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

Corey Lake Orchards

U-Pick Strawberry Update

This cold and rainy weather has really affected our strawberries this week.    Not as many are ripening so there are not as many to pick right now.   The last several mornings we have opened our U-Pick field at 7:30 and had to turn people away by 8:00 because all of our rows had been assigned and the yield is just not there right now.

We hope to have berries possibly through around June 17th or so, depending on the weather.  If it gets as warm as predicted this weekend, that should ripen them back up again for better picking.

Just wanted to give you this update so for those of you trying to come pick, you were aware of the current situation.

Beth

U-Pick Strawberry Update

We opened the strawberries for U-Pick today and it was a perfect day; no rain, cool breeze and good picking!   We did not get picked out, like has happened in previous years and we closed the field at noon.     So just want to remind everyone coming to pick berries that we will open the field for picking at 7:30 am and close at 12:00 noon, unless we pick out earlier.    When all of the rows have been picked, we will close the patch until the next day.    You can always call the market for picking conditions and to get an estimate on how long we may be open based on how many people are there.  269-244-5690.

Here’s a picture of a family that came today and had a great time picking (and sampling!)  

Family picking strawberries on 6-3-10

Strawberries are Ready!

Picked Berries:

We now have picked berries available in the market for $3.00/quart.  When available or when ordered in advance, you can buy an 8 quart flat for $20.00 ($2.50/qt).  If you would like to place an order, please call us at 269-244-5690 and we will call you when we can get them for you.

Strawberries for Sale

Strawberry U-Pick Opening Date

We will open our U-Pick patch on Thursday, June 3rd for picking.  They will be $1.00 per quart.  Please bring quart boxes to pick in if you have them, or bring containers (bowls, boxes, buckets) to transfer them in if you need to borrow our quart containers.

Picking Hours:  This year we will open the field at 7:30 a.m. to begin picking.    On busy days, we will hand out numbers when people come in and assign rows to those who arrived first.  When all of the rows have been picked for the day, we will close the field.  In the past few years, we have usually picked out within several hours, especially at the beginning of the season. 

The majority of the berries are still growing and ripening and the best picking should be the week of June 8th.   But there are still plenty of berries to pick when we open this week, especially to get some for the first strawberry shortcake of the season!  The strawberry season usually lasts about 10 days to 2 weeks, but of course it is totally dependent on the weather.  To inquire about the picking conditions, you can call us at 269-244-5690.

Hail Damage to the strawberries:  We had an extremely bad hailstorm on May 20th which damaged some of the berries.  On some berries you will see small marks, like a skin abrasion, where the hail hit the berry.  This does not damage the flavor or hurt the berry, but you will see the marks and they are not as “pretty” as we would like them to be!!

Rhubarb:  We will try to have rhubarb available for the entire strawberry season, as so many of you like to combine rhubarb and strawberries.

Asparagus:  Is now gone for the season!

Sweet Cherries:  We have a good crop of sweet cherries this year, but do have some hail damage.  Based on everything running about two weeks early this year due to the early warm weather, check back about June 10th for an update on when they might be ready.

Sour Cherries:  We do not have as many sour cherries as we normally have each year,  check back around June 1oth for an update on when they might be ready.

Greenhouse Tomatoes:  We have lots of them, so make sure to get some when you come for your berries!

Hope to see you during strawberry season,

Beth

Greenhouse Produce and Strawberry Update

Asparagus and Rhubarb are both coming to the end of their season.  We hope to be able to have it through May 31st.  So hurry over to get your last fresh asparagus and rhubarb for the year.   If you haven’t gotten around to freezing any yet, call us to get an order in as soon as possible.  269-244-5690. 

Green House Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Zucchini:    We have lots of tomatoes now and they are beautiful this year!  We also pick cucumbers fresh daily.   This week we have fresh zucchini squash from another local greenhouse for sale.  

Green House Tomatoes

 

Strawberries:  Check back next week (around June 3rd) for more information.  We are still assessing the extent of the damage done to the strawberry crop by last week’s hail storm.  Until the berries and remaining blossoms mature a bit more, we really won’t know how significant the damage is.  We will keep you updated.    Pricing will remain the same as last year: 

  • U-Pick:  $1.00/quart
  • Picked Berries:  $3.00 quart or a flat of 8 quarts for $20.00.    We will take orders for flats and call you when/if they are available.  Please call us at 269-244-5690 to leave your name, phone number and how many you would like to get.

Other items available now:    Several of the local folks who supply us have now stocked our market for the year:  Ruth’s candy,  pecan and cashew brittle;  Honey from Babcock’s Apiary and Tom’s Bees;  Artwork and cards by Artists Larry and Becky Hackenberg:  Cards by photographer Barb Kroggel.    We love these locally produced products and appreciate the opportunity to carry them.

Hanging Baskets:  We still have a nice selection of hanging flower baskets left. 

Have a safe and good Memorial Day Weekend! 

Beth

Greenhouse produce update and a Birthday Milestone is achieved

Greenhouse Tomatoes and Cucumbers:  Finally, we are starting to pick tomatoes and cucumbers from our greenhouse in small quantities, but in the days and weeks to come they will hopefully be more plentiful.    Feel free to call ahead to make sure we have them if you are going to drive out or ask us to save them.  269-244-5690.

Green Beans from our Greenhouse:  We tried growing green beans in our greenhouse this year as an experiment and it was quite successful.  Unfortunately, we only planted one small row so we only have them about twice a week and they go fast since they are so fresh and tender.

Asparagus and Rhubarb:  We still have both of these and should have daily until the season ends.

A Birthday Milestone:  My Dad celebrated his 80th birthday on May 15th and all of my sisters were here to celebrate with him.   We all wish him many, many more birthdays to come.   Please be sure to congratulate him when you are at the market this year.

Beth

Charlotte, Beth, Dayton, Linda and Brenda for the 80th Birthday Celebration