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U-Pick Grapes, U-Pick Apples, Cider, Dumplings, and Spookley…

We are loving this weather and delighted that the weather people have told us it will be here through the weekend. It will be a great few days to be out on the farm. Here’s what we will have this weekend.

Summer vegetables are winding down as fall produce fills the market. We still are picking some of these daily, but not huge quantities: zucchini, summer squash, cabbage, peppers (many kinds), kale (red Russian, Tuscan, and curly from Becca’s garden), eggplant, brussels sprouts, black beans and herbs.

We have lots of fall squash now: acorn, butternut, buttercup, spaghetti squash, and heart of gold. Sage bundles are ready for those who want them. $1 for small bundles and $2 for large bundles. Fall cauliflower is here–huge and beautiful.

Apple cider is here! Our cider is not pasteurized or treated in any way–just pure squeezed apples! It has been flying off the shelf so we have already adjusted our pressing cycle to make it on demand….but…there is a chance we might run out in any given day, so always feel free to call us to make sure we have it before you drive out.  269-244-5690.

Picked Tomatoes: Tomatoes are slowing down with the cool weather and we are no longer taking orders for bushels of tomatoes. We will continue to have them for sale by the pound until the first frost.

U-Pick Tomatoes: The U-Pick tomato field is open 8 to 6 daily, you can pick your own for $14 a bushel. It will be open until the first frost. You do not need to call ahead to come as we have gotten through everyone on the list who signed up for U-Pick – please just come to the market to check in. We appreciate everyone’s patience this year with tomato picking as we had to work through the weather issues. The tomatoes are really beautiful this year.

Fall Ornamentals: Pumpkins, gourds, specialty pumpkins, rainbow corn and popcorn, and small hay bales are ready for your fall decorating. Diane’s famous painted pumpkins are on the market too.

Diane's famous painted pumpkins are here

Diane’s famous painted pumpkins are here

Potatoes: We have white, red, and the russet baking potatoes on the market. We’ve harvested all our potatoes for the year, so they are now available by the bushel for your fall/winter use. They are $20 a bushel, which  makes them less than 50 cents a pound. Bring containers to put bushels in, preferably crates or something similar so air can circulate through.

Bagged onions: Our sweet candy onions (red and yellow) and our white superstar onions have now been cleaned and bagged. They have been dried and cured and will keep for you. Shallots and special cipollini cooking onions are also available.

This weekend in the bakery we will have:

  • Pies: apple, blueberry, cherry, cherry berry, pear, pecan, fresh pumpkin
  • Apple Dumplings
  • Cookies: apple and lady-bug cut outs, monster (oatmeal, m&m’s and peanut butter), oatmeal raisin, lemon
    Bread: whole wheat, cinnamon, vegetable.
    Cinnamon rolls and sticky buns.
    Donuts: apple, buttermilk, pumpkin.
    Slushies: apple cider and white grape peach.

If you would like to reserve any baked goods please call us at (269) 244-5690.

A note from the bakersApple Dumplings are here! Starting this weekend we will have apple dumplings available in the bakery. We take a whole Cortland apple, peel it, core it, and wrap it in our pie dough. We then bake the apples in pans with our special cinnamon caramel sauce. Fall is the only time we can make them and they are wonderful! We will have apple dumplings available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday now thru Fall Color Tour (October 12).  Reminder that we have our Northern Spy frozen apple pies on special since it is apple season….you can buy three large pies for $25. Stock up for the winter. See you this weekend! -The Bakers

It was very hard to not go get a spoon when the apple dumplings came out of the oven today

It was very hard to not go get a spoon when the apple dumplings came out of the oven today!

We put plenty of apples in our pie--after the crust that is the next best part.

Apples pies ready to go in the oven…We put plenty of apples in our pie–after the crust that is the next best part!

Picked grapes:  We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes, they are $20 a bushel, please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.

Concord grapes--looking good for picking over the next several weeks.

Concord grapes–looking good for picking over the next several weeks.

U-Pick grapes:  we will open for U-Pick on Sunday, September 28th, for  both the white Niagara and the purple Concord.

  • Picking hours:  Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6, except for Tuesday and Thursdays, where we will stay open until 8 pm (please check into the market by 6pm).
  • Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start.  You will be directed to the vineyard in which we are picking that day and be given rows to pick on.
  • Pricing:  They are 25 cents/pound to pick or if you pick over 100 pounds, they are 20 cents/pound. A 5-gallon bucket filled to the top weighs approximately 20 pounds which is also equivalent to a half bushel.
  •  If you pick over 100 pounds of grapes, that is $4 a bucket (20 cents/lb)
  • If you pick less than 100 pounds, it is $5 a bucket (25 cents/lb).
  • Sugar Content:  When the grapes were tested on 9-23, the Concords’ sugar solid was at 13.2 and the Niagaras’ was at 14.8. Both of these will have gone up by the time we open on Sunday–but the bottom line is: yes, they have plenty of sugar and are sweet.

