tasting of our brandies and hard ciders happy hours–see info below
  • And of course, all of our usual market offerings including freshly squeezed apple cider
  • Our “small children’s” cover crop maze–free with a $10 purchase
  • Spookley the Square Pumpkin story boards set up in our play area to enjoy with your family–a wonderful story about diversity, bullying and embracing everyone
  • We’ve set up great places to take family photos and would love to have you share them with us on our Facebook page, Instagram or Yelp. It makes us happy to see you having fun 🙂

Here’s what’s on the market now:

Picked Apples on the market: *denotes apples which will be available starting Saturday, 9-30.

We are offering specials on three apple varieties: Gala, Jona-Mac and Cortland. Buy 2 half bushels ($24) and get another 1/2 bushel free (can mix and match).  These 3 combined make a wonderful apple sauce needing no sugarApples are ripening faster than we have cold storage space.

  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple. It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple 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. Juices really well.
  • 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. We are thrilled they are ready in time for the weekend. Sold by the pound only.($2)
  • Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce.
  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • 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 are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • 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.
  • Mutsu: Moderately sweet flavor with firm, juicy, and creamy, white flesh. Excellent for eating, sauce, juice and baking, stores well. Only have a few left.
  • Ida Red: Eat fresh or for cooking, taste is both tangy and tart. Flesh is white, crisp and juicy. Texture holds up well when baked.  Only have a few left.
  • *Cameo: Firm, crisp and sweet, tart. Great for snaking or baking. Keeps well in your refrigerator
  • *Braeburn: Sweet with a hint of tart and a firmness that stores well. Very versatile apple that bakes well and great for fresh eating.

U-Pick Apples is open now for the season, with the following varieties ready to pick. The varieties ready now are:

  • Red and Golden Delicious
  • Cortland
  • Jonathan
  • Ida Reds
  • Mutsu (only a few left)
  • Northern Spies
  • Cameo
  • Just a few Fuji are ready, would encourage you to wait if you really want to pick these

U-Pick apples are available during our normal hours of 8 to 6 (must be out of the orchard by 5:45). Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start. You will be driving to the orchards–so when you arrive, please have one person come into the market to get directions, information, baskets and bags and you’ll be on your way. (We’ve seen very unhappy children who get out of the car excited to pick, only to have to return to the car and drive to the orchard!) The varieties you can pick this weekend are:

Apple Pricing for the year: Our apple pricing is the same as last year. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7.50 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $5 a half-peck, $3 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available. The price is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples.

  • We have a good crop of apples and have made a forecast on when we think the varieties will be ready. Pick up a copy at the market or find one at the end of this update.

U-Pick Pumpkins:  Check in at the market first for directions….and do remember this is a real pumpkin patch where there will no doubt be some mud, a few weeds, some poky pumpkin vines—so dress accordingly for the experience!

U-Pick Grapes:

  • White Niagara and Purple Concord grapes are open for picking.
  • Picking hours: Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6, except for Tuesday and Thursdays, where we will stay open until 8 pm (must be checked into the market by 6pm).
  • 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 and orchard supervisor.
  • Grape sweetness: Both varieties of grapes measured at 15.5  brix last week which means they are even sweeter now.
  • Grape Availability: We have a good crop of grapes and expect to have them until the first frost. Of course the weather and the number of people that come to pick could change that.

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 will be the same as last year: 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.
    • 40 cents a pound for 20 pounds or less, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel= $8
    • 21 to 100 pounds: 35 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $7
    • Over 100 pounds; 25 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel=$5

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes both white Niagara and purple Concord, they are $26 a bushel, $14 half bushel, please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.

