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

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Happy August

Finally, a break from the heat and humidity that took its toll on everyone and our crops too.   Even the “hot weather” crops seemed to rebel!!   The largest problem this has caused is  our fruit/vegetables molding/spoiling due to the hot-wet conditions.  We absolutely want to make sure we always give you a fresh-top-quality product, so we are doing our best to sort this out, but this weather has been so difficult that things spoil quickly or we might miss something.  If you ever get something here you are not happy with, please let us know and we will make sure to make it right with you on your next visit.

Fruit:  We still have blueberries and hope to have for about another week.  Our melons (canteloupe) are just starting to come in.   We are starting to pick Jersey Mac Apples which are good for eating fresh or cooking.  We will have a very good apple coming in about a week called Earli-blaze, which is excellent for cooking (especially pie) and eating.

What’s coming for fruit? Some peaches will hopefully be ready in about a week to ten days.  Peaches are late this year because we took out one of our early peach orchards last fall, so we only have midseason and late peaches this year.  We have a small crop this year of Stanley prune plums, check back around August 20th for ripening update.  We have a good crop of Bartlett pears this year, check back with us around August 22 for availability.

Peaches ripening on August 6, have color but not size yet....

Fall crops:    Many of you are beginning to ask about apples and grapes.    As of right now, we have a good crop of both.  We will keep you updated in these emails on when each variety of apples is ready as well as grapes, but we won’t have much information until September.   We will have U-Pick on both of these crops.

Preview of fall apples, 8-6-11

Preview of fall grapes, 8-6-11

 

 

 

 

 


 

Vegetables:  We have plenty of vegetables, especially sweet corn right now!    We are waiting for the next planting of green beans to come in, so probably will not have more green beans until about August 17th or so.  We have started picking October or “cranberry” beans.  This is a bean that must be shelled out, like a pinto bean.  We fix a large pot of these every week when they are in season, they are Mr. Hubbard’s favorite meal.

Tomatoes:  Everybody is anxious for U-Pick tomatoes.  They are coming on slowly, but check back around August 13th and hopefully we will have a starting date by then and price.

Onions:  We have all of our onions harvested now for the year.  We had to pull them earlier than we would have wanted due to the heat and humidity.     They are still drying but can be purchased now “on the string.”   There are 4 varieties, all sweet.  All of the white and yellow onions are 80 cents per pound “on the string.”  The red onions are $1.00 per pound “on the string.”

  • Yellow Sweet Spanish
  • White Sweet Spanish
  • Candy (Sweet yellow onion, very large)
  • Mars (Red, sweet onion)

Getting large quantities for canning/freezing:  If you need large quantities for canning or freezing of anything we grow, please call the market and we will take your name/number and how many you want and call you when/if we can get those for you and give you pricing.

The Humming Bird garden:  A large bird has appeared in the hummingbird garden, which is certainly not in the hummingbird family.    Maybe it will help harvest the sunflowers which have grown to record height and will require a ladder to be picked!!

As always, thanks for supporting us by buying local produce and goods.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot, Hot, Hot and lots of produce!

The Heat:  Okay, it is hot, VERY hot as you all know.  Certainly the heat is having an impact on all of us as we just try to get  through the day, but it is impacting our crops as well.  Short term, it is ripening everything all at once.  We literally have an “explosion” of yellow summer squash, so many coming at the same time we could fill a large truck.  PLEASE help us by buying some at our special reduced rate, we even have some great recipes for you to try as well.    We are seeing other unusual things like we are picking two of our plantings of sweet corn at the same time (they were planted 8 days apart, meaning the second planting caught up to the first with the heat….. the same phenomenon is happening with green beans and other things.)  Longer term, this could have an impact on the fruit like apples and pears which are still maturing.  Something else you might notice is that the heat causes vegetables to grow so quickly that they become misshaped.   We are particularly seeing this with potatoes and green peppers right now.  So, please work with us as Mother Nature changes the produce a bit, while it may have a different shape, it is still fresh and tastes wonderful.

Also, due to the extreme heat we are trying to leave as much produce in the cooler as we can, so some of the bins of vegetables may seem like we don’t have many, feel free to ask if there is more to bring out.

For those of you following the Hummingbird flower garden, almost all of the flowers are in bloom, including the sunflowers.  Thus, we will have lots of flowers for sale this weekend, including sunflowers.  Bring your own vase if you want and make your own bouquet!

Sunflowers in the Hummingbird garden, 7-20-11 The little "specs" on the flowers are bees pollinating

Yes, we have Sweet Corn!  We started picking corn this week and should have it all weekend.  It is bi-color.  We have been selling out early each day, so if you want corn, come early in the day or call us to save it for you.  (269-244-5690).

Denim "guarding" the corn on the way back from the day's picking

Baked goods:  Our bakers are bringing a new pie this weekend called “cherry berry.”  made with cherries, blueberries and cranberries.    Be sure to check that out.  Also, if Michaela waits on you, be sure to thank her and her family for going out blueberry picking during this hot week in order that they could pick and freeze enough blueberries to make pies for the  rest of the year!

Blueberries:  Our blueberries will be ending this week, but we will continue to bring them in as we have been from Leduc’s in Paw Paw.    They are telling us they will have blueberries for several more weeks.    We have them available in 10-pound boxes for $25, 5-pound boxes for $13.00, $5 a quart or $3 a pint.

Summer vegetables: The market shelves are full now with the summer bounty:  green beans, red/white/yellow onions, green bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, hot Hungarian peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, green and yellow zucchini, peas, sweet corn, new red potatoes, and lots of yellow summer squash!

Tomatoes:  Our field tomatoes are slow in coming, despite the heat.  Fortunately, our greenhouse tomatoes are still coming in.  We have also started picking green tomatoes daily for those of you yearning for fried green tomatoes!!

Lodi apples:  This will be the final weekend to get Lodi apples, which is a great applesauce apple.  We will have more varieties of summer apples following this one.

Brandy tasting this Saturday:  Our brandy house will be open from 1 – 4 on Saturday, please come meet our new brandy maker, Bruce.  He had his first experience this week making brandy, he may have a few stories to tell about it!

So we know it is going to be a hot weekend, but we would still love to see you coming out for fresh local produce and other goods.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

 

 

Blueberries are here!

Another summer favorite is finally ready:  Blueberries! We started picking this week and will be picking daily.  Due to our field being older and not producing sufficient quantities, we will not be able to have any U-Pick this year, sorry.  We also will supplement what we pick from our field with additional ones we will pick up locally from Leduc’s.  This will allow us to make sure we always have blueberries when you come and offer them in larger quantities.  Blueberries are:  $3.00/pint, $5.00/quart, $13.00 for a 5-pound box and $25 for a 10-pound box.    If you are interested in larger quantities, it would help us if you could order them in advance.  269-244-5690.  Thanks.

The good news is that we planted 1000 bushes this year,  so as they mature in a few years, we should have plenty of blueberries and be able to offer U-Pick.

Blueberries ripening; 7-4-11

Raspberries:  We have two local suppliers who will be bringing in black and red raspberries as available.  These are $3.50/pint.  Feel free to call us to see if we have them on hand as it varies by day.

Summer Vegetables:  Each day we bring in more and more summer vegetables:  Fresh dug red potatoes, freshly pulled onions, zucchini, yellow summer squash, peas, cucumbers, lettuce, green bell peppers, hot Hungarian peppers and sweet banana peppers.   The quantities available vary by day, so call us if you want us to hold something for you after we bring them in each morning.  269-244-5690.

“Make Your own flower bouquet:”  On Friday, Saturday and Sundays, we will set up a “make your own flower bouquet” station.  Bring your own vase or buy one of ours.  These are picked from the hummingbird garden adjacent to the market.

