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

Corey Lake Orchards

Mid July Update

Given the heat and the nice rain last week, the market is now abundant with summer produce, so come on over!  We have:

  • Sweet Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Cucumbers (all sizes)
  • Peppers, both green bell and sweet banana
  • Egg plant
  • Onions
  • Red Potatoes
  • Cabbage
  • Yellow summer squash and zuchinni

Tomatoes:  Finally, this morning we picked our first half bushel of field tomatoes, but they are coming on slowly.  It will be several more weeks before we will have U-Pick tomatoes.  We still have our greenhouse tomatoes in the meantime.  Plus…..since we have now taken out our greenhouse for the year, we stripped the plants of the remaining green tomatoes, so we are offering a special on green tomatoes:

          Green Tomatoes:  1/2 bushel for $5.00 !!     In addition to making fried green tomatoes, you can make green tomato relish and even salsa!

Blueberries:  Our blueberries are just finishing for the year, we will hopefully have them through this coming weekend.

Peaches:  We have a light crop of peaches again this year due to the spring freeze, as well hail as damage from the May hailstorm , but we hope to have some in about 10 days to two weeks.

Melons:  Both watermelon and canteloupe are still several weeks away.

Pears:  We have a great crop of pears and will give you an update about mid August as to when they will be ready.

New!!  Baked Goods!!  Starting this week, on Fridays and Saturdays, we will have homemade baked goods.  Michaela (who you will find working in the market most afternoons) and her mother, Patti Eberhard, are the bakers, and I can personally attest to how great their baked goods are!  They will have pies (made with our fruit), cookies, cupcakes and cinnamon rolls.

Lawn services.  Several of you who have summer homes here or are leaving on vacation have asked me about whether I know of anyone who can help with your lawn.    In fact, my son Jay, who also works here on the farm and many of you know, has a side business of lawncare services, including mowing, trimming and this fall, leaf pick up.  He can be reached on 517-507-2525 or at JayKitzinger@verizon.net.

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

Beth

Market Update

Wanted to give you a quick update to let you know we are beginning to fill out the market with summer produce.  We now have a good supply daily of blueberries, green beans, onions, red potatoes, zucchini and yellow summer squash.  We are just beginning to bring in bell peppers and sweet banana peppers.  We are picking corn pretty much every day, but every now and then we run into a gap where the next planting is not quite ready, so you may want to call ahead to make sure we have corn.   Tomatoes are continuing to be very stubborn in ripening this year, seems to me we gave them plenty of hot weather this past week!     We still have not picked one yet from our field, so to keep tomatoes available to you, we are bringing them in from another grower in Indiana out of their greenhouse.

Freezing and Canning quantities:  Many of you are asking about getting larger quantities for freezing or canning on things like blueberries, beans, corn, tomatoes, etc.  We are happy to take your name and phone number and call you when we can pick those for you.   269-244-5690.

So, since we don’t have a lot to report this week, I thought I would invite you to view a short video that has been posted on our website that you may not be aware of.    The BPA group from Sturgis High school made a wonderful video this year called  “America’s Heartland.”    They tried to select a range of different types of farming and farmers to be featured in the video and asked myself and my son Jay to participate.  We were honored to participate and want to thank and congratulate the Sturgis High BPA group on their award winning video.  They won 2nd place at the National competition!   Take a few minutes and click the link below to see it.

http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/videos/

So, have a safe and wonderful weekend and thanks as always, for supporting us by buying fresh, local produce and other goods from us.  Hope to see you soon. 

Beth

Happy 4th of July weekend!

Here’s wishing everyone a great holiday weekend!   I wanted to let you know what we will have at the market this weekend and also to answer some of the most frequently asked questions, such as:

When will you have sweet corn?  We hope we will be able to start picking some this weekend, probably Saturday.

Why don’t you have any tomatoes?  Remember those really hot weeks we had in May and June?  It caused all of our greenhouse tomatoes to ripen at the same time.  Many of you commented that you could not believe how our counters were overflowing with tomatoes.  We try hard each year to time this just right so that our greenhouse tomatoes carry us to our field tomatoes, but due to the hot weather we had early, we missed it.  Knowing that many of you want a tomato to slice on a hamburger or BLT this weekend, we purchased tomatoes today from another grower that we know in Indiana who had extra greenhouse tomatoes.  We normally do not do this and prefer not to, as we like to hold true to “growing what we sell,” but we have made an exception and so…..this weekend, we actually do have tomatoes, they are just not grown on our farm.

How come we have missed strawberries and cherries?  It is hard to believe these are gone for the year, but again, due to those extremely hot weeks we had earlier this year, everything is running 10 days to 2 weeks early.  So, keep this in mind as the year progresses. 

So, what else do you have in the market this weekend?  We have yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, fresh onions, new red potatoes, green beans, snow peas, sugar peas, cabbage, and cauliflower.  And…..blueberries!  How much of everything we pick each day varies, so you are always welcome to call the market before you drive over to make sure we have what you are looking for or to ask us to save it for you.  269-244-5690.

So, have a safe and wonderful weekend and thanks as always, for supporting us by buying fresh, local produce and other goods from us.

Beth

Sour Cherries are ending, Blueberries are starting

If you want to pick sour cherries you really need to come in the next few days.  While there are still plenty left to pick, due to all of the rain, they are not going to keep much longer.  We are no longer picking them for the market, so it us just U-Pick now.  I suspect by about the end of Wednesday, there will be very few left.

Blueberries are starting and are available for $5.00 per quart, or $3.00 per pint.   Since they are just starting, we are not picking too many each day and tend to sell out by the end of the day, so feel free to call us and we can reserve some for you.  269-244-5690.

The summer vegetables really are coming!!  We picked some yellow summer squash and zucchini yesterday and we hope to pick a few green beans tomorrow.

Beth

A Quiet Time at our Market

Well, we are experiencing a quiet and sort of empty market right now while we are waiting for most of the summer crops to arrive.   We still have plenty of sour cherries for you to pick and they are really nice right now.    There are only a few sweet cherries left to pick, high up in the trees, and we no longer are picking any for the market.

We did pick our first blue berries of the season today and with all of the rain we have had, they are really large and plump this year.  Since they are just starting,  we are only picking a few each day and they sell out quickly.  Carol was one of our lucky customers who got some today, she was so excited that our blue berries were ready that everyone on the market got a hug when she saw the blueberries and tasted them.  She made sure that my Dad, who grew the berries ,got a hug too.  But Carol, you still owe the picker a hug as he was still out picking when you came!  It is amazing for all of us to experience the “firsts” of the season as they come in and it reminds our taste buds of those flavors we have missed for a whole year.

So, I will update you in the near future when more of our summer crops start to come in like Green Beans, Summer Squash, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Egg plant, etc.    Since we are not sure what we will bring in each day, feel free to call the market and see what we have available before you drive over.  269-244-5690.

Have a good weekend, can you believe it is supposed to rain again?!!    Well, it has been a blessing that we have not had to use the irrigation so far this year.

Beth