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

Corey Lake Orchards

Open this Saturday, 10 to 3 for Stocking Up! Updated 11-19-2020

 Happenings on the Farm

Our row of Gala apples has gotten their “winter haircut”.  These days of almost autumn-like weather are allowing us to proceed through our pruning more easily.

So nice to get our field all cleaned up and see the cover crops thriving.

Finally, enough winter weather to kill all the leaves and vines in the grape vineyard.  Which of course allows us to see what grapes might have gotten missed.  Who picked this row??!!

November & December Dates and Hours

We are officially closed for the season except for:

Saturday, Nov c920. 21, from 10 am to 3 pm (Also date to pick up Holiday Pie orders)

  • Shop at the market — Keep in mind the market is open-air and chilly at this time.
  • Pre-order for pick up – Either call or email us in advance with your order.
  • Curbside service – Pick up pre-orders or drive up to the market where someone will come to your vehicle and get your order, package it up, and bring it to you.

December hours:  Stay tuned as we are working on plans for opening on December 19th to allow folks to come to the farm for one last opportunity to get apples, fresh vegetables, special baked goods (like cut out holiday cookies and cookie trays), and of course our line of brandies, hard ciders and wine.  There will even be a socially distanced Santa and elves!  More to come as we continue to work on creating a fun farm visit.

Thanksgiving Basket Project for Charity

We truly appreciate all of the bags that our customers added to our donation apple box these last two Saturdays that will help us have around 1,000 bags of apples to donate to various groups who are putting together Thanksgiving baskets one hand clapping 다운로드.

This Saturday, you can still help by donating a bag(s) of apples or squash to our special donation bins at the market

If you know of local churches or non-profit groups who are doing Thanksgiving baskets and could use apples, please have them email or contact us at 269-244-5690.  We will try to do as many as we can to help as many people as possible.

Produce Stock Up Sale

Our Buy 2 Get 1/Give 1 Sale is still on!

Buy 2 bags of apples – any size – and get a third free!  This is a great way to get a mix of apple varieties like eating and cooking, sweet and tart.  If you cannot use three bags, donate or gift one!

Buy 2 squash and get 1/give one.  Stock up now for Winter as squash are easy to store.

Gift Giving Ideas

Consider giving the gift of health this Holiday season with a bag of apples!  A peck or half peck size is perfect for a special thank you to the mailperson, babysitter, medical staff, clergy, hairdressers, coaches, teachers, and more.  Also don’t forget your neighbors and friends!

Corey Lake Orchard gift certificates are also available in any amount for use the remainder of this year and 2021.

Available on the Market this Week

Available on the Market are:

  • Produce – Apples, onions, and squash
  • Animal apples – Bag your own half bushel for $4.50
  • Pantry Staples – Honey, maple syrup, some jams and jellies
  • Alcohol Products – Hard ciders, wine and brandy
  • Straw – $6 a bale (seems to be a popular request as winter weather sets in)
  • Pie Pumpkins – and a recipe to make your own pumpkin pie.  They are on sale for 50 cents each, roast a lot and make pumpkin puree to freeze/can and use all winter Download the Bethlehem Bible for Mac!
  • Fresh picked Herbs from our herb garden – Choose from parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, cilantro, tarragon, lavender, and a variety of mints
    • Sage is a must have for Thanksgiving week, whether you are having a traditional meal or not, just to have in your home for the fragrance alone!  So much sage to pick!

Lettuce
This Saturday we will again have fresh greens and more from Bankson Lake Farm! These items sold out quickly last week so if you want something held for you, just call us.  However, Farmer Dan will supply us additional quantities this week so there will be hopefully enough for everyone previous version of office.

  • Lettuce Mix
  • Kohlrabi
  • Swiss Chard
  • Sun Chokes
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms – Gourmet Blend Cultivated

Bankson Lake Farm, LLC. was established in 2017 and is a small scale market farm (less than 3 acres in active production) focused on vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, herbs and more located in Lawton, MI.  They use all-natural growing practices.