When you come to pick grapes, please bring the following if you have them:

  • Five gallon buckets to pick in, this is how we measure how much you pick instead of having to weigh them all. If you don’t have these, you can borrow ours, but bring containers to take them home in.  You can also purchase pails from us for $4.00.
  • Scissors or clippers to cut them with.
  • Small wagons to help you get them out of the vineyard (our rows are very long!)

How is the crop and how long will the grapes last? We have around 50 acres of grapes for U-Pick this year and think they will last up until the first hard frost, that depends of course on the weather and how many customers we have. If you want white Niagara grapes, we would encourage you to come earlier than later, as we have only 1 block of those for picking.

Why can’t I smell the grapes this year? For those of you who have been coming here annually, you know that one of the most wonderful things about coming to the market during the fall….is that extraordinary sweet aroma from our vineyards. The reason it isn’t wafting through the breeze is that most of the white grapes around our market we lost due to the winter injury–no grapes, no smell. However, if you are picking apples, you will smell the grapes once you get there, and of course when you are picking grapes–you can immerse yourself in that wonderful aroma.

Apple pricing for the year: Our apple pricing will be the same as last year, and is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $4 a half-peck, $2 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound.  **When we have bushels available. Please see apple update at the bottom or visit our official page here.

U-Pick apples:  We are open 8 to 6 daily for U-Pick apples. The varieties you can  pick now are: Red and Golden Delicious,  Cameo, Fuji and Northern Spies. Please realize that when you go out to the U-Pick orchards and see so many tree with no apples, some trees that have died, plus some with few apples, that this is due to the severe winter followed by a May 15th frost. It impacted some varieties severely.  We will continue to mark trees which still have good picking to ensure you have a good picking experience and on weekends our orchard guide, George, is there to help you find what you are looking for.

Picked Apples on the market.

  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple.  It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • Jon-A-Mac:  This is a good cooking or eating apple.  It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh.  Hurry, we only have a few of these left
  • Cortland:  This is an old fashioned apple which is excellent for baking.  It is a descendent of the McIntosh, but a bit sweeter,  it also juices well.   Hurry, we only have a few of these left
  • Honeycrisp:  This seems to be many people’s favorite, it is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it.  Great for eating fresh or using in salads.  We will have these off and on as we pick them during the season, so feel free to call ahead before you come out.
  • Jonathan:  A very popular apple for fresh eating and cooking.  It has a spicy tangy flavor, a favorite for making apple butter or taffy apples.
  • Cameo:  A firm-textured, crisp and sweet tart apple.  Great for snacking or baking and is an outstanding dessert apple.  Keeps well in coldest part of refrigerator.  We are only picking a few of these as they ripen, so they are not available by the bushel yet.
  • Fuji: This is an apple with sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content.  It is a very good keeper.  We are only picking a few as these begin to ripen, so they are not available by the bushel yet. 
  • Northern Spy:  This is an antique apple that cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes…..very popular for apple pie.
  • Golden Delicious:  A gingery-smooth, sweet taste lies under a thin skin.  Great for applesauce, cider, pies or other desserts. We are only picking a few of these as they ripen, so they are not available by the bushel yet.
  • Gone for the year:  Ginger Gold, Macintosh, Mollies Delicious, Earliblaze and Jonagold.

Pumpkins: We have lots of pumpkins for sale, ranging from huge to small, but this year we have moved them to the parking lot area to make it easier for you to take to your car.  You can’t miss them, right beside the vineyard and in front of the old white truck.

The Spookley Storybook:  Please check out our large storybook about Spookley the square pumpkin in the yard by the farmhouse.  There are 12 storyboards to walk children through.  It is a wonderful story about a pumpkin that grows square instead of round, gets teased and bullied because he is different, than something happens on the farm where Spookley ends up saving all of the pumpkins—and we won’t give the rest of the story away. This story has some great teachable moments about how all of us need to value the unique and different qualities that individuals have.

Photo opportunities:  There is no lack of places to take your fall photos, but here are a couple of places set up just to get the group photo….

Ultra large pumpkins, squash and watermelon grown by Keith Whitford--no wonder he took first place at this year's fair.

Ultra large pumpkins, squash and watermelon grown by Keith Whitford–no wonder he took first place at this year’s fair.

