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

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Update on cherries and strawberries

Guess we didn’t need the calendar to tell us that summer has arrived….whew….what a warm weekend, thanks to all the many customers and my own crew who endured the heat to pick sweet cherries and strawberries!

The impending heat will bring strawberry season to an end quickly.    We hope to have berries for you to pick and already picked at the market through Wednesday, June 26th.  After that we are not sure, so please call us or check our website to see if we still have them.

Sweet cherries:  We opened for U-Pick on Saturday, 6-22 and about one third of them have been picked so far.    This means there are still many to pick, but with each day of picking they get harder to reach on the trees.  You will need to bring at least a step-ladder or preferably something longer  in order to have good picking.  See** below for more info.

Sour Cherries:  We will open the Sour (tart) cherry orchard for U-Pick on Wednesday, June 26th at 8:00 am.  We have about 25% of a crop this year due to the Mother’s Day frost.  The frost hit the orchard very unevenly—missed some trees entirely (great picking on those trees), hit the bottoms of some of the trees (great picking at the top half of the tree) and on other trees the frost hit the entire tree so there are very few cherries on those trees (poor picking.)

Availability will be on a first come-first serve basis.  How long they will last will depend on how many pickers come out each day.  You can check our facebook page or the website for an update on cherry picking or call us at 269-244-5690.   They will be the same price as last year.

U-Pick Sour Cherry information:

  • Pricing: $1.00 per pound to pick, 75  cents per pound for 50 pounds or over
  • U-Pick Hours:  8 – 6 daily, please be finished picking by 6 pm.
  • The sour cherry trees are about 10 – 20 feet tall.   For good picking, you should bring your own ladder.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and  sleeves) as you many 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.

Already picked Sour cherries:  Due to the small crop of Sour cherries, we are still working on trying to bring some in from another local farm already picked.  We hope to have details on  how much those will be on Wednesday, June 26th.   If you are interested in trying to order them, check back with us then.

Happenings on the farm this weekend.  Despite the heat,  we really enjoyed having so many families out to pick strawberries and cherries this weekend.  From what we can tell, everyone seemed to have lots of fun picking (and eating—from the berry and cherry juice we saw on many faces!)  Here are some pictures that one family shared with us which are just precious!  We thank them for sharing…

The perfect way to get into a cherry tree–on Dad’s shoulders!

 

So excited to pick her first handful!

 

Why bother to pick them and put them in your hand when you can just eat them off the tree?!!!

Thanks and have a great week, from Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

**Sweet Cherry Picking information:

  • Pricing: $1.50 per pound to pick
  • Picking hours are 8 – 6 daily, we ask that you finish picking by 6:00 pm.
  • Varieties:  We have four different kinds  in our small orchard across the street  from our market.   We have several colors:  Dark red (black),  Red, Yellow, and Red/Yellow blush.  In addition, be aware that the recent rains have caused some trees to have spoilage issues.
  • 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.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sour and Sweet Cherry Update and yes, Strawberries are gone for the season

Sour Cherries: We will open the U-Pick Sour Cherries on Wednesday, June 29th.  They will be 75 cents per pound to pick.    The variety we have is Montmorency.

U-Pick Pricing:

  • 75 cents per pound to pick
  • 60 cents per pound for 100 pounds and over

Picking information:

  • U-Pick Hours:  8 – 6 daily, please be finished picking by 6 pm.
  • The sour cherry trees are about 10 – 20 feet tall.   For good picking, you should bring your own ladder.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you many 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.

Picked Sour cherries:  $3.00 per quart (approximately 2 pounds).

Strawberries are now finished for the season.   It was another difficult season for us not having enough for everyone, plus the last four days of rain ruined what was remaining, but thanks to everyone who was able to enjoy them with us this season.

Sweet Cherries opened for U-pick on Wednesday June 22.    This was earlier than expected, but the weather from this past week with 4 days of rain,  have caused the cherries to start spoiling.    We have four different kinds in our small orchard across the street  from our market.  You can still try to pick them, but it is very difficult due to the damage caused by the rain.   Please realize that we have an older orchard with about 15 – 20 very large trees.  Since we do not have a lot of sweet cherries, we would recommend you not travel a long distance to get them, but if you are in our local area and want to get a few cherries to enjoy eating, please come on over.  We know for many of you, it is a tradition to come pick a bowl of cherries!  We have several colors:

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

Picking information:

  • 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.

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 no longer have any picked cherries on the market.   They are just too difficult to pick given the rain damage.  Wow, what a short crop, about 3 days!

So what else do we have on the market? The end of strawberry season and the short cherry season leave us with a “gap” of produce available on the market since we grow everything here.  We have some lettuce, peas and onions coming in, but we are now awaiting the next group of summer vegetables.    Of course we still have our great greenhouse tomatoes every day and baked goods on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  We’ll let you know when more things are ready.    On a positive note, yesterday, we picked our first tomato out of the field.  As many of you know, it is my Dad’s goal to always have the first tomato ready in the state.  He has even set a new record for himself by picking his first one on June 25th!

A glimpse of some of the small joys of farming: This particular last week with all of the rain which ruined the sweet cherries and strawberries and kept us out of the fields was certainly frustrating for those of us in farming.  But there are always small pleasures and joys we find among our days as well.  This past week, when picking radishes, I discovered this nest of bird eggs in one of the plants.   Then, at the end of the week, there were baby birds!!  Needless to say, this group of radishes did not get picked!

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for buying local produce and goods…..from all of us here at Corey Lake Orchards, we truly appreciate you as customers.      Beth