Here’s what else is on the market now:

  • Watermelon
  • Pears–Bosc  This is a beautiful, large, firm, sweet eating pear, that keeps very well. (Not a canning pear)
  • Tomatoes–just a few left by the pound now. 
  • Winter Squash: Butternut, Acorn, Buttercup, Heart of Gold, Sweet Dumpling and Delicata.
  • Onions, including the specialty onions: Red Torpedo Tropea, Red Marble Cippolini, and Borrettana Cippolini are in. These are incredible for cooking or roasting
  • Shallots
  • Peppers–all kinds and colors from sweet to hot. Check out our chocolate habanero!
  • Eggplant
  • Red Potatoes
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Fall Ornamentals of gourds, colorful mums, colorful fall corn and mini pie pumpkins
  • Pumpkins

Certified Organic Produce:  

  • Winter squash (red kuri, a Hubbard squash type)
  • Lettuce (limited due to the week of 90 degree temperatures)
  • Kale
  • Roma Paste Tomatoes, Slicer Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Basil

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Cut Out, Caramel Apple, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Coconut Pecan, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Pear, Pumpkin and Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Apple Dumplings
  • 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 Apple. 
  • Donuts: We will have our Apple Cider, Buttermilk, and Pumpkin Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will also have Apple Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
  • Slushies – Grape
  • Look for our “take and bake” pies for you to stock up on in your freezer (for you to indulge in). As we work to stock up,  please feel free to order and we can get them ready. “Take and bake” pie choices are all large-9″ pies and available flavors are: Rhubarb, Blueberry, Cherry,  Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb and Blueberry Rhubarb. Note: no frozen apple pies are available until the Northern Spy apples get ready.

Alcohol offerings: Hometown Hero is back! We won a silver award for this blackberry, elderberry, rose hip cider, and we hope you like it too. Also bottled: we still have Afternoon, Blueberry, Dry, Hopped, Preach (pear/peach cider), Semi-Sweet, and Sweet. 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. During tasting hours, 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 this week: The extreme heat has made for a difficult week here, so you might have heard a collective sigh of relief when it finally broke yesterday and fall returned. Those unprecedented 6 days of heat caused damage to the remaining field crops (like winter squash, peppers, tomatoes) so you won’t find these abundant on the market like before. If you are out apple picking, you will notice some sunburned apples in some places where the leaves didn’t cover and dropped apples on the ground, again, heat damage. Our foliage on the grapes was heavy enough to protect those thankfully. We have tried our best to keep our produce on the market protected from the heat, but even this became a challenge. We apologize if you find an occasional apple in your bag that didn’t keep well.

Becca had her annual organic inspection this week as well. This is when a certified inspector comes out to double-check everything and make sure we’re following organic laws (and keeping up with the mountains of paperwork). Looks like we’ll be good for another year!

As the apple ripening accelerated we had to move apples out of the cold storage to make room to save everything we were picking–so you may have noticed several food bank trucks in our driveways helping us to make room. One way to turn a problem into something positive for folks who can use and enjoy them.

We moved our crew’s starting time to 5 am on those hot days, using that time to bag apples, make and jug cider in our lighted areas so that when the sun came up around 7:15 am we could go right to the orchards and vineyards and then finish by noon for the day. It was actually enjoyable to be strolling around the farm that early, under the clear and starry skies so I decided to forgo using a flashlight. Two mornings in a row, I forgot that we had set up the “Bowling for Butternut squash” game on the walkway. So yes, both mornings my feet were the bowling ball, instead of the small pumpkins! I am grateful that I didn’t hurt myself and actually excited that I got hit a strike each morning, getting all of the squash to fall down! Try our bowling game next time you are here, but don’t cheat and use your feet!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see you soon.