Will your kids pose as still as Denim did for a picture??

Will your kids pose as still as Denim did for a picture??

Happenings on the farm this week: Unfortunately, our farm was the victim of a theft this week. Many of you have called, stopped by or emailed to tell us how sorry you are about that–we appreciate your thoughts and concern. It is unfortunate that all of us live in a world where these things continue to occur. Two of our ATV utility vehicles were taken which we use for the U-Pick grape picking to get customers and their grapes up and down the long rows—so this was very untimely with us opening this Sunday. For those of you following all of the “downs” we have had this year due to crop losses due to the weather, this one sure added another blow to us.

Remember those words I shared with you in last week’s update:  “Farming is about the most unpredictable thing you can venture into—so you have to be able to embrace change, be very flexible and let nothing surprise you! ” This surprise went from shock and disbelief, to some anger and real discouragement. Yes, your words of encouragement and ongoing support are a wonderful help right now for all of us here as we begin the final home stretch of our fall season! We’re grateful for all the kindness our customers have shown us this week.

Thanks as always for buying local, Beth & everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

Our Fall Transition has begun…

This week begins our transition into fall. We noticed it immediately after catching our breath after the busy Labor Day weekend… Our lake customers have returned back home for the season, kids have started school, everyone’s garden is giving out its final burst of vegetables. Some of our own vegetable fields are beginning to slow down, the grapes are beginning to smell wonderful, pumpkins and fall mums move us into a fall color scheme, and apple harvest has begun. So this update is to give everyone information on what we have now and when things are coming:

Pretty content customers enjoying items from our bakery while Mom shopped on Labor Day weekend.

Content customers enjoying items from our bakery while Mom shopped on Labor Day weekend.

Vegetables: zucchini, summer squash, cabbage, peppers (many kinds), kale (red Russian and curly from Becca’s garden), eggplant, sweet corn, black beans, brussels sprouts, onions (many kinds), shallots and herbs. Note: this is the end of the sweet corn, if you want us to save some for you, call ahead. Sadly, the great-tasting green beans that we have had are now gone for the year. Fall squash will be starting next week.

Picked Tomatoes: Big, beautiful field tomatoes are coming in plentifully along with 5 kinds of mini-tomatoes from the field and sun sugar cherry tomatoes from Becca’s garden. We have bushels of first-quality tomatoes available but please call ahead and order if you would like some. For those of you who have been on our waiting list for either firsts or seconds tomato bushels, we are rapidly getting those orders out and if you haven’t heard from us should be getting a call soon.

U-Pick Tomatoes: U-Pick tomatoes are now getting more plentiful and we are more than halfway through the list of customers who want to pick tomatoes. So again, you should be hearing from us soon to get you out to pick. As soon as we get through the list of everyone who has asked to pick, we will open up the field daily and you will not need to schedule ahead.

Fruit: We will harvest our great tasting cantaloupe for just a few more days and we have lots of watermelon coming in. Small containers of seeded Fredonia grapes are available. Fall raspberries are here.

Blueberries are now gone for the year—it was so great to have such a long season on them. It will be hard to start using them from the freezer now.

Potatoes: We have white, red, Yukon gold, and the russet baking potatoes on the market. We’ve harvested all our potatoes for the year, so they are now available by the bushel for your fall/winter use. They are $20 a bushel, which makes them less than 50 cents a pound. Bring containers to put bushels in, preferably crates or something similar so air can circulate through.

Bagged onions: Our sweet candy onions (red and yellow) and our white superstar onions have now been cleaned and bagged. They have been dried and cured and will keep for you, so stock up if this is your last weekend in the area.

Apples are here!

  • Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple. We only have a few more bags of Mollie’s.
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness. We started our second picking of these today so we have plenty available. This is one of the best all around apples for fresh eating and the perfect size for packing for lunches and snacks.
  • Earli-blaze: This is a good cooking or eating apple, and it particularly makes a wonderful apple pie. We sell this apple to bakeries (including our own) for apple pie. We have them available by the bushel. We have just a few of these left, call us if you want us to save you some.

Apple Pricing for the year:  Our apple pricing will be the same as last year, and is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples. With the exception of a few special varieties apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $4 a half-peck, $2 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound.  **When we have bushels available. Please see apple update at the bottom or visit our official page here.

U-Pick apples: We will open U-Pick apples again when we have several varieties available, our best guess right now would be around September 19th, but please check back with us as it is weather dependent.

Golden Delicious on 9-5-14, need to get more size, color and flavor before they are ready to be picked.

