Wednesday, November 8, 2023
In special thanks to our veterans who have served or currently serve our country, we are giving each of you a quarter peck of apples.  Our father, Dayton Hubbard, was a proud veteran and would be happy to see the apples from his original orchard being shared with our veterans.  Stop by this Saturday to pick up a bag.
We will be open for two more Saturdays in November from 9 am to 3 pm.  You can also shop by appointment (269) 244-5690.  We will also be open additional Saturdays in December and possibly January for apple sales, as needed.

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away!  On the market we have apples and other produce, local grocery items to stock up on like honey, maple syrup products, jams/jellies, and take and bake pies to get into your freezer for the upcoming holidays or for your winter stash!

Our Days and Hours 
Winter Hours
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
Please note – there is no Holiday Market or Santa this year.

U-Pick Grapes and Apple Gleaning
If you are interested in picking concord grapes or gleaning the remaining apples in the orchard, please call for an appointment as the market is closed during the week.

Grapes are measured and sold in 5-gallon buckets; apples are sold in whole bushels only ($10 a bushel).  Must bring your own containers for both.

Special Harvest Sales
Grape Sale
We still have some already picked Concord and Niagara grapes.  They are on sale for $25 a bushel.  This is your last chance to make juice or jelly!  Please call if you would like us to hold any for you to pick up on Saturday (or mid-week by appointment, (269) 244-5690).

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 varieties (including Honey Crisp).  This is your chance to get the perfect blend for applesauce and for fresh eating!

Pumpkin Sale
The remaining stacking, white, and pie pumpkins are on sale this week for $1 each.

Pie pumpkins are easy to store, or roast and freeze the pumpkin to use for a pie or pumpkin dessert later.

Onion Sale
Buy two, get one free bags of onions!  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.
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).
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
  • Gold Rush
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith
  • Honeycrisp
  • Ida Red (few)
  • Jonathan
  • Northern Spy
  • 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-bushel bins of animal apples, we sell those in bulk also.

What is on the Market this Week

  • Fall Squash: Butternut, Buttercup, Spaghetti and Acorn
  • Specialty Squash: Baked Potato, Mashed Potato, Carnival, and Sweet Dumpling
  • Grapes: Concord and Niagara
  • Onions and shallots
  • Vegetables: cabbage
  • 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.

Our wines and made-on-the-farm hard ciders are the perfect complement to your Thanksgiving holiday dining and relaxing!

Baked Goods
Our bakery is now officially closed for the season.  However, we made a few extras of many of your favorites and froze them for you.  Just use them within a few days of thawing.  In our freezer you can find:

  • Apple Crisp
  • Strombolis (frozen, ready to bake) – assorted flavors in breakfast, traditional, and pizza styles.
  • Cookies
  • Muffins
  • Focaccia bread
  • Fruit pies (frozen, ready to bake) – Apple, Dutch Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Pumpkin, and Strawberry Rhubarb.

Donut lovers who hate for our season to end can stock up and have them when you want!  It’s a simple thaw and quickly warm up in the microwave, and they taste just like they were just made!

For your holiday pie needs, please select what you need from the stock in the freezer.  If you are not able to get out in the next few Saturdays to get them, please email or call us to place a pie order and we will hold them back for you.

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

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

And speaking of gifts and holiday decorations, head over to the Norton Elementary School Craft Fair on Saturday, November 18 from 9am to 2pm.  Stop by the So Flexy Yoga booth and get a free apple to eat plus a coupon to use for a bag of apples that day!  Remember that November 18th is our last November shopping day so stop by!
Happenings on the Farm
All good things must come to an end …And so it is as we clean up our fields after a great vegetable producing season and prune the apple orchard. This is the orchard that many of you picked in and it looks nothing now like it did when you were there with so many apples on the trees.

Who missed this apple?!

Fall Apples – What’s Currently Available
Please note that many of these apples are only available on 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.
     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.
     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 happy Fall!