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!
- Below is a link to step-by-step directions on making those perfect pies! You can also freeze the pumpkin puree to use this winter for pies, muffins, and pumpkin bread!
- 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!
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
- Swiss Chard
- Sun Chokes
- 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
- Cherry Berry
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
Pre-ordering: For your convenience pre-ordering is available.
Curbside service: We are happy to provide contactless curbside service.
- 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.
- 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.