Golden Delicious on 9-5-14, need to get more size, color and flavor before they are ready to be picked.

This weekend in the bakery we will have:


Pies:
apple, blueberry, cherry, cherry berry, choco-butter, coconut cream, dutch apple, pear, and strawberry rhubarb.
Cookies: frosted apple cut outs, monster (oatmeal, choc chips, m&m’s and peanut butter), chocolate chip, lemon.
Bread: Whole wheat, cinnamon, vegetable.
Cinnamon rolls and sticky buns.
Donuts: Apple, buttermilk, pumpkin.
Slushies: Apple cider and white grape peach.

If you would like to reserve any baked goods please call us at (269) 244-5690.

A note from the bakers: This weekend we will be starting our fresh pear pies!  They will be in limited quantities but we should have enough pears to be able to make them for several weeks, and possibly enough for frozen take and bake. If you would like one, please call ahead and have us save one for you! See you this weekend! -the bakers

Concord and Niagara grapes:   We appreciate everyone’s interest and the many calls we are getting on U-Pick grapes. We plan to take a sugar sample next week so by September 12th we can hopefully set an opening date. We will have plenty to pick. Pricing will be the same as last year. 25 cents a pound or 20 cents a pound if you pick over 100 pounds. Note: Some of you are asking about trying to come after work to pick grapes.  To accommodate this, we will stay open later on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for grape picking only.

Concord grape are coming along, but you can still see some red and green and they need to be fully ripe before we open for picking.  9-5-14

Concord grape are coming along, but you can still see some red and green and they need to be fully ripe before we open for picking. 9-5-14

A nice cluster of Niagara grapes ripening on 9-5-14

A nice cluster of Niagara grapes ripening on 9-5-14

Happenings on the farm this week: 

First, we all survived Labor Day weekend….and while we loved having all of you customers here, we do have to admit, we were exhausted by the end of Monday evening, no football watching for us!  An extra thank-you to all of the market clerks who scurried around those 4 days keeping things on the shelves and taking care of our customers in the very friendly and helpful way in which they do. Labor Day weekend is always bitter sweet as we say good-bye for the year to many of the lake customers.

We had a nice visit from our friends Keith and Lisa who own Full City Café in Portage, Michigan. They make an effort to buy from local farms all over our area and their food is better and tastier for it! This week CLO helped to supply them with peppers, cabbage, and over 60 lbs. of tomatoes. We’ve worked with them periodically but this was the first time they made it to the farm.

Because I love coffee, I am frequently in the bakery refilling my cup in the mornings and always pretty amazed and in awe of what I see that goes on to make the final products such as:

This is the start of what it takes to make cinnamon bread and rolls

This is the start of what it takes to make cinnamon bread and rolls

Then it gets lovingly rolled  up and patted into shape

Then it gets lovingly rolled up and patted into shape

When I see their breads rising so beautifully in the mornings it does cause me to pause to look at it.

When I see their breads rising so beautifully in the mornings it does cause me to pause to look at it.

When I ask them if they ever get tired of making that long roll of cinnamon dough each morning, they say no, they love to do it!   And for that, we are all thankful.

Apple Harvest started seriously this week with the Gala harvest.  We have two amazing workers who have picked all of the Gala apples in just 3 days—and are skilled to not bruise any, which is one of the most difficult things about picking apples.

Starting the morning off with empty boxes.

Starting the morning off with empty boxes.

A finished box of Gala ready to be taken to the cold storage

A finished box of Gala ready to be taken to the cold storage

We are blessed to have such a great team of employees–please thank them when you can for all of their labors.  Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.  Looking forward to seeing you soon.     Beth

Fall apple update:

  • Our goal this apple season is to satisfy as many customers as we can with fresh quality apples. We will offer both pre-picked and u-pick apples this year, but due to Michigan’s extreme winter weather and the late spring frost, we won’t have a full crop. The extent of the damage varies by variety and depends on whether or not they were in full bloom at the time of the spring frost. Michigan overall has a good crop of apples, our southwest location was just the wrong place at the wrong time on May 15th.
  • Below you will find a list of which apples we will have and when we think they will be ready. This is our best guess – even now, we can’t be 100% sure. We will be happy to help you when you call or stop by the market to recommend other apples you can try in place of ones that aren’t plentiful this year. Who knows, you might learn to like a different apple better than one you have loved for years!
  • We know how important the u-pick experience is for many of you,  For those families who really enjoy bringing your kids out for the experience of picking apples during the beauty of autumn, you will still be able to do that. Check our website or call us for when later u-pick varieties will be available.
  • We will take orders on the varieties that are in short supply and honor as many as we can.
  • When each apple variety is available on the market, we will send that information out in an email and post it on our website. You can also call us at 269-244-5690.
  • On a personal note, when I walk through the apple orchards this year, it is hard to believe that just last year we had such a bumper crop and so many apples. The sad part is also seeing how the severe winter killed 10% of our trees. If you are out in the orchard this year and wonder why there are trees cut down and missing—this is why.
  • We greatly appreciate the loyalty of our customers and hope you will be loyal in both years of bumper crops like 2013, years like 2012 when we didn’t have hardly any, and now this year where we have plenty of some varieties but not others.
  • Fall Apple Availability and Forecasts for when they will be ready:
  1. Braeburn–mid October-few
  2. Cameo–late September–few
  3. Cortland–mid September-few
  4. Fuji–mid October–fair amount
  5. Golden Delicious–late September–fair amount
  6. Golden Supreme– early October –few
  7. Honeycrisp–mid September –few
  8. Ida Red-early October–few
  9. Jon-a-Mac–few
  10. Jonathan-late September–few
  11. Jonagold–late September–none
  12. McIntosh–early September–few
  13. Mutsu–early October–few
  14. Northern Spy–end of September–good supply
  15. Pink Lady–mid October–few
  16. Red Delicious–early October–good supply
  17. Red Rome-mid October–good supply
  • Apple Cider:  We anticipate beginning to press cider about the middle of September when we have a nice blend of apples.

 

 

Summer arrives – brandy returns! – and autumn donut flavors start this weekend.

In the market we have:

  • Vegetables: zucchini, summer squash, cabbage, peppers (many kinds), cucumbers, kale (red Russian and curly from Becca’s garden), eggplant, sweet corn, green beans, Brussels sprouts, onions (many kinds) and shallots.
  • Blueberries:  We have them in both small and large picked quantities (from pints up to 1o pound boxes.) We hope to have picked blueberries around for about one more week to 10 days. Our own field of U-Pick blueberries is done for the year….thanks to everyone who came out to pick!
  • Cantaloupe: Our own melons are ready and coming in every day. Given the expected heat, they will probably only last about a week. So come get some soon.
  • Watermelon: Our own are slowly coming in.
  • Apples: We have 3 kinds of summer apples on the market now: Paula Red and Earli-blaze for eating or cooking, and Mollie’s Delicious, which is a sweet eating apple. We have small quantities on the market. If you want bushels, it is best to call ahead to make sure we have them.  If you are trying to make applesauce. we have some Paula Red “seconds” available at 1/2 price.
  • Picked Tomatoes:  Field tomatoes are coming in, along with 5 kinds of mini-tomatoes. We have the mini’s available to sample.  See which one you like best, or you can get a box with all the kinds mixed.
  • U-Pick Tomatoes:  When will U-Pick tomatoes be ready has been the question of the month and we haven’t had a good answer due to this year’s unusual weather.  It looks like we will open next week. But….we need your help (and a little more patience) as we open the field up. Given the pent-up demand for tomatoes this year, particularly with the blight that has hurt many gardens and farms in the area, we need to control the flow of customers for a while until there are plenty to pick (which there will be in September hopefully.)  So, if you are wanting to come out in the next few weeks, please call the market and ask to be put on our U-Pick list. We will schedule customers in as there are enough ready, to avoid having so many folks out at the same time that not everyone gets want they want.
  • Potatoes: we have four kinds of potatoes on the market and we dig them fresh.  We have white, red, Yukon gold, and the russet baking potatoes.   We will have potatoes by the bushel if you would like them for fall/winter use.  Let us know how many you would like and when we do our final harvest we can call you.  (269-244-5690).
  • Fresh cut flowers and fresh herbs   

    Flowers are at full peak now

    Flowers are at full peak now

What’s coming next:

  • In next week’s update, we promise to get you the fall apple forecast on what kinds we will have, when they will be ready and pricing.
  • Concord and Niagara grapes: This is the 2nd most frequently asked question behind tomatoes is when will the grapes be ready. Please check back about September 9th and we will hopefully have an opening date by then. Before we open, we will want them to be at their full ripeness and sugar content, so it may be closer to the middle or end of September before we open (weather dependent of course). We will have plenty to pick. Pricing will be the same as last year. 25 cents a pound or 20 cents a pound if you pick over 100 pounds.
  • Around Labor Day weekend we expect to pick the few Bartlett pears and Stanley prune plums that we have this year (most were lost in the severe winter and the May frost).
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    Plums are about a week away from being ready.

You can see the toll that the winter/frost took on these trees by how few there are.

