Back on the land

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by Jay Reesor

When spring comes, it can come in a hurry! A little over a month ago all of us were wondering if spring would ever arrive.   We had endured a long winter and the cold stayed right into April.

But a few weeks can change everything. We are currently planting everything from strawberries to sweet corn, green and yellow beans, beets, peas, soy beans, oats and clover. The peas and the corn are even up already!

Every spring-planting season has its challenges and right now we are trying to manage all of our planting to maintain moisture. It hasn’t rained significantly for weeks so we have to be careful that every seed we plant finds enough moisture to germinate.We will figure it out.

I hope that you have a chance to do some planting this spring too!

Oven Roasted Asparagus & Garlic

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Roasting or grilling asparagus enhances the sweetness of these delightful spears of spring.  You can add your favourite seasonings or keep it simple with just salt and pepper.

1 lb. Ontario asparagus
Olive oil for drizzling
Salt, pepper
1 or 2 garlic cloves, minced
Balsamic or red wine vinegar, or lemon juice.

Preheat oven to 450 F

Snap off or trim one inch from the bottom of each spear to remove any tough parts.
Rinse or soak in water to remove any sand. Pat dry.
Arrange spears in a single layer on a rimmed cookie sheet. (Lining the sheet with parchment paper makes clean up easier.)
Drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and minced garlic.
Bake for 6-9 minutes until it reaches your preferred tenderness. Arrange on a serving platter. Sprinkle with a little balsamic or lemon juice. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Celebrating mom!

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Reesor’s has lots of ways to help you celebrate your mother this week-end:

💐 Beautiful cut flowers, large potted hydrangeas, colourful hanging baskets

💝 A wide choice of delicious Belgian and Fair Trade chocolate

🍰 Specially decorated vanilla cakes with cream cheese frosting or her favourite fruit pie or pecan pie.

☕️  If breakfast in bed is the custom in your house: pick up our multi-grain pancake mix, new crop maple syrup, free run brown eggs and some freshly roasted and ground Velvet Sunrise coffee and you’re good to go.

The lilies in this bouquet smell amazing.

The lilies in this bouquet smell amazing.

Parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme–our garden centre is now open

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You know summer’s on the way when we open our outdoor garden centre. This week we brought in colourful hanging baskets, lots of lovely herbs for transplanting, potted tomatoes and hanging strawberry baskets (complete with ripening strawberries). Keep checking every week because more plants will keep coming in.

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Ontario Asparagus are now in season

Ontario Asparagus

Ontario Asparagus

These gorgeous spears of Ontario goodness are delicious grilled, steamed, roasted, stir-fried and raw. They’re loaded with nutrients and fibre.  Get them at Reesor’s and enjoy the Ontario asparagus season!

Camino Chocolate Bars are back!

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Good news for chocolate lovers! Camino chocolate bars and cocoa are back at Reesor’s.  This week we have the Camino 38% cacao milk chocolate bar with a hint of hazelnut & sea salt, which Annette one of our managers declares, “Perfect”.  Or try the 55% cacao dark chocolate and almond bar.

For baking there’s Camino regular and dark cocoa powders. For the ultimate mug of hot chocolate try the Camino cocoa powder with our Sheldon Creek cream-top bottled whole milk or the Eby Manor Guernsey Gold 4.8% homogenized milk.

Camino is a leading Canadian line of fair trade, organic chocolate products. Camino’s high quality organic ingredients come from environmentally responsible family farmers and they strive to source these ingredients through Fair Trade practices.

All Camino chocolate bars are certified Organic by QAI, Fair Trade certified by Fairtrade Canada, are gluten free, and certified Kosher.

Try Eby Manor Guernsey Gold milk with Camino Cocoa for gourmet hot chocolate.

Try Eby Manor Guernsey Gold milk with Camino Cocoa for gourmet hot chocolate.