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

Corey Lake Orchards

Happy September!

September is when the shelves that had been overflowing with summer vegetables change to bags of apples!  Apples are coming on slowly this year. We are grateful for the few cool days and nights we are going to have which apples really need to grow, color and flavor.

Many of you know this has been a really difficult week here at the farm. On Labor Day Monday, our dear employee and friend to so many, Terri Kauffman, was seriously injured in a SUV/ATV accident that occurred on AL Jones road by our vineyards. Terri is our main person at the weekly Texas Township Farmer’s market and also co-manages our u-pick apples and grapes in the fall. She remains in intensive care in Kalamazoo.  (She has asked for no visitors at this time.) We are grateful to everyone who stopped and helped that day and for all of you who have stopped and asked about her. She has a long recovery ahead of her and we ask that all of you keep her in your thoughts and prayers. We will continue to update you on her progress.

Terri at the Texas Township Market

2018 Apple update:  We have a smaller crop of apples this year due to spring weather issues. At the bottom of this blog post,*** we have a chart which estimates when they will be ready and which ones we don’t have many of that you can pre-order. We also have copies of this information at our market for you to pick up.

Apples: We only have 3 varieties ready. By this weekend, we will have all size quantities available of the following apples (including bushels).

  • Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple. It is a late summer apple which we will only have a short time
  • 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 and a McIntosh. A favorite for apple sauce
  • Since Labor Day weekend with sweltering heat and rains kept many of you away, we are opening up u-pick apples again this weekend for you to be able to pick your own. The varieties available will be Gala, Jon-A-Mac, and Mollie’s Delicious.
  •  Apple picking will be available on Saturday and Sunday , during the hours we are open which is 8 until 6. We need everyone checked out by 6, so you must be in the apple orchard by 5:30 to be able to pick. Please check in at the market by 5:15 to get directions and containers to pick
  • After this weekend, u-pick apples will close again until more apples are ready, please check back the week of September 17th for an opening date.
  • Apple pricing for the year: Our apple pricing is the same as last year. The price is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $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.

Other Fruit offerings

  • Peaches: We have a few peaches left, and they are available for $15 a peck, $8.75 a 1/2 peck and $4 a quart. We don’t have any more bushels available. Oh how we all are going to miss the peaches.
  • Bartlett Pears: We have a few small eating baskets left then they are gone for the year.  Bosc Pears, a winter pear will be ready in a few weeks.
  • Watermelon
  • Fredonia Grapes (this is an early grape like a Concord grape, with seeds)
  • Stanley prune plums--available in quarts only, we had a very poor crop this year 🙁
  • Tomatoes from the field are still coming in.
    •  “Firsts” Tomatoes are $20 a bushel or $12 a half bushel
    • “Seconds” Tomatoes (have blemishes or are misshapen) are $14 a bushel… These are great for making sauce, juice or salsa
    • We hope to have tomatoes on hand now for those that have ordered them and those who would like to get some. If you are trying to get lots of bushels, it does help to call us to let us know, 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

So on the market right now, we’ve got: fresh sweet corn, (we will have another week!) eggplant, Brussels sprouts, winter squash, shallots, and field peppers in so many shapes and sizes–from hot to sweet! 

Onions, including Red Torpedo Tropea, Red Marble Cippolini, and Borrettana Cippolini are in. These are incredible for cooking or roasting. Our large sweet onions are now cleaned and bagged (10 pounds) for you to take. They have been “cured” to keep. This is a great year for onions.

U-pick herbs: Find bags, scissors for cutting around the neck of the bird overlooking the herb garden. Almost everything is available right now except cilantro.

Organics! Lettuce (place an order if you want it for sure, it gets bought up fast!), bunching onions, leeks, bell peppers, hot peppers, basil, cucumbers, swiss chard, and lots of tomatoes including heirlooms, slicers, and cherry tomatoes from the certified organic hoophouse. We’ve started putting out cured garlic which will be good to use fresh or to store for the upcoming months. Becca made a stamp for the bags so that they won’t be a mystery in your pantry.

We mark organic things with green, which means organic tomato pints have green x’s on them, cukes and other things are in green container, or for basil and kale and lettuce we make green signs. So you’ll find these around the market, or just ask a clerk. We’ve got a lot of organic produce coming in!

Grape Update: You can smell the grapes now and they are turning color and softening. Our best guess now is the  white grapes could be ready the week of 9-17 and the purple grapes the week of 9-24. But it depends on the weather. Before we open, we will want them to be at their full ripeness and sugar content. Please check back with us around September 14th for an update.

