After this cool spring we truly are enjoying these several sunny days in a row! And so are the fruits and vegetables. Since the most frequently asked question is “when will strawberries be ready” these few days of heat are really helping them along. The crop looks good this year!
So, when will strawberries be ready? We will start picking a few this weekend and this coming week of the early variety. U-Pick will open when our main variety (Jewels) are ready which are at least a week to ten days away. If you are interested in U-Pick, check back with us about June 13th for an update. This coming week is supposed to be cool again, so once again, we are going to have to wait and see what the weather does. We are all anxious for fresh strawberries, but Mother Nature is in charge!
Strawberry pricing: Picked strawberries will be $4.00 a quart, or $29 for a flat of 8 (ordered in advance.) We are taking orders now and will call you when we have them. 269-244-5690. More information about U-Pick will be out next week, U-Pick pricing is still being determined.
On the market now:
- Greenhouse tomatoes: Yes, it’s time for a BLT. We have the bread in the bakery, the lettuce in the market cooler, the bacon in the bakery freezer – just supply your own condiments!
- We have fresh picked asparagus for around one more week. So this is it, the season is coming to a close. Pricing: $2.50 a pound; 10 pounds or more for $2.25 a pound.
- Fresh Rhubarb is also available, $2.50 a pound.
- Our large sweet onions, grown in 2018 and stored over the winter.
- Greenhouse cucumbers: 4 different varieties
- Organic produce: Spinach, Lettuce, Kale and radishes
- Swiss Chard
- U-pick herbs: See list at the market for what you can pick now
Bedding plants: Vegetables, flower annuals, herbs and tomatoes. These plants need to have a home so all of our bedding plants are buy one, get one free.
Reminder, next Sunday (June 16) is Father’s Day! If there is anything special you would like to order for dad, call us in advance to place your order! We will be doing our Pecan pies and baseball cookies that weekend (as those seem to be a favorite among dads!) If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we would be happy to save it for you!
This weekend’s offerings will be:
- Cookies: Frog Frosted Cut Outs, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
- Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, and Strawberry Rhubarb. Chocolate Cream is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
- Breads: New; Mill Grain, Wheat and Rye Herb, Potato Scallion, and Herb Baguette. Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan, Focaccia, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
- Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
- Summer flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry (Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Also in the bakery you can find:
- Local Gluten free items
- Local Plainwell Ice cream to scoop out with pie.
- Jake’s Country Meats, pork products
- Welch’s juice products, from Lawton
- Country Home Creations herb and spice packets to make your own dressing or dip
- Our new line of local chocolates
Alcohol offerings: Our brandies, wines and hard ciders available are:
- Brandies: Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
- Wines: Double Cherry and Kaiser Cyser
- Hard Cider flavors: Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, Preach, Blueberry, Hometown Hero, Cortabella, Currant/Cacoa, Elves, United Squash Federation, Ginger, Strawberry and Brunch.
Brandy tours and tasting will be starting up this Saturday (June 8th) from 1 until 3, in the Brandy Barn/Distillery. Bruce, our brandy maker will be there to welcome you, talk with you about our process, offer sample of brandy and some hard ciders as well! It’s always an interesting and fun experience.
As soon as we get the plants out of the side of the market, we will be opening up that area with tables and chairs and be offering happy hours. We will be changing it up a bit this year and we think you’ll like it, stay tuned.
Happenings on the farm:
This week we finished planting everything and you could probably hear us exhaling! The second planting of tomatoes got in along with pumpkins. And thankfully, we got our sunflowers in before it rained again. So, you’ll be hearing more about this year’s sunflower experience which will be in August. See below for entering our sunflower growing contest for children called: Corey Lake Orchards 2019 “Growing Children Growing Sunflowers Contest”. All of the information you need for this is at the end of the email or pick up a flyer at the market.
We are growing lots of weeds and grass, probably the same as most of you with the spring rains. Sometimes I feel like changing our sign to Corey Lake Dandelion farm! It seems like there is a mower going non-stop. So while we are having a hard time keeping up with weeding (because most of it we do manually) be aware that some we leave some on purpose because they are beneficial weeds that attract pollinators and butterflies, like milk weed that you will find in our herb garden, blueberry field and strawberry field.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. Have a good weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Reminder: Corey Lake Orchards will now be closed every Tuesday. We will continue to share this notice since it is a major change. As a small family business, we have begun to realize that to best serve our customers with an exceptional product and experience, we need a down day once per week to regroup, reorganize, and re-energize.
Corey Lake Orchards 2019 : “Growing Children Growing Sunflowers Contest”
Attention: Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Godparents, Aunts, Uncles, Teachers, and all
- Contest open to children 10 years and younger
- Purchase a sunflower book for $12.99 and receive a packet of 5 sunflower seeds free with book purchase.
- Plant seeds into the earth, water as needed, and keep weeds away so they can grow tall!
- Photograph the growth at least 4 times (see suggested schedule below) and send pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Corey Lake Orchards will share pictures, progress and the winners on their website and social media. Only child’s first name and last name initial will be used, like Sally G.
- Photo 1: When I Spy (when plant is first popping out of the ground)
- Photo 2: When Knee High (when plant reaches the child’s knees, measure with the sunflower growth chart in the book)
- Photo 3: When it Goes to the Sky (when it is as tall as the child, measure with the sunflower growth chart in the book)
- Photo 4: And Why? Your own unique photo and caption with the child (extra points if it rhymes!)
- Corey Lake Orchards will be the final judge, reviewing all pictures and captions.
- Prizes: Top 3 chosen to win will receive four tickets to Corey Lake Orchard’s Sunflower Experience in August
- All other qualifying entrants (must submit the four photos) will win a free donut and small slushy