Happenings on the Farm This Week
This is our favorite time of the year when the market is chock full of produce. We must creatively find more space for everything, so if you are looking for something ask, as we may have moved it from where it was last week! We love seeing the colors of everything that comes in each day from picking. Crayola should capture this somehow in a multi-colored crayon called “summer freshness.”
And…..we opened our sunflower field. Here’s some pictures shared by our first customer through the walk!
This year we have two sunflower fields. Our smaller (2 acre) sunflower field is now open and at it’s peak viewing. It has about 15,000 blooms that should last approximately one more week, depending on the weather c920.
The second (and larger) sunflower field is expected to bloom toward the end of August. Check back for opening info.
The admission fee is:
- $5 adults
- $3 children ages 3 to 10
- Free to ages 2 and younger
Each admission includes a sunflower for you to take home. Check in at the market first to get directions and your admission ticket.
The field is open from 9 am to 5 pm each day except Tuesday (closed)
We made a few changes to the sunflower experience this year including:
- Priority Parking adjacent to the field for those with mobility issues
- Please social distance from others also enjoying the field
We also will have sunflower-themed gifts and baked goods at the Market.
Already Picked. We are bringing already picked blueberries to sell at the market from Brookside Farms, our blueberry supplier. We hope to keep a steady supply available in pints, 1-pound, and 2-pound containers. We also have 5- and 10-pound boxes available.
If you are wanting to pick a lot of blueberries, we would recommend Brookside Farms, located in Paw Paw. Reach them at 269-657-3500 or check their website: https://brooksidefarmsmi.com/
Sweet Onion and shallot update
We are harvesting our sweet onion and shallots for the year. You will find them hanging on the market “curing” so they will keep for you. You can buy them individually or already in a bundle. After the onions dry, we will offer them bagged in mesh bags for your winter storage.
Sweet Corn Update
Sweet corn is on now through Labor Day. We have planted the favorite bi-color varieties that we have had the last several years Download the Bethlehem Bible for Mac.
If you are looking for larger quantities for canning or freezing, call the market at (269) 244-5690 and ask to be added to our Sweet Corn Sign Up List. We will contact you when it is available by the bushel (sometime in August).
Green Bean Update
We finally have green beans on the market, for sale by the pound.
If you are looking for larger quantities for canning or freezing, call the market at (269) 244-5690 and ask to be added to our Green Bean Sign Up List. We will contact you when they are available by the bushel and half bushel (sometime in August) previous version of office.
Our field tomatoes are starting to ripen and are available in 1- and 2-pound boxes on the market.
If you are looking for larger quantities for canning, freezing, or salsa, call the market at (269) 244-5690 and ask to be added to our Tomato Sign Up List. We will contact you when they are available by the bushel and half bushel (sometime in August). We should have both first and second quality tomatoes.
We lost about 60% of our peach crop in the May freeze this spring. Because of that we will be selling peaches in quart and 2-quart boxes only with an occasional peck or half-peck. There will be no bushels or large quantities this year. We expect them to be ready about the second week of August.
NOTE: Some of our crop yields each day are inconsistent and we may pick a lot, or pick a few, or none at all. It is possible that some days you may see limits on the amount you can purchase as we try to make what is there available to as many customers as possible. We are happy to reserve/hold produce for you if we have it on the market for sale until you are able to pick it up. 269-244-5690.
We are now picking:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Cucumbers – traditional field, greenhouse varieties, pickling
- Green Beans
- Herbs – various types, fresh, pick your own
- Peppers – many varieties
- Summer Squash
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Onions – freshly dug with edible stems
- Swiss Chard
- Tomatoes – field and greenhouse, regular and mini
- Green tomatoes
Lettuce. We are temporarily out of lettuce for a few weeks due to the summer heat, but we are offering small kale leaf salad mix instead.
Yellow Squash. Our buy one, get one sale is continuing for another week. Consider using yellow squash in your menu this upcoming week; you will find many good squash recipes online.
