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

Corey Lake Orchards

Apples are now gone for the year, Please come out for the Fall Color Tour

Well,  we find ourselves in a very unusual situation, the beginning of October and out of apples!    As you know, usually this is the prime  time to get apples, but due to the light crop we had, they are now  gone.  So sorry….

U-Pick apples: You may still try to pick apples if you want,  but we only have “end of harvest gleaning” left for $6.00 a  bushel.  There are very, very few left; a few here and there on some of the trees, and due to the hail storm, it is difficult to find any nice apples.  Sorry.

Length of our fall season and Fall Color Tour, Sunday October 17th:  Due to the light apple crop,  our last day will be  Sunday, October 17th.  This is also the day slated for the annual fall color tour in St. Joseph County which we participate in.  While we may not have apples, we will have a variety of other things for you to participate in and see, including local arts and crafts.    It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend, so just come out and enjoy the fall colors and being on the farm, you are welcome to stroll through the grape vineyards and orchards, or walk down to the lake.

The local art and crafts will include photography, paintings, cards, baskets, soaps, hand painted items, wine charms, bottle toppers and covers, recycled glass items and more.

In addition, the people that make the local products you purchase here all season will be here with their goods:

  • Ruth:  With her outstanding pecan and cashew brittle
  • Kathy:  With her handcrafted embroidered canvas and quilted market totes
  • Mary:  With her jams and apple butter
  • Michaela and Patti:  With a great selection of pies, apple dumplings and cookies
  • Diane:  With her painted pumpkins and gourds

Special demonstrations:

Beekeeping; Beekeeper Charlotte Hubbard will share beekeeping basics and equipment if you’ve ever thought about having bees, along with a (non occupied) hive to show what goes on inside.  She will also have clevery decorated honey bears featuring some of Corey Lake Orchards’ own honey and bee themed greeting cards.  Profits from these sales go to her late husband’s charitable foundation, raising money to feed the hungry.

Birds of Prey:  Aimee Pico and Darlene Brockman of Lake Milton Raptor Education Center will be presenting live birds of prey from 1 – 3 p.m.  Come and experience being eye to eye with an owl, hawk and falcon.  Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn about such majestic creatures, Bring your camera.

Cider and Donuts:  We will have glasses of our freshly pressed cider for you to enjoy and along with these, donuts, made by the High School Youth Group from the Immaculate Conception Church in Three Rivers.  They will even have coffee brewing!

Beefalo products:  Available from Green’s MM Beefalo Farm of Vicksburg.  They will offer their Beefalo meat products which is a cross of 5/8 Beef and 3/8 Buffalo.  Their beefalo is naturally raised, lower in fat and cholesterol then beef. www.greensmmbeefalo.

Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour, October 17th!  12 – 5, Download the full brochure here! Color Tour Brochure FINAL 2010

As of right now, we  still  have some Concord  grapes to pick.  They are 20 cents a pound, or 15 cents a pound if you pick over 100 pounds.  What we have left is primarily in the middle of some long rows.

Pumpkins, Gourds and Fall Ornamentals: We have  pumpkins available, ranging from $5.00 for the largest pumpkin , with smaller pumpkins available for $4, $3, and $1.  We also have some “fun” gourds (3 for $1), mums ($3.00 each) and Indian corn for fall decorating.    We have great birdhouse gourds and even snake gourds.

Tomatoes:  We have not had a hard frost here, so we still have tomatoes to pick as well as for sale on the market.

Cider:  Just pressed,  it is $5.00 a gallon, also available in half gallons and quarts.

Squash:  We have squash including acorn, butternut, buttercup and sweet dumpling available to choose from at only 40 cents per pound.

We do hope to see you for our final week and would love to have you participate in the Fall color Tour this coming Sunday,

Beth

First Week of October update

Well,  we find ourselves in a very unusual situation, the beginning of October and almost out of apples!    As you know, usually this is the prime  time to get apples, but due to the light crop we had, they are almost gone.  We expect by the end of this weekend we will be entirely sold out of apples.  So sorry….

U-Pick apples:   You may still try to pick apples if you want,  but we only have “end of harvest gleaning” left for $6.00 a  bushel.  There are very, very few left; a few here and and there on some of the trees.    Because the weather is supposed to be so beautiful this weekend and you want to bring the family out just to be outdoors, you are most welcome, but it may be a  treasure hunt to find them! 

Picked apples:  We have the following varieties for sale on the market:

  • Fuji:  $18 a bushel, $9.50 a half bushel, $6.00 peck
  • Red Delicious:  $14.00, $7.50 a half bushel, $4.00 peck 

As of right now, we  still  have some Concord  grapes to pick.  They are 20 cents a pound, or 15 cents a pound if you pick over 100 pounds.  What we have left is primarily in the middle of some long rows.