Sample of flowers from the Hummingbird garden to "make your own bouquet'

Tomato shortage: Sorry,  we currently cannot keep up with the customer demand for our greenhouse tomatoes, so they are not available every day.    Hopefully soon the field tomatoes will start ripening so we have fresh tomatoes for you each day.

Lodi Apples are coming soon!  The first apple of summer might be ready by this weekend.  If you don’t know this apple, it is the modern version of what was known as the old fashioned “transparent apple.”   They have a thick yellow skin and a sharp/tart taste!  Due to its ability to cook down very quickly, it makes a great (but tart!) applesauce.  Those folks who like sour things like sour candies, also like to eat them fresh.  We seem to have a bumper crop of them year, so give us a call if you would like to place an order and have us call you when they are ready.

Lodi apples, week of 7-4-11

Sour Cherries are now gone for the season, we are picking the last few very ripe cherries off the tree tomorrow hoping to make some cherry brandy!

Where are green beans and sweet corn? These seem to be the most frequently asked question:  Our answer is:  They are coming, but totally dependent on the weather.  We expect to have both in about 10 days to 2 weeks.

Again, thank you for buying local.

From everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Mid August Update

Hi, hard to believe that it is already mid-august, but this is one of my favorite times of the year (my all time favorite is fall) when the market is full of great fruit and all of the summer vegetables.    Here’s what we have at the market now:

Fruit:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Tomatoes (Slicing, canning, roma, green, grape and cherry tomatoes)

Vegetables:

  • Sweet Corn    ****  We currently have a very nice bi-color corn in, picked fresh daily, $4.00/dozen or 3 dozen for $10.00!!****
  • Yellow, Red and White sweet onions
  • Zuchinni and Yellow summer squash
  • EggPlant
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell Peppers (Green and Red)
  • Hot Cheyenne peppers
  • Mild Sweet Banana peppers
  • Hot Hungarian Peppers
  • Green Beans

Tomato Update:   This heat has our tomatoes really coming in.  So, we have reduced the price of picked tomatoes on the market to $1.50 per pound or 4 pounds for $5.00.  You can also get bushels of tomatoes while we have an abundance of them for $20.00 per bushel.  It would really help us if you call and order them at least a day in advance. 

U-Pick tomatoes:  Everyone out to pick this week has been very pleased with how easy it is to pick tomatoes and how nice they are this year.  There are a lot there to pick right now, so plan to get yours soon.  There are so many tomatoes right now that there should be plenty for everyone, but just in case we get lots of customers on the same day, it is always better to call ahead just to make sure there are plenty left to pick.  269-244-5690.

Homemade Baked Goods:  Our baked goods, particularly the pies and cookies are becoming so popular, that our bakers are now bringing them Sundays, as well as Fridays and Saturdays.     This week I recommend their apple pie, which is made from our Earli-blaze apples.  This is an amazing pie and apple sauce apple that we currently have for sale in the market.

What’s coming next? 

Bartlett Pears:  We expect our pears to be ready next week.  Bartlett pears are a great eating and canning pear.  If you would like to get bushels of pears, please call us or email us and let us know how many you would like.    Due to a pear shortage in Michigan this year (but not at our farm) we have many new customers who want to get pears.  But….we want to make sure all of our regular customers get them first.  So, we are keeping a list of customers and phone numbers and will call you when they are ready.  Please call us to give us your order at 269-244-5690.

Stanley Prune Plums:  We expect our plums to be ready next week.  If you are looking for bushels of plums, please call to get on our list to be called.

Apples:  Check with us toward the end of August  for an apple update.  Like everything else, we expect them to be early this year to due to hot weather.  The website and an email will be sent out when each variety comes in so you will know when your favorite is ready!!  We will have U-Pick and picked apples.

Grapes:  We expect grapes to be early as well, check with us the first part of September for an update on when they will be ready.  We will have U-Pick grapes, the white Niagra and the purple/blue Concord.

Thanks as always, for supporting us by buying fresh, local produce and other goods from us.  Hope to see you soon.

Beth