We will have lots of grapes this year—of both colors–so you will have plenty of time to pick them once we open.

Bakery: Be sure to come see us in the bakery! If there is a favorite pie, please feel free to call and have us save it back for you! 269-244-5690.

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies:  M&M “Monster” Cookies, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, Cherry White Chocolate  Chip, Coconut Pecan, and Lemon
  • Pies:  Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, and Pear (finally enough pears ripened to make this pie that has become a favorite for so many of you)
  • Breads: Vegetable, Whole Wheat, Whole Grain, Cinnamon, Vegetable, LaBrea Breads, Focaccia, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns and Sunflower Seed Bread!
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
  • Assorted Muffins and Blueberry Coffee Cake
  • Cake Donuts: Buttermilk, apple cider and pumpkin (made on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Gluten Free Sensations items in bakery freezer including pies, cookies, brownies, and cinnamon rolls!!
  • Slushies (now in 2 sizes based on customer’s requests for larger size!)
  • In the bakery freezer, Plainwell Vanilla Ice Cream, for pie a la mode!

Hard Ciders, Wine and Brandies: We’ve moved Hard Cider Happy Hour, it’s in the onion barn now! This is the building on top of the hill overlooking the playground and herb garden. Come find us 4-6pm Friday, 3-6pm Saturday and sample cider or get a growler filled. If you bring growlers from home and we’ll put our sticker over them, or buy one from us! New this week: Cortabella Hard Cider! This is a pure Cortland cider, conditioned in-bottle, that got us our highest competition marks ever. If you like a dry cider (no residual sweetness) try it out! We also have Preach (Pear/Peach), Brunch (Maple/Vanilla), Strawberry, Hopped, Afternoon (Strawberry/Chamomile), Prince Tribute, Sour Cherry/Sage, Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, United Squash Federation, and Standard Semi-Sweet in bottles. We’re nearing the end of our Strawberry and Prince Tribute stock for the year, just so people know.

If you’re looking for our cider outside of our farm, you can visit Rooster’s Wing Shack in Three Rivers, The Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers, Dussel’s in Cassopolis, Craft Beer Cellar in Grand Rapids, and as always, The Local in Centreville, Michigan. We also have cider at Hoffman Street Grocery in Three Rivers!

Brandy tasting and tours are this Saturday from 1-3. We also have our full line of Hubbard’s Brandy as well as Double Cherry Wine available behind the shelf at the market.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. 

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Variety Crop Size Estimate Will U-Pick be Available when they are ready? Approximate Week Ready–Please check back as weather will can change timing earlier or later Should order in advance
Braeburn good no 2-Oct yes
Cameo good yes 9-Oct no
Cortland good yes 9-Sep no
Fuji good yes 9-Oct no
Gala gppd yes Ready now no
Golden Delicious good yes 24-Sep no
Golden Supreme few no 24-Sep yes
Honey Crisp good no 10-Sep no
Ida Red few yes 24-Sep yes
Jona Mac few yes Ready now no
JonaGold few no 24-Sep yes
Jonathon good yes 24-Sep no
Macintosh few no 9-Sep yes
Molly’s Del good yes Ready now no
Mutsu few yes 24-Sep yes
Northern Spy good yes 24-Sep no
Pink Lady few no 16-Oct yes
Red Delicious good yes 24-Sep no
Rome good yes 16-Oct no

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

We will be open all weekend from 8 – 6 every day including Monday, AND we will be opening u-pick for apples for your weekend enjoyment. Labor Day is that marker where we transition to our fall produce.  So you will see more space taken up by apples and hard squash as the summer vegetables wane. We are grateful that the weather cooperated so that we can have our delicious sweet corn all weekend.

This has been a week of heavy labor for us. The high humidity and rains have made it difficult to harvest the pears, peaches, tomatoes and more.  The heat brought everything on at once so our wonderful field crew endured as they always do to get everything picked. A measure of their labor was that we used over 1000 half bushel baskets this week and had to borrow them from every farm that could loan us some! A reminder, when you are purchasing large quantities please bring containers if you have them, boxes, tubs, laundry baskets, reusable grocery bags, etc.: this helps us with our basket supply!

Fruit offerings for the weekend:

Apples are coming! They are a bit behind schedule. So for the weekend, we will be selling them in small eating quantities of a 1/4 peck and 1/2 peck.  Bushels will come later as more ripen.

  • Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple. It is a late summer apple which we will only have a short time
  • 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 and a McIntosh. A favorite for apple sauce
  • Earli-Blaze: This is a good cooking or eating apple. This year we are offering these in “lunch box” (small) apples as it is such a nice eating apple
  • Paula Red: a tart apple for eating or cooking, available by the 1/4 peck or 1/2 peck
  • Ginger Gold: This has become a popular summer apple, we wish we had planted more trees, but we only have a few trees thus we only sell them in small quantities.

  • We are opening up U-Pick Apples this weekend for you to be able to pick your own. The varieties available will be Gala, Jon-A-Mac, and Mollie’s Delicious. We know that many of you will be around for the weekend and would like to have the “apple picking experience” with your family
  •  Apple picking will be available on Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day Monday, during the hours we are open which is 8 until 6. We need everyone checked out by 6, so you must be in the apple orchard by 5:30 to be able to pick. Please check in at the market by 5:15 to get directions and containers to pick
  • After this weekend, u-pick apples will close again until more apples are ready, please check back for a date probably mid to the end of September
  • Apple pricing for the year: Our apple pricing is the same as last year. The price is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $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.

Other Fruit offerings

  • Peaches: We hope to have peaches through the Labor Day Weekend.    $48 bushel, $25 half bushel, $15 a peck, $8.75 a 1/2 peck and $4 a quart. If you want to pre-order to make sure you have them, call the market at 269-244-5690.
  • Bartlett Pears: Available by the bushel or in smaller quantities. The Bartlett pear is a good eating and canning pear, very sweet and juicy. We will have them about one more week. If you have already called us to reserve bushels, you should have received a call that they were ready, if not, please call us or come and get them. If you would still like some, please call the market and let us know how many you would want and we can save them for you. 269-244-5690. Pricing is $35 a bushel, $18 a half bushel, and we also have them in eating size quantities. You may wonder why the pears are picked and sold green, this is a characteristic of pears. They must ripen off the tree, if not, then they will ripen from the inside out and be mushy. They will easily ripen for you if you will lay them out in a single layer when you get home in a dry, cool place, then wait for them to turn yellow, and enjoy!
  • Watermelon
  • Tomatoes from the field are still coming in.
    •  “Firsts” Tomatoes are $20 a bushel or $12 a half bushel
    • “Seconds” Tomatoes (have blemishes or are misshapen) are $14 a bushel… These are great for making sauce, juice or salsa
    • We hope to have tomatoes on hand now for those that have ordered them and those who would like to get some.    If you are trying to get lots of bushels, it does help to call us to let us know, 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

So on the market right now, we’ve got: fresh sweet corn (finally we have lots on Labor Day WEekend!), eggplant, brussels sprouts, zucchini,  yellow summer squash,  winter squash, shallots, field peppers in so many shapes and sizes–from hot to sweet! 

Onions, including Red Torpedo Tropea, Red Marble Cippolini, and Borrettana Cippolini are in. These are incredible for cooking or roasting.  Our large sweet onions are now cleaned and bagged (10 pounds) for you to take. They have been “cured” to keep.

U-pick herbs: Find bags, scissors for cutting around the neck of the bird overlooking the herb garden. Almost everything is available right now except cilantro.

Organics! Lettuce (place an order if you want it for sure, it gets bought up fast!), bunching onions, leeks, bell peppers, hot peppers, basil, cucumbers, swiss chard, and lots of tomatoes including heirlooms, slicers, and cherry tomatoes from the certified organic hoophouse. We’ve started putting out cured garlic which will be good to use fresh or to store for the upcoming months. Becca made a stamp for the bags so that they won’t be a mystery in your pantry.

We mark organic things with green, which means organic tomato pints have green x’s on them, cukes and other things are in green container, or for basil and kale and lettuce we make green signs. So you’ll find these around the market, or just ask a clerk. We’ve got a lot of organic produce coming in!

Grape Update: You can smell the grapes now and they are turning color and softening. Our best guess now is the  white grapes could be ready the week of 9-17 and the purple grapes the week of 9-24. But it depends on the weather. Before we open, we will want them to be at their full ripeness and sugar content. Please check back with us around September 14th for an update.

We will have lots of grapes this year—of both colors–so you will have plenty of time to pick them once we open.

Bakery: Be sure to come see us in the bakery! If there is a favorite pie, please feel free to call and have us save it back for you! 269-244-5690. This will be the last weekend for peach glaze pie.

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies:  M&M “Monster” Cookies, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, Cherry White Chocolate  Chip, Coconut Pecan, and Lemon
  • Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, and Peach Glaze (available Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Breads: Vegetable,  Whole Wheat, Whole Grain, Cinnamon, Vegetable, LaBrea Breads, Focaccia, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns and Sunflower Seed Bread!
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
  • Assorted Muffins and Blueberry Coffee Cake
  • Cake Donuts: Buttermilk, apple cider and pumpkin (made on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Gluten Free Sensations items in bakery freezer including pies, cookies, brownies, and cinnamon rolls!!
  • Slushies (now in 2 sizes based on customer’s requests for larger size!)
  • In the bakery freezer, Plainwell Vanilla Ice Cream, for pie a la mode!

Hard Ciders, Wine and Brandies: We’ve moved Hard Cider Happy Hour, it’s in the onion barn now! This is the building on top of the hill overlooking the playground and herb garden. Come find us 4-6pm Friday, 3-6pm Saturday and sample cider or get a growler filled. If you bring growlers from home and we’ll put our sticker over them, or buy one from us! Back this week: Blueberry Cider! This will be in 22 oz. bottles only until we get labels in for the 12 oz. bottles, be patient! We have Preach (Pear/Peach), Brunch (Maple/Vanilla), Strawberry, Hopped, Afternoon (Strawberry/Chamomile), Prince Tribute, Sour Cherry/Sage, Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, United Squash Federation, and Standard Semi-Sweet in bottles.

If you’re looking for our cider outside of our farm, you can visit Rooster’s Wing Shack in Three Rivers, The Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers, Dussel’s in Cassopolis, Craft Beer Cellar in Grand Rapids, and as always, The Local in Centreville, Michigan. We also have cider at Hoffman Street Grocery in Three Rivers!

Brandy tasting and tours are this Saturday from 1-3. We also have our full line of Hubbard’s Brandy as well as Double Cherry Wine available behind the shelf at the market.

Three River’s Harmony Fest is this weekend. This is a great event, great music and you can enjoy our hard ciders there! It is on Labor Day Sunday, for more info go to:  https://www.facebook.com/HarmonyFest/events

Here’s hoping you have a safe and great weekend and we hope to see you at the farm.  

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. 

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The Sweetness Continues…

Sweet! The abundance of produce continues as time moves us closer to fall. Peaches, melons, sweet corn, donuts, pies, hard ciders! Everyone has a very individual sweetness spot, and we think we are up to the challenge of matching it! Schools are starting, fall is approaching which is one of our favorite seasons here at the farm with apples, pumpkins, grapes and such. To jump start fall, the bakery is moving into their fall flavored donuts this weekend: pumpkin, apple cider and our traditional buttermilk!  Mmmmm……

In next week’s update, we’ll provide information about fall apples and grapes, so stay tuned!

Apples are ripening, some trees are this thick–apple picking will be fun!

Peaches: We are have lots of peaches, and due to the dry/hot conditions this year, they are incredibly sweet.  Peach pricing is:  $48 bushel, $25 half bushel, $15 a peck, $8.75 a 1/2 peck and $4 a quart. We will have plenty of bushels available for the next week.

So many peaches on the trees we have to support them to avoid broken branches!

Sweet Loring peaches ready to be crushed for peach brandy

Sweet corn: We have lots of sweet corn now–this is the time to get bushels for freezing/canning or just enjoying. A 5-dozen bushel is $22.

Tomatoes: Whew…..it seems like everyone has decided to can tomatoes at the same time and so all of the bushels we had available are now gone. We have more coming on, but the cool nights have slowed them up a bit. So, we are back to taking orders for them again.  We hope to get everyone’s orders done within the next few weeks. “Firsts” are $20 bushel, 1/2 bushel is $12. We have tomato “seconds” for $14 a bushel.  Call us at 269-244-5690 to order.

Here’s what else is on the market now:

Some summer vegetables are ending earlier than normal. Cucumbers, green beans, summer squash are available on a day-by-day basis.

So on the market right now, we’ve got: fresh sweet corn,  cauliflower, green beans, broccoli, eggplant, brussels sprouts, zucchini, cucumbers, yellow summer squash, fresh dug onions, shallots, new potatoes, field peppers in so many shapes and sizes–from hot to sweet! 

Large Red candy onions coming in from the field

U-pick herbs: Find bags, scissors for cutting around the neck of the bird overlooking the herb garden. Almost everything is available right now except cilantro.