Pumpkins, Gourds and Fall Ornamentals:  We have a nice selection of pumpkins available, ranging from $5.00 for the largest pumpkin , with smaller pumpkins available for $4, $3, and $1.  We also have some “fun” gourds (3 for $1), mums ($3.00 each) and Indian corn for fall decorating.    We have great birdhouse gourds and even snake gourds.

Tomatoes:  We have not had a hard frost here, so we still have tomatoes to pick as well as for sale on the market.

Cider:  Just pressed,  it is $5.00 a gallon, also available in half gallons and quarts.

Squash:  We have squash including acorn, butternut, buttercup and sweet dumpling available to choose from at only 40 cents per pound. 

Homemade Baked Goods:  This weekend we have all of the usual baked goods, pies, cookies and apple dumplings.  This weekend I recommend the decorated Halloween sugar cookies, not only are they adorable, they are delicious!

Length of our fall season and Fall Color Tour, Sunday October 17th:  Due to the light apple crop,  our last day will be  Sunday, October 17th.  This is also the day slated for the annual fall color tour in St. Joseph County which we participate in.  While we may not have apples, we will have a variety of other things for you to participate in and see, including local arts and crafts.    We will be open until 6:00 that day.  Check for an email and website update in a few days with a full listing of all that will be available during the Fall Color tour on Sunday, October 17th, from 12 – 5.

Beth

Can we help Emily with her Master’s Thesis about Local food?

Corey Lake Orchards customers, I received this from Emily and have been in touch with her to understand how important this information will be to her thesis and other local growers like myself, so if you have a few minutes, let’s try to help her get the information she is looking for.  Thanks in advance,

Beth

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Hello!  My name is Emily Simms.  I am a graduate student in the Geography Department at Western Michigan University.  You are invited to participate in a research project entitled “Local Food: Perceptions and Realities in Kalamazoo, Michigan” which I am conducting with my thesis adviser, Dr. Lucius Hallett, IV.  This project is designed to analyze local food systems and consumption practices in southwestern Michigan. This research is being conducted as part of my Master’s Thesis requirements.  The questionnaire should take no more than 15 minutes of your time and your replies will be completely anonymous.  Please following the link posted below to participate.  The survey will be available until October 31st.

The final results of this survey will not only be beneficial to my graduate research, but will also be helpful to the local food community in southwestern Michigan.  First and foremost, this thesis research will fill a gap in the local food academic literature.  This survey, and resulting documents, will give a concrete example of who local food consumers are in southwestern Michigan.  In addition to the academic benefits of this research, an understanding of who local food consumers are in our area will benefit everyone in the local food community.  The results of this study will help vendors better market their products to their current customer base.  This study will also determine what customer bases have yet to be reached by the local food community in our area.  Similarly, growers will have a better understanding of what consumers want from their local food system and why they choose to buy local.  Hopefully, this research project can provide a summary of the local food community as it is today in southwestern Michigan.  Again, this survey is completely voluntary and anonymous.  The process should take no more than 15 minutes of your time.   I appreciate your time and help!  Please take a few minutes from your day to participate and spread the word. 
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LocalFoodConsumption-WMUThesis

October update

Apples:  Given what a light crop of apples we had  this year, we have very few apples left which is unusual for us at  this time of year.    You may still try to pick apples if you want,  but we only have “end of harvest gleaning” left for $6.00 a  bushel.  There are very, very few left; a few here and and there on some of the trees.

Picked apples:  We have the following varieties for sale on the market:

  • Fuji:  $18 a bushel, $9.50 a half bushel, $6.00 peck
  • Red Delicious:  $14.00, $7.50 a half bushel, $4.00 peck 

All of our apples have been picked for the year, so you may want to call ahead to make sure we have what you are looking for.

As of right now, we  still  have some Concord  grapes to pick.  We would encourage you to call first to make sure there is still picking.     

Pumpkins, Gourds and Fall Ornamentals:  We have a nice selection of pumpkins available, ranging from $5.00 for the largest pumpkin , with smaller pumpkins available for $4, $3, and $1.  We also have some “fun” gourds (3 for $1), mums ($3.00 each) and Indian corn for fall decorating.    We great birdhouse gourds and even snake gourds.

First Frost is expected soon:  So, we hurried out this morning and picked as many tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and cabbage as there was.  This may be one of the last weekends and coming weeks for you to get these!

Cider:  Just pressed,  it is $5.00 a gallon, also available in half gallons and quarts.

Squash:  We have lots of squash including acorn, butternut, buttercup and sweet dumpling available to choose from at only 40 cents per pound. 

Bosc Pears:  These are $18.00 a bushel, or you can buy a small basket of them to eat.  This is a winter pear, firm and sweet, great to eat or make into desserts.

Length of our fall season:  Due to the light apple crop, we will probably close earlier than normal this year.  We are going to try to stay open through October 17th, but it will  depend on how many apples we have to sell.  We will give you an update when we know more.