Variety       Crop Size Estimate Will U-Pick be Available when they are ready? Red means they are ready now. Approximate Week Ready–Please check back as weather will can change timing earlier or later Should order in advance
Braeburn good no 9-30 no
Cameo good yes 9-Oct no
Cortland lots yes Ready now no
Earli Blaze lots all picked Gone no
Fuji good yes 9-Oct no
Gala Lots all picked Ready now no
Golden Delicious lots yes Ready now no
Golden Supreme few no 25-Sep yes
Honey Crisp lots no Ready now no
Ida Red few yes Ready now yes
Jona Mac lots all picked Ready now no
JonaGold good all picked gone no
Jonathon good yes Ready now no
Macintosh good all picked Ready now no
Molly’s Del good all picked Ready now no
Mutsu few yes Ready now yes
Northern Spy good yes Ready now no
Pink Lady few yes 16-Oct yes
Red Delicious lots yes Ready now no
Rome lots yes 16-Oct no

**Children’s Maze Trail information:

  • Learn about the importance of cover crops
  • Find fun activity stops, make a craft
  • Enter your name for weekly prize giveaways!

Entrance into the maze is free with any $10 purchase at the market. Upon your purchase, you will be given a ticket for entrance. Please fill this out with your name, email address and phone number and place it in the box at the entrance. We will do a drawing once a week for various prizes from our market!

Information for Adults:

  1. Please pick up a map of the trail if you would like to see how to get through it and where the activity spots are
  2. No children are to be unattended in the trail. An adult must be supervising at all times
  3. Please help us put each of the activity stations back in order so they’re ready for the next person when you leave
  4. Please be careful walking through the maze as there are many natural hazards (an occasional rock, an uneven surface, a honeybee, etc.)
  5. Due to uneven surface, strollers will not easily go through the walkway (wagons will)
  6. Please stay on the path and the mowed grass
  7. Please do not take food or drinks into the area (you will only invite a bee to want to come with you!)
  8. No pets, please
  9. Absolutely no smoking anywhere in or near the maze
  10. You may peek into our greenhouse and hoophouse structures from a distance, but please do not go in them. There is important farm work happening and they are closed to the public
  11. Please watch for vehicles when crossing the driveway to the entrance
  12. We close at 6 pm, so please be out of the trail by 5:45

Fall Farm Fun, In Spite of the Heat

It may feel like summer, but one look at the farm with all of the bright fall colors, you will soon know that this is just another Mother Nature “surprise.” Our fall fun on the farm will go on–you may just want to try to make it a morning experience when it is slightly cooler (or come during happy hour when you can get a nice cold hard cider). The good news is we have plenty of grapes, apples and pumpkins to pick, so picking goes quickly. Grape picking this week has delighted many customers–saying this is the best picking we have had here in years!

 

Happenings on the farm this weekend you should check out: 

  • U-pick apples with lots of varieties to choose from–See info below
  • U-pick pumpkin patch opens Saturday–See info below
  • U-pick white Niagara grapes and purple Concord grapes are ready–See info below
  • Apple cider, pumpkin and buttermilk donuts & more in the bakery
  • Tour and tasting of our brandies and hard ciders happy hours–see info below
  • Our driveway overflowing with squash and more squash. gourds, mums and pumpkins
  • And of course, all of our usual market offerings including freshly squeezed apple cider**available starting Saturday
  • Our “small children’s” cover crop maze–free with a $10 purchase
  • Spookley the Square Pumpkin story boards set up in our play area to enjoy with your family–a wonderful story about diversity, bullying and embracing everyone
  • We’ve set up great places to take family photos and would love to have you share them with us on our Facebook page, Instagram or Yelp.  It makes us happy to see you having fun:)

 Here’s what’s on the market now:

Apple Cider:  We are currently out and will have more available on Saturday.  Call first to make sure we have some before you drive out.

Picked Apples on the market: *denotes apples which will be available starting Saturday, 9-23.

  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple. It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh. A favorite for apple sauce.
  • 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. We are thrilled they are ready in time for the weekend. Sold by the pound only.($2)
  • Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce.
  • NovaMac: this is a new apple (daughter of a MacIntosh) that I just love! It has the taste of a MacIntosh but is a crisp apple unlike the normal softer Macintosh. Try one when you are here!
  • 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. Juices really well.
  • *Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying:  Spy’s for pies. We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery. ***Would encourage you to let these mellow a bit before using…they are just picked and quite firm.
  • *Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • Early Fuji: Fantastic sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content, an incredibly good keeper. Stays for weeks without being refrigerated.  Our late Fuji we will be picking soon.
  • 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.
  • *Mutsu: Moderately sweet flavor with firm, juicy, and creamy, white flesh.  Excellent for eating, sauce, juice and baking, stores well. Only have a few.
  • *Ida Red: Eat fresh or for cooking, taste is both tangy and tart. Flesh is white, crisp and juicy. Texture holds up well when baked.  Only have a few.

So many beautiful Golden Delicious this year

U-Pick Apples is open now for the season, with the following varieties ready to pick.   The varieties ready now are:

  • Red and Golden Delicious
  • Cortland
  • Jonathan
  • Ida Red6+
  • Mutsu (only a few left)
  • Northern Spies

U-Pick apples are available during our normal hours of 8 to 6 (must be out of the orchard by 5:45). Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start. You will be driving to the orchards–so when you arrive, please have one person come into the market to get directions, information, baskets and bags and you’ll be on your way. (We’ve seen very unhappy children who get out of the car excited to pick, only to have to return to the car and drive to the orchard!) The varieties you can pick this weekend are:

Apple Pricing for the year: Our apple pricing is the same as last year. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7.50 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $5 a half-peck, $3 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available. The price is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples.

  • We have a good crop of apples and have made a forecast on when we think the varieties will be ready. Pick up a copy at the market or find one at the end of this update.

U-Pick Pumpkins:  Check in at the market first for directions….and do remember this is a real pumpkin patch where there will no doubt be some mud, a few weeds, some poky pumpkin vines—so dress accordingly for the experience!

Who is ready to pick and carry out a big pumpkin??

U-Pick Grapes:

  • White Niagara and Purple Concord grapes are open for picking.
  • Picking hours: Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6, except for Tuesday and Thursdays, where we will stay open until 8 pm (must be checked into the market by 6pm).
  • 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 and orchard supervisor.
  • Grape sweetness: Both varieties of grapes measured at 15.5  brix last week which means they are even sweeter now.
  • Grape Availability: We have a good crop of grapes and expect to have them until the first frost. Of course the weather and the number of people that come to pick could change that.

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 will be the same as last year: 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.
    • 40 cents a pound for 20 pounds or less, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel= $8
    • 21 to 100 pounds: 35 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $7
    • Over 100 pounds; 25 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel=$5

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes both white Niagara and purple Concord, they are $26 a bushel, $14 half bushel, please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.

Here’s what else is on the market now:

  • Watermelon
  • Pears–Bosc  This is a beautiful, large, firm, sweet eating pear, that keeps very well. (Not a canning pear)
  • Tomatoes
    • “Firsts” Tomatoes are $20 a bushel or $11 a half bushel.  Please order in advance.
    • “Seconds” Tomatoes (have blemishes or are misshapen) are $14 a bushel… This is great for making sauce, juice or salsa.
    • Please pre-order bushels of tomatoes to make sure we have them picked,. especially with these cool nights.  269-244-5690.
    • How long will they last? We say up until the first frost, but they are in peak production right now so you should try to get them in the next several weeks if you want large quantities. 
  • Cabbage
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Winter squash: Butternut, Acorn, Buttercup, Heart of Gold, Sweet Dumpling and Delicata.
  • Onions, including the specialty onions: Red Torpedo Tropea, Red Marble Cippolini, and Borrettana Cippolini are in. These are incredible for cooking or roasting
  • Shallots
  • Peppers–all kinds and colors from sweet to hot  Check out our chocolate habanero!
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes (now available by the bushel for your winter use–$25 around 50 pounds)
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Fall Ornamentals of gourds, colorful mums, colorful fall corn and mini pie pumpkins

Certified Organic Produce:  

  • Winter squash (red kuri)
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Roma Paste Tomatoes, Slicer Tomatoes
  • Eggplant – check out the Listada di Gandia, with its purple and white striped flesh. Very tender skin, excellent flavor, and just gorgeous color
  • Peppers
  • Basil

Mushrooms! Becca took advantage of all the extra branches from the electrical line work at the farm this spring and has begun growing mushrooms on logs. We have oyster mushrooms for sale this weekend. They are not certified organic. We’re hoping to get them certified during our upcoming 2017 inspection though, and they are grown using organic techniques. These will be coming in slowly, in part because of the cool weather and in part because this year’s logs were a small trial batch. Try some if you can get them and let us know what you think!