Organics! Lettuce (place an order if you want it for sure, it gets bought up fast!), bunching onions, leeks, bell peppers, hot peppers, basil, lots of cucumbers, kale, cabbage, swiss chard, and lots of tomatoes including heirlooms, slicers, and cherry tomatoes from the certified organic hoophouse. We’ve started putting out cured garlic which will be good to use fresh or to store for the upcoming months. Becca made a stamp for the bags so that they won’t be a mystery in your pantry.

Organic produce growing in the hoophouse

We mark organic things with green, which means organic tomato pints have green x’s on them, cukes and other things are in green container, or for basil and kale and lettuce we make green signs. So you’ll find these around the market, or just ask a clerk. We’ve got a lot of organic produce coming in!

Hard Ciders, Wine and Brandies: We’ve moved Hard Cider Happy Hour, it’s in the onion barn now! This is the building on top of the hill overlooking the playground and herb garden. Come find us 4-6pm Friday, 3-6pm Saturday and sample cider or get a growler filled. If you bring growlers from home and we’ll put our sticker over them, or buy one from us! Back this week: Blueberry Cider! This will be in 22 oz. bottles only until we get labels in for the 12 oz. bottles, be patient! We have Preach (Pear/Peach), Brunch (Maple/Vanilla), Strawberry, Hopped, Afternoon (Strawberry/Chamomile), Prince Tribute, Sour Cherry/Sage, Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, United Squash Federation, and Standard Semi-Sweet in bottles.

If you’re looking for our cider outside of our farm, you can visit Rooster’s Wing Shack in Three Rivers, The Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers, Dussel’s in Cassopolis, Craft Beer Cellar in Grand Rapids, and as always, The Local in Centreville, Michigan. We also have cider at Hoffman Street Grocery in Three Rivers!

Brandy tasting and tours are this Saturday from 1-3. We also have our full line of Hubbard’s Brandy as well as Double Cherry Wine available behind the shelf at the market.

Bakery: Be sure to come see us in the bakery! If there is a favorite pie, please feel free to call and have us save it back for you! 269-244-5690.  With peaches in full swing we are now making peach glaze pies on weekends.  With blueberries gone for the season, we will no longer be able to make blueberry-zucchini bread.  Here’s our big thanks to Amy, Gene, Patti and Michaela for making soooo many loaves of it this year.  This is the most labor intensive product we make, but we love how it brings joy to so many people!  We will still have blueberry pie (using frozen blueberries now.)

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies:  M&M “Monster” Cookies, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, Cherry White Chocolate  Chip, Coconut Pecan, Zucchini Chocolate Chip, and Lemon
  • Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Peach Glaze (available Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Breads: Vegetable,  Whole Wheat, Whole Grain, Cinnamon, Vegetable, LaBrea Breads, Focaccia, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns and Sunflower Seed Bread!
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
  • Assorted Muffins and Blueberry Coffee Cake
  • Cake Donuts: Buttermilk, apple cider and pumpkin (made on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Gluten Free Sensations items in bakery freezer including pies, cookies, brownies, and cinnamon rolls!!
  • Slushies (now in 2 sizes based on customer’s requests for larger size!)
  • In the bakery freezer, Plainwell Vanilla Ice Cream, for pie a la mode! 

Everyone at the farm hopes to see you soon!

The simple delight of swinging!

Every time I see the happy face of children on our big swing, I can almost hear my father reciting this poem from Robert Lewis Stevenson, who was one of his favorite poets.

How do you like to go up in a swing,
      Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
      Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
      Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
      Over the countryside—

Till I look down on the garden green,
      Down on the roof so brown—
Up in the air I go flying again,
      Up in the air and down!

Summer Shines On

And with it comes lots of peaches, tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, peppers, sweet corn—all heat loving crops–and in abundance!  So this is the time to be enjoying all of this freshness!

Peaches: We are finishing up Red Haven and moving into Flamin’ Fury–this is one of my favorite peaches, large, juicy and sweet! So large you have to share! We are in the process of calling everyone who has ordered bushels of peaches to get them over the next week or so. Peach pricing is:  $48 bushel, $25 half bushel, $15 a peck, $8.75 a 1/2 peck and $4 a quart. We will have extra bushels available this weekend for those who want to get them.

Both cantaloupe and melons are available. We have soooo many cantaloupe they are on a buy 1- get 1 special through the weekend. Due to how dry it has been most of the summer, they are incredibly sweet.

