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

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U-Pick Grape and Apple Update

 

 U-Pick Grapes

  • White Niagra grapes:  Open for picking now. 
  • Blue/Purple Concord grapes:  Will open for U-Pick on Monday, September 13th
  • If you want both color grapes, you should try to come the week of September 13th.

 

  • U-Pick Grape Pricing:  Will remain the same as last year which is 20 cents/lb.   If you pick over 100 pounds, it is 15 cent/pound.  A bushel of grapes weighs approximately 40 to 50 pounds depending on how you fill it.

 

  •  As most of you know, once we open the U-Pick grapes, they will be  available up until Welch’s comes to harvest them.   Preliminary information from Welch’s says they will probably harvest our white niagara grapes starting on 9-11 (we will save a field for you to pick in the week of 9-13) and the purple concords around 9-25.  However, this can change, so we will keep you posted with the latest.  Welch’s is trying to manage a nation wide schedule of harvests and processing plants, so we have no control over this.   You can always check the website for the latest information or call us.  269-244-5690. 
  • For those of you who have picked grapes in previous years, you will notice there are fewer than in previous years due to early frost and some hail damage.  We have a total of 120 acres of grapes, so there should still be enough for everyone.

 

  • Picking Instructions for U-Pick Grapes
  1. Please bring containers to pick your grapes in such as buckets, baskets, tubs, etc.
  2. Please check in with the market clerk when you arrive and make sure your containers are weighed before you pick.
  3. Please bring garden clippers/scissors/knife or a similar tool to cut the grapes, this makes it easier.
  4. Dress appropriately for a vineyard setting where natural hazards exist: Bees/hornets/wasps/poison ivy or poison oak and places where the ground is not level, etc. You might want to wear enclosed shoes/socks and pants due to the tall grass. (We cannot mow the grass this close to harvesting….)

U-Pick Apple update:  We will open the apple orchard for picking on September 16th for all apples except Cortland, which we will open up on September 13th. (Cortland only on the 13th).    Since we do not have any early apples due to frost, we have had to wait for the later apples to ripen.  What we will have for picking will be:  Cortlands, Red and Golden Delicious, Fuji, a few Cameo, Jonathans and possibly a few Northern Spies.  Sorry, we have a very light crop of apples this year due to a spring frost compounded by a hailstorm which damaged them.  They will be $12 a bushel to pick, the same as last year. 

We will update you on apples as soon as we know more, thanks for your patience.

Beth

Labor Day Weekend Update

 

The unusual summer weather pattern has brought a different look than normal to the market for Labor Day.  Many of the summer fruits and vegetables have already finished for the year, such as sweet corn, green beans, summer squash, cucumbers, peaches, plums and pears.    It is starting to look and feel like fall with apples coming in.  Here is what we have available this weekend:

  • Apples:   Jon-A-Mac’s, Cortland, Molly’s Delicious and Honey Crisp
  • White Niagra Grapes
  • Raspberries
  • Watermelons
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • October or “shell out” beans
  • Lots and lots of beautiful tomatoes, already picked or for you to pick

Homemade Baked Goods:  We have pies, cookies, cinnamon rolls and apple dumplings available on Saturday and Sunday and since it is a holiday, we will have them on Monday too.    My recommendation for this weekend is the pear pie, it is a once a year exclusive using our Barlett pears; it is amazing!

U-Pick Apples:   An estimate on when U-Pick apples might be available is the 2nd week of September.  Of course it depends on the weather and how they ripen.  We will post the opening date and send an email as soon as we know.  They will be $12/bushel, the same price as last year.

 U-Pick Grapes:  We have plenty of white Niagra and blue Concord grapes this year.   However, for those of you who have picked grapes in previous years, you will notice there are fewer than in previous years due to early frost and some hail damage.  We have a total of 120 acres of grapes.

  • White Niagra grapes:  We are going to go open the white Niagra grapes for picking this weekend for those who just want to get a few to eat.   If you pick carefully, you can find some bunches that are ready, but most are not. If you want larger quantities  for grape jelly, juice or wine, you need to wait for them to ripen more.   Since the weather has cooled down, I would recommend waiting to pick larger quantities the week of September 13th. 
  • Blue/Purple Concord grapes:  Our best estimate is these will be open for U-Pick the week of September 13th. 
  • If you want both color grapes, you should wait to come when the Concord picking opens.  There will still be plenty of white grapes available then.
  • U-Pick Grape Pricing:  Will remain the same as last year which is 20 cents/lb.   If you pick over 100 pounds, it is 15 cent/pound.  A bushel of grapes weighs approximately 50 pounds
  •  As most of you know, once we open the U-Pick grapes, they will be  available up until Welch’s comes to harvest them.   Preliminary information from Welch’s says they will probably harvest our grapes the week of September 20th.  However, this can change, so we will keep you posted with the latest.   I would also encourage you to check back on the website or call to confirm since we are only able to give estimates right now.  269-244-5690. 
  • Picking Instructions for U-Pick Grapes
  1. Please bring containers to pick your grapes in such as buckets, baskets, tubs, etc.
  2. Please check in with the market clerk when you arrive and make sure your containers are weighed before you pick.
  3. Please bring garden clippers/scissors/knife or a similar tool to cut the grapes, this makes it easier.
  4. Dress appropriately for a vineyard setting where natural hazards exist: Bees/hornets/wasps/poison ivy or poison oak and places where the ground is not level, etc. You might want to wear enclosed shoes/socks and pants due to the tall grass. (We cannot mow the grass this close to harvesting….)

Brandy House Tours and Tasting:  Since we are embarking upon cider season, we will not be able to have our Brandy house open on Saturdays from 1 – 4.  We apologize for this and will advise you when we will offer this again.

Labor Day Weekend Remembrance: Labor Day marks the 5th year of the passing of Allene Hubbard, who was the owner and creator of this beautiful farm market, and of course, my mother.  Her spirit and our wonderful memories of her remain strong as the family works to carry on her legacy. 

We thank you again for your support of our farm and for buying locally grown produce and goods.  Have a great weekend,

Beth

Is it Fall?

Is it Fall?  Putting a sweatshirt on this morning was a nice change as I ventured out with my Dad and the crew to pick the crops for the day, the cool air hinted that fall is not far away.    The market offerings are already changing, apples are coming in, summer vegetables are finishing up and you can already smell the fragrant aroma of the grapes ripening.    So while technically it is still summer,  fall is starting here!

U-Pick Tomatoes:  We still have LOTS of tomatoes to pick and the picking is still good right now.   They are $12 a bushel to pick.  We should have U-Pick tomatoes up to the first frost.  If you don’t want to pick them, you can buy them for $20 a bushel on the market, but it would help us if you could call in advance to order them.  269-244-5690.
 
Summer Vegetables:  These crops are winding down and will be finished soon:  corn, green beans, cucumbers and summer squash.  We still have plenty of eggplant, peppers (especially red bell peppers), onions, and october (shell-out) beans.
 
Summer Fruit:  Bartlett Pears and Stanley Prune Plums are now gone for the season.  We are picking our last type of peach, Crest Haven, and will have them available for about one more week in the four pound boxes ($4) that we have been selling all season.  Both canteloupe and watermelon will done in about a week as well.
 
Apples:  We have a smaller apple crop than normal this year due to spring frosts/freezes and damage from a hailstorm which occurred in May.    Many of the apples have some hail damage on them, which left a mark or indent where the hail hit and the apple skin healed over.   This does not hurt the good flavor or the quality of the apple, but the apples do not look as nice as we are all accustomed to.  We will be grading the apples and removing those that have the worst hail damage to use for making cider.   So the good news is we will have lots of cider apples and hence, lots of cider!
 
Apple Pricing:  As each apple type becomes available, we will update the pricing.  But in general, the 2010 apples prices will be the same as last year or in some cases a bit lower, due to the hail damage. 
 
Apples available on the market now:
  • Jon-A-Mac:  $12 a bushel, $6.50 a half bushel, $4.00 a peck, 55 cents/lb.   This is an excellent cooking and eating apple.
  • Gala:  $5.00 a peck, 65 cents/lb.   Very few this year, so no bushels.
  • Molly’s Delicious:  $6.00/peck, 75 cents/lb. Very few this year, so no bushels.
  • Honey Crisp:  $1.00/lb.  We have some trees of early Honey Crisp which allows us to have some so early in the season!
  • Cortland:  We have brought in just a few Cortland so far, they are $18 a bushel, $9.50 a half bushel, $6.00 peck.

Apple Varieties we will not have this year due to weather related issues:

  • Northern Spies
  • Macintosh

        We know that both of these apples are favorites for many of our customers.  We recommend you try Jon-A-Mac’s this year in place of Macintosh (these are in the market now) and Cortland in place of Northern Spies.    While they are not perfect substitutes, they are the closest.

Apple Varieties that we will have when they are ready.  Most of these are several weeks away yet, but you can check the website or call for an update.

  • Braeburn
  • Cameo
  • Cortland
  • Fuji
  • Ida Red
  • JonaGold
  • Jonathon
  • Mutsu
  • Nu-Red
  • Red Delicious
  • Golden Delicious

U-Pick Apples:   An estimate on when U-Pick apples might be available is the 2nd week of September.  Of course it depends on the weather and how they ripen.  We will post the opening date and send an email as soon as we know this.  They will be the same price as last year to pick which is $12/bushel.

Grapes:  We have plenty of white Niagra and blue Concord grapes this year.    The white grapes may be ready the first week of September with the blue ones possibly the 2nd week of September.  We will take our first samples in for a sugar check on August 31st and depending on their ripeness, try to determine when we will open.    We will post the opening date on the website and send an email as soon as we know this.  As most of you know, once we open the U-Pick grapes, we will have them available up until the time that Welch’s comes to harvest them.   Preliminary information from Welch’s says they will probably harvest all of our grapes toward the end of September.  However, this can change, so we will keep you posted with the latest. 

U-Pick Grape Pricing:  Will remain the same as last year which is 20 cents/lb.   We will have more information coming about grapes later.

We would like to thank you as always for your continued support and for being there for us in the ups and downs we have experienced this year with our crops and the weather related problems. 

Here’s to our early fall, hope to see you soon,  Beth