You can see the toll that the winter/frost took on these trees by how few there are.

Brandy: You read correctly! The wait is over and we’ve begun selling Hubbard’s Brandy again. The brandy we are selling now was produced at the height of last year’s bounty, capturing the essence and spirit of the harvest. For brandy, we have apple, cherry, Concord grape, Niagara grape, double distilled Niagara grape, and pear. We also have our sweet ‘Polecat’ wines: blends of apple brandy infused with apple, black cherry, sweet cherry, and peach juices. Please note: we are not doing Saturday tastings for the time being, and we aren’t licensed to sell on Sunday’s before noon. Thank you for understanding. 

Hubbard's brandy!

Hubbard’s brandy!

This weekend in the bakery we will have:

  • Pies: apple, blueberry, berry peachy, cherry, cherry berry, chocolate, peanut
    butter, peach, strawberry rhubarb, and fresh blueberry glaze.
  • Cookies: apple and flower cut outs, monster (oatmeal, choc chips, m&m’s and peanut butter), chocolate chip, lemon, and caramel apple.
  • Bread: Whole Wheat, cinnamon, vegetable, blueberry zucchini.
  • Double chocolate zucchini muffins and blueberry zucchini muffins.
  • Cinnamon rolls, cinna-monkeys, and sticky buns.
  • Donuts: Apple, buttermilk, pumpkin.
  • Slushies: Apple cider and white grape peach

If you would like to reserve any baked goods please call us at (269) 244-5690.

A note from the bakers: With the aroma of fresh apples coming into the market
this week, we could not help but think of fall. This weekend we will be switching
to our fall flavors of donuts, which include apple, and pumpkin along with our
standard buttermilk. We also have a new slushie flavor for you to try: white
grape peach. It is a slightly sweet peach flavor that is heightened by the white
grapes, definitely a must try! See you this weekend! -the Bakers

From Becca’s Garden: Red Russian kale, curly kale, chard, sunsugar cherry tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, celery (please ask in person if you’re interested and I’ll cut it fresh for you), herbs. I’ve got lettuce and spinach growing for fall, leeks looking good, carrots coming for a few weeks from now, and hey! A picture for you to enjoy.

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Natural insecticide in Becca’s garden.

Local meat: One-pound packages of bacon are back! New this week: bulk ground sausage thanks to requests from customers. Let us know what you think. We also have spare ribs, bone-in pork chops, bacon sausage breakfast patties, regular breakfast patties, mild links, and hot links. Look for all these items in the freezer in the bakery.

Happenings on the farm this week:  Two good things happened here this week, we got some summer-like weather and rain!  Both which will help give our summer crops that have been struggling a little boost.

We also have started on a very difficult and time consuming task of re-training new grape vines to replace the ones that were injured by the severe winter in some of our  white Niagara blocks.  We have all been learning how to do this and trying to figure out if there is any easy way (we haven’t found it!) since this is the first time we have ever had to do this in the lifetime of these vineyards. (Note: this will not affect the U-Pick grapes this year….we will have enough grapes for everyone to pick.)

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We have not mowed the vineyards this year as we needed to protect all of the grape vines until we could do this task.

The goal is to select several grape vines to train to replace this trunk next year.  This is the hardest part!

The goal is to select several grape vines to train to replace this trunk next year. This is the hardest part!

 

The finished result--several nice grapevines wrapped around the trunk and the wire.

The finished result–several nice grapevines wrapped around the trunk and the wire.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.  Hope to see you soon.

 

We still have lot of apples….and now we are set up to ship them just in time for the holidays

Our “we still have too many apple problem” continues.  We’re thankful for those of you who are still coming out and taking advantage of our end of season specials (listed below.)  But we have decided to offer you a few other ways to get some apples out to folks:  a local delivery service and a shipping service.  We have received many calls from customers asking if we could ship apples for them and so we are now set up to do that.  Finally….you can send a taste of “Corey Lake Orchards” to your friends, relatives or even yourself any where in the country.

Shipping information:

  • We’ll be shipping apples by UPS or the US Postal Service (your pick)!   For apple shipping, you need to visit our New Online Store.   Yes, thanks to Mr. Hubbard’s granddaughter Becca, she has helped us put up an online store.  You can click the “online store” button on the right hand side of our website, or click here.
  • To ensure quality, we’re offering apples that travel well: Fuji, Golden Delicious, Rome, Red Delicious, Pink Lady, and Northern Spy. We’ll be shipping on Mondays to ensure fresh delivery by Friday. We’re also shipping bosc pears, so take a look.
  • Having a son in college, I decided it was important to create a special Corey Lake Orchard’s Student Care package in our new on-line store.  If you know a student who could use a boost (remember finals are approaching), check out our campus care package which contains apples, pears, brownies from our bakery and a special surprise.  Simply place an order with us through our new online store and click the Campus Care Package option.
  • Do you know a Western Michigan University student? Since they are local, you could show your support by buying a half-peck of apples through our apple delivery service, or you could take advantage of our WMU student Care Package! Exams start December 9th, and we’ll deliver care packages for free, complete with an encouraging smile, on Friday, December 6th. Go to our new online store to order.

Apple Delivery information: 

  • Introducing apple delivery! That’s right! If you live in Constantine, Kalamazoo, Portage, Schoolcraft, or Three Rivers, we’ll deliver up to 5 bushels of apples straight to your door for a delivery fee of $5. These orders need to be prepaid with a credit card, so please have that available when you call. 
  • We’ll be delivering apples to Constantine and Three Rivers on Mondays, and Portage, Schoolcraft, and Kalamazoo on Mondays and Tuesdays every week.  We can only do these deliveries if we have at least five people sign up each week, so if you’re interested, make sure you get a friend, neighbor or coworker to sign up too.  
  • For delivery we currently have:  Fuji, Golden Delicious, Northern Spy, Pink Lady, Rome, Red Delicious, Cortland and Jonathan in stock.  
  • All of the above apples are priced at $24 bushel, $13 half-bushel, $7 peck and $4 a half-peck  (Plus the $5 delivery fee.)

The Brandy House will remain open for tasting and tours on Saturdays, from 1 to 4, through December.  A sip of our brandy is sure to warm you up on these chilly days and come smell the wonderful aroma in our brandy room with all of the apples we are fermenting for apple brandy.

The bakery is now taking orders for Thanksgiving and Holiday pies and other goodies.  Stop in and fill out an order form and let our wonderful bakers do the work for you!

We will be making donuts in the bakery for two more weekends this year:  this weekend (11-16 and 11-17) and next weekend (23 and 24)  We will be pressing cider for two more weeks, our last day for cider for the year will be Friday, November 29th.   Only two more weeks for that special fall treat of cider and donuts…..

You may have smelled something wonderful in the bakery last weekend.  While the crew is busy making donuts, they are keeping a large kettle of apple butter or pear butter going.   The apple butter is my mother’s recipe.  We will be selling jars of this soon so keep this in mind for holiday gifts, teacher’s gifts or a nice hostess gift.

We will continue to be open daily in November, from 8 – 6.  We will remain open as long as we have picked apples left to sell.  With as many as we have left, we will probably be open daily through the month of November (we will be closed on Thanksgiving day.)

Picked apples:

  • Our “Buy one;   Get one or Give one” special will continue until we close for the year, so come on out and take advantage of it.
  • Here’s the deal: You can buy any quantity of apples, and we will give you the same size quantity for free.** So, buy a bushel, get a free bushel….buy a 1/2 peck, get a free 1/2 peck, etc.    Can’t use the extra bag of apples?  Then we will be happy to donate it on your behalf to one of the many food banks in the area that we are supplying.
  • This special will apply to the following varieties of apples which we currently have:  Fuji, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Northern Spy, Pink Lady, Rome
  • (**The BOGO offer is not a 50% off special, you must get the 2nd bag of apples).
  • The BOGO special will not apply to the following varieties of apples which are already specially priced:  Red Delicious (Bag your own 1/2 bushel for $5) and Cortland & Jonathan (1/2 price or $12 a bushel)
  • Needless to say, this is a great time to stock up for the winter on apples. The apples that keep the best are:   Northern Spy, Red Delicious, Rome, and Fuji.   Pick up one of our information sheets when you are here on the best way to store apples.
  • Note:  The following apples are now gone for the year:  Macintosh, Golden Supreme, Mutsu, Ida Red, Cameo,  JonaGold, Braeburn, and Gala.
  • For a description of these and all of the apples that we grow, please go to the apple listing on our website:  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/seasonal-offerings/apples/

U-Pick apples:  If you live around here, you know all too well how cold it has gotten this week.  So….the cold weather has finished off the grapes, but there are still good apples to pick.  But….you need to hurry out because they won’t be in the orchard long.  The cold weather is causing cause them to drop off the trees and also, we are pruning our orchards, and as we do, those orchards will not be available for U-Pick.  If you want to pick apples, you need to come within the next week or 10 days.  You can pick off the tree or the ground now for $5/bushel, perfect for making end of year cider or feeding animals.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and we hope to see you out soon.     Beth

It’s a four day “Buy one, pick one; get one or give one” special!!