Sweet corn: We have lots of sweet corn now–this is the time to get bushels for freezing/canning or just enjoying. A 5-dozen bushel is $22.

Tomatoes: Whew…..we picked over 60 bushels in one day! We have called everyone on the tomato wait list (if you got missed please call us).  You can get your tomatoes now anytime, plus we have them on the market available by the bushel.  “Firsts” are $20 bushel, 1/2 bushel is $12. We have tomato “seconds” for $14 a bushel.

We have lots of green tomatoes right now since we took our greenhouse tomatoes down for the year. They are on sale for 50 cents a pound or $12 a bushel. Time for fried green tomatoes!

Blueberries–we will only have blueberries for about one more day. We have had them for six full weeks which has made it nice to have them fresh for so long! All good things must come to an end 🙁

The onion harvest is finishing…..between the raindrops. Onions do not like to be wet so this has been a tricky harvest for sure this week. We are really pleased with our onion quality after the last few years of having onion issues….we have specialty onions and then we have the standard sweet onions in white, red and yellow, We now have them hanging in over 4 barns we have so many to dry and cure! (The crew got a little creative and hung some on tractors!) The first ones harvested are now “cured”, so we have cut, cleaned and bagged them.  A 10 lb. bag is $9, or you can buy them hung on the string if you prefer to keep them that way. Keep these onions in a dry, cool place and they should keep for several months.

Here’s what else is on the market now:

Some summer vegetables are ending earlier than normal. Cucumbers, green beans, summer squash are available on a day-by-day basis.

So on the market right now, we’ve got: fresh sweet corn, cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, broccoli, eggplant, brussels sprouts, zucchini, cucumbers, yellow summer squash, fresh dug onions, shallots, new potatoes, field peppers in so many shapes and sizes–from hot to sweet! 

U-pick herbs: Find bags, scissors for cutting around the neck of the bird overlooking the herb garden. Almost everything is available right now except cilantro.

Organics! Lettuce (place an order if you want it for sure, it gets bought up fast!), bunching onions, bell peppers, hot peppers, basil, lots of cucumbers, kale, cabbage, swiss chard, and lots of tomatoes including heirlooms, slicers, and cherry tomatoes from the certified organic hoophouse. We’ve started putting out cured garlic which will be good to use fresh or to store for the upcoming months. Becca made a stamp for the bags so that they won’t be a mystery in your pantry.

Just a simple stamp but hopefully it helps you remember what’s in the brown paper bag!

We mark organic things with green, which means organic tomato pints have green x’s on them, cukes and other things are in green container, or for basil and kale and lettuce we make green signs. So you’ll find these around the market, or just ask a clerk. We’ve got a lot of organic produce coming in!

The Sunflower Field: We have really enjoyed watching everyone out in the sunflower field and thank you for the many pictures you have shared. With this past week’s heat, humidity and rain, they will last only through this weekend. There are some yet to bloom, and some that have dropped their heavy heads, but still beautiful.  Below are pictures taken this week that people gave us permission to share.

We will keep the maze open from 8 until 6 through August 18th, then we will assess what they look like. So this is your final chance to see 60,000 happy sunflowers!

Cost of admission to the sunflower field is:

  • $5.00 for anyone 11 years old and up
  • $2.00 for accompanied children 10 years or younger
  • Please check in at the market for tickets and directions to get into the field

This admission fee for each ticket holder includes:

  • The opportunity to cut 1 sunflower per person (cutting tool provided)
  • Receive a bag and water to take it home in
  • Walk through the meandering path that goes through the field (it is a little less than ¼ of a mile long)
  • Educational information posted throughout the farm
  • Photo opportunities are available at the field entrance as well as the along the walking pathway
  • Picnic tables, hay bales and other areas to sit and relax in
  • Parking adjacent to the field
  • RTV Rides for people with mobility issues. On weekends we will have one staff member with an RTV at the field for folks who aren’t able to walk through the sunflowers. Depending on how many people need this service there may be a small wait as we try to accommodate and include everybody in the fun.

Additional flowers, when available, can be cut and purchased for $2 each. We also have decorative vases.

We have all of the information and everything you need when you come to the market.