Update from the bakery:  We were happy to see the Cortland apples coming in as those are what we use to make our apple dumplings which have become a real customer favorite.  So we will have those starting this weekend.

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Cut Out, Caramel Apple, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Coconut Pecan, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Pear,Pumpkin and Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Apple Dumplings
  • 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 Apple. 
  • Donuts: We will have our Apple Cider, Buttermilk, and Pumpkin Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will also have Apple Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
  • Slushies – Grape
  • Look for our “take and bake” pies for you to stock up on in your freezer (for you to indulge in). As we work to stock up,  please feel free to order and we can get them ready. “Take and bake” pie choices are all large-9″ pies and available flavors are: Rhubarb, Blueberry, Cherry,  Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb and Blueberry Rhubarb. Note: no frozen apple pies are available until the Northern Spy apples get ready.

Alcohol offerings: Sweet, Semi-Sweet, Standard Dry and Black Currant/Cacao ciders are all fresh this month, and we still have Afternoon, Cherry/Sage, Blueberry, Hopped, and Preach (pear/peach cider). 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 right now: Black Currant/Cacao, Afternoon, 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! During tasting hours, 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.   These take place in our brandy distrillery room which is not air conditioned, just warning you with the hot summer days forecasted this weekend!

Bagged golden delicious for our customers

Happenings on the farm this week:  We continued to put the finishing fall touches on the farm,  getting the old white truck out, making scarecrows, and setting pumpkins out all over the farm.  We certainly have felt it all this week:  Starting the week with sweatshirts on, then donning raincoats for several days, then digging out our summer clothes again, only to be drenched with sweat from the minute we started this morning.   Pure Michigan weather with all of its offerings!  We picked so many apples (while it was cool), we packed so many apples (while it was hot).  With so many apples coming in early and the heat accelerating their ripening schedules, we got creative about using every inch of space in our coolers.   There was no problem finding willing employees to work in the cooler today rearranging and organizing apples to make more room!

Granddaughter Emma Grace helped me put all of the pumpkins out along the parking lot!

 

 

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Variety       Crop Size Estimate Will U-Pick be Available when they are ready? Red means they are ready now. Approximate Week Ready–Please check back as weather will can change timing earlier or later Should order in advance
Braeburn good no 2-Oct no
Cameo good yes 9-Oct no
Cortland lots yes Ready now no
Earli Blaze lots all picked Gone no
Fuji good yes 9-Oct no
Gala Lots all picked Ready now no
Golden Delicious lots yes Ready now no
Golden Supreme few no 25-Sep yes
Honey Crisp lots no Ready now no
Ida Red few yes Ready now yes
Jona Mac lots all picked Ready now no
JonaGold good all picked gone no
Jonathon good yes Ready now no
Macintosh good all picked Ready now no
Molly’s Del good all picked Ready now no
Mutsu few yes Ready now yes
Northern Spy good yes Ready now no
Pink Lady few yes 16-Oct yes
Red Delicious lots yes Ready now no
Rome lots yes 16-Oct no

**Children’s Maze Trail information:

  • Learn about the importance of cover crops
  • Find fun activity stops, make a craft
  • Enter your name for weekly prize giveaways!

Entrance into the maze is free with any $10 purchase at the market. Upon your purchase, you will be given a ticket for entrance. Please fill this out with your name, email address and phone number and place it in the box at the entrance. We will do a drawing once a week for various prizes from our market!

