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Happy Memorial Day Weekend and yes….we have donuts!

Produce available on the market this weekend includes asparagus, rhubarb, tomatoes and cucumbers from our greenhouse. Nothing like asparagus on the grill for a holiday weekend cookout! See the end of this post for a great recipe one of our customers gave us for a sauce to put over your asparagus.**

We picked 4 bushels of tomatoes from the greenhouse today!

Bedding Plants and Flowers: We have flats of vegetables, tomatoes, flowers and herbs that you can mix and match for your gardening needs. We have a good selection of hanging baskets and pre-made flower arrangements in unique pots. Bakery: This weekend in the bakery we will have available:

  • Pies: Apple, blueberry, cherry, chocolate, rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb and a new one: blueberry rhubarb!!
  • Bread: 12 grain, whole wheat, cinnamon.
  • Cinnamon rolls and sticky buns.
  • Donuts: blueberry, buttermilk, and cherry.
  • Cookies: frog shaped cut outs, monster (peanut butter/m&m/choc.chips & oatmeal), and lemon. If you would like to reserve any baked goods please call us at 269-244-5690.

A note from the bakers: the number one question we have been asked so far this year hasbeen “Where are the donuts??” Well, we are so happy to be making them for you this weekend!! We will have them from now on every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Our new summer flavors are blueberry and cherry, and we will still have the same buttermilk donuts that we made last fall. The new flavors have been taste tested by many of our coworkers (very willing guinea pigs), and they have all given a thumbs up! We look forward to seeing you this weekend.

The blueberry-rhubarb pie mix looks good enough to eat without being put in a crust and baked!

Update from Becca: Those of you who have stopped by the market have probably seen the garden coming to life! I started hundreds of plants over the past several months and it’s nice to finally get them out of trays, into the ground. This weekend, the market will have limited quantities of spinach, curly kale, and Swiss chard. All of these were raised without synthetic chemicals. There will be more and more within the next couple of weeks, and I will be harvesting lettuce and other greens soon.

Becca’s garden sprouting to life

 

Kale and spinach on 5/23.

Happenings on the farm this week:

  • Finally we are able to plant hot season crops! This week we got in our eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, squash and melons. Today we planted 3000 new Jewel strawberry plants (those large, tasty strawberries we all love) for the 2015 season.

Planting the U-Pick tomato field, May 22, 2014, putting in our favorite varieties

Despite the hard ground, the potatoes have pushed through and are on their way. We have planted 2 new kinds this year in addition to our standard red potatoes.

As we were planting, two of our beekeepers were working on their hives. Bees are such an important asset on our farm. Thank you beekeepers for all of your work!

  • If you were driving by you saw us painting our peach trees trunks. This is their 4th year and they have “outgrown” the tree guards we put on them when we first planted them. Many of you have asked why we do this. Painting fruit tree trunks with white latex paint can prevent the bark from splitting and cracking off. Splitting can happen when the tree is exposed to freezing evening temperatures, followed by a daytime thawing (as you know a fairly common occurrence in this state!!). The painted white trunk helps reflect sunlight during the daytime hours and keep the tree warmer at night. It also helps protect against rodent damage, mice and voles can girdle a tree under the snow cover. Even better, we have found that rabbits don’t like the taste of paint.
Newly painted tree trunks, it looks like a group of graceful ladies dancing with new white stockings!
  • Strawberries: We are thrilled to see so many strawberry blooms and little strawberries forming…..we anticipate strawberries will be ready about mid-June this year.
A cluster of blossoms with berries forming, May 21, 2014
  • Market beds are planted: A huge thank-you to Cathy who puts together all of our planters and market beds each year….can’t wait for the old potato planter she planted this week to fill out!

  • The U-Pick Herb garden is being plantedThis was quite popular last year, this year we have moved it by the parking lot, you can pick the herbs you need on your way up to the market. We’ll let you know when you can start cutting them, they need a little time to mature first.

  • The Terrace Garden is planted. We have lots of specialty and heirloom tomatoes planted, as well as peppers, eggplant, spinach, kale, chard, leeks, herbs, mustards, collards, and more. We are also using this space to grow gladiolas, cosmos, sunflowers, zinnias, and other flowers for cutting.

Starting to plant the new Terrace garden

Rivers of Justice Film Festival Drawing:   With the chance of frost we think finally gone, we drew the winner of our large tomato plant contest for those that entered the drawing during the Rivers of Justice Film Festival in April. And…..the winner of her own patio cherry tomato plant is Ruth Eichler, congratulations!

Beth awarding Ruth her tomato plant

For the second year, the League of Michigan Bicyclists’ (LMB) with the Pedal and Paddle Bicycle Tour stopped at our farm.  We were their last stop after a three day event which included a combination of 130+ miles bicycling along rural roads and paddling down the two of the local rivers.  We loved hosting them and thank them for coming to our area.

Diane, (right) the mobile bike repair lady supported the group

From everyone at Corey Lake Orchards, Happy Memorial Day weekend, enjoy the weather and thanks as always for buying local. **Asparagus with Honey Garlic Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 cup of dark ale or beer
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix the above ingredients together and pour over your asparagus however you normally fix it: grilled, sautéed or steamed. Enough to cover about 2 – 3 pounds of asparagus. From the National Honey Board, www.honey.com

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

We are still open! With plenty of apples, grapes and onions…

With November here, we decided to try out a new schedule where we would be open for 4-day weekends and closed during the middle of the week.  Well, we were pleasantly surprised to find that our customers just kept coming out, regardless of the day.  So….we have abandoned the new schedule and will continue to be open daily in November, from 8 – 6.  We will remain open as long as we have apples left to sell.  With as many as we have left, this could be a long time, probably at least up until Thanksgiving.

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.    If you ever wanted to try out something new with apples, this is your chance….ideas:  Try making your own juice or hard cider, dry apples for apple chips.  Since they are so good for you, sneak them into every food you can, I cut them up in yogurt and also in oatmeal…..

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)
  • 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/

Apple Gleaning “Plus”:  Our end of season gleaning is open and we are calling it Apple Gleaning “Plus” this year because it is not a typical end of harvest situation..  Because we did not finish harvesting the apples this year….there are many trees that have not been touched with beautiful apples on them.    So this is a great way for folks trying to get a lot of apples to do it very economically.  You may pick apples left on the tree or off the ground for $5/bushel.    So for those people who want to press their own cider, make a huge amount of apple sauce, get “animal” apples, etc, this is the time.  For best availability of the types of apples and quality—you will want to come out within the next several weeks.

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 had enough frost to kill off part of the foliage, so the grapes are very easy to pick now because the leaves are out of the way!

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 onions are $7.50/bag.   Our onions keep very well in a cool place where they can’t freeze.

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.

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!

Due to popular demand, we are going to try to continue making donuts on Saturdays and Sundays  only in November as long as the market remains openWe 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.

For those of you who were not out on Halloween day last week (which given the cold rain was most of you!!) you missed our Halloween costumes….

Beth dressed as a Concord grape for Halloween getting a grape slushy from the bakery

 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!