Hard Ciders, Wine and Brandies: We’ve moved Hard Cider Happy Hour, it’s in the onion barn now! This is the building on top of the hill overlooking the playground and herb garden. Come find us 4-6pm Friday, 3-6pm Saturday and sample cider or get a growler filled. If you bring growlers from home and we’ll put our sticker over them, or buy one from us! We have Preach (Pear/Peach), Brunch (Maple/Vanilla), Strawberry, Hopped, Afternoon (Strawberry/Chamomile), Prince Tribute, Sour Cherry/Sage, Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, United Squash Federation, and Standard Semi-Sweet in bottles.

If you’re looking for our cider outside of our farm, you can visit Rooster’s Wing Shack in Three Rivers, The Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers, Dussel’s in Cassopolis, Craft Beer Cellar in Grand Rapids, and as always, The Local in Centreville, Michigan. We also have cider at Hoffman Street Grocery in Three Rivers!

Brandy tasting and tours are this Saturday from 1-3. We also have our full line of Hubbard’s Brandy as well as Double Cherry Wine available behind the shelf at the market.

Bakery: Be sure to come see us in the bakery! If there is a favorite pie, please feel free to call and have us save it back for you! 269-244-5690.  With peaches in full swing we are now making peach glaze pies on weekends.

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Cut Out Sugar, M&M “Monster” Cookies, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, Cherry White Chocolate  Chip, Coconut Pecan, Zucchini Chocolate Chip, and Lemon
  • Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Peach Glaze (available Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Breads: Vegetable, Blueberry-Zucchini, Whole Wheat, Whole Grain, Cinnamon, Vegetable, LaBrea Breads, Focaccia, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns and Sunflower Seed Bread!
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
  • Assorted Muffins and Blueberry Coffee Cake
  • Cake Donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry (made on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Gluten Free Sensations items in bakery freezer including pies, cookies, brownies, and cinnamon rolls!!
  • Slushies (now in 2 sizes based on customer’s requests for larger size!)
  • In the bakery freezer, Plainwell Vanilla Ice Cream, for pie a la mode! 

Everyone at the farm hopes to see you soon!

Sunflowers! Peaches! Melons! Oh MI!

2018 Corey Lake Orchards Sunflower Field Experience

I grew up totally understanding the common phrase “stop and smell the roses,” as we have a rose bush on our farm (in the middle of the herb garden) under the archway that is over 100 years old.  It has a fragrance that compares to no other rose I have ever smelled. Growing up on this farm some fifty years ago (not giving away my age!) there were simpler times in my childhood where one would really stop and linger at the rose bush. For those of you who see me at the farm, a customer last week compared me to a gazelle as I never seem to stop moving. I loved the comparison as I think gazelles are quite graceful, so apparently this customer has not seen me tripping over a cornstalk or grapevine!

This is our first year of growing sunflowers and I have to say, it has given me pause. I find myself “stopping to look at the sunflowers” several times a day and appreciating their beauty and grace, and they bring me joy. With this past week’s heat and humidity, they are at their peak and we’d love to share this experience with you. Around 60,000 happy sunflowers await you for viewing, walking through, photographing, and just plain enjoying.

The sunflower field is open daily and will be open every day while the sunflowers are in their prime, which is typically 2 to 3 weeks. Depending on the weather, we hope to have this available through August 18th. We will be open from 9 until 5 daily. 

We would encourage you to come during the weekdays when we have fewer customers, to have a better experience if you are able. Since they are peaking now, the best viewing time will be in the next 7 to 10 days.

Cost of admission to the sunflower field is:

  • $5.00 for anyone 11 years old and up
  • $2.00 for accompanied children 10 years or younger
  • Please check in at the market for tickets and directions to get into the field

This admission fee for each ticket holder includes:

  • The opportunity to cut 1 sunflower per person (cutting tool provided)
  • Receive a bag and water to take it home in
  • Walk through the meandering path that goes through the field (it is a little less than ¼ of a mile long)
  • Educational information posted throughout the farm
  • Photo opportunities are available at the field entrance as well as the along the walking pathway
  • Picnic tables, hay bales and other areas to sit and relax in
  • Parking adjacent to the field
  • RTV Rides for people with mobility issues. On weekends we will have one staff member with an RTV at the field for folks who aren’t able to walk through the sunflowers. Depending on how many people need this service there may be a small wait as we try to accommodate and include everybody in the fun.

Additional flowers, when available, can be cut and purchased for $2 each. We also have decorative vases.

We have all of the information and everything you need when you come to the market.