Update on apples, grapes and other fall items

U-Pick Concord (purple) and Niagara (white) grapes:  Whew, it has been fairly crazy here since we opened the grape picking on September 13th.   We are surprised and pleased by how many grapes have been picked.  Sometimes it may have seemed as if we were confused about whether or not we had any grapes, indeed, we were.  Due to so many customers coming out each day, there were several days we had to close the vineyard and “hold” people from coming out until everyone who was picking finished to see what we had left.    Because there was not an abundanace of Concord grapes due to the frost, it was not easy to tell what was left until we could assess the vineyard at the end of each day and find some additional rows with grapes to open up for the next day.  We tried our very best this year to ensure everyone picked in locations where no one else had previously picked by tracking and monitoring our different vineyards.  We hoped this helped. 

As of right now, we still  have both Concord and Niagara grapes to pick.  We would encourage you to call first to make sure the picking is open in case we get flooded with a lot of customers like happened this past week.     Many of you are asking how much longer we will have grapes.  Here’s the best answer we can give:  The mechanical harvester has already come and picked all of the white Niagara grapes except for one field we left for U-Pick.  There are pieces of several rows left of the White Niagara to pick, then these will be gone.  For the Concord grapes, we are currently working down long rows of a 20 acre field for people wanting to U-Pick.  Given the shortage of Concord grapes, we are not sure if and when they will be mechanically harvested.   We will be open for Concord grape picking as long as we can continue to find spots where there are still grapes to pick in. 

When both colors of grapes are gone, we will post this on the website.  Again, since we have been on a day to day basis, it is still best just to call to see if we have grapes available for picking.  269-244-5690.

U-Pick Apples:  We have now been open for U-Pick apples for about a week and there are a few still that  you can pick.  Mostly what is left is Red and Yellow Delicious, a few Spies and some Fuji.   Again, we did not have a large crop this year due to the spring frost/freeze, compounded by a hailstorm in May which damaged the apples pretty significantly.   We  really appreciate  those of you who have been out to pick and graciously endured the conditions of our orchard this year.   We had many families out this past weekend who made the most of the experience with their children, we think even providing a valuable life lesson that sometimes this is just what happens and we cannot control the weather or always have bountiful crops.    While the apples may not be very pretty, they still do taste good coming right off the tree!   Many of you were as sad seeing the orchard this way as we have been all year trying our best to bring some of our apples to harvest.  Let’s hope for a better year next year. 

Given how few apples are left, we are now going to open the orchards up for what we call “end of harvest gleaning.”  What this means is you can now go pick what is left on the tree or on the ground for half of the original U-Pick price (was $12.00).    So for $6 a bushel, you can come pick the remaining apples in the orchards we have open for U-Pick.  For those of you trying to get apples for applesauce or perhaps pick apples to feed your horses, this is a very economical way to do it if you don’t mind the extra work required to pick the apples and trim off some of the hail damaged spots.  Please check in at the market first for directions. 

Two young customers enjoying fresh apples

Picked apples:  We still have the following varieties for sale on the market:

  • Braeburn:  50 cents a pound,  (half price due to hail damage)
  • Cameo:  $16 a bushel, $8.50 a half bushel, $5.00 peck
  • Cortland:  $18 a bushel, $9.50 a half bushel, $6.00 peck
  • Fuji:  $18 a bushel, $9.50 a half bushel, $6.00 peck
  • Golden Delicious:  $16 a bushel, $8.50 a half bushel, $5.00 peck
  • Honey Crisp:  Very few left, 50 cents a pound,  (half price due to hail damage)
  • JonaGold:  $18 a bushel, $9.50 a half bushel, $6.00 peck
  • Jonathon:  $16 a bushel, $8.50 a half bushel, $5.00 peck
  • Red Delicious:  $14.00, $7.50 a half bushel, $4.00 peck
  • Red Rome:  $16 a bushel, $8.50 a half bushel, $5.00 peck

Pumpkins:  We have a nice selection of pumpkins available, ranging from $5.00 for the largest pumpkin , with smaller pumpkins available for $4, $3, and $1.  We also have some “fun” gourds (3 for $1), mums ($3.00 each) and Indian corn for fall decorating.

Pumpkins just harvested from our fields

Cider:  We just finished pressing what we believe is our best cider so far this year.  It takes a few weeks for the apples to develop a good flavor for cider and this week’s was excellent.  It is $5.00 a gallon, also available in half gallons and quarts.

Squash:  We have lots of squash including acorn, butternut, buttercup and sweet dumpling available to choose from at only 40 cents per pound. 

Length of our fall season:  Due to the light apple crop, we will probably close earlier than normal this year.  We are going to try to stay open through October 17th, but it will  depend on how many apples we have to sell.  We will give you an update when we know more.

On this first day of fall, please accept our wishes for a great fall.  Thanks as always for being such great customers.   During a difficult year like this has been for us, having you as customers gives us much to be grateful and thankful for.

Beth, on behalf of everyone at Corey Lake Orchards