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

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Happy First Day of Summer!

And…..it really feels like summer doesn’t it?  We are doing our best to keep our crops growing, but…..the lack of rain is really taking its toll.  We are irrigating 24/7 and cannot keep up with how dry and hot it is.  Please do a rain dance!

Our market offerings are sparse right now without much produce available because we are between crops.    Strawberries, black sweet cherries and tart cherries are gone for the year.    We are still picking yellow sweet cherries for a few more days and today we started picking blueberries!    You can see from the picture below that they are just turning blue.  Our vegetables are coming in slowly, we are picking lettuce, kale, onions, peas and hope to have some summer squash by this weekend.    Green beans are about a week away and sweet corn is several more weeks away.  Our greenhouse is beginning to phase out for the year, so  we are picking fewer tomatoes and cucumbers each day.  As you know, we grow what we sell, so we’ll all have to be patient as the summer crops begin to fill in.   Always feel free to call us in advance before you drive out to see what we have, as we tend to sell out of things early on some days.  269-244-5690.

Dragonfly resting on the blueberries! 6-19-12

Weekend offerings:  Reminder that our bakers will fill up the market with fresh home made pies, cookies, bread and cinnamon rolls starting on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.    Bruce will be in the Brandy house from 1 – 4 on Saturday for tours and tasting.  He is currently processing a batch of sweet cherry brandy…..it smells so amazing, if you are out you can probably coax him into letting you see how it is processed and smell the aroma.

As always, thanks for buying local.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

 

 

Strawberry, Sweet and Sour Cherry Update

Strawberries are officially gone for the season, wow, didn’t that seem fast?

Sweet Cherries:  We will have sweet cherries for probably only a few more days.  We will have them picked for sale on the market, since we are not sure how fast they will go, call first to make sure we have them before you drive out.  269-244-5690.

U-Pick Sweet Cherries:  We had a lot of people out over the weekend to pick.  The dark black cherries that are left are in the tops of the trees.   Since we have 20 – 30 foot trees, it is very difficult to pick and no longer reachable even with a step ladder.   There are some yellow cherries that you can get to with a step ladder.  So….unless you have a very tall ladder and are good at moving it around in a tree, we would not recommend trying to come pick them.  Thanks to everyone who came out to pick.  Everyone who did got some beautiful cherries this year!

Sour Cherries:  We have some sour cherries now on the market for sale by the quart.   These too will probably only last a few days.  They are $4.00 a quart.

U-Pick Sour Cherries:  We will open the U-Pick Sour cherries on Tuesday, June 12th.  We do not have a very large crop of them due to the earlier freeze.    Depending on how many people come out on Tuesday, they may only last a day or so given the small crop.  They will be $1.00/pound to pick.

These 90 degree days are finishing off the cherry crop quicker than all of us would like.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

Strawberry season is ending but out Sweet Cherries are beautiful!!

U-Pick Strawberries:  While we had hoped to have U-Pick strawberries a while longer, after we finished with the U-Pick this morning we have decided to close the U-Pick for the rest of the season as the berries are getting small and sparse on the plants.    Sorry that it ended so early.  We are hoping for a better strawberry year next year.  We have planted an additional 2 acres so if all goes well, we will have a lot more berries next year.   Thanks to everyone who came out and picked this year!

Picked Strawberries:  We will try to pick berries for a few more days to have for sale at $3.00 a quart on the market.  We will only be picking a few each day so they will sell out quickly.  Call first to see if we have them and we can hold them for you.  269-244-5690.

Sweet Cherries:  Our sweet cherries are ready and we have plenty for you to pick or to buy already picked.  We opened on Wednesday and everyone who came out to pick commented on how much fun they had picking!  However, you need to bring a small ladder with you as the bottoms of the trees have been picked.   Given the 90-degree days coming over the weekend they will probably not last much longer than 4 – 5 more days.

A beautiful cluster of sweet cherries ready to be picked! 6-7-12

See our website for more information on cherry picking:  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/06/cherry-and-strawberry-update/

Sour Cherries:  We have only about 10% of a crop, we will have some picked and we will open for U-Pick for the few cherries that are there.  Check back with us around June 11th to see if they are ready.

Blueberries:  Our blueberry crop is looking good.  They might be ready in a few weeks!    We do not have enough blueberries for U-Pick, but we will have them already picked for sale on the market. We planted 1000 new plants last year that you might have seen as you come down M-60 where all the flags are marking the new bushes.  This is their 2nd year and some of them will have a few blueberries this year, but it will be several more years before we have any substantial crop off of them.  With this addition we hope to have U-Pick blueberries in the future.

Vegetables:  We are starting to pick peas, shell-outs as well as sugar peas with edible pods, lettuce, kale, broccoli, radishes and cucumbers from the greenhouse.  This weekend we will start pulling our onions for sale with green tops.

Tomatoes:  We still have lots of tomatoes coming out of the greenhouse.  And guess what, those tomato plants that we dared to put out in the field in March that we babied through all of the weather?  We picked a 1/4 of a bushel of tomatoes from them this week!!  We are pretty sure this breaks my Dad’s all time record for having the earliest field tomatoes.  He was very happy.

Baked Goods:  As always, our bakers will be bringing in their baked goods for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Brandy Tasting:  We invite you out to have a tour of our brandy-making facility and try some.  We are open every Saturday from 1 – 4.

As always, we would love to have you visit our farm market and we appreciate your buying local.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherry and Strawberry Update

Sweet CherriesWe will open our Sweet Cherries for U-pick on Wednesday June 6th.  (Yes, this is early….but all fruit is going to be early this year due to the unusual spring weather.) While we lost some of the sweet cherries to frost, we still have a decent crop.   We have four different kinds in our small orchard across the street  from our market, some are ready now and the others will be ripening over the next 5 – 7 days.  Please realize that we have an older orchard with about 15 – 20 very large and tall trees.    We have several colors:

  • Dark red (black)
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Red/Yellow blush

Fresh Picked Sweet Cherries June 4th, 2012

Picking information for Sweet Cherries:

  • The sweet cherry trees are very tall (15 – 25 feet).   Please bring your own ladder.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you may run into poison ivy/sumac in the orchard area, among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers.  We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs, buckets, etc.)
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.

Sweet Cherry U-Pick Pricing: $1.50 per pound to pick

Picking hours are 8 – 6 daily, we ask that you finish picking by 6:00 pm. 

Picked Sweet Cherries: We  have them available to sell at the market for $4.00  per quart and we currently have a special, 3 quarts for $10.

Sour Cherries: Check back around June 11th  for an update on Sour cherries.  They are just starting to turn red, but need to gain some size, color and finish ripening.    We only have about 10 percent of our normal sour cherry crop as we lost the rest during the spring frost.   We have not set a price for these yet.  When they are ready, we will have some available on the market for sale and we will open for U-Pick.   Please realize  you won’t be able to fill buckets like in prior years but could pick enough for a few pies or to make a batch of jam.

Strawberries: We hope to have strawberries for U-Pick and picked on the market for sale through June 10th.     This is going to be a very short strawberry season due to the frost and unusual weather we have had.  Always call first to make sure we have picked berries and check on the picking conditions:  269-244-5690.

As always, thanks for buying local.

Beth

Memorial Day Weekend

For those of you who read our earlier emails, you might remember that we planted some sweet corn in March when it was unseasonably warm on the chance that if the weather held, we could have sweet corn on Memorial Day weekend.   Well, while the sweet corn made it through the April frosts, the cool temperatures slowed the growth so there will be no early sweet corn after all.  However…..this is the earliest we have ever had  strawberries ready.  We started picking the early variety this week and hope to have quarts available through the Memorial Day weekend for you to enjoy.

Strawberries ready on May 21st!!

We do not expect to have berries in any quantity (cases or flats) or U-Pick  until the very end of the month (check back around May 30th).  If you want to order picked berries, please call the market at 269-244-5690 and let us know how many you need.  Please check our website fore more information on pricing and how we will be handling U-Pick this year.  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/05/strawberries-and-other-updates/

Baked Goods: Starting this weekend our bakers will be busy baking strawberry shortcakes to go with your fresh  strawberries!  They will be bringing in fresh shortcake daily now until the end of strawberry season.  This weekend they will have all the normal baked goods (pies, cookies, bread) on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and also Monday for the holiday weekend!  For those of you coming up to the lake for the weekend you can get baked goods to enjoy while you are here and pick up some Monday to take home for the week.

Greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers:  We have plenty of greenhouse tomatoes ready right now and are beginning to pick a few cucumbers daily.

Rhubarb:  We are temporarily out of rhubarb but hope to have more after it rains.    Please call if you want some and we can call you when we have  it again.  269-244-5690.

Brandy House:  The Brandy House will be open on Saturday from 1-4.  Bruce would love to have you come over for sampling and to show you how we make brandy.

Asparagus:  We have finished picking asparagus for the year.  We have a little left to sell, if you want some call ahead to see if we still have it and have us hold it for you.  (269-244-5690).

 Plants:  We only have a few pepper and some grape tomato plants remaining.    If you are still trying to plant your garden, we recommend trying Schram’s Greenhouse in Portage (7313 S. Westnedge.  269-327-5347.)  This is where we get all of our plants.  They have a wonderful selection of everything……and they are local!

Fruit Outlook:

  • Most of our fruit crop was impacted by frost damage this year.  The summer-like March temperatures caused fruit to blossom early, followed by many days of frost in April.    As you may know, the state of Michigan has been severely impacted and we are luckier than most in what we have left.   All fruit will be early this year—from 2 – 4 weeks.
  • Sweet Cherries:  We lost about 50% of our sweet cherry crop, but we will have enough to have them already picked to sell on the market and some to U-Pick.  They will be early this year, check back with us the first week of June for an update.
  • Sour Cherries:  We lost about 80% of the sour cherry crop.  Until they get closer to ripening, we do not know if we will have them for U-Pick.  Check back around June 8th for an update.
  • Blueberries:  We expect a good crop and they will be ready probably in June this year.
  • Peaches:  We will have some peaches, but no bushels.
  • Plums and Pears:  We lost most of these and will probably not have any bushels.
  • Apples:   We have lost a lot of apples, but we will have some of certain varieties.  We will update you further as they mature.
  • Grapes:  We have a good crop of both Niagara and Concord grapes and feel very fortunate as most of the rest of Michigan does not have any.

In the fifty years of the farm, this is the most frost damage we have ever had to our fruit crops.  It is very heartbreaking to us as we must still maintain the less than fruitful orchards, but we will persevere.  While it certainly will make for a difficult year, we remain steadfast in our desire to bring fresh produce, picked daily to our customers.  This may be the year you have to learn to love your vegetables!

In a year like this, we are even more grateful to our customers for your on-going support and buying local.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards