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!
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- Wash your hands before your start, when you finish, and wash your blueberries when you get home.
- Honor social distancing. Stay together as a family or group, kids, too, and keep an “unoccupied” blueberry bush between groups.
- Only touch berries you put in your container.
- Do not eat or drink in the blueberry patch, which includes sampling berries.
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:
- Swiss Chard
- Hot Hungarian and Sweet Banana peppers
- Sugar snap and Snow peas
- Red Potatoes
- Brussel Sprouts
- Sweet Onions – freshly dug with edible stems
- Summer Squash
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
Summer Yellow Squash Roasted in Lemon and 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.
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
- Strawberry Rhubarb
- Blueberry Glaze
- Frosted Lemon
- Salted Caramel
Muffins / Rolls
- Blueberry Muffins – 4 count
- Cherry Almond Muffins – 4 count
- Pistachio Muffins – 4 count
- Cinnamon rolls – 2 and 4 count
- 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
- Country Loaf
- 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)
- 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
- 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
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 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.