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

Corey Lake Orchards

7-9-2020 The Heat is On … a Little Too Much! ☀

Happenings on the Farm This Week

As we usually do, we looked incessantly at weather apps, hoping to see cooler temperatures and rain in the forecast as the days went on, only to pull back and stop checking so often as it was too discouraging.  And then we continued to water, water, water where we could.  What can any of us say?  Everyone is hot, everyone has had enough.  Our orchards and vineyards and field plants are showing signs of stress as they battle this every day.  Please……do a rain dance for us or any other means you have of bringing relief!

Cherry Update

We picked and sold the few red sweet cherries we had this year.  However, we are hoping to get some from a farm in Traverse City sometime around July 16.  There will be 2 varieties, a dark red cherry and Emperor Francis which is a blush colored cherry (yellow, pink, red.).  They are sweet and good for eating as well as canning or freezing.

The price will be $7 quart, and $2.50 lb. in bulk of 20 pounds or over.

We will only be getting these cherries once.  If you would like to place a bulk order, please contact us at (269) 244-5690 to preorder as that will help us determine how many to obtain.  Ask the clerk to put you on our sweet cherry sign-up list c920.

We will not have any sour cherries this year as we lost them in the May 9th freeze event.

Blueberry Update

We now have Blueberries both already picked and for you to pick!

Already Picked: We are bringing already picked blueberries to sell at the market.  These are from Brookside Farms who have been our blueberry supplier for many years.  The season is just starting, and 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 trying to freeze blueberries, we recommend you wait a few weeks for some of the later varieties one hand clapping 다운로드.

Blueberry U-Pick

OUR BLUEBERRY FIELD WILL BE CLOSED FOR RIPENING UNTIL SOMETIME NEXT WEEK.  Call us for an update before you drive out to pick.

We are sad to report that we had to close our blueberry field due to theft of the ripe blueberries along with some of our yellow sweet cherries.  We fight insects, weeds, and challenging weather daily – and now must watch for human theft.  To our good neighbors and customers, please let us know if you see or hear anything suspicious.

Our small U-Pick blueberry field is open each morning (closed Tuesday), from 9 am until noon.  We have made changes to our U-pick process to make sure we can keep customers, employees, and the fruit safe.  Please realize blueberries are just starting so they are not all ready; therefore, until more ripen we will limit a group/family to 5 lbs.  Whenever all the ripe blueberries are picked, we will close the field and reopen when more are ready.  You may want to call before you drive out to check on picking Download the Bethlehem Bible for Mac.

You will receive disposable containers to pick in.  You will take these home with you so only you are touching your berries.  If there are several of you picking, you may want to bring your own bowls or buckets along for everyone to have their own container, then can combine them into our container.  We have two sizes of containers and prices:

  • Large – averages 5 to 6 pounds: $12
  • Small – averages 2.5 to 3 pounds: $6

Below is a picture of the smaller size $6 buckets.

If you are looking to pick a lot of blueberries, we recommend you try Brookside Farms, located in Paw Paw.  They have a delightful farm for you to visit and pick at – 269-657-3500 or check their website:  https://brooksidefarmsmi.com/

If you are in the blueberry field, please smell the milkweed blooms (a most fragrant/lovely smell) and please do not hurt them even though they are considered a weed.  We have left them there on purpose to help restore the national monarch butterfly population.  The milkweed also attract a variety of other pollinators.

The Field supervisor will be asking your support on the following rules:

  1. Do not pick if any member of your group feels ill or has been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last two weeks previous version of office.
  2. Wash your hands before your start, when you finish, and wash your blueberries when you get home.
  3. Honor social distancing.  Stay together as a family or group, kids, too, and keep an “unoccupied” blueberry bush between groups.
  4. Only touch berries you put in your container.
  5. Do not eat or drink in the blueberry patch, which includes sampling berries.

Produce Update

Strawberries.  The strawberry season is finished for the year.  We are now in the process of renovating the field for next year.  This consists of cutting the plant row width to about 8”, and getting weed control and nutrients in place to ensure a viable crop next year.  Thanks to all of you who got strawberries from us this year!

Greenhouse and hoop house tomatoes and cucumbers, including mini tomatoes

From the field, we are picking:

  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Swiss Chard
  • Kohlrabi
  • Broccoli
  • Hot Hungarian and Sweet Banana peppers
  • Sugar snap and Snow peas
  • Red Potatoes
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Sweet Onions – freshly dug with edible stems
  • Summer Squash
  • Zucchini

Update on Sweet Corn and Green Beans:  Normally we have these by this time of year, but sadly we lost our early plantings in the cold snaps earlier this spring.  They are both a few weeks away, patience please!

Yellow Squash Recipes.  This is the time to cook yellow squash!  It is plentiful, nutritious, and low-cal.  Did you know you can also freeze it?

Consider using yellow squash in your menu this upcoming week.  Here are some ideas.

–Make a breakfast bread or muffins – Grated yellow squash can be used in place of zucchini in zucchini bread

–Eat it raw – Include some thin slices in your green salad

–Roast it or bake it and add seasoning such as olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, parmesan, lemon, and more to make your squash more exciting:

Southern Baked Yellow Squash
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/206515/southern-baked-yellow-squash/

Easy Squash Casserole
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Summer Yellow Squash Roasted in Lemon and Olive Oil
https://www.craftycookingmama.com/summer-yellow-squash-roasted-in-lemon-olive-oil/

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.

Looking for a refreshing summer drink?  You might want to try our Blueberry cider.  It is a true full-bodied blueberry cider, dark red in color, and is sweet but not overly sweet.

Bakery Update

Now that blueberries are in season, we will be making Blueberry Glaze Pies!  This is a fresh fruit pie, unbaked, and topped with whipped cream.  A perfect dessert for these hot days!

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 also in the freezer – pies, brownies, cookies, and cinnamon rolls.

Bakery Offerings for this Weekend

Pies – 9” or 6”:

  • Apple – 2 crust
  • Apple – Dutch
  • Blueberry
  • Cherry
  • Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Blueberry Glaze

Cookies

  • Frosted Lemon
  • Monster
  • Chaos
  • Salted Caramel

Muffins / Rolls

  • Blueberry Muffins – 4 count
  • Cherry Almond Muffins – 4 count
  • Pistachio Muffins – 4 count
  • Cinnamon rolls – 2 and 4 count

Bagels

  • Asiago Cheese – 4 count
  • Everything – 4 count
  • Very Berry – 4 count

Donuts – available in packages of 4 unless pre-ordered differently

  • 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

Breads:

  • Cinnamon
  • Country Loaf
  • Mediterranean
  • Potato Scallion
  • Hamburger buns
  • Hotdog buns

Other Products Available on the Market

  • 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)
  • Cheese
  • Mad Mats
  • Greeting cards made by local artists
  • Great Lakes potato chips
  • Juice, strawberry and chocolate milk in the cooler
  • Whipped cream
  • Granola
  • Pottery from Barb’s Bowls
  • Carruth Studio Clay figurines
  • Plainwell Ice Cream
  • Gluten Free Sensations
  • 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 salethanks 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

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 mask 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.”

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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!