Hoping for a wonderful warm autumn

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by Jay Reesor

It has been an unusual growing season. It started off late, stayed cool for most of the summer and now we are receiving some beautiful fall weather. Most farmers in our community are very happy to have this stretch of good weather to ensure that their crops are ready for the season’s first frost.

I remember, clearly, 40 years ago in 1974 when our area had a very unseasonably early frost around September 8. The morning after that fateful night, immature corn was totally destroyed. The fields even smelled bad! It does not appear it will be a year like that, but crops are susceptible this time of year.

Do you still have some tomatoes, peppers or corn in your garden?  Keep hoping for some warm weather and keep the blankets handy to cover them up if necessary. Here is hoping for an amazing fall with a long stretch of Indian summer!

Apple Fritter Loaf

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Apple & cinnamon come together for classic autumn flavour in this easy and delicious apple loaf.  Drizzling it with the simple frosting takes it from everyday to dress-up.

1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 apple, peeled and chopped into 3/4” chunks. Any apple is fine.  We used a Courtland. Mix the apple with 1 Tbsp sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.

Glaze:

1/2 cup icing sugar
1-2 tablespoons of milk or cream,
Stir together in a cup until you get to a drizzling consistency.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Using parchment paper gives extra-easy removal.
  2. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  3. Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until incorporated; add vanilla extract.
  4. Combine flour and baking powder together in a small bowl; stir into creamed butter mixture. Mix milk into batter until smooth.
  5. Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan; add half the apples and sprinkle the apples with half the brown sugar mixture. Lightly pat apple mixture into batter. Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples and brown sugar mixture. Lightly pat apples into batter.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the cake is firm to the touch or a toothpick in the center of the loaf comes out clean, 40-50 minutes.

Let cool for about 15 minutes before drizzling with glaze.

Adapted from blogger:  RumblyTummy

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Celebrate Ontario’s harvest with the warmth & comfort of a fall meal

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Cooler autumn weather means hearty and comforting Ontario fall harvest foods are ready for you at our Stouffville and 9th Line locations. We’ll have our sweet corn until Thanksgiving at both locations too!

What’s new? Our Gingerbread Spice Muffins–they’re baked every Wed. They’re delicious and also gluten-free. Black Bean Burrito Casserole–stone-ground corn tortillas with a flavourful tomato, brown rice, bean, cheese, and black olive filling. Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Soup–sweet red peppers blended until creamy and smooth with potatoes, cream and spices.

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Our gingerbread spice muffins are gluten free & dairy free.

At our Main St., Stouffville market you’ll find our complete selection of ready-made fresh and frozen soups, entrees and salads including Harvest Gold Soup, lentil sausage soup, chicken pie in various sizes, Penne Alfredo, pumpkin & fruit pies, and Iced Pumpkin Squares.  Here’s a link to a list of all of the Entrees, Soups, and Salads that we make.

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If you’re cooking soups or stews you’ll want beautiful Ontario Nantes carrots, kale, squash, potatoes, organic stewing beef, sausages or chicken. Packing school lunches? Try our natural cold cuts, our own breads, our best-selling molasses crinkle cookies, salads, and crunchy apples to fill the gap. At Reesor’s on the 9th Line come and be inspired to cook from our complete selection of  Ontario-only fruits and vegetables: several varieties of apples, pears, plums, squash, beets, kale, leeks, onions,  and on and on!  Our freezers carry a selection of our most popular soups, entrees, and frozen meats too. And of course we have shelves full of  pies, bread, muffins, butter tarts and cookies.

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Your fall colour tour starts here

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Does your front porch need some colour now that summer flowers are ending?  We have all you’ll need to decorate naturally at Reesor’s Farm Market on the 9th Line at Elgin Mills.

We are bursting with colourful mums, corn stalks, decorative corn, straw bales, all sizes of pumpkins from mini to extra-large ready-picked or in our pick your own patch, gourds and garden mums.

At Reesor’s in Stouffville you’ll find a selection of mums, cut flowers, fall planters, and also pumpkins a little later in the season.

Are you on Pinterest? We’ve pinned some of our favourite fall decor ideas here:  http://www.pinterest.com/ReesorsMarket/autumn-decorating/

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We have lots of ready-picked pumpkins or you can pick your own pumpkins beside our Corn Maze.

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Jacob is part of our farm team chopping down corn stalks for front porches and party decor.

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We have all sizes of pumpkins from mini to extra-large.

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Mums & straw bales.

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Gorgeous gourds in all sizes & shapes.

Reesor’s Corn Maze is now open

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Our corn maze at Reesor’s Farm Market is fun and challenging for all ages. This year we’re charging a small fee to enter the maze and the proceeds go to the Stouffville Food Bank.

Come on into the maze, have fun and get up close and personal with corn!

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Do you want to know more about what’s new & fresh at Reesor’s in between our e-news updates?

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We post several times a week on Facebook about what’s happening on the farm, our bakery and kitchen. Even if you’re not “on” Facebook you can still look at our pages; you don’t have to be a “member” of Facebook.

So, if you would like to keep in touch more often, you can go to both of our Facebook pages and see what’s cooking and growing.

Here’s the link to our farm on FacebookClick Here

Here’s the link to our town market on FacebookClick Here

Here’s the link to our website:  www.reesors.ca

It’s a sea of orange in our Pick Your Own pumpkin fields

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Come join the fun picking your own pumpkins in our pumpkin patch at our farm at 10825 9th Line at Elgin Mills.

  • Fill one of our wheelbarrows for $35.
  • Pick 3 pumpkins for $25.
  • By weight, it’s 35 cents/lb.

Our pumpkin patch is open Mon.-Sat. 9:00-6:30 and there’s no charge to enter.

We also have lots of individually priced, ready-picked pumpkins on our wagons at our 9th Line market.

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Have a rest & take a photo after the corn maze or picking your pumpkins.