A winter hello from Corey Lake Orchards. As we trek carefully around the ice on the farm, we’re looking forward to the next few days of sun to melt this away and allow us to walk without trepidation!
The greenhouse is ready to go for the year and the tomato plants are ready to make their journey from Schram’s Greenhouses in Portage to the farm as soon as we get the right window of above freezing to safely move them. We hope by this weekend that they will be all transplanted and growing to be ready for that first BLT in May. And, can we say yet again what a pleasure it is to work in the sunny tropical-like greenhouse in the winter?
We were pleased to win the Three Rivers Commercial News 2018 Readers Choice Award for Best Farm Market. We thank those of you who cast your vote for us and hope this year we can keep true to the title. It’s always nice to be acknowledged and it inspires us to continue our work to ensure that you have great experiences at our farm.
This winter has found all of us in our usual catch up, regroup, and re-energize mode. Some of the worst days allowed us to stay by the fire while we contemplated the 2018 season and planned for 2019.
Bone chilling weather on January 31st, a minus 20 degrees F
I attended the annual “Farmers Inspired” Conference in Indiana at the beginning of February. This is a national association of 300+ farmers and agritourism operators. There were two days of educational sessions and three days of touring some amazing farms in Indiana. It’s always fun to be a guest at someone else’s farm and get the inside scoop while having great conversations and learning among all our peers.
Congratulations to Venue 45 for their recent opening in downtown Three Rivers! Be sure to check out their beautiful new space where you will find a hard cider of ours available along with excellent cocktails and mocktails. http://www.threeriversnews.com/local-news/venue-45-set-open-week?fbclid=IwAR0gB3O24AGlN1bhj9T4uoP2kk2lA540qHz1-4TPfDtmICdsCooU8TePl7s
You can also get our hard cider at The Local in Centreville, the Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers, Hoffman Street Market, Mega-Bev in Oshtemo, and Salut Market in Kalamazoo.
Yes, we were envious of our own Barb and Brenda enjoying fresh strawberry shortcake in Florida this past week. So we will leave you with reminder of good things to come.
From all of us at Corey Lake Orchards, stay warm…we’ll be sharing more in the near future about what this year’s season will bring.