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

Corey Lake Orchards

Fall is here!!

U-Pick Apple update:  Just a reminder, we opened the U-Pick apples today for the season.    What we  have for picking is:  Cortlands, Red and Golden Delicious, Fuji, a few Cameo, Jonathans and possibly a few Northern Spies.  Sorry, we have a very light crop of apples this year due to a spring frost compounded by a hailstorm which damaged them.  They will be $12 a bushel to pick, the same as last year. 

Red Delicious apples just picked in the orchard, 9-16-10

U-PIck Grape update:  We have lots of white Niagara grapes yet to pick and should have them for several more weeks.  They are beautiful this year and most folks are describing them as “fun” to pick because they are so plentiful.    However, due to the frost and freeze with the purple Concord grapes, we are still on a day by day basis as to whether we will have them.  Due to the high number of people coming out to pick, we can’t assess how many are left until the end of each day.   So far this week we have had about 75,000 pounds of grapes picked here by our customers, that is a lot of grapes!!    So please call us on 269-244-5690 before you come out to make sure they are still available. 

Young customers enjoying their grape picking experience!

Bosc Pears:  This is a wonderful eating pear available now.  They are $16.00 a bushel plus we have smaller quantities for fresh eating as well.

Winter Squash:  Is now ready, we have many varieties to choose from at 40 cents per pound.

Fall ornamentals:   We now have mums, pumpkins, indian corn and gourds for you to choose. 

Mums and Pumpkins, 9-16-10

Gourds are so interesting to look at!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Cider time:  We are now on our 3rd pressing of cider for the year, each pressing gets better and better as the flavor of the apples changes.  It is $5.00 a gallon, $2.75 a half gallon, and this year we offer quart jugs for $1.50.  Our cider is not pasteurized (so of course it must be refrigerated)  but we feel that is what makes it so good and tasting like real apple juice.

Homemade Baked Goods:  We are continuing to offer homemade baked goods on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  This week I highly recommend the apple dumplings.  They are made from our Cortland apples, they are amazing.

We love decorating the market for Fall, when you come out, please bring your camera and feel free to take pictures.  We now have 3 areas adjacent in the market set up for spots you can take family photo’s in, decorated with pumpkin scarecrows and our famous old truck.

Our Apple Picking Scarecrow is back1

Hope to see you this weekend,

Beth

Update on U-Pick grapes

We opened the U-Pick Concord purple grapes today and we were overwhelmed by the number of people who came out to pick.    We have never experienced such a large crowd in one day.  Due to how how many we had picked out today, there will not be many left to pick, especially since we had few Concord grapes this year to start with due to the spring frosts and hailstorm.  At the rate they are being picked, we don’t think they will last more than a few more days.  SO PLEASE CALL before you travel very far to make sure we have some left to pick.  269-244-5690. 

We do still have lots of White Niagara grapes to pick, they were not as impacted by the frost and hail.

We apologize for those of you who wanted them this year and may not get any, this has just not been a very good year for grapes in Michigan.  Let’s hope for a better year next year.

Thanks for your understanding.

Beth

U-Pick Grape and Apple Update

 

 U-Pick Grapes

  • White Niagra grapes:  Open for picking now. 
  • Blue/Purple Concord grapes:  Will open for U-Pick on Monday, September 13th
  • If you want both color grapes, you should try to come the week of September 13th.

 

  • U-Pick Grape Pricing:  Will remain the same as last year which is 20 cents/lb.   If you pick over 100 pounds, it is 15 cent/pound.  A bushel of grapes weighs approximately 40 to 50 pounds depending on how you fill it.

 

  •  As most of you know, once we open the U-Pick grapes, they will be  available up until Welch’s comes to harvest them.   Preliminary information from Welch’s says they will probably harvest our white niagara grapes starting on 9-11 (we will save a field for you to pick in the week of 9-13) and the purple concords around 9-25.  However, this can change, so we will keep you posted with the latest.  Welch’s is trying to manage a nation wide schedule of harvests and processing plants, so we have no control over this.   You can always check the website for the latest information or call us.  269-244-5690. 
  • For those of you who have picked grapes in previous years, you will notice there are fewer than in previous years due to early frost and some hail damage.  We have a total of 120 acres of grapes, so there should still be enough for everyone.

 

  • Picking Instructions for U-Pick Grapes
  1. Please bring containers to pick your grapes in such as buckets, baskets, tubs, etc.
  2. Please check in with the market clerk when you arrive and make sure your containers are weighed before you pick.
  3. Please bring garden clippers/scissors/knife or a similar tool to cut the grapes, this makes it easier.
  4. Dress appropriately for a vineyard setting where natural hazards exist: Bees/hornets/wasps/poison ivy or poison oak and places where the ground is not level, etc. You might want to wear enclosed shoes/socks and pants due to the tall grass. (We cannot mow the grass this close to harvesting….)

U-Pick Apple update:  We will open the apple orchard for picking on September 16th for all apples except Cortland, which we will open up on September 13th. (Cortland only on the 13th).    Since we do not have any early apples due to frost, we have had to wait for the later apples to ripen.  What we will have for picking will be:  Cortlands, Red and Golden Delicious, Fuji, a few Cameo, Jonathans and possibly a few Northern Spies.  Sorry, we have a very light crop of apples this year due to a spring frost compounded by a hailstorm which damaged them.  They will be $12 a bushel to pick, the same as last year. 

We will update you on apples as soon as we know more, thanks for your patience.

Beth

Apple update

Labor Day Weekend:  Wow, what a busy weekend we had, thanks for everyone who came to the market.    Some of you might have seen glimpses of a wedding couple on the farm on Sunday, congratulations to my neice Jessica Sonday who was married to Travis Steck.  For my Dad this was the first grandchild to marry, it was a beautiful day and a beautiful wedding, we wish them all the best.
Apples:  We have a smaller apple crop than normal this year due to spring frosts/freezes and damage from a hailstorm which occurred in May.    While the State of Michigan is down about 25% for their apple crop, some of our varieties have taken a 60% hit.   Many of the apples have some hail damage on them, which left a mark or indent where the hail hit and the apple skin healed over.   This does not hurt the good flavor or the quality of the apple, but the apples do not look as nice as we are all accustomed to.  We will be grading the apples and removing those that have the worst hail damage to use for making cider.   But this smaller crop means that certain varieties and the U-Pick could go very quickly this year. The three types of apples we have the most of are:  Fuji, Golden Delicious and Red Delicious. 
Apple Pricing:  As each apple type becomes available, we will update you.  But in general, the 2010 apples prices will be the same as last year or in some cases a bit lower, due to the hail damage. 
 
Apples available on the market now:
  • Cortland:  $18 a bushel, $9.50 a half bushel, $6.00 peck
  • Honey Crisp:  $1.00/lb.  We try to have these on the market at all times, but they are not ripening consistently, so there may be days we don’t have them, you may want to call in advance to make sure we do before you drive over  269-244-5690.  We also try to offer bags of “not so perfect” Honeycrisp for half price.  Check these out when you are at the market.
  • JonaGold:  $18 a bushel, $9.50 a half bushel, $6.00 peck
  • Jonathon:  $16 a bushel, $8.50 a half bushel, $5.00 peck

Apples which are gone for the year:

  • Jon-A-Mac: (very light crop)
  • Gala:  (very light crop)
  • MacIntosh:   (very light crop)
  • Molly’s Delicious:  (very light crop)

U-Pick Apples:   An estimate on when U-Pick apples might be available is the 2nd week of September.  We hope to provide an opening date by the end of this week.  Of course it depends on the weather and how they ripen.  We will post the opening date and send an email as soon as we know this.  They will be the same price as last year to pick which is $12/bushel.

Thanks,

Beth

Labor Day Weekend Update

 

The unusual summer weather pattern has brought a different look than normal to the market for Labor Day.  Many of the summer fruits and vegetables have already finished for the year, such as sweet corn, green beans, summer squash, cucumbers, peaches, plums and pears.    It is starting to look and feel like fall with apples coming in.  Here is what we have available this weekend:

  • Apples:   Jon-A-Mac’s, Cortland, Molly’s Delicious and Honey Crisp
  • White Niagra Grapes
  • Raspberries
  • Watermelons
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • October or “shell out” beans
  • Lots and lots of beautiful tomatoes, already picked or for you to pick

Homemade Baked Goods:  We have pies, cookies, cinnamon rolls and apple dumplings available on Saturday and Sunday and since it is a holiday, we will have them on Monday too.    My recommendation for this weekend is the pear pie, it is a once a year exclusive using our Barlett pears; it is amazing!

U-Pick Apples:   An estimate on when U-Pick apples might be available is the 2nd week of September.  Of course it depends on the weather and how they ripen.  We will post the opening date and send an email as soon as we know.  They will be $12/bushel, the same price as last year.

 U-Pick Grapes:  We have plenty of white Niagra and blue Concord grapes this year.   However, for those of you who have picked grapes in previous years, you will notice there are fewer than in previous years due to early frost and some hail damage.  We have a total of 120 acres of grapes.

  • White Niagra grapes:  We are going to go open the white Niagra grapes for picking this weekend for those who just want to get a few to eat.   If you pick carefully, you can find some bunches that are ready, but most are not. If you want larger quantities  for grape jelly, juice or wine, you need to wait for them to ripen more.   Since the weather has cooled down, I would recommend waiting to pick larger quantities the week of September 13th. 
  • Blue/Purple Concord grapes:  Our best estimate is these will be open for U-Pick the week of September 13th. 
  • If you want both color grapes, you should wait to come when the Concord picking opens.  There will still be plenty of white grapes available then.
  • U-Pick Grape Pricing:  Will remain the same as last year which is 20 cents/lb.   If you pick over 100 pounds, it is 15 cent/pound.  A bushel of grapes weighs approximately 50 pounds
  •  As most of you know, once we open the U-Pick grapes, they will be  available up until Welch’s comes to harvest them.   Preliminary information from Welch’s says they will probably harvest our grapes the week of September 20th.  However, this can change, so we will keep you posted with the latest.   I would also encourage you to check back on the website or call to confirm since we are only able to give estimates right now.  269-244-5690. 
  • Picking Instructions for U-Pick Grapes
  1. Please bring containers to pick your grapes in such as buckets, baskets, tubs, etc.
  2. Please check in with the market clerk when you arrive and make sure your containers are weighed before you pick.
  3. Please bring garden clippers/scissors/knife or a similar tool to cut the grapes, this makes it easier.
  4. Dress appropriately for a vineyard setting where natural hazards exist: Bees/hornets/wasps/poison ivy or poison oak and places where the ground is not level, etc. You might want to wear enclosed shoes/socks and pants due to the tall grass. (We cannot mow the grass this close to harvesting….)

Brandy House Tours and Tasting:  Since we are embarking upon cider season, we will not be able to have our Brandy house open on Saturdays from 1 – 4.  We apologize for this and will advise you when we will offer this again.

Labor Day Weekend Remembrance: Labor Day marks the 5th year of the passing of Allene Hubbard, who was the owner and creator of this beautiful farm market, and of course, my mother.  Her spirit and our wonderful memories of her remain strong as the family works to carry on her legacy. 

We thank you again for your support of our farm and for buying locally grown produce and goods.  Have a great weekend,

Beth