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Mother’s Day Weekend update!

Do you want to know more about how to find and prepare morel mushrooms?  Local author and biologist Vic Eichler will be at the market on Saturday afternoon, May 11th at 1:30 to give a presentation about morel mushrooms and answer your questions.  Several of his books will be available for sale, including the popular Morel Mushrooms in Michigan and other Great Lake States, Polished Petoskey Stones and Charlevoix Stones.  

Asparagus:  We should have plenty of asparagus this weekend, unless it cools down too much, which will slow it down.  Please see the end of this for some really interesting information about the nutritional value of asparagus.

Rhubarb is finally here, available by the pound.

Plants for sale:   We currently have a selection of cold crop plants: cabbage, kale, brussell sprouts, lettuce, broccoli, swiss chard, etc.   We also have many varieties of tomato plants for sale.    This weekend we will get our pepper and eggplants in–while it is okay to pick these up now, you should wait to plant them until this next cool spell is done.  In a few weeks we will have our “vine” crops:   squash,  melons and cucumbers.

Flowers for a cutting garden.  Many of you have admired the cutting garden that we put out each year by the market.  If you would like to start some of your own, we still have some left.    The annuals we use in the cutting garden are:  cosmos, snapdragons, asters, zinnias, and gomphrena Free the contract for sale.

Mother’s Day ideas:     This year, consider some of our special Mother’s day items we are putting together. Many of our local vendors will have their items on the market this weekend.  This will include local honey, cards, art and Ruth’s famous pecan and cashew brittle.  We have a nice variety of flower pots and hanging baskets.

Baked Goods for Mom:    This weekend we will have the following:

  • Cookies:  Large, pastel flower cut outs, Monster and Zucchini Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry. Cherry. Cherry Berry and Peach.  Note: Peach pies will be only offered a few times this year until peach season as our frozen peach supplies are limited.  We are making peach available for Mother’s Day weekend.  In addition, since rhubarb is now ready, they will have rhubarb and strawberry-rhubarb pies as well 워드 파일 다운로드!
  • Sugar Free Pies need to be ordered in advance
  • Also 12 Grain Bread, Whole Wheat Bread and Cinnamon Rolls

  Salad for Mom:  We still have large tomato plants for the patio or to set outside—they are already blooming, staked and some have little tomatoes on them.  Pair these with one of our lettuce bowls that can be put outside, the lettuce can be picked and it grows back! Add a bottle of your Mom’s favorite salad dressing and you have the healthy gift of a fresh salad!

An arranged flower container for the patio or door step for Mom. This year we are combining the best of two things, Cathy’s skills in creating beautiful  flower containers and Beth’s love of collecting vintage items, especially with fruit on them.  Come see the many unique containers available for sale at all price ranges.  If you have a container you would like Cathy to plant, bring it over 세콤매니저 다운로드.

 The Brandy House will be open on Saturday.  Bruce will be open for brandy and wine tasting along with tours of our distillery, on Saturday, May 11th from 1 – 4, and then all Saturdays for the rest of our 2013 season.  Ask to try our new “2D” grape brandy–I tried it today myself and was impressed.   He will be happy to give you some ideas on how to blend our brandies into some wonderful drinks for Mom.

Happenings on the farm:    This has been an exhausting but rewarding week for planting.  We put in 700 new blueberry bushes, replaced 70 pear trees, planted 80 new peach trees and 20 new plum trees.    Today we planted part of our new 4-acre U-Pick apple orchard.  This orchard is specially designed with a wide range of varieties and smaller trees to enhance the U-Pick apple experience in the future.  We just all have to be patient now for about 4 – 5 years!!

The fruit trees blooming this week were stunning.  In 50 years we have never seen so many blossoms on the trees–which is not unexpected due to the fruit loss we experienced last year.  And alas, we also had to start irrigating this week–a big thanks to Jay and the crew who had to get all the systems into a “go” mode, not easy after the irrigation is put away for the winter Download the alpine daedong yeo map.