The snow that came down all day only compounded our harvest problems.  We still have yet to pick two more varieties.   So….we have an “ap-peal” out to everyone which is:  Help!    Not only has the weather slowed us from finishing the harvest….we have so many apples this year we are even out of bins to put them in.  The only way to free up some bins is to move some apples off the market.  Thus, we are offering this special starting Friday, October 25th through Monday, October 28th.

Here’s the deal:  You can buy or pick any quantity of apples, and we will give you the same size quantity for free.** So, buy or pick a bushel, get a free bushel….buy or pick a 1/2 peck, get a free 1/2 peck, etc.    Can’t use the extra bag of apples?  Then we will be happy to donate it on your behalf to one of the many food banks in the area that we are supplying.  (**The BOGO offer is not a 50% off special, you must get the 2nd bag of apples).

This special will apply to the following varieties of apples:

  • Braeburn
  • Fuji
  • Golden Delicious
  • Golden Supreme
  • Honeycrisp
  • Ida Red
  • Northern Spy
  • Mutsu
  • Rome

The BOGO special will not apply to the following varieties of apples which are already specially priced:

  • Red Delicious (Bag your own 1/2 bushel for $5)
  • Cortland & Jonathan (1/2 price or $12 a bushel)

Needless to say, this is a great time to stock up for the winter on apples.  The apples that keep the best are:  Mutsu, Northern Spy, Red Delicious, Rome, Golden Supreme and Fuji.

2013 Apple pricing:  All of our picked and U-Pick apples are the same price this year (except for Honeycrisp).  You can mix and match any variety of half-bushels for the bushel price.   But remember, for 4 days you can buy one–get one free.

  • Bushels:  $24
  • Half bushels:  $13
  • Pecks (1/4 bu): $7
  • 1/2 pecks: $4
  • By the pound:  $1

U-Pick apples:  We still have lots of apples to pick yet….so if you haven’t made the trek out for your annual family experience–please come on out.  (Our own pickers have proven that you can wear snow pants and pick apples at the same time!)

For a description of these and all of the apples that we grow, please go to the apple listing on our website:  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/seasonal-offerings/apples/

Apple Gleaning:  We will open apple gleaning when we can finish the harvest—but we have lost some time this week.  We hope to have it open by November 1st, please check our website for our opening of this or call us.

U-Pick grapes:  The White Niagara grapes and Purple Concord are still open for picking .  We have plenty of both types left to pick.  We expect to have grapes available up until the first hard–killing frost.

We have decided to include onions in our buy one–get one special as well.  So pick up a bag of our sweet onions and take a second one for free.  Our white and yellow onions are $7.50/bag and red onions are $9/bag.   Our onions keep very well in a cool place where they can’t freeze.

Apple Cider:  Our dedicated cider-making crew is currently making cider as I write this,  working in some pretty cold conditions.  We will have a fresh pressing available Friday morning about 8:30.  It should be a very nice blend as the apple flavors are so good right now.  If you didn’t know, you can freeze cider to use in the winter by simply taking out enough for the jug to expand as it freezes.  Just make sure to shake it up when you unthaw it.

Brandy:  Bruce will have the brandy house open on Saturday from 1 – 4, don’t be surprised if there are barrels of fruit fermenting when you walk in as we are trying to use our excess fruit up.

The fall bakery items we are offering this weekend will be:

  • Pies:  apple,  pecan, pumpkin, blueberry and cherry
  • Apple Dumplings
  • Pumpkin cupcakes
  • Cookies–several varieties
  • Cinnamon rolls and pecan sticky buns
  • Bread:  cinnamon, whole wheat and 12 grain
  • Slushies:  Cider and grape
  • Donuts:  apple cider, pumpkin and buttermilk

The bakery is now taking orders for Thanksgiving and Holiday pies and other goodies.  Stop in and fill out an order form and let our wonderful bakers do the work for you!

2013 closing date projection:   Many of you have been asking about how much longer we will be open this year.  With everything running late this year and the fact that we still have so many apples yet to pick, closing seems a long ways off.

Our projection right now is that we will be open our regular hours (8 to 6 daily),  7 days a week through November 3rd.  After that, we will remain open in November while we still have apples to sell, but at a reduced schedule.  We will provide you an update when we know more.  For the best selection of apples, don’t wait too long.

Due to popular demand, we are going to try to continue making donuts on weekends only in November.    We will also try to continue to press cider into November as well.  We seem to have some customers who claim they are addicted to our donuts and cider and want us to keep them coming as long as we can! So, we are willing to give it a try.

 Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and we hope to see you this weekend!