Information for Adults:

  1. Please pick up a map of the trail if you would like to see how to get through it and where the activity spots are
  2. No children are to be unattended in the trail. An adult must be supervising at all times
  3. Please help us put each of the activity stations back in order so they’re ready for the next person when you leave
  4. Please be careful walking through the maze as there are many natural hazards (an occasional rock, an uneven surface, a honeybee, etc.)
  5. Due to uneven surface, strollers will not easily go through the walkway (wagons will)
  6. Please stay on the path and the mowed grass
  7. Please do not take food or drinks into the area (you will only invite a bee to want to come with you!)
  8. No pets, please
  9. Absolutely no smoking anywhere in or near the maze
  10. You may peek into our greenhouse and hoophouse structures from a distance, but please do not go in them. There is important farm work happening and they are closed to the public
  11. Please watch for vehicles when crossing the driveway to the entrance
  12. We close at 6 pm, so please be out of the trail by 5:45

It’s Time! Sweet Cider Tomorrow! U-Pick Grapes, U-Pick Apples, on 9/16!

One drive by our farm with open windows and you too will know that the grapes are ready by the amazing fragrance you can now smell. So we are opening the U-PIck grapes and some varieties of U-Pick apples beginning Saturday 9-16, see information below. And while we think that their peak ripeness will be 9-25 or later, we know that life is busy.  So if this is the weekend or coming week that works for your schedule, come on over! It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend, make sure to ask about our cover crop maze when you are here for some additional fun and education and walk around the Spookley story in our front yard.

And, we pressed sweet cider today! Which means we’ll have fresh cider for you to buy in 1/4, 1/2, and 1 gallon jugs starting at 9am tomorrow (Friday, 9/15).

Picked Apples on the market:

  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple. It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh. A favorite for apple sauce.
  • 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. We are thrilled they are ready in time for the weekend. Sold by the pound only.($2)
  • Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce.We now have all of these picked for the year and would encourage you to get your year’s supply within the next few weeks.
  • NovaMac: this is a new apple (daughter of a MacIntosh) that I just love! It has the taste of a MacIntosh but is a crisp apple unlike the normal softer Macintosh. Try one when you are here!
  • JonaGold: Superbly crisp and juicy with shades of tart and sweet in each apple, very large and aromatic. Cross between a Jonathan and Golden Delicious.We now have all of these picked for the year and only have a few bags left. Call us if you want us to save them for you.
  • 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. Juices really well.

U-Pick Apples will open on Saturday September 16th, but only a few varieties are ready, see below. If you can wait, the apples will be riper 9-25 and after with more varieties to pick. U-Pick apples are available during our normal hours of 8 to 6 (must be out of the orchard by 5:45). Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start. You will be driving to the orchards–so when you arrive, please have one person come into the market to get directions, information, baskets and bags and you’ll be on your way. (We’ve seen very unhappy children who get out of the car excited to pick, only to have to return to the car and drive to the orchard!) The varieties you can pick this weekend are:

    • Red and Golden Delicious (Just starting, wait to come later if you can)
    • Cortland
    • Jonathan (Just starting, wait to come later if you can)
    • Gala
  • Apple Pricing for the year: Our apple pricing is the same as last year. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7.50 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $5 a half-peck, $3 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available. The price is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples.
  • We have a good crop of apples and have made a forecast on when we think the varieties will be ready. Pick up a copy at the market or find one at the end of this update.

U-Pick Grape Update:

  • White Niagara and Purple Concord grapes will open on Saturday, September 16th for the season.
  • Picking hours: Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6, except for Tuesday and Thursdays, where we will stay open until 8 pm (must be checked into the market by 6pm).
  • 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 and orchard supervisor.
  • Grape sweetness: Both varieties of grapes are measuring at 15.5 brix, which is a good reading for this early in the season. If you can wait a week or so before you come, of course they will continue to get sweeter and riper.
  • Grape Availability: We have a good crop of grapes and expect to have them until the first frost. Of course the weather and the number of people that come to pick could change that.