Hard Ciders, Wine and Brandies: We’ve moved Hard Cider Happy Hour, it’s in the onion barn now! This is the building on top of the hill overlooking the playground and herb garden. Come find us 4-6pm Friday, 3-6pm Saturday and sample cider or get a growler filled. If you bring growlers from home and we’ll put our sticker over them, or buy one from us! We have Preach (Pear/Peach), Brunch (Maple/Vanilla), Strawberry, Hopped, Afternoon (Strawberry/Chamomile), Prince Tribute, Sour Cherry/Sage, Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, United Squash Federation, and Standard Semi-Sweet in bottles.

If you’re looking for our cider outside of our farm, you can visit Rooster’s Wing Shack in Three Rivers, The Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers, Dussel’s in Cassopolis, Craft Beer Cellar in Grand Rapids, and as always, The Local in Centreville, Michigan. We also have cider at Hoffman Street Grocery in Three Rivers!

Brandy tasting and tours are this Saturday from 1-3. We also have our full line of Hubbard’s Brandy as well as Double Cherry Wine available behind the shelf at the market.

Fruit offerings:

Blueberries–are still in season. But don’t wait much longer. Picked blueberries available now in pints, quarts, 5 lb boxes and 10 lb boxes.  Our U-Pick blueberries are now done for the year. If you want to pick we recommend you try Brookside Farms, located in Paw Paw. They supply our picked berries and have a delightful farm for you to visit and pick at. 269-657-3500 or check their website: https://brooksidefarmsmi.com

Summer apples: Just starting to come in we have Jersey Macs, which is a good variety for eating or cooking.

Canteloupe and Watermelon are ready, perfect timing for a cool, refreshing food choice in the summer heat.

Peaches are finally coming in. Red Havens will be in for about a week or so and we have them in eating quantities on the market of pecks, 1/2 pecks and quarts. If you are looking for bushels of peaches, please call us and get on our bushel list, and as we have bushels available we will be calling you. We have several varieties coming in after the Red Havens which I really love, so sweet!

Here’s what else is on the market now:

Due to the summer heat and drought, some summer vegetables will be ending earlier than normal. Cucumbers, green beans, summer squash are going to be around maybe another week.   We are currently out of our own corn and getting if from a local farm as our succession plantings didn’t work out like we had planned due to weather. We still have a lot of our own corn coming in during the month of August, so if you are looking for bushels, get on our list and we will call you.

So on the market right now, we’ve got: fresh sweet corn, green beans, broccoli, eggplant, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, cucumbers, yellow summer squash, fresh dug onions, shallots, new potatoes, field peppers. We are now harvesting tomatoes from the field. We also have green tomatoes as well as yellow, cherry and grape tomatoes, and roma paste tomatoes. Field tomatoes are coming on very slow this year….patience please, we will be selling them by the bushel eventually.

U-pick herbs: Find bags, scissors for cutting around the neck of the bird overlooking the herb garden. Almost everything is available right now except cilantro.

Organics! Lettuce, bell peppers, hot peppers, basil, lots of cucumbers, kale, cabbage, swiss chard, and lots of tomatoes including heirlooms, slicers, and cherry tomatoes from the certified organic hoophouse. We’ve started putting out cured garlic which will be good to use fresh or to store for the upcoming months. Becca made a stamp for the bags so that they won’t be a mystery in your pantry.

Just a simple stamp but hopefully it helps you remember what’s in the brown paper bag!

We mark organic things with green, which means organic tomato pints have green x’s on them, cukes and other things are in green container, or for basil and kale and lettuce we make green signs. So you’ll find these around the market, or just ask a clerk. We’ve got a lot of organic produce!

Bakery: Be sure to come see us in the bakery! If there is a favorite pie, please feel free to call and have us save it back for you! 269-244-5690.

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Cut Out Sugar, M&M “Monster” Cookies, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, Cherry White Chocolate  Chip, Coconut Pecan, Zucchini Chocolate Chip, and Lemon
  • Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Blueberry Glaze (available Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Breads: Vegetable, Blueberry-Zucchini, Whole Wheat, Whole Grain, Cinnamon, Vegetable, LaBrea Breads, Focaccia, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns and Sunflower Seed Bread!
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
  • Assorted Muffins and Blueberry Coffee Cake
  • Cake Donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry (made on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Gluten Free Sensations items in bakery freezer including pies, cookies, brownies, and cinnamon rolls!!
  • Slushies (now in 2 sizes based on customer’s requests for larger size!)
  • In the bakery freezer, Plainwell Vanilla Ice Cream, for pie a la mode! 

Everyone at the farm hopes to see you soon!