When We are Open
Reminder on our days and hours: Open 9 am to 6 pm every day, including holidays. Closed Tuesdays. To call us with an order or a question: 269-244-5690.
We wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July weekend! Yes, we will be open on Independence Day, July 4th!
Happenings on the Farm
We emptied the rain gauge, a lot! We worried about storms, the winds, and how hard the rain was, a lot! We got our boots stuck in the mud trying to harvest vegetables. We have standing water in fields that we cannot get into. When it was all over, we had close to 6 inches of rain, more than our rain gauge holds! We were in a drought, and it was so needed, but how much and how fast made for a stressful week for most farmers!
On The Market
The market is well stocked with a variety of summer vegetables!
Greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers. Tomatoes are sold pre-packed in a 2-pound box. See clerk for smaller amounts. We also have some field grown cucumbers and tomatoes this week from Indiana to supplement our greenhouse ones.
Herbs. The herbs are ready to pick in the herb garden. So, bring your recipes and add fresh herbs to your cooking.
Yellow Squash and Zucchini. We are picking lots and lots of these right now! Take advantage of our zucchini special and add grilled zucchini to your weekend menu – buy 2 at $1.50 each and get 1 free. Yellow squash are $1 each. If you like sweet and sour cucumbers, try making sweet and sour zucchini spears.
We have some of the best-looking squash vines that we have seen in years!
Kale/ Broccoli/ Swiss Chard/ Kohlrabi. If you haven’t, please try a Kohlrabi, they are quite delightful to use on a tray of cut vegetables, with dip or not!
Cauliflower. Is available in several colors from traditional white to purple.
Bankson Lake Farms Produce. Dan will be bringing us fresh lettuce mix, mushrooms, green onions, radishes, beets, carrots, and garlic scapes this weekend.
Fresh Cut Flowers. Starting this Friday, Faye will be bringing two sizes of her fresh cut flower bouquets –small for $10 and large for $17.
Grocery Items. Assortment of local meat, cheese, yogurt, eggs, jam, jelly, salsa, maple syrup, honey, chips, tortilla chips, ice cream and more.
Gift Items. Assorted greeting cards, pottery, artwork, sculptures, Mad Mats, and more. Below Peggy is unloading a shipment of new Mad Mats. Pick up one this weekend while the selection is good to decorate your outdoor living space!
U-Pick. Our early variety of blueberries are ready and we will be opening our field for u-pick starting Friday. We have a small field so this is for those wanting to pick just a small quantity for the experience. The field is open starting at 9am, and these bushes are low – perfect for children. See our Blueberry U-Pick page on our website for prices, hours, and more details.
If you want to pick larger quantities, check with Brookside Farms 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/
We also hope to have some already picked blueberries from Brookside Farms starting this weekend. They have been our blueberry supplier for a number of years.
Celebrating the Holiday Weekend on the Market
We have a lot of red, white, and blue on the market this week! Even our flowers are in celebration!
And check out our line of cherry products just in time for cherry season – cherry juice concentrate, chocolate covered cherries, dried cherries, cherry nut mix, and black cherry salsa.
The cherry juice concentrate is your key to better health. Tart cherries are a healthy whole fruit that is high in fiber, potassium, beta carotene, and antioxidants. Health benefits are:
- Increases overall sleep efficiency with naturally occurring melatonin
- Eases post workout soreness, exercise recovery, and pain relief
- Reduces risk of heart disease
- Eases arthritis and gout with powerful anti-inflammatory benefits
Of course, for all the chocolate lovers, you may find chocolate covered cherries are your go to health snack!
Red. Fresh sweet cherries, Double Cherry wine, frozen cherry pie, frozen cherry berry pie, cherry fry pies, cherry donuts, cherry jelly, cherry almond granola, cherry BBQ potato chips, and cherry brandy. red tomatoes, and red potatoes.
White. Cauliflower, onions, Plainwell vanilla ice cream, Mattawan Creamery fresh yogurt, mozzarella cheese
Blue. Fresh blueberries, blueberry hard cider, blueberry frozen pie, blueberry fry pies. blueberry donuts, blueberry bliss granola, blueberry salsa, blue tortilla chips, triple berry jam, and blueberry jelly,
Donuts. We make fresh Buttermilk, Cherry, and Blueberry donuts on Saturday and Sunday.
Fruit Pies. This year our pies are frozen “take and bake” only; we no longer offer “ready to eat” pies. Having them frozen allows us to offer a full variety of pies every day the market is open, not just on weekends. If you are driving far, bring a cooler or insulated freezer bag. The pies are simple to bake, take about an hour, ready to bake when you need them, and give your house a mouthwatering aroma! So far customers are liking this better. The pies are hot right out of your oven, plus extra pies can be tucked in the freezer for that time when you need a dessert! Baking directions are included on each pie.
Pie Varieties: Apple, Dutch Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry, Peach, and Strawberry-Rhubarb.
Slushies. With the heat of summer already here, enjoy a nice cold slushie! We have Strawberry, Mango, Strawberry-Mango mix, or Cider.
Baked Goods from Yoder’s
We are offering additional homemade baked goods from Yoder’s Country Store.
- Each day the market is open – cookies and breads.
- Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only – Amish fry pies and cinnamon rolls
Amish Fry Pies (pocket-sized, half circle pie): Apple, Black Raspberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Lemon, Peach, Red Raspberry, Strawberry-Rhubarb
Breads (pre-sliced, ready to use!): Dill, English Muffin, Italian Cheese, Jalapeno Cheddar, Multigrain, Oatmeal, Raisin Cinnamon, and Sourdough
Cinnamon Rolls with cream cheese icing
Cookies: Chocolate Chip, Molasses, Oatmeal Raisin, Oatmeal Sandwich, Peanut Butter, Sugar Cookies, and Whoopi Pies
Spirits, Wine, and Hard Ciders
Our Happy Hour is back for the holiday weekend! Please stop by and enjoy a hard cider or wine and talk with our distillery and cidery manager, Sean. We will also offer informal tastings of alcohol products earlier in the day.
Happy Hour – Saturday, 3 to 5 pm at the breezeway by the market
We have a nice selection of alcohol produced on the farm.
- Fruit brandy in 375ml and 750ml sizes
- 2 sweet wines – Double Cherry and Peach and Honey. Look for several drier wines coming soon!
- Hard cider in 12-ounce bottles. You can purchase them individually or mix and match them in a discounted 4- or 6-pack.
Many of our customers love our Double Cherry Wine! It is a true fruit wine made from fresh Michigan grown cherries. The fruit aroma of ripe cherries and the crisp tartness of the natural fruit is captured in this lightly sweet bright red wine. We have many repeat customers for this wine.
Visit us at local Farmer’s Markets
We participate in two local farmer’s markets. Please stop by and check out our items. See schedules and addresses for both locations. \https://coreylakeorchards.
We are following operational guidance from the CDC as well as State and local health rules. We are an open-air market and masks are optional though we encourage you to wear them if you have not been vaccinated. Our staff has been vaccinated and are not required to wear masks. Please note that we also follow food safety rules that regulate how produce is harvested and packaged.
We look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for shopping local.
From everyone at Corey Lake Orchards