Take and Bake Pies
Our bakers have been busy making the holiday pie orders, but made extra to have for sale this weekend in our freezer as “take and bake.”  The 9-inch pie selections are:

  • 2 Crust Apple
  • Dutch Apple
  • Blueberry
  • Cherry
  • Cherry Berry
  • Pecan

Apples for Sale

  • Golden Delicious:  A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It is the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.  Makes a nice apple sauce and many people use for canning pie filling.
  • Red Delicious:  America’s most popular apple, known for the “five little bumps” on the bottom. Best for fresh eating and snacks.  Full-flavored sweet taste, yellowish flesh, and crisp texture.
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying “Spies for pies”.
  • Cameo:  Firm, crisp and sweet, tart. Great for snacking or baking. Keeps well in your refrigerator.
  • Fuji: Has a fantastic sweet flavor and tart flavor, with a low acid content.  An incredibly good keeper, it says crisp for weeks without even being refrigerated.
  • Rome: A big, round apple right out of storybooks! Rome’s have a mild, sweet flavor. Most popular for baking because it holds flavor and shape well.
  • Pink Lady: Medium size apple with a firm, crisp flesh, and a tart taste with a sweet finish.  Stores well.

Apple pricing for the year:  $28 a bushel,, $15 a half-bushel, $9 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $6 a half-peck, and $3.50 a 1/4 peck.    BUY 2 OF THE SAME SIZE, GET ONE FREE OF THE SAME SIZE!

Tips on Storing Apples

If you are trying to keep apples for the winter, we recommend Fuji or Red Rome as two of the varieties the keep the best.  Here is information on how best to store them.

Apples are best kept in your refrigerator, preferably the crisper drawer or in an unsealed plastic bag.

Refrigerate apples separately from vegetables because apples naturally release small amounts of ethylene gas that can be damaging to lettuce and other produce. If you have a root cellar, you can keep larger amounts there if it is cool, dry and dark.

For every 10 degrees above 30°F, the apples’ lifespan decreases dramatically.  You do not want the apples’ temperature to fall below 30°F, however, because that will make them freeze and turn to mush when they’re thawed.  Their cell walls will all collapse.  Therefore, apples are best stored somewhere around 30-35°F, in a humid environment.

If storing apples in the fridge, place them inside a crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the apples.  Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible.  Keep them in the crisper drawer with aforementioned damp paper towel, or else keep them in perforated plastic bags in a cold shed or cellar.

There is trust to that old adage: “One bad apple rots the whole bunch.”  Apples give off a lot of ethylene gas, and so just one bruised and rotting apple will give off enough to swiftly ripen (and rot) the others.  If you have any bruises or soft spots on an apple, set it aside for eating.  Don’t store with the other apples.

Ultimately, if you are planning on storing a lot of apples for the winter, look for firm, long-lasting apples.  These are usually thick-skinned, tart apples.  We recommend storing Rome or Fuji, properly stored they will last until spring.

Thank You for Supporting our Business!

We sincerely thank you for shopping local!  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

Market Operations

Pre-ordering:  For your convenience pre-ordering is available.

Curbside service:  We are happy to provide contactless curbside service.

  1.  Simply call ahead with your order.  Pay over the phone by credit card or give us cash or a check when you pick up.  When you arrive, please park in the designated curbside area adjacent to our market, beep your horn, and we will bring it out to you.
  2. If you are not able to place your order in advance, no problem.  Please pull into the curbside area, beep your horn, and we will take care of you.  It just may take us a few minutes to get your order together.

We intend to continue to offer curbside service as an integral part of our market.  We know we have a steep hill to climb from the parking lot, babies can be asleep in cars, dogs do not want to be left alone, you are in a hurry, or a myriad of other reasons!

Our policies and procedures will evolve as new, reliable information and local guidelines become available.  We wish to maintain the peaceful, rejuvenating shopping experience our customers have come to rely on during these times.  For a list of the changes we made due to COVID-19, please see below.

Current Operational Changes to the Market 

  • We will have one-way entering and exiting for the market.  Customers should enter at the stairway, travel north side of the market towards the Bakery, curve around by Bakery, travel towards the checkout counter, and exit traveling west toward the play yard.
  • For social distancing, we have marked the floors marked with X’s or potted plants every 6 feet.
  • We have a hand washing station at the top of the hill as well as hand sanitizer in the market.
  • We encourage everyone to use a face covering and consider using gloves.
  • Please only touch items you are going to purchase to minimize surface contact.  If you prefer to not touch anything our clerks would be happy to gather items for you.

 

 

“Sheltering in place” here on the farm! Posted 3-26-20

Hello from where we are all sheltering in place on the farm!  So the world is changing and things are unsettling.  However, the rhythm of spring is in perfect tempo here on the farm.  We are grateful for the mild winter where our fruit trees, plants and vines got their winter rest and the chilling requirements they needed, and now have begun their annual growth.  Peaches, cherries, plums and early apples are budding out more each day.  It is truly exciting to see peach trees growing again after last year’s winter injury where we didn’t have any peaches Angry Birds Action Download!

