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

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Mother’s Day Weekend Update – Bakery Reopening!

Farm & Market update from Beth: We have officially opened the market for the 2014 season. We will be open daily from 8am to 6pm and everyone is looking forward to another season.

Asparagus: Because of the cool weather, we aren’t able to pick asparagus every day yet. So, please call ahead to make sure we have it or place an order at 269-244-5690. We did pick today (May 1) and hope to pick again on Saturday (May 3). We hope to start filling larger orders soon.

Bedding plants: We have our “cold crop” plants available now which you can already plant in your garden! These include: cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, various lettuce varieties, broccoli, swiss chard, kohlrabi and onion sets. When it gets warmer, we will start bringing in the other vegetables and tomato plants.

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 on Mother’s Day Weekend, including local honey, cards, art and Ruth’s famous pecan and cashew brittle. We will also have a nice variety of flower pots and hanging baskets.
  • Why not buy Mom a “living” salad?  We will 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. They’re planted with cold-tolerant greens that can be put outside now, and the lettuce can be picked and it grows back! Grab a basil plant in one of our colored pots, then add a bottle of your Mom’s favorite salad dressing and you have a healthy gift she can continue to enjoy.

    Salad bowls and tomato plants.

  • An arranged flower container for the patio or door step for Mom. Once again we will be making up special containers with flowers and herbs. Come see the many unique containers available for sale at all price ranges. If you have a container you would like us to plant, bring it over and tell us what you would like in it.

 

Bakery Update: Our bakery will open for Mother’s Day Weekend. Our first day will be Friday, May 9th. Feel free to call us to place an order so that you are sure to have what you would like for that weekend. 269-244-5690.

Baked Goods for Mom:

  • Cookies: Large flower sugar cookies, giant M&M “Monster” cookies, and Lemon
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Chocolate Cream, and Strawberry Rhubarb.
  • Also 12 Grain Bread, Whole Wheat Bread and Cinnamon Rolls

Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

Picked Strawberries are available in the market daily now at $3.25 a quart.   We are still taking orders for larger quantities of picked berries, pricing will be:

  • a flat of picked berries (8 quarts) is $24.00 ($3.00 a quart)
  • or a case of picked berries (16 quarts) for $44.00 ($2.75 quart)

Please call in advance and we will call you when they are available.  We are about half way through filling our orders.

Strawberry U-Pick Information:    Our U-Pick berries are ready now. We have been open for 2 days and picking is very good right now.   We expect the U-Pick season to last about 10 days.

  • U-Pick Strawberry times:  We will open the field at 8:00 am  and it will remain open until we are picked out or until 11:00 am.  
  • Our goal is to always have good picking for our customers.  So we will close the field when all the picking for that day is complete.  Depending on how many people come out in a given day, there could be some days that we will close before 11 am.    Picking will be on a first come, first serve basis. Given the cooler weather this June, we may have to close on certain days for ripening. 
  • To get the latest picking information, check our website, our facebook  page or our answering machine.  You can call the night before or the morning you are trying to come to make sure we are open.  With the price of gas, we wouldn’t want anyone to make a trip only to find out we are closed!
  • Location:  The strawberry fields are located on AL Jones Road, between Corey Lake Road and M-60.   You may go directly there, just look for the signs as to where we are picking each day.
  • U-Pick Strawberry pricing will be  $1.50 quart.  Please bring quart containers if you have them, if not, you may purchase or borrow ours but bring containers (bowls, tubs, etc.) to put them in to take home.
  • We are trying something new this year which is dedicating a section of the field for those who want to come out for the farm and U-Pick “experience.”  We know there are many families who would like to have their children understand where their food comes from and how it grows.    For this group, the “experience” is almost more important than how many berries are picked.  If you fall into this category, we will give your family information on how berries grow and show you how to pick them.  When picking in this section, each person picking will be allowed to pick up to one quart so we can hopefully accommodate all who come.
  • Please dress for strawberry picking!  Due to the rains this week there is plenty of mud.  The foliage is wet in the mornings so long pants and long sleeves along with rain boots is suggested.
  • If you are trying to pick larger quantities of berries (over 5 cases or 80 quarts), please call us in advance and we would like to try to work with you to schedule you in on a day when we have lots of berry availability.  Ask to be put on our “large quantity list.”  269-244-5690.

Greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers:  We are picking these daily now.  This weekend we will start pulling our green onions, yellow and white with long green stems.  We hope to pick Kale, Swiss Chard and lettuce as well.

Baked Goods available this weekend: 

  • Blueberry, cherry, cherry berry, peach, and strawberry rhubarb pies.
  • Baseball cutout cookies that say #1 Dad,  lemon and monster cookies.
  • Cinnamon rolls, cinnamon bread, White bread (no 12 grain).
  • Strawberry shortcake.

Asparagus:  This will be the last weekend for asparagus.

Coming soon:  Cut your own Herb garden.  For those who like to use fresh herbs, check out our herb garden in the middle of the driveway by the pine tree.  We are growing virtually every kind of herb we could get seed for.  Some are ready now, the rest soon.

Brandy House Tours and Tasting:  Saturday from 1 -4.  Bruce would love to have you come out.

Michaela’s weekly bakery update.  The bakery is progressing but we lost a little time this week with some construction issues.  So we will try to make up time and still hope to open some time in July.  This week I have decided to discuss our bread.  We make all of our bread fresh from scratch using old recipes from my great-grandma Susie.  My great-grandma had eight children and a husband to feed during the great depression, so to make it by on what little money they had, she would bake bread every other day using a “start” from each batch, making sure she would not need to buy yeast.  We unfortunately are not able to keep starts to make our bread out of, instead we use fresh yeast for every batch.  For those of you curious about our bread making process, here are a few pictures of us making it this morning.

Mixing the dough by hand helps prevent over working that would cause the bread to be tough.

Kneading the dough to bring all the ingredients together.

Throwing the dough allows the middle to come to the outside to ensure everything is evenly distributed.

A loaf of bread ready to be baked and then enjoyed by a happy customer!

This is how we make all of our breads every week!  Making bread is our second favorite thing to do (second only to pies!!).  It is our love for the wonderful aroma of fresh baked bread that gets us going every morning!  We start baking now around 5:30 AM, and the smell of bread and a good strong cup of coffee keep us going until 10:00 PM!!!!

For all the Fathers out there, Happy Fathers day from the bakers!  Michaela and Patti

Happenings on the farm this week.  We were thrilled by the 1 and 1/2 inch of rain we got this week.  Orchards, vineyards and our field crops seemed to double in size before our very eyes, (and we were thankful not to have to move irrigation pipes!!)    The weeds seemed to quadruple so our attack to keep up with them was in full tilt. We lamented at the deer eating our row of lettuce–in broad daylight as we watched them. (sorry it seems as if they prefer red-leaf and have eaten at least 25 heads…)  The crew spent much of the week picking strawberries,  amazed at how large and plentiful the berries are this year.  Even my Dad said this was the best strawberry crop he can remember in 52 years–perfect foliage–but of course he admonished us over the number of weeds!

We are delighted that strawberries came at the “normal” time this year so they can be available for Father’s Day weekend, graduations and all of those special events that fill up the month of June.  Our hearty congratulations to the many graduates, newly weds and Dad’s who are the recipients of our strawberries.

Beth and Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local!  Have a great weekend.

 

 

 

 

Asparagus and Snow sightings!!

Asparagus sighting!  Denim and I walked back to check on the asparagus today after last night’s snow fall melted off.   We found a few spears trying to come through the earth.    And while Denim was excited to have snow again, the rest of us were certainly not!  With the below freezing temperatures expected the next several nights,  the asparagus just coming up will freeze (ruined) and we’ll have to wait for the next ones.   So….looking at the weather forecast, if we get some nice days next week, we could have asparagus in about another week.  We’ll send another email when we know more.

Rain….rain…..rain.   We are certainly getting caught up from last year’s drought, having gotten over 4 inches in just this last week.   Everything is ready to be planted except we can’t get into the fields.   My Dad and I have 6000 strawberry plants stuffed in our refrigerators to keep them dormant until we can plant.

Jay plowing the fields in preparation for planting

 

 

 

 

 

The crew laying plastic mulch in the field

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spreading straw on our new strawberry patch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a reminder that we have some plants available..…once we can start planting, hopefully this coming week, we will plant everything unless you have called or emailed us to save you something.

Call us at 269-244-5690 or email us if you would like to have us save some for you.  Please leave us your name, phone number, what you would like and how many.   We are not open yet for the year so we will get back to  you on when you can pick them up.

Available NOW: 

  1. Strawberry Plant varieties are:   Earliglow, AC Wendy,  Allstar, Mesabi, Darselect and Donna.  They are  50 cents per plant.   These are all June-bearing varieties that we have planted over the years at our farm.
  2. Onion Plant varieties (All sweet) are:  Candy (large yellow), Red Candy Apple (red medium sized onion),  Super Star (large white).    They are 5 cents per plant or bulb.
  3. Seed Potatoes--Red Norland:  These are 10 cents/potato.  This is the same kind that we have grown and sold here for years.

Coming soon:  In May we will have lots of other plants for sale for your gardens.  We are also putting some special plant baskets together for Mother’s Day—we’ll have that information out soon.

Happy Spring,

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

 

 

Fall 2012: The year we all learn to love Golden/Yellow Delicious apples!!

Earlier in the year we told you that based on this year’s apple shortage you might have to try a new apple instead of your usual favorite.  With it being apple season, we are all used to having the market chock full of different kinds of apples, but right now, our shelves are mostly full of Golden/Yellow Delicious.  If this is your favorite apple, then you are all set as these are  what we have the most of this year!   If you haven’t tried one before, please come enjoy one of our free samples.  Golden Delicious have a gingery-smooth sweet taste under a thin skin.  They are great to eat fresh or cut up in salads; an excellent cooking apple for making applesauce, juice, pie or other desserts.  It was my mother’s favorite pie apple.

Golden Delicious glistening in the morning dew 9-20-12

No U-Pick apples:  Another  reminder that we will not have U-Pick apples this year due to how many apples we lost in the spring frost/freeze.   We had many families who came last weekend not realizing this and thus, many disappointed children.  Some parents asked (most begged and pleaded!) if they couldn’t just take their kids out to the orchard to pick a few.    We ask for your understanding of this unusual and difficult year.  When you come to pick apples, we want it to be a good experience, which it would not be this year.  75% of our apple trees have less than 20 apples on the tree, and then,  some of those are damaged (scarred) by the frost, fortunately we can make cider out of these.   Here are a few pictures to show you the picking conditions.

 

Apples scarred by the frost
An apple here, an apple there does not make for very easy picking….

Apple update:  Apples are continuing to go fast given how few we have this year.    We encourage you to call ahead to make sure the apple you want is available.   If we have the apples in the market when you call, we are happy to hold them for you.   269-244-5690.  We will continue to keep our 2012 chart on the website updated with the latest information.  Please note that some of the dates for when our apples will be ready have moved back due to the cooler weather.  You can find the link to the chart on the home page of our website:  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/08/apple-update-for-2012/

The following apples are available in the market:

  • Braeburn (pecks, half pecks and by the pound only)
  • Golden Delicious (bushels, half bushels, pecks, half pecks and by the pound)
  • Honeycrisp (half pecks and by the pound only, but going fast)
  • Jonathan (half-pecks and by the pound only)

The following apples are currently gone for the year:

  • Cortland
  • Gala
  • EarliBlaze
  • Macintosh
  • Molly’s Delicious
  • JonaGold
  • JonaMac
  • Nu-Red

Cider:  This week’s cider blend is gala, jonathan, honeycrisp and golden delicious and will be available on Friday, September 21st.     Please ask for a sample if you want to try it.  We are sorry but we are only able to make cider once per week due to the apple shortage.  We try to press every Thursday afternoon,  which makes it available starting Friday am.  Lately we have been selling out in 2 – 3 days.

U-Pick Grapes:  Whew!  What a second busy week we have had with grape pickers.   Right now we estimate we have picked about 60% of the Concord (Purple) grapes and  98% of the Niagara (White) that are available to be picked this year.   We anticipate the white Niagara grapes will be gone by the weekend.  Please call in advance if you are coming to pick Niagara grapes to see if there are any left (269-244-5690).   If you want Concord grapes, you need to come out soon.  The grapes are ripe and a few are starting to split.   The forecast for rain and possible frost will only make things worse.  Right now we still have plenty of Concord grapes left and the picking is good.    If you are picking a lot, please bring a small wagon if you have one, we are in the middle of some long rows now!    Please go here for more information on grape picking: http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/08/update-on-grapes-apples-and-labor-day-weekend/

Picked Grapes:  If you want Concord grapes by the bushel, please call ahead to order them.  They will be $10 a half/bushel or $18 a bushel.  269-244-5690.

A Vineyard surprise:  Each morning I walk the grape rows to assess how many grapes are left.  This morning I was startled by a mother bird flying out at me, but then delighted at peeking inside the vines to see her young family!  (Isn’t this supposed to be a spring-time thing??)

A pleasant morning surprise in the vineyard, 9-20-12

 

Fall Ornamentals:  We have started bringing in our large “Jack o’ Lantern” pumpkins.  We have some beautiful and hardy mums in all colors, including large pots with 3 different colors in them.    White pumpkins, small “pie” pumpkins, cinderella pumpkins, miniature gourd pumpkins and all kinds of other gourds are now available.   The painted pumpkins and gourds by Diane are here and are as cute as they are each year.

Winter Squash:  We have butternut, buttercup, acorn, spaghetti squash, hubbard and sweet dumpling squash.

Baked Goods: This weekend we will have Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, and Cran-Apple pies, all of our apple pies will be made with the fresh apples grown here at our farm. They will also have their apple dumplings which are made using our whole cored Cortland apples. They will also have pumpkin cupcakes (the same ones everyone loved last year), along with all the usual cookies.

Other Fruit:    Available in the market now: bosc winter pears, and fall raspberries.  We are getting the raspberries in almost daily, but call us in advance to make sure they are available. 269-244-5690. 

We hope to see you soon and thanks as always for buying local.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

Happy September!!

It was great to have so many customers out to the farm this Labor Day weekend, thanks for coming!

Quick apple update:  Apples are coming and going about as fast as they ripen and are picked this year, so we encourage you to call ahead to make sure the apple you want is available.  269-244-5690.  We will continue to keep our 2012 chart on the website updated with the latest information.  You can find the link to the chart on the home page of our website:  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/08/apple-update-for-2012/

The following apples are currently gone for the year:

  • EarliBlaze
  • Macintosh
  • Molly’s Delicious

The following apples we no longer have bushels available, but do have some pecks and half pecks available.

  • Gala
  • JonaMac
  • JonaGold

Cortland apples are in short supply, no bushels available.  We hope to pick some more around 9-8.

We are currently out of Honeycrisp apples and hope to pick some more around 9-8.

Apple Cider:  We have a few gallons left from our first pressing but then be out until 9-7.  With the short supply of apples this year, we will not have cider every day, but will try to make it for weekends.  Call ahead to make sure we have it before you come over: 269-244-5690.

Other Fruit:  Its sad to say, but cantaloupe are gone for the year.  Available in the market now: watermelon, bosc pears, and fall raspberries.  We are getting the raspberries in almost daily, but call us in advance to make sure they are available. 269-244-5690.

Vegetable Update:  We are out of cucumbers and green beans.  We still have yellow summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, spaghetti squash, winter squash, and onions.  Sweet corn is gone for the year.

Tomatoes:  We still have U-Pick tomatoes available ($14 a bushel) and if you call and order in advance, we will still have more first tomatoes ($22 a bushel already picked) and some second tomatoes ($12 a bushel already picked).

Fall mums: We have mums available now, they are located next to the large bird in the cutting garden.  This is a great time to start your fall decorating!

Grape Update:  We will open the U-Pick grapes on 9-9, both Concord (Purple) and Niagara (White.)  Please go here for more information: http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/08/update-on-grapes-apples-and-labor-day-weekend/

Picked Grapes:  If you want grapes by the bushel, please call ahead to order them.  They will be $10 a half/bushel or $18 a bushel.  269-244-5690.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards