This week we finished picking all of the apple varieties.  This was one of our largest apple crops, so we are grateful to be finished.  We are excited to share some of our late varieties with you (Goldrush, Granny Smith and Winesap!) and also share in the bounty of the harvest with an end of season sale.

This week marks our last regular business week of the year and an excellent opportunity to stock up on items for the upcoming winter months.  Shop our “buy two, get one free” sale on many items (see below).  We are motivated to clear the cold storage and barns as we wrap up our harvest season!

We will be open for the first three Saturdays in November from 9 am to 3 pm for apple and produce sales, local grocery items to stock up on like honey, maple syrup products, and take and bake pies to get into your freezer for the upcoming holidays or your winter stash!  We will also be open additional Saturdays in December and possibly January for apple sales until they are gone.

If you have a Fall gathering or event this week, note that we will be making our delicious donuts starting Thursday.  And get your cider while we have it as we are not pressing any more this year!

Our Days and Hours for Fall
Fall Hours
9 am to 6 pm               Thursday, Friday, Saturday
9 am to 4 pm               Sunday, Oct. 29, last regular business day
of the 2023 season

Saturday, Nov. 4            Open 9 am to 3 pm
Saturday, Nov. 11          Open 9 am to 3 pm
Saturday, Nov. 18          Open 9 am to 3 pm

You can also shop by appointment – call: 269-244-5690

Update on our Holiday Market
We will not be having a Holiday Market this year.

Many of you have stopped by our Holiday Market for the past several years and enjoyed meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Due to Santa and Mrs. Claus being extra busy in the North Pole this year making sure all the children around the world have special gifts and holiday cheer, they are unable to make a visit to Corey Lake Orchard this season.  They do hope you can still provide some orchard apples for their reindeer when Santa’s sleigh comes by on Christmas Eve.  Don’t forget those red apples help make Rudolph’s nose shine so brightly!

Our Special “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” Sales
Apple Sale
Buy any two bags of apples and get the third (same size) bag for free!  Get all the same or mix and match between most varieties.  This is your chance to get the perfect blend for applesauce!

  • Granny Smith, Winesap, and Gold Rush are not part of the sale.
  • Since Honey Crisp are priced differently, they will continue to be on sale for buy 2 bags any size, get one free of just Honeycrisp.

Pumpkin Sale
If you still need a jack-o-lantern, visit our u-pick pumpkin patch!  You and your family can go into the field and pick your own.  Be prepared for some mud after our rainy days.  You can also pick one from our pumpkin display by the parking lot.

We also have many pie pumpkins.  They are easy to store, or roast and freeze the pumpkin to use for a pie or pumpkin dessert later.

All pumpkins are buy two, get one free.

Onion Sale
Buy two, get one free bags of onions this week!  We have cured onions that will keep through the winter in 5-pound and 10-pound bags.  The onions are sweet, and are available in yellow and red.
Fall Ornamentals Sale
We have gourds, colored corn and stacking pumpkins available also, and all are on sale for buy 2, get 1 free.
Fresh Apple Cider
We have pressed our last batch of cider for the year and hope to have it through the weekend, but no guarantees.  We recommend you get it sooner than later as we may run out.

Our fresh apple cider is $9 a gallon, the same price as last year.

There are several changes this year.

  • Our cider is being custom pressed and bottled in Coloma.  It is still made with our apples and our blend of apples.
  • The cider is UV treated, but not pasteurized.
  • After opening, it is best to drink it within a week.  Freeze what you can’t drink; cider freezes well.
  • Keep the cider refrigerated.
Donuts from our Bakery
We will be making donuts Thursday and Friday to fill our special event orders and will make a few extra to sell on the market.  If you would like some for an event or gathering, we encourage you to preorder (269) 244-5690.  We will also have donuts Saturday and Sunday as usual.  Flavors are Buttermilk, Apple Cider, and Pumpkin.
Winter Squash Sale
Stock up on our winter squash – all are on sale.  Individual squash are 50 cents off their marked price or fill up one of our handle bags with squash of your choice for $20 (about 1/2 bushel and around 10 squash depending on the size).
Orchard Gleaning
Several orchards are open for “gleaning.”  Gleaning is our end of season “orchard cleanup” where you can pick what was left behind (skipped over) on the trees by our crew or on the ground for $10 a bushel.  Here is how it works.

  • Check in and out at the market, do not go directly to the orchard.
  • Sold in whole bushels only.  For example, if you pick 3.5 bushels, you will be charged for 4 bushels.  If you pick a half bushel, you will be charged for a bushel.
  • Orchard hours are 9 am to 5:30 pm and 9 am to 3:30 pm (Sunday).  Arrive early enough to allow time for picking.
  • Please bring containers to take your apples home.
  • We can loan you a basket for measuring.
  • You are welcome to bring a kitchen stool or small ladder; regular ladders are not allowed.
  • No climbing trees please.

Regular U-Pick Apples are gone for the year.

Picked Apples on the Market
Below are the apple varieties available on the market.  For the most current list, see the homepage of our website.

  • Braeburn (few)
  • Cameo
  • Cortland
  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • Gold Rush
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith
  • Honeycrisp
  • Ida Red (few)
  • Jonagold (few)
  • Jonathan
  • McIntosh
  • Mutsu (few)
  • Northern Spy
  • Nu-Red
  • Pink Lady
  • Red Delicious
  • Red Rome
  • Winesap

We have samples of our apples if you would like to try a variety before purchasing.

Apple Seconds are now available for use in processing (making your own juice or sauce) or to feed animals.  We currently have various kinds available for $5 a half bushel; they are already bagged.  If you are in need of 15 bu bins of animal apples, we sell those in bulk also.

Grapes for Juicing and Jelly
U-Pick Grapes
We still have Niagara (white) and Concord (blue) seeded grapes for juice and jelly available.  Sunday is our last day.  You can call us for updates, 269-244-5690.

Our pricing is on a sliding scale – the more you pick the less you pay per pound.  Discounts are given for 21-99 pounds and over 100 pounds.  We encourage picking in 5-gallon plastic buckets or half bushel baskets (both hold 20 pounds) for easier handling in the vineyard and quantifying the amount you picked.

More information such as what to bring, pricing, and days/hours open can be found on our grape u-pick webpage.

Already Picked Grapes
We have Concord and Niagara grapes already picked on the market ranging from small baskets to bushels.  You can also call us at (269) 244-5690 to preorder bushels and half bushels.

What is on the Market this Week

  • Fall Squash: Butternut, Buttercup, Spaghetti and Acorn
  • Specialty Squash: Baked Potato, Mashed Potato, Carnival, Sweet Dumpling, and Delicata
  • Grapes: Concord and Niagara
  • Tomatoes: red and green
  • Onions and shallots
  • Peppers: various types, hot and mild
  • Vegetables: cauliflower
  • From Bankson Lake Farms: lettuce mixes, spinach, kale, arugula, mushrooms, and garlic bulbs

Alcohol Products
We offer 8 different wines, 9 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, Peach Pear, Semi-Sweet, Blueberry, and Maple.

For a true taste of Fall, try our Maple cider.  It is a fresh apple taste mingled with rich local maple syrup and vanilla.  A finish of crisp fresh undertones and strong effervescent bubbles go great with breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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

  • Apple Crisp
  • Donuts – Buttermilk, Apple Cider, and Pumpkin
  • Yeast Ring donuts – assorted sprinkles and googly eyes

Anytime we are open:

  • 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.
  • Focaccia bread – made with our fruits and vegetables
  • Breads – assorted types
  • Fruit pies (frozen, ready to bake) – Apple, Dutch Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Pumpkin, and Strawberry Rhubarb.

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

Locally harvested maple syrup and honey, and Amish-made jams, jellies, and salsas.  We also have assorted cheeses, crackers, chips, hummus, mustard, eggs, milk, granola, salad dressings, and more.

We have lots of gifts including new holiday pieces by our local artists.  It’s not too soon to think about holiday gift giving!

Happenings on the Farm
Join us for Trunk or Treat at Camp Eberhart, Saturday, October 28, from 1 to 3 pm.

We are also supporting Trunk or Treat at the Three Rivers Moose Lodge, Saturday, October 28, from 2 to 5 pm.

Last Saturday, we hosted two groups touring the colorful autumn leaves and scenic countryside!

  • Annual Fall Color Run by ABATE of Michigan Region 12 (American Bikers Aiming Toward Education)
  • The St. Joe County ATV/ORV Fall Color Tour Fundraiser Ride
Fall Apples – What’s Currently Available
Please note that many of these apples are only available on the market or as u-pick.  Check respective sections above for a list of what is available in u-pick or the market.

     Braeburn.  Sweet with a hint of tart, and a firmness that stores well.  These traits plus the fact that they bake well have made them a very versatile apple.
Cameo.  A firm, crisp, and sweet apple that resists browning.  Great for fresh eating, applesauce, or baking.  Keeps well in your refrigerator.
Cortland.  A hint of tartness makes this a great earing, cooking, and baking variety.  A descendent of the McIntosh.  It’s a bit sweeter than its ancestor and juices really well.
     Fuji.  An incredibly sweet flavor, low acid content, and crisp.  Excellent all-purpose use for snacking, baking, and cooking.
     Gala.  A crisp, snappy bite over mellow sweetness.  It is Michigan’s 3rd most popular apple!  Very versatile, great for eating or cooking.
     Gold Rush.  Tart when initially harvested, but when kept in storage, the flavor balances, creating a sweet, acidic, and tangy taste.  A cross between Golden Delicious with Rome Beauty and Winesap.  Stores for months.
 Granny Smith.  A bright green apple with gray dots.  The apple is tart making it good for pies and fresh eating.  The traditional “sour green” apple.
     Honeycrisp. A people’s favorite.  It is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it.  Great for eating fresh or using in salads.  Keeps only several weeks.
     Ida Red..  Suits your every use!  Eat fresh or for cooking.  Taste is both tangy and tart.  Flesh is white, crisp and juicy.  Favored for sauces, pies and desserts.  Texture holds up well when baked.
     Jonathan.  Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
     McIntosh. An old time favorite.  An aromatic, juicy, sweet, and tangy tart.  The tender white flesh and distinctive flavor makes it great for applesauce.
     Mutsu.  Also called Crispin, it is a cross between Golden Delicious and the Japanese Indo apple.  It has a sweet-honeyed flavor mixed with sharp, tangy, and acidic notes.  They can be stored until spring.
     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”.
Pink Lady. Medium size apple with a firm, crisp flesh, and a tart taste with a sweet finish.  Stores well.
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.
     Red Rome.  A big, round, red apple right out of storybooks!  They have a mild, sweet flavor. Most popular for baking because it holds flavor and shape well.
Yellow 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.
Winesap.  A well-known American heirloom apple.  It has a firm, juicy, light yellow flesh with a wine-like sweet-tart flavor.  It is an all-purpose apple that stores well, and it is favored for cider-making.

Thank you for your continued support and for buying local.  Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards wishes you a colorful Fall and Happy Halloween!