Sweet Cherry buds

During this time with so many businesses closed, we take our responsibility of being one of the critical industries (Agriculture and Food) seriously.  We have a small but mighty crew working daily to finish up pruning, begin to prepare the ground for planting, and tend to all the plants growing in the greenhouse.  We are carefully monitoring the best practices for keeping food and our employees safe, which has always been our priority.  Rest assured, we are going to keep growing fruits and vegetables like normal and we will work together to find ways to get them to you, our customers Word trial.

The tomatoes are thriving in the greenhouse, and so it is time to extend our annual promise to get you a good tasting tomato for your first BLT by the middle of May.  Our 20,000-plus onion plants are doing well in the greenhouse, growing our own onions from seed using our own greenhouse is a new experience for us.  You’ll be hearing a lot more about this as we are learning, sometimes the hard way 윈도우7 한글 언어팩 다운로드!

A few weeks ago, after starting our morning with a beautiful sunrise, we got our straw down in the strawberry rows; now we’re waiting for the plants to start pushing out for the year.  We have added an additional field of strawberries this year with some varieties that will help us extend the season about a week longer.  It is always hard to say goodbye to a Michigan strawberry when they are finished for the year windows 10 버전 1709 다운로드!

On a chilly Florida day, Brenda, (still in Florida,) talked with ‘Strawberry Sue’ from the Florida Strawberry Growers Association.  Watch for some delicious recipes from Strawberry Sue closer to strawberry season Download Camouflage!   Mmmmm,  Fresh strawberries, this picture makes us even more anxious for ours to get here!

Straw bales for Sale:  We discovered it is really hard to get straw this year as the 2019 crop was shortened due to wet field conditions.  We finally found enough for our needs and have extra if you need it for your own gardens and mulching Cool favorite download. It is really great quality straw and the bales are packed so thick that it goes farther.  Just call us on 269-244-5690 and we’ll set up an appointment to get it to you.  It is $6 a bale this year, 10 or more bales for $5 동영상 소리 다운로드.

Our left over straw!

Now that spring is revving up, we’ll try to get back to our weekly updates.   Probably like you, the “sheltering-in-place “makes us want to stay more connected.  Please stay safe and healthy and let’s all remain positive as we adjust to a changed world.  Thanks from everyone at Corey Lake Orchards ecm!

 

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at the farm! 2-14-2020

A very Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you from all of us here at the farm and “winter” greetings as well.  However, for most of the winter it has seemed like Spring or Fall here – like many of you are also experiencing.  It seems like every day requires a decision on what outer gear to wear, from tall boots to mud boots, to sweatshirt layers or a full blown parka This is a true story download!   Maybe this means strawberries will be early this year?!!  Whose ready for a Michigan strawberry?

 

Our orchards and vineyards must surely be confused as some of our “winter” days  have been near 50 degrees!  We’re up to our usual winter activities, mainly pruning.  All of the apple orchards are trimmed and we are two thirds done with our grapevine pruning.  While these perennial crops should be deep into their dormant winter’s sleep, we sense they aren’t sleeping well with the weather changes!  When we are pruning on some of these warmer days I swear I hear the grapevines saying “ouch” as we cut them 동키콩 컨트리 다운로드!

You might have noticed that our greenhouse plastic roof blew off in one of our Fall windstorms.  It was replaced a few weeks ago and many thanks to the crew of 7 who helped get the 100-foot piece of plastic pulled over and secured.  Now the greenhouse would like to have some sun…..no, the black and white filter was not on for these pictures, it has been a grey winter for sure:(

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Day 1 was spent on a 15-hour bus tour seeing the operations of 4 local farms.  The plantations were quite beautiful and delighting with Southern charm.  It was interesting to see how they handle group tours and how they presented antebellum history through education.  Her favorite stop was touring the only commercial tea plantation in the US and learn how tea is harvested, processed, and packaged charles 다운로드.  Being a tea lover, she enjoyed the tastings at the hot and cold “tea bars”.  Dinner that evening was aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point 셀럽파이브 다운로드.

Days 2-4 were spent visiting exhibitors and attending education seminars.  There were over 100 vendors with products to support farm markets such as jams, jellies, playground equipment, donut machines, custom corn mazes, packaging materials, gift products, and more.  She attended sessions on planning and hosting events, photography, graphic design, staff scheduling, retail strategies, food and beverage management, generational differences, and future trends Papan 6 download.

One of the best parts of the conference was meeting congenial peers with operations similar to ours.  She left loving her new NAFDMA family and knows just the person to contact when she has a question!  The constant idea exchange between attendees was great and she left with bushels of new insights, projects to consider, and proven ideas 솔뫼 체 다운로드!   Stay tuned to see what we will do with all of this for 2020!

We are enjoying the quiet of winter, the chance to sleep in and read books by the fire before going to the farm for the day, catching up with friends and family, playing with Emma-Grace in the snow, when we have some!  But…..we do love and miss our many wonderful customers, so again, Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at the farm smartphone virus!

 

‘Twas the night before Christmas….

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the farm, Not a creature was stirring, to do any harm; Bushel baskets were placed by the market with care, In hopes that St Love Of Fire 3 Episode. Nicholas soon would be there;

The orchards were nestled all snug in the ground, While visions of sweet spring time danced all around. And the farmer in her bibs and standard farm cap, had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the farm there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter 엑셀 2007 한글판 무료 다운로드. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But so many, many tree eating deer Team Viewer.

And then more motion, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he shouted, “Stop eating those trees, what a shame,”

“And stay out of the grapes and the strawberries too, and tell all your friends they better just shoo, These trees are preparing for the 2020 crop, for eager CLO customers to get when they shop.”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky, So away from the tree-tops the coursers they flew, leaving alone the vineyards and blueberries too 해킹팀 다운로드.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard a new sound. As I drew in my hand, and was turning around, Down through the market St. Nicholas came with a bound monster taming bug edition.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to farm boots,  And his clothes were all tarnished with dirt and stained fruits,  Something large was flung on his back, And I wondered, what did he  have in that sack 풍운 만화 다운로드?

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were apple red, his nose like a sweet cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up so sweet, And I saw leftover sugar from a donut treat 그레이 아나토미 시즌1 다운로드.

He was eating an apple and then a pear, but I saw him looking at pies, I swear, He had a broad face and a donut shaped belly, That shook, when he laughed like a jar of grape jelly Samtalwer.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I wondered if he’d found peach brandy on the shelf; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, showed empty hard cider bottles he had instead 모나크모나크 다운로드.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the bushels; then turned with a jerk, I could see new farm tools; some pruners and hoes, but where was that new tractor I recently chose 일정표 다운로드?

He moved to leave and I heard an engine roar, he was driving my new tractor right out the door, But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!

Wishing you the peace of winter…..

While the market is closed as we take our winter breather, we also know that some of you would like to pick up items we might still have for yourself or others 시빌 워 자막 다운로드. We know a lot of customers like giving hard ciders and brandies as gifts, or picking up some of our frozen “take and bake” pies.  (Still available in apple, strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry, cherry, and cherry-berry.) Just give us a call on 269-244-5690, and we’re happy to make an appointment to meet up with you Gary 2002 download.

From the Farmer’s Almanac:

In 2019, the winter solstice arrives on Saturday, December 21, at 11:19 p.m. EST, marking the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere ebse. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice always occurs around December 21 or 22. (In the Southern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs around June 20 or 21.) It is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in the whole year. 

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The word solstice comes from Latin sol “sun” and sistere “to stand still.” So, loosely translated, it means “sun stand still.” For a few days before and after the solstice, the Sun appears to stand still in the sky asp net 첨부 파일. The change in its noontime elevation is so slight that the Sun’s path seems to stay the same, or stand still.  Think of it this way. The solstice brings the return of more sunlight 윈도우 mr 다운로드. It only gets brighter from here!  (I think all of us are ready for that!)

As winter officially begins everyone here at the farm wishes you a most peaceful winter vsti. For we farmers who spend so much time outdoors, thinking about growing hours and daylight, winter on the farm is an important time. It is when our orchards, vineyards and fields go into their deep sleep to prepare for another growing season 궁귀검신 다운로드. It is the time when all of us get to catch up with family and friends, linger over a cup of coffee, delight in eating our frozen/canned fruits and vegetables, and not set alarms 새찬송가 전곡 mp3 다운로드. The moments of quiet and solitude are perhaps the best gifts we receive as we find time to relax and rejuvenate. All the best to all of you!