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 will be the same as last year: 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.
    • 40 cents a pound for 20 pounds or less, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel= $8
    • 21 to 100 pounds: 35 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $7
    • Over 100 pounds; 25 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel=$5

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes both white Niagara and purple Concord, they are $26 a bushel, $14 half bushel, please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.

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Here’s what else is on the market now:

  • Watermelon
  • Pears–Bosc  This is a beautiful, large, firm, sweet eating pear, that keeps very well. (Not a canning pear)
  • Tomatoes
    • “Firsts” Tomatoes are $20 a bushel or $11 a half bushel.
    • “Seconds” Tomatoes (have blemishes or are misshapen) are $14 a bushel… This is great for making sauce, juice or salsa.
    • It is best to call us to pre-order bushels of tomatoes to make sure we have them picked,. especially with these cool nights.  269-244-5690.
    • How long will they last? We say up until the first frost, but they are in peak production right now so you should try to get them in the next several weeks if you want large quantities. 
  • Cabbage
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Winter squash: Butternut, Acorn, Buttercup, Heart of Gold, Sweet Dumpling and Delicata.
  • Onions, including the specialty onions: Red Torpedo Tropea, Red Marble Cippolini, and Borrettana Cippolini are in. These are incredible for cooking or roasting
  • Shallots
  • Peppers–all kinds and colors from sweet to hot  Check out our chocolate habanero!
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes (now available by the bushel for your winter use–$25 around 50 pounds)
  • U-Pick Herbs
  • Fall Ornamentals of gourds, colorful mums and mini pie pumpkins

They’re back!  The hoodies and T-shirts that everyone loved last year.  we have them in all sizes, including children.

 

 

 

 

Certified Organic Produce:  

  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes – super sweet, like candy! Last weekend for these
  • Winter squash (red kuri)
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Cucumbers
  • Roma Paste Tomatoes, Slicer Tomatoes
  • Eggplant – check out the Listada di Gandia, with its purple and white striped flesh. Very tender skin, excellent flavor, and just gorgeous color
  • Peppers
  • Basil

Mushrooms! Becca took advantage of all the extra branches from the electrical line work at the farm this spring and has begun growing mushrooms on logs. We have oyster mushrooms for sale this weekend. They are not certified organic. We’re hoping to get them certified during our upcoming 2017 inspection though, and they are grown using organic techniques. These will be coming in slowly, in part because of the cool weather and in part because this year’s logs were a small trial batch. Try some if you can get them and let us know what you think!

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Cut Out, Caramel Apple, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Coconut Pecan, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Pear,Pumpkin and Strawberry Rhubarb
  • 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 Apple. 
  • Donuts: We will have our Apple Cider, Buttermilk, and Pumpkin Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will also have Apple Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
  • Slushies – Grape
  • Look for our “take and bake” pies for you to stock up on in your freezer (for you to indulge in). As we work to stock up,  please feel free to order and we can get them ready. “Take and bake” pie choices are all large-9″ pies and available flavors are: Rhubarb, Blueberry, Cherry,  Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb and Blueberry Rhubarb. Note: no frozen apple pies are available until the Northern Spy apples get ready.
  • While in the bakery take advantage of our local meat from Mill Lake Farm: Meat from Mill Lake Farms.  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/other-products/mill-lake-farm-meats/.  This is a good time to stock up on roasts that can go in the crockpot which warms the kitchen as autumn arrives.

Alcohol offerings: Sweet, Semi-Sweet, Standard Dry and Black Currant/Cacao ciders are all fresh this month, and we still have Afternoon, Cherry/Sage, Blueberry, Hopped, and Preach (pear/peach cider). 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 right now: Black Currant/Cacao, Afternoon, 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! During tasting hours, 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 this week:  This week comes every year….where we have to get ready for the first pressing of cider, get everything ready for the U-Pick grapes and apples to begin, change over the hoophouse to fall plantings, add in more fall baked goods, get the farm decorated….that to be honest, that is the happening! Thank goodness for wonderful employees who make it all happen for your enjoyment!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see you this weekend.

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

Some of you might have wondered where I went last week. HarmonyFest, our annual outdoor concert in Downtown Three Rivers, is my single biggest logistical undertaking, and I took a break to finish behind-the-scenes event wrap-up–and to recover. That said, the event itself was great: the weather was perfect, the musical acts were outstanding, the crowds were happy, and our volunteers came away feeling like it was a job well done. Our beer garden, increasingly featuring local products, was a success both as a fundraiser and a mini-event. We sold out of most things, including two excellent ciders from Corey Lake Orchard. Now, we’re on to the next big thing. In between working with prospective, new business developers on filling more storefronts, we continue our fabulous First Fridays event series. We’re particularly excited about October 6th: it’ll be 50s Fall Fest in downtown Three Rivers. For an evening, we’re closing off and throwing a block party on our historic Main Street, backdating the block with classic cars, period-appropriate music, old-time fair games such as cornhole, horseshoes, and hula-hoops, some food concessions for your sweet tooth, and a “what was this business in 1955” scavenger hunt. Though you’re not obligated, we encourage you to dig out your poodle skirts, gingham dresses, leather or lettermen’s jackets, and canvas shoes for the full, immersive experience. More to follow, but put it on your calendars – we hope to see you there!

Best, Dave

 

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2017 Apple Estimate Chart

Variety       Crop Size Estimate Will U-Pick be Available when they are ready? Apples in red are available to pick beginning Saturday September 16th Approximate Week Ready–Please check back as weather will can change timing earlier or later Should order in advance
Braeburn good no 2-Oct no
Cameo good yes 9-Oct no
Cortland lots yes Ready now no
Earli Blaze lots all picked gone for the year no
Fuji good yes 9-Oct no
Gala Lots yes Ready now no
Golden Delicious lots yes 25-Sep no
Golden Supreme few no 25-Sep yes
Honey Crisp lots no Ready now no
Ida Red few yes 25-Sep yes
JonaMac lots yes Ready now no
JonaGold good no Ready now no
Jonathon good yes 18-Sep no
Macintosh good all picked Ready now no
Molly’s Del good all picked Ready now no
Mutsu few yes 25-Sep yes
Northern Spy good yes 25-Sep no
Pink Lady few yes 16-Oct yes
Red Delicious lots yes 25-Sep no
Rome lots yes 16-Oct no

 

**Children’s Maze Trail information:

  • Learn about the importance of cover crops
  • Find fun activity stops, make a craft
  • Enter your name for weekly prize giveaways!

Entrance into the maze is free with any $10 purchase at the market. Upon your purchase, you will be given a ticket for entrance. Please fill this out with your name, email address and phone number and place it in the box at the entrance. We will do a drawing once a week for various prizes from our market!

Information for Adults:

  1. Please pick up a map of the trail if you would like to see how to get through it and where the activity spots are
  2. No children are to be unattended in the trail. An adult must be supervising at all times
  3. Please help us put each of the activity stations back in order so they’re ready for the next person when you leave
  4. Please be careful walking through the maze as there are many natural hazards (an occasional rock, an uneven surface, a honeybee, etc.)
  5. Due to uneven surface, strollers will not easily go through the walkway (wagons will)
  6. Please stay on the path and the mowed grass
  7. Please do not take food or drinks into the area (you will only invite a bee to want to come with you!)
  8. No pets, please
  9. Absolutely no smoking anywhere in or near the maze
  10. You may peek into our greenhouse and hoophouse structures from a distance, but please do not go in them. There is important farm work happening and they are closed to the public
  11. Please watch for vehicles when crossing the driveway to the entrance
  12. We close at 6 pm, so please be out of the trail by 5:45