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

Corey Lake Orchards

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

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