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

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

We are open 8 – 6 each day now, even through the holiday weekend.  We still have asparagus ($1.65 pound), Rhubarb ($1.50 pound), hanging flower baskets (2 sizes) and vegetable plants left.   Call ahead if you are looking for a certain kind of vegetable plant to make sure we have it.  269-244-5690.

From our greenhouse:  We are picking fresh cucumbers and tomatoes from our greenhouse daily, but they are coming on slowly so we  tend to sell out early each day.  Our tomatoes are $2.00 per pound and the cucumbers are $1.00 each.  But finally, it is so good to have a REAL tomato sandwich again!

Our greenhouse tomatoes growing...

What everybody wants to know……the questions of the day:

How much longer will we have asparagus and when will strawberries be ready?  I know you don’t like our answer which is:    It depends on the weather…but given the extremes of our weather this spring, you can see why it difficult to predict anything….

We are going to try to keep picking asparagus for hopefully another week or 10 days.

The strawberry crop looks good right now, loaded with blossoms and little strawberries coming on.  My best guess is that they might be ready the week of June 12th, but again, totally dependent on how hot it really gets this next week and for how long.   Of course we will keep you posted via our website and emails.  But I would check back with us around June 4th or so to see what the latest is.   We will determine our pricing next week and we are already taking orders for those who want a flat (8 quarts) or more.  Call us to order on:  269-244-5690.

Strawberries in full bloom, week of 5-23

We will leave you with one final picture of the farm that I took today on my rounds, the blueberries blooming!  They have such a delicate blossom, and as the petals fall away, you can see the formation of a tiny blueberry.    So while the weather extremes this spring have been difficult for us, it is these marvels of nature and the promise of good things to come, that keep us going….

blueberries blooming, 5-27-11

Happy Memorial Day from everyone at Corey Lake Orchards,

Beth

We are open!

We have officially opened for the year as of today!    Our hours are 8 – 6 daily.

Asparagus:  We do have asparagus, but it continues to come on very slowly due to the cool weather.  Due to this, we anticipate we will sell out most days and may not have any for sale on the days that we can’t pick.  (Right now we are only able to pick every other day.)   So, please call ahead to make sure we have it and we will save it for you.  244-244-5690.  It is $1.65 pound.

The winner of our tomato plant contest!!  During the Rivers of Justice film festival which we helped to sponsor, we had a drawing for a tomato plant.  We drew out a lucky winner today: Caryn Wilson!  She was delighted to get her plant.  Caryn is the owner of the Voyager’s Bed and Breakfast in Three Rivers and if you stay there sometime, you may be lucky enough to eat one of the tomatoes!!  Check out her quaint B&B:  http://voyagers-inn.com/

Beth presenting Caryn with her tomato plant that she won!

Just some of the things we do for you….. Mother Nature fooled us again this week, so because of the frost warning Wednesday night we covered all of our tomato plants, around 1500, to protect them from frost so that hopefully we will have tomatoes for you later this summer.

Dayton Hubbard covering tomato plants on 5-4-11

Greenhouse tomatoes: Despite our early problems of freezing out the greenhouse and losing our plants, our second planting seems to have caught up and they are doing great.   We hope to have tomatoes by the end of May for you!

Greenhouse tomatoes, 5-3-11

Brandy: Our Brandy House will be open this weekend for tasting, on Saturday afternoon between 1 and 4.  We will have both brandy and our Polecat wine for sale.

Other Weekend offerings will include:  Baked goods, honey, eggs, vegetable plants, rhubarb, cards,  tote bags and artwork.  We hope to see you!!

From everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

 

 

 

 

Mid August Update

Hi, hard to believe that it is already mid-august, but this is one of my favorite times of the year (my all time favorite is fall) when the market is full of great fruit and all of the summer vegetables.    Here’s what we have at the market now:

Fruit:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Tomatoes (Slicing, canning, roma, green, grape and cherry tomatoes)

Vegetables:

  • Sweet Corn    ****  We currently have a very nice bi-color corn in, picked fresh daily, $4.00/dozen or 3 dozen for $10.00!!****
  • Yellow, Red and White sweet onions
  • Zuchinni and Yellow summer squash
  • EggPlant
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell Peppers (Green and Red)
  • Hot Cheyenne peppers
  • Mild Sweet Banana peppers
  • Hot Hungarian Peppers
  • Green Beans

Tomato Update:   This heat has our tomatoes really coming in.  So, we have reduced the price of picked tomatoes on the market to $1.50 per pound or 4 pounds for $5.00.  You can also get bushels of tomatoes while we have an abundance of them for $20.00 per bushel.  It would really help us if you call and order them at least a day in advance. 

U-Pick tomatoes:  Everyone out to pick this week has been very pleased with how easy it is to pick tomatoes and how nice they are this year.  There are a lot there to pick right now, so plan to get yours soon.  There are so many tomatoes right now that there should be plenty for everyone, but just in case we get lots of customers on the same day, it is always better to call ahead just to make sure there are plenty left to pick.  269-244-5690.

Homemade Baked Goods:  Our baked goods, particularly the pies and cookies are becoming so popular, that our bakers are now bringing them Sundays, as well as Fridays and Saturdays.     This week I recommend their apple pie, which is made from our Earli-blaze apples.  This is an amazing pie and apple sauce apple that we currently have for sale in the market.

What’s coming next? 

Bartlett Pears:  We expect our pears to be ready next week.  Bartlett pears are a great eating and canning pear.  If you would like to get bushels of pears, please call us or email us and let us know how many you would like.    Due to a pear shortage in Michigan this year (but not at our farm) we have many new customers who want to get pears.  But….we want to make sure all of our regular customers get them first.  So, we are keeping a list of customers and phone numbers and will call you when they are ready.  Please call us to give us your order at 269-244-5690.

Stanley Prune Plums:  We expect our plums to be ready next week.  If you are looking for bushels of plums, please call to get on our list to be called.

Apples:  Check with us toward the end of August  for an apple update.  Like everything else, we expect them to be early this year to due to hot weather.  The website and an email will be sent out when each variety comes in so you will know when your favorite is ready!!  We will have U-Pick and picked apples.

Grapes:  We expect grapes to be early as well, check with us the first part of September for an update on when they will be ready.  We will have U-Pick grapes, the white Niagra and the purple/blue Concord.

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

Asparagus, Rhubarb, Hanging baskets and Greenhouse produce update

Hanging Flower Baskets: Just in time for Mother’s Day.  We have both 10″ pots (sell for $14) and 12″ pots (sell for $18).  These are locally grown by Greenside Flower Farm.    We have a nice selection and they are just beautiful.

Greenhouse  Produce:  Everyone is asking for our greenhouse tomatoes.  They are getting closer, but are very slow in ripening.   We found three today that are just starting to turn red.  So it is probably going to be another 10 days to 2 weeks.  We also picked our  first greenhouse cucumber today for the season!    Knowing how much I love cucumbers, my father gave it to me for Mother’s Day!!

Asparagus:  We had a good week for asparagus with the many beautiful days.  It is $1.50 per pound and we hope to have it several more weeks.  If you want a large quantity (30 pounds) or more, please call ahead and reserve it.  269-244-5690.

Rhubarb:  $1.50 per pound

Brown, Fresh Eggs:  Those of you who have been to the market lately have noticed a small crew of Amish who have been making repairs to our roof and barn.  Each day they have also been bringing fresh eggs to sell.  The eggs are so good and have become so popular already, that I have asked them to supply us for the whole summer.    They are $1.75/dozen.

Thanks to those of you who have been out in the past several weeks for stepping over our new roof pieces, wood piles, and other construction “mess”  as we make some repairs and updates to the market and old barn.  They promise that the work should be complete this coming week.

Beth