Tamales. Teresa has added a new type of tamale this week – Green bean. The flavors are:
- Black Bean
- Pinto Bean with Cheese
- Green Bean
- Zucchini with Cheese
Cantaloupe from our own farm is finally ready! Hooray!
U-Pick Cut Flowers from our Terrace Garden. See clerk for cutting information.
Hard Cider, Wine, and Distillery Products Available
We also offer:
- Selection of hard ciders from dry to sweet
- Peach Honey and Double Cherry wines
- Brandy – various fruit flavors
We have “paused” our hard cider and wine tastings at this time.
Check out the variety of hard cider, brandy, and wine available on the market for purchase. Hard ciders are sold individually and in 4- and 6- packs; you can mix and match your selection.
Please bear with us as we continue to experience various supplier shortages in flour, sugar, M&Ms, and more. We apologize that we have not always had your favorite pie or bakery item when you wanted it. To make sure you get your favorite item(s) please call ahead at (269) 244-5690 and preorder so we can bake it and set it aside for you.
We are continuing to make several of your favorite summer items – Zucchini-Chocolate Chip cookies, Blueberry-Zucchini bread, and cake donuts in buttermilk, cherry, and blueberry.
As a reminder, we only have baked goods on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. However, ‘take and bake’ fruit pies are available in our freezer throughout the week. Also, Gluten free baked products are available in the freezer – pies, brownies, cookies, and cinnamon rolls.
Bakery Offerings for this Weekend
Pies – 9” or 6”:
- Apple – 2 crust
- Apple – Dutch
- Strawberry Rhubarb
- Frosted Lemon
- Zucchini Chocolate Chip
- Salted Caramel
Muffins / Rolls
- Blueberry Coffee Cake
- Cinnamon rolls – 2 and 4 count
- Blueberry muffins – 4 count
- Cherry Almond muffins – 4 count
- Pistachio muffins – 4 count
- Asiago Cheese – 4 count
- Everything – 4 count
- Very Berry – 4 count
Donuts – available in packages of 4 unless pre-ordered differently
- Cake Donuts (6 packs)
- Blueberry, plain and sugared
- Cherry, plain and sugared
- Buttermilk, plain and sugared
- Yeast Ring Donuts
- Chocolate iced – plain or sprinkles
- Vanilla iced – plain or sprinkles
- Raspberry Bismarks: sugared or white frosting
- Bavarian Cream Longjohn: chocolate or white frosting
- White Cream Longjohn: chocolate or white frosting
- Yeast Twists: glazed or cinnamon sugared
- Cherry Fritters – glazed
- Crusty Country
- Potato Scallion
- Hamburger buns
- Hot dog buns
Other Products Available on the Market
- Frozen gallons of our 2019 Sweet apple cider, find in the freezer outside of the bakery
- Jake’s Country Meat: various pork and chicken products available in the freezer outside of the bakery
- Honey from Babcock’s Apiaries
- Maple syrup products from Maple Row Sugarhouse
- Mattawan Creamery Yogurt
- Dipping chocolate for fruit
- Local jams and jellies
- Peanut butter and chocolate peanut butter
- Eggs (XL brown)
- Mad Mats
- Greeting cards made by local artists
- Great Lakes potato chips
- Juice, strawberry and chocolate milk in the cooler
- Whipped cream
- Pottery from Barb’s Bowls
- Carruth Studio Clay figurines
- Plainwell Ice Cream
- Gluten Free Sensations
- Wood Bird Houses made locally by Ken Bickle
- Fresh Cut Flowers from Faith in Flora (Friday, Saturday, Sunday only)
Our Days and Hours of Operation
Please note our opening time is 9 am. Closed Tuesdays.
The later start time allows us to do the extra cleaning and sanitizing required and move the baked goods and produce onto the market for sale – thanks for your understanding!
Open – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Hours – 9 am to 6 pm
Closed – Tuesday
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