It was “all hands on deck” for the many steps involved in planting the blueberry bushes


Replacing pear trees–surrounded by this year’s stunning blooms

Jay searching for the right irrigation coupler, in front of the blooming pear orchard

The first several rows of the new U-Pick apple orchard

Happenings on the market:   We started some market renovations this week which we hope you will like.  We took the asphalt siding off the barn and restored it back to the original wood, we still have one side to go, so please excuse our temporary construction “mess.”  We also did some cement patching of the original 50 year old market floor.

Happy Mother’s Day to all.  This Mother’s Day will remind me and many of you of how much we miss my mother.   But her legacy and spirit continues as we all work to keep the farm and market in the manner in which she and my Dad started.  We like to think she would be pleased with the work we are doing.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local!  Hope to see you this weekend.

 Special information on asparagus below:

Finally–for those who want to know more about the nutritional value of asparagus, Read on!  Tell us if you like this kind of info and we will try to put it together for other produce.  Thanks to Cathy for compiling this!  I learned a lot about asparagus that i didn’t know! Mom's job download!

Bet you didn’t know asparagus was so good for you…….

Not only is it delicious, but it is packed with nutrients –more than any other vegetable.   Consume only moderate amounts if you suffer from gout because it raises uric acid levels in the body.   Nutritionally speaking, the white variety doesn’t compare to the benefits of the green variety 새우편번호 다운로드.   Asparagus has only 4 calories per spear or 40 calories per cup and is loaded with all these health benefits.


Fiber (3 grams/serving).    Acts as a prebiotic by stimulating “friendly “bacteria which keeps the digestive system healthy

Folate (iron) Download 10 times for fraud ulterior motives.   Vitamin B helps prevent cardiovascular disease, liver disease, birth defects.   Promotes energy, healing and fights infection

Vitamin K – essential for healthy blood clotting and strong bones.

Low Sodium and low carbohydrates

No Fat or Cholesterol

Vitamin C – a strong disease- fighting antioxidant

Potassium – to support kidney function

Vitamin E – helps minimizes skin damage from sun exposure, also keeps heart & immune system healthy

Glutathione, which is an anti-inflammatory to help with arthritis

Vitamin A – to promote good vision

Antioxidants (including Zinc) to help fight cancer

HOW TO BUY & STORE:     Fresh is always best but it will keep in the refrigerator for days.    Storing with the stem end in cold water (put in plastic and cover) helps keep it fresh longer.

PREPARATION TIP:   You do not need to cut off the ends of our asparagus Download 4k samples.  We pick it where it naturally breaks so it will not be tough.    Rinse in cold water before eating.    It can be  boiled, steamed, roasted, sautéed, grilled, pickled, or eaten au natural (raw).   Be sure to keep cooking time to a minimum as overcooking ruins the flavor, texture and nutritional value.


·         Grilled:   Toss asparagus in olive oil (or lightly brush) 속풀이쇼 동치미 다운로드.  Grill directly on grate over medium heat (or use non-stick tin foil).   Turn once after 3-5 minutes.   Cooking time depends on how crisp you prefer, usually 6-10 min.   Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic, or other favorite seasonings.

·         Boiled:   Add asparagus to pot of boiling water (optional salt, pepper, and butter)   Boil until bright green (about 3-4 minutes) 오토 캐드 뷰어 다운로드.   Rinse under cold water until cool.   This method is best for cold asparagus recipes.

·         Steamed:   Cook in basket or colander over simmering water until bright green and crisp (about 5 min)

·         Microwave:   Put 1 lb fresh spears in micro-wave safe rimmed plate or shallow dish.   Add ¼ cup of water and cover tightly.   Microwave @ 100% for 4-7 min for spears (4-5 min for pieces)   Stir or turn half way through cooking time.   When cooked you may drizzle lemon juice &/or butter for more flavor.

·         Sauteed:    Heat oil or butter in frying pan-add asparagus.   Cook about 5-7 minutes – stirring often

·         Roasted:    Preheat oven to 450 degrees.   Spread spears on a large rimmed baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and roll them around to coat lightly.   Roast spears for about  10-15 min – shaking the pan to roll them around for even browning.   Test with a fork to determine doneness.   Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, garlic or other seasonings.

Raw:   Shave it lengthwise with a vegetable peeler or thinly slice it on an angle – then toss it in a salad.          



Last Weekend of July

We find ourselves at the last weekend of July and it is supposed to be a beautiful weekend so hope you all enjoy it.   The temperature should be perfect for grilling out this weekend, so we have an array of recipes you can pick up with your produce this weekend on grilling vegetables.  These come from a new book we bought entitled “The Gardener and the Grill–the Bounty of the Garden meets the sizzle of the Grill.”  You will find these recipes mixed in with the produce plus all of the herbs you will need are fresh picked and available as well file from Servlet.

Goodbye Greenhouse tomatoes:  We have been picking tomatoes since May 5th from our greenhouse and yesterday we did our annual job of “taking out the greenhouse for the year.”  We harvested about 4 ton of tomatoes out of the greenhouse this year.  Many thanks to my Dad and Tom who both managed the greenhouse this year, a job well done! 해시탭 다운로드!

Dayton Hubbard carrying out some of the last pots 7-26-12

Crew working to remove each tomato plant 7-26-12






Before we took out the 8-foot plants, we picked off all of the green tomatoes.  So…..we have a green tomato special going on:  50 cents a pound or a 1/2 bushel for $5.00!!!   So this is the weekend for fried green tomatoes or if you want to grill some, we have a recipe for grilled green tomato “sandwiches” with herbed cream cheese Download the asp net mvc file.

Grilled green tomato sandwiches…..mmmmm….

We now have enough field tomatoes coming in from the field for you.  The one thing you will notice is that field tomatoes are not as pretty as our greenhouse tomatoes.  Please be assured the flavor is as good and better.  Remember our greenhouse tomatoes got protected from all of the elements of nature:  wind, hard rains, animals, etc, where as our field tomatoes have seen just about everything this year…. 몬스터길들이기 다운로드.

The market is so full of produce this weekend we can barely find enough shelf space!!  The abnormal summer heat has accelerated many of the vegetable crops so get them now as they won’t last through August like they usually do.  Every vegetable we grow is now available. 

Sweet Corn:  We are offering the Stear’s sweet corn, it is bi-color and very sweet 유튜브 국가차단 다운로드.

Peaches:  We picked about a quarter of a bushel of peaches today and will be bringing in a few each day.    The majority of our Red Haven peaches are still 4 – 7 days away.  We will not have any by the bushel, just small boxes for fresh eating Match of the Century download.

Summer apples:  We have Jersey Mac and Earli-blaze on the market for fresh eating.  We hope to have bushels of Earli-blaze apples by the end of next week 산돌 격동굴림 다운로드.

Egg Supply:  We are doing out best to keep eggs on the market but please be aware that the chickens are not cooperating, so call ahead to make sure we have eggs as we are selling out quickly when they come in gta3 다운로드.

Blueberries:  Just when we had given up on our field, the rains have refreshed them so we are picking once again.  They are small but sweet.  We only have them by the pint and quart, no larger quantities Prison Architect jailbreak mode.

Baked Goods and Brandy:  All the baked goods you have come to enjoy are here for the weekend.  Bruce will be in the brandy house from 1 – 4 on Saturday and would love to give you a tour and a taste mini metro 다운로드.

All you ever wanted to know about our Honey on the market:

Local Honey for Sale on our market

We’ve always offered local honey, but now we’re offering extremely local honey, from our eight hives tucked away on our farm, where a vineyard meets pear and peach orchards.  It is a very sweet and light honey.  We anticipate larger jars after the season-end robbing of honey (after Labor Day), but now have a 2.25 “taster” jar and a 5.5 ounce, proudly bottled under the Corey Lake Orchards label.   Honeybees fly up to three miles foraging, but we’re fairly sure these bees never had reason to leave the farm!

Our beekeeper is my sister Charlotte.  Her late husband was a beekeeper; all profits from this honey go to support his favorite charities of Meals on Wheels and Loaves & Fishes.

