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

Corey Lake Orchards

Mid August Update

Hi, hard to believe that it is already mid-august, but this is one of my favorite times of the year (my all time favorite is fall) when the market is full of great fruit and all of the summer vegetables.    Here’s what we have at the market now:

Fruit:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Tomatoes (Slicing, canning, roma, green, grape and cherry tomatoes)

Vegetables:

  • Sweet Corn    ****  We currently have a very nice bi-color corn in, picked fresh daily, $4.00/dozen or 3 dozen for $10.00!!****
  • Yellow, Red and White sweet onions
  • Zuchinni and Yellow summer squash
  • EggPlant
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell Peppers (Green and Red)
  • Hot Cheyenne peppers
  • Mild Sweet Banana peppers
  • Hot Hungarian Peppers
  • Green Beans

Tomato Update:   This heat has our tomatoes really coming in.  So, we have reduced the price of picked tomatoes on the market to $1.50 per pound or 4 pounds for $5.00.  You can also get bushels of tomatoes while we have an abundance of them for $20.00 per bushel.  It would really help us if you call and order them at least a day in advance. 

U-Pick tomatoes:  Everyone out to pick this week has been very pleased with how easy it is to pick tomatoes and how nice they are this year.  There are a lot there to pick right now, so plan to get yours soon.  There are so many tomatoes right now that there should be plenty for everyone, but just in case we get lots of customers on the same day, it is always better to call ahead just to make sure there are plenty left to pick.  269-244-5690.

Homemade Baked Goods:  Our baked goods, particularly the pies and cookies are becoming so popular, that our bakers are now bringing them Sundays, as well as Fridays and Saturdays.     This week I recommend their apple pie, which is made from our Earli-blaze apples.  This is an amazing pie and apple sauce apple that we currently have for sale in the market.

What’s coming next? 

Bartlett Pears:  We expect our pears to be ready next week.  Bartlett pears are a great eating and canning pear.  If you would like to get bushels of pears, please call us or email us and let us know how many you would like.    Due to a pear shortage in Michigan this year (but not at our farm) we have many new customers who want to get pears.  But….we want to make sure all of our regular customers get them first.  So, we are keeping a list of customers and phone numbers and will call you when they are ready.  Please call us to give us your order at 269-244-5690.

Stanley Prune Plums:  We expect our plums to be ready next week.  If you are looking for bushels of plums, please call to get on our list to be called.

Apples:  Check with us toward the end of August  for an apple update.  Like everything else, we expect them to be early this year to due to hot weather.  The website and an email will be sent out when each variety comes in so you will know when your favorite is ready!!  We will have U-Pick and picked apples.

Grapes:  We expect grapes to be early as well, check with us the first part of September for an update on when they will be ready.  We will have U-Pick grapes, the white Niagra and the purple/blue Concord.

Thanks as always, for supporting us by buying fresh, local produce and other goods from us.  Hope to see you soon.

Beth

U-Pick Tomato Field is open again

Our U-Pick tomato field is now open again, hopefully we’ll be able to satisfy all of the pickers coming out, especially with another heat wave coming this week which should keep the tomatoes ripening.  But, please do call before you come, just to make sure that we did not get picked out.   269-244-5690.

Beth

U-Pick Tomato Update–Field Closed for Ripening

U-Pick Tomato Field Temporarily Closed for Ripening:  After being open for only a few days, we have had so many people out to pick tmatoes that we need to close it temporarily until more ripen up again.    This always happens when we first open the field, but there are lots of tomatoes yet out there to ripen, so please give us a few days or so.  Please call before you want to come pick to make sure the field is open.    269-244-5690.

Homemade Baked Goods:  Based on the popularity of our baked goods, we have decided to sell them on Sundays now, as well as Friday and Saturday. 

Thanks,

Beth

August Update!

U-Pick Tomatoes:   We have opened the U-Pick tomato field.  They are $12.00 a bushel.  Please bring bushel baskets to pick in, or if you don’t have them, you can borrow ours but bring containers (buckets, tubs, boxes, etc.) to transfer your tomatoes into when you are finished.  Please check in at the market first before going to pick for directions and information.

We will be monitoring what is picked and how many are left daily.    If the field  gets picked out, we will close it for ripening, so PLEASE call before you come out to make sure that the field is open and that there is still good picking.  We will have tomatoes up until the first frost hopefully.  269-244-5690.

2010 Field Tomatoes

Picked tomatoes:  We have lots of our own homegrown field tomatoes now on the market, at $1.50 per pound.  We also have Roma tomatoes, grape and cherry tomatoes.  If you need larger quantities of tomatoes picked, they are $24.00 a bushel, but please call to order them in advance. 

Sweet Corn:  If you want to freeze sweet corn, we recommend you get it within the next several weeks.  Bushels of sweet corn, which are 5 dozen, are $17.50 a bushel (or $3.50 a dozen.)  Please order in advance if you can so we can make sure to have it for you.

Peppers:  Our bell peppers are beautiful this year, thanks to the rain and heat which they like!  If you need large quantities, they are $14.00 a bushel, but please call ahead to order in advance.    We also have Hungarian Hot peppers and Sweet Banana peppers this year, only 10 cents each!!  A few weeks ago we got them mixed up when picking and we apologize to those several customers who got hot peppers when they wanted sweet peppers and vice versa.   Since then, we have marked each plant with a color coded flag and also color coded the picking containers!    Since the plants and the peppers look almost identical, the only way to truly know was to taste a pepper off each plant……yes….these are just some of the few things I do for you that you would never know about if I didn’t tell you; and I don’t even like peppers!!

Flags marking Sweet and Hot Pepper plants, 2010

Melons:  Our cantaloupe and watermelon are starting and we are bringing a few in each day.

Apples:  We have some great summer apples in called Earli-blaze.  They are good for eating or cooking! 

Fall Red Raspberries:  We are fortunate to have two local farms which can supply these for us.  They are early this year and we have them now.

Peaches:  We are still only picking a few bushels of peaches each day since there are so few due to the frost and hail storm earlier.  So we only have them available in a 4-pound box for $4.00.\ and do not have larger quantities like bushels.

The market is full of summer vegetables:  summer squash, zucchini, cabbage, beans, cucumbers, onions, eggplant, etc.

Homemade Baked Goods, reminder:  We have them every Friday and Saturday.   Great pies, cupcakes, cookies and cinnamon rolls.

Thanks as always, for supporting us by buying fresh, local produce and other goods from us.  Hope to see you soon.

Beth

End of July Update

Baked Goods!! We started offering homemade baked goods last weekend and and will continue to do so on Fridays and Saturdays.   Michaela (who you will find working in the market most afternoons) and her mother, Patti Eberhard, are the bakers.   Based on the number of people who came back the next day to buy more, everyone found them as delicious as I did.  They will have pies (made with our fruit), cookies, cupcakes and cinnamon rolls.   This week I highly recommend their peach pies, made with our peaches picked fresh this week. 

Peach Update:  We are starting to bring in a few peaches each day.  The early varieties were hit the hardest by the frost, we have very few each day and tend to sell out early.   If you are coming out for peaches, you might want to call ahead to make sure we have them or ask us to save them.    They are $4.00 for a  4 pound box.

Blueberries:  This weekend will be our last weekend for blueberries, the season has come to an end.

Field Tomatoes:  Finally, they are starting to come in, we picked 7 bushels today.   We will advise you within the next few weeks as to when we will open the U-Pick tomato field and the price.

Weather related issues:  This has been one of the most difficult years ever for us due to weather problems.  My father who has farmed here faithfully for 43 years has seen things this year he has never experienced, like the  May 20th hailstorm, the torrential rains that bring so much rain  so quickly at one time, leaving our crops sitting in water, and the days and days of scorching heat.  All of this has taken its toll on some of our crops,  which is causing us to bring in some produce from other area local farms.  We  pride ourselves on “growing what we sell”  but we also realize that when you come to our market, you want to get the produce you are accustomed to getting.  So on a select basis, we will be bringing in other produce from growers that we know,  with the quality we know you expect.  

We enjoyed this visit yesterday by a group from France stopping at the market as they were biking through the area.   Not everybody can ride a bike balancing a dozen sweet corn!

Group from France Visiting the Market

 

Thanks as always, for supporting us by buying fresh, local produce and other goods from us. Hope to see you soon.

Beth