Come celebrate Labor Day weekend with us!  This is a great time to get out with the family and enjoy fun on the farm as well as taste the first bites of Fall!  We have hundreds of smiling sunflowers to enjoy as well as some early fall apples to pick.

And starting this weekend we will have pumpkin and apple cider donuts, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin muffins, and apples that have the sweetness and crunch of the traditional Fall varieties.

Other activities include a special yoga class in the sunflower field on Friday morning and a sunflower painting class on Sunday afternoon.  See details below for the various activities.

Our Days and Hours – Holiday Weekend
Labor Day Weekend Hours
9 am to 6 pm                 Thursday, Friday, Saturday
9 am to 4 pm                 Sunday, Monday
Closed                           Tuesday, Wednesday

Check our website homepage for updates or call us.  (269) 244-5690.

Looking Ahead ….

  • Fall apples – starting early September (already picked and u-pick)
  • Apple cider – usually starting mid-September
  • Grapes – typically starting late September (already picked and u-pick)
  • Blueberries, peaches, and sweet corn – This could be the last weekend for your favorites so stock up and make sure to take some home if you are just here for the weekend.
  • Summer Vegetables – After Labor Day weekend, many of our vegetables will be slowing down and finishing for the year: green beans, zucchini, summer squash, and cucumbers.
U-Pick Apples
We will open the u-pick apple orchard for selected varieties only – Jonamac, Mollie’s Delicious, and Blondee.  We will be picking in one of our newer orchards with smaller trees and lots of space, making picking a true pleasure for the family.

The orchard will be open Thursday (8/31) through Monday (9/4) only, during market hours (see holiday hours above).  Check in at the market for picking bags and directions.  Please exit the orchard at least 30 minutes before the market closes.

  • Blondee.  A medium sized apple, crispy and crunchy, white flesh slow to brown, sweet, and low acid.  Great for eating or baking.  Part of the Gala family.
  • Jonamac.  A good cooking or eating apple.  It has the best qualities of a Jonathon and a McIntosh apple, resembles the McIntosh in flavor.  It is a favorite for applesauce.
  • Mollie’s Delicious.  A crisp, sweet, and juicy apple with white flesh, originated from Golden Delicious.  Great for fresh eating.
Our Sunflower Field Experience
A visit to our sunflower field is guaranteed to pick up your day and positively set your frame of mind!  They are at their peak now, but after the heat wave coming this weekend, we will need to evaluate if we are able to keep the field open after Labor Day Monday.  (We will shut down the field when we feel there are not enough good blooms left).  So, this is a need to do it sooner rather than later experience!  (Maybe just five days left!)

  • 9:30 am to 5:30 pm – Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • 9:30 am to 3:30 pm – Sunday, Labor Day Monday (Labor Day)
  • Please call ahead or check the website before traveling to make sure the sunflowers are in bloom and the field is open.

Admission Fees and Pricing

  • $5 for ages 11 years and up
  • $3 for accompanied children 37 inches through 10 years old
  • No charge for children up to 36 inches tall on our Sunflower measuring stick
  • Additional blooms are $2 each or $1.50 each for 6 or more
  • Zinnias and other flowers from our Terrace Garden are 50 cents per stem, please ask about this at check in
  • Please check in at the market for directions to the field, pay the admission fee, and receive an informational sheet, sticker, and a receipt that will serve as your “ticket”.
Admission for each ticket holder includes:

  • A complimentary sunflower to take home.  A cutting tool, bag, and water provided.
  • Walk from the market up the hill past our terrace garden, continue along the marked path beside the grape vineyard and perennial flowering bush fields.  Many flowers in both gardens to stop and admire!
  • Walk through the meandering pathway through the field – a long and short path!
  • The walk from the market through the long path is just less than a mile.
  • General agricultural educational information posted along the route.
  • Photo opportunities throughout the field with sunflowers and various vintage and unique props, including tractors
  • Picnic tables, vintage tables, child’s play area, and pop-up tents for shade (wind permitting!)
  • Parking near the field and priority parking for those who need to park closer.

Well behaved members of your family are welcome to enjoy our sunflower experience.

See our webpage for more information on what to bring, caring for your complimentary sunflower, and our rules.  See the end of this newsletter on how we created our field.

Professional photography sessions are available for a fee and photographers will have access to the field during public hours as well as evenings and after hours.  See webpage for more information.

Join us for ‘Yoga in the Sunflowers’ -Encore class!
This Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 (note new day) we are having a encore yoga class in the sunflowers.  Please park across the street from the market; we will gather in the parking lot and walk to the field together.  Lucas King, manager of So Flexy yoga, will be teaching a beginner level vinyasa flow class with a beautiful view of the sunflowers.

The cost of the class is $15, but free if you are a member of So Flexy.  Bring bottled water, a beach-size towel, sunscreen, yoga mat, and shoes for walking to the class.  Insect repellant as necessary.

Sunflower Canvas Paint and Sip – only a few spots left!
Take home some blooms that won’t wilt in this recycled painting workshop with iconic late summer Sunflowers – created with bubble wrap and recycled materials!  (Due to its size, it might not be completely dry when you take it home).

Join us on Sunday, September 3 from 1 to 3 pm.  Cost is $37 per person, leave with a beautiful large canvas you can be proud of!

Open to adults and students 16 and over.  Budding artists aged 12 to 15 may participate when accompanied by a registered adult.  Class size is limited.

All supplies are included for this painting workshop taught by Kalamazoo artist Anna Barnhart.  (Wear a shirt you can paint in).  Hard ciders, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will be available as well as snack items while you work!

Explore your creativity and have some fun!  Register by calling the market at 269-244-5690 or online through the link below.  (If registering through Facebook, press and hold, versus clicking the link.)  Registration link –

We currently have Crest Haven, Flamin’ Fury, and Coral Star peaches, both freestone peaches are excellent for fresh eating, cooking, canning, and freezing.  They are available by the bushel, half bushel, peck, half peck, and quart.  If you are interested in bushels or half bushels, you may call us to hold them for you.  (269-244-5690).  Also, please bring containers like boxes, tubs, etc. to get the peaches home in.

Keep in mind that peaches are picked firm to not damage them.  Just lay them out on your counter until they are soft.  As soon as they are soft, please refrigerate.

Be sure to get your last taste of fresh peaches for the year this weekend.  Below is a cutie who knows a good peach!

Early Fall Apples
Earliblaze.  We are one of the few farms around that grow Earlilblaze, a great summer apple.  It is firm and tart, and great for eating, baking and applesauce.  It is one of only two apples that we use in our bakery because it makes such a great pie.  (The second variety we use is a fall apple – Northern Spy.)

Ginger Gold.  One of the best early season eating apples.  Sweet and mildly tart flavor.  Great for salads and snacks as they are slow to turn brown, and cooking and baking.

Kindercrisp.  Very crispy and sweet, medium size, with a flavor and texture similar to a Honeycrisp, one of its parents.  Ideal for fresh eating, best kept refrigerated.

Mollie’s Delicious.  A crisp, sweet, and juicy apple with white flesh, originated from Golden Delicious.  Great for fresh eating.

Spartan.  This apple is a cross between a Macintosh and an unknown variety.  It is a bit smaller in size, has a crisp white flesh that is aromatic, juicy, and crisp-tart.  They are good for fresh eating, baking, cooking, and juicing.

Zestar.  A relatively new variety that has the crispness of a fall apple.  It tastes sweet and tangy, with accents of brown sugar, and is known for its unique flavor.  The apple is best used for fresh eating, in a variety of baked goods, sauces, desserts, and salads.  It can be stored for up to two months.

Below, our just picked Mollie’s Delicious!

Sweet Corn
Our excellent sweet corn is still in season.  It is a very sweet, bi-color corn, perfect for fresh eating, canning, and freezing.

Sweet corn is available on the market by the ear, half dozen (white bags), and dozen (clear bags).  We also have bushel bags (5 doz.) available with advance notice.  Please call 269-244-5690 if you’d like us to make a bushel for you.

Bulk Quantities for Canning and Freezing
We have contacted the people on our sign-up lists for canning tomatoes, sweet corn, and green beans.  If we did not reach you in person and you still want some, please give us a call at 269-244-5690.

  • Sweet corn (bushel minimum, 5 doz.)
  • Canning tomatoes (half bushel minimum)
  • Roma tomatoes (half bushel minimum) – still contacting people
  • Bell peppers (half bushel minimum) – still contacting people
  • Specialty peppers (quarter bushel minimum)

We have a lot of canning tomatoes available.  Now is the time to get them!  Please bring containers to take them home in.  Call us for more information at 269-244-5690.

Alcohol Products 
No Wine and Hard Cider Sampling on Saturdays
We will no longer be offering our wine and hard cider sampling event on the market.  We are transitioning to the fall season and our breezeway is now home to bulk produce orders and upcoming apple storage.  We thank you for stopping by to try out, ask questions, and learn more about our various alcohol products.  Watch the newsletters for when we may have another sampling event.

Alcohol Products
We have 8 different wines, 8 different hard ciders, and assorted fruit brandies.  Our products are made on-site in small batches.  We distill the brandies on the farm and use our fresh apple cider as the basis for fermenting our hard ciders.  Hard ciders currently in stock are: Cherry, Dry, Sweet, Semi-Sweet, Blueberry, and Maple.

Do you have a houseful of family or guests this weekend?  If so, you’ll want to pick up some of our wines and hard ciders.  This may be the weekend to stock our Full House wine, a semi-dry white full-bodied wine that bursts with ripe apple and pear flavor.  Serve chilled alone, with sweet to spicy entrees. or with a fruit dessert.

What is on the Market this Week

  • Fruit: blueberries, peaches, and cantaloupe
  • Apples: Earliblaze, Ginger Gold, Kindercrisp, Mollie’s Delicious, Spartan, and Zestar
  • Fredonia grapes (blue, seeded) – available starting Saturday.
  • Fall Squash: Butternut, spaghetti and a few other varieties are starting to come in
  • Tomatoes: red and green
  • Mini tomatoes: various shapes and colors
  • Vegetables: zucchini, cucumbers, cauliflower, yellow squash, and onions
  • Peppers: various types, hot and mild
  • Sweet corn
  • U-pick herbs
  • From Bankson Lake Farms: lettuce mixes, spinach, kale, arugula, mushrooms, carrots, radishes, and garlic bulbs

We only grow the “Sugar-cube” variety which is a personal size melon, but know some of you want the regular size.  Below we are unloading melons from a local farm.


  • Faith in Flora will be here with fresh floral bouquets.
  • We will also have buckets of individual sunflowers from our field for you to choose from.

U-Pick Flowers
Flowers from our terrace garden are ready to be picked and taken to brighten up a room!  There are lots of lovely ones to choose from to make up your own bouquet.

Check in at the market for a container and directions.  U-pick bouquets are $10 each and include flowers and fillers (greenery).  We recommend that you pick your flowers in the morning when it is cooler; they will keep longer.

Baked Goods
Enjoy these treats from our bakery!
Saturdays and Sundays only:

  • Crisps – peach or blueberry, special for this weekend
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Donuts – Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry
  • Yeast Ring donuts – assorted sprinkles and googly eyes

Anytime treats:

  • Strombolis (frozen, ready to bake) – assorted flavors in breakfast, traditional, and pizza styles.
  • Cookies – Assorted flavors you will surely enjoy!
  • Muffins – A nice selection of flavors perfect for any time of the day including pumpkin
  • Sunflower bread – seasonal
  • Breads – assorted types plus hamburger and hotdog buns
  • Fruit pies (frozen, ready to bake) – Apple, Dutch Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Pumpkin, and Strawberry Rhubarb.

Starting this weekend, we are switching to pumpkin and everyone’s favorite apple cider donuts.  We will also have pumpkin rolls and pumpkin muffins.

And this weekend only, we will have two yummy crisps – Peach and Blueberry.

During sunflower season we offer sunflower oil and are busy making sunflower bread.  We have sunflower candy, sunflower butter, and sunflower seed packages also.

Please contact us if you want to preorder any of our baked goods.

Maple syrup products, honey, jams and jellies, salsas, yogurt, and Jake’s meats.  We also have assorted cheeses, cheese crumbles, crackers, chips, hummus, mustard, eggs, milk, granola, salad dressings, and more.

Yoder’s fry pies in your favorite flavors: Apple, Black Raspberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Red Raspberry, and Strawberry Rhubarb.

Come get the new “Spookley the Square Pumpkin: The “First Day of School” book.  And when you purchase it, get a free quarter-peck bag of apples of your choice.  A perfect gift for those just starting school along with a healthy school lunch or after-school snack!

Happenings on the Farm
Trying to Stay Cool!
We are bracing for these next few days and will have minimal harvesting in the morning before it gets too hot.  Everyone stay hydrated and safe.
Thank you for your continued support and for buying local.  Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards wishes you a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!