We also have honey from the local Babcock Apiary, and have quite a variety of sizes and containers.  Larger quantities (half gallon, quart, etc.) are priced economically for baking or topping lots of biscuits.

If you’ve never tried comb honey, we also now have it.  Many adults say they had it as a child, and appreciate the chance to bite into pure bliss again.  Honeybees keep their hives fastidiously clean; chew the honeycomb until you’ve enjoyed all the honey, and dispose of the remaining wax.  How and where is your secret….

Packaged comb honey

Local honey tends to help people combat local allergies, and offers many other health benefits such as boosting immunity and energy.  Honey lasts forever, although it will crystallize.  Most commercial honey (not what we sell here) has been heated and filtered to delay crystallization—removing most of its helpful properties.  If your honey crystallizes, simply set in a pan of hot water (or in the sun) to liquefy it again.

As always, thank you for buying local.  We hope to see you soon.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards




Yeah! Our GreenHouse Tomatoes are ready! Don’t Forget Mother’s Day

Greenhouse Tomatoes:  This past week of sunny days has pushed the greenhouse temperature up (some days over 100 degrees!) and finally the tomatoes are ripening Download Ban Chang-ko.   So the wait for the “first really good BLT for 2012” is over  as they are now for sale  at our market!    Just be aware they do tend to sell out quickly each day as we are not picking at full yield yet.  Call ahead if you want us to save some for you Download code 39.

Greenhouse Tomatoes Picked on 5-8-12

Mother’s Day Weekend:  Mother’s Day is this Sunday, it is a time for everyone to remember where they came from and to thank their mom for everything she has done for them!  We have a number of items you can choose from to put together a lovely gift for Mom with local products.   Besides our  fresh picked asparagus and rhubarb we have reusable “Corey Lake Orchards” tote bags,  honey, Ruth’s pecan and cashew brittle.  Our bakers are bringing pies, cinnamon rolls, bread,  and cookies.  They will have specially-decorated flower sugar cookies for Mother’s Day.  This weekend I highly recommend the rhubarb or strawberry- rhubarb pie.  Since rhubarb is in season, this is the time to enjoy it.  If one of my son’s was going to get me a Mother’s Day gift, I would want a mini-rhubarb pie that I could eat all by myself (Hint, hint….).    If you have never tried their rhubarb pie, you really should, of all the pies they make it is my favorite Hangul 2010 Viewer.

The Brandy House is open this Saturday from 1 -4.  Bruce will be here at the brandy house for tasting and tours.  Be sure to ask him about some great drink recipes he has perfected using our brandies.  I highly recommend the peach, cherry or pear brandy as a Mother’s Day gift Download the cheat engine bypass version!

Plants and Hanging Flower baskets:  We will have many plants for sale this weekend, including hanging flower baskets.  If your mother is a gardener, consider mixing up a flat of various vegetable and tomato plants and helping her get them planted this weekend subtitles for WinterSoldier.

Plants available this weekend will be:

  • Pepper plants (Sweet bell, Sweet Banana, Hungarian, Jalapano and Cayenne)
  • Herbs:  Thyme, Basil, Oregano, Chives, and Parsley
  • Note:  we are just getting our pepper plants and herbs in for the first time this year and will have them available on Friday afternoon (May 11th)
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Lettuce
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Tomato plants (cherry and grape tomatoes, Biltmore, Mountain Fresh, Mountain Glory, Rocky Top, Red Defender, Primo Red, Scarlett Red)

Plants which are still yet to come will be watermelon,  cantaloupe, eggplant, cucumber, and both summer and winter squash plants.  Check back around May 15th to see if we have a date yet for when they will be ready 해피데스데이 자막 다운로드.

Flower Plants:  We usually don’t sell flower plants but as I did my cutting garden this year, I over estimated how many I needed so we have zinnias, cosmos and snapdragons for sale.  So if you have ever wanted to try a cutting garden, this is a good way to start by using actual plants versus seeds fix art.

Everyone here at Corey Lake Orchards is hoping you have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you.


Local Honey

Earlier this summer, we started offering a very special local honey, labeled as “Honey from Above.”  This honey is absolutely as local as you can get, as it is made by the Corey Lake Orchards honeybees who live on the roof above the market, and create their golden liquid from the myriad of blossoms and wildflowers of the farm firefox flash.

Another reason this “Honey from Above” label is special is because those bees are managed by my sister Charlotte, who started beekeeping with her late husband Tom when he became ill.  She thinks he’s smiling down on all the honey his bees are producing.  Our mother, the late Allene Hubbard, was also a beekeeper.  We think she’d be delighted that managed bees have returned to the farm Oracle odbc driver download.

Honey from Above is just one of the lines of local honey we carry.  Charlotte has more hives in Schoolcraft, and sells that all-natural honey in various bear sizes, most of them nattily dressed to make them an unusual gift … including the popular “pocket size” 2 ounce bear scouter client 다운로드.

She also brings it in the comb xlive.    If you’ve never tried honeycomb, these small sizes ($4 for a couple of inches) are priced right for a delicious experiment or to take to school for display pitches.h.  You can chew the comb until all the honey is removed, and then spit out the wax (while no one is looking!)  All profits from sales of the Tom’s Bee-Loved Honey go to Charlotte’s late husband’s charities xssfworkbook 엑셀 다운로드.

For years we’ve also carried the honey from Babcock Apiaries, right around the corner from our farm on Coon Hollow Road.  Brenda and Corky have been at this since 1993.   It is also beautifully sweet and comes in a nice selection of sizes, such as the popular 2 pound jar that will last you for a while 쥬라기공원 폴른킹덤 다운로드.

Why local honey?  There’s a couple of great reasons.  First, it is reported to help with local allergies, as the bees incorporate into the honey the same pollens that may be bothering you.  Receiving it in small (and yummy!) doses allegedly helps build up immunity 카카오톡 8.0.3 다운로드.

A second major reason to buy local honey is the same reason we hope you visit us for all your produce:  buying local means you know where it comes from.  According to the August 16th issue of American Bee Journal, a “third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S 이집트 왕자 다운로드. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals.  A Food Safety News investigation documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and sold here in record quantities.”  This same publication has reported on high fructose corn syrup being substantially mixed with honey, and sold as pure honey simplified Chinese fonts.

We’re happy to have local suppliers ensuring we bring you tasty, quality pure honey.

Beth, on behalf of my favorite beekeepers!

Rain, Rain, Rain…..and where did the month of September go??

Enough with the rain, we have had over 3 inches here in the last few days….definitely taking its toll on all of us, our apple orchard and vineyards.    But, the weather people say it is supposed to clear up by this weekend.  So our warning to you if you are planning to come over and pick apples or grapes is:  It is muddy!!  Very muddy….we have standing water in many of the lanes going in and out of the orchards and are doing our best to find new ways to route everyone in and out.  So…..patience and boots are a requirement for this weekend! 용랑전 2부 다운로드!

But if you are able to come pick this weekend, all of our apples and grapes are ready now.  You can pick both the Niagara and Concord grapes as well as all varieties of apples except Honeycrisp, (we don’t have U-Pick Honeycrisp)  McIntosh and Gala (which are already gone.)

We have lots of picked apples on the market, all varieties are now in.  We have some great specials going on some of our varieties, such as Gala and Red Delicious 카탄의 개척자 다운로드.   We have also picked our pumpkins and have mums, gourds, Indian corn and many other fall ornamentals.

On Saturday, the brandy house will be open from 1 – 4.  Our brandy maker Bruce has been quite busy lately making apple, pear and peach brandy…..you can smell the wonderful aroma when you walk in Lg laptop download!

Check out our scarecrows…..and have your picture taken with them!    And if anyone feels like this scarecrow should not be wearing an MSU sweatshirt and and MSU hat, then just make sure I am not looking if you try to switch the hat! Download the allegro viewer!

Our "MSU fan" scarecrow

So, dig out your boots, winter coat, hat and gloves and come on over this weekend!  Fall is definitely here.   (Even if it seems like winter!)

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards