It was 30 years ago this summer…..

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by Jay Reesor

It was 30 years ago this summer that we first opened up Reesor Farm Market on the 9th Line. Although our current building is quite basic, our original market was just a farm wagon with a canvas roof.

Over the years the variety of produce, baking and foods that we offer has increased along with our customer base. As time passed and to make life better for everybody we built a little market building. Every few years we’ve added some new features and the farm market grew to include a bakery, coolers and more fresh and local food.

This week I was glad to welcome my parents (in the photo above) to opening day of our farm market season. Both my dad and my mom physically helped to build the market and have been a tremendous support to me in running the farm and the market. My wife Miriam also makes huge contributions as well. It has taken a lot of work over the years to build our business and she has always been supportive. I am hoping for a good season for all of us this year growing and making good food.

New! “Take & Bake” Reesor’s Cookies

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We’ve recently begun packaging our frozen, unbaked Classic Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin in re-sealable freezer bags.  They’re the same cookies we make from scratch and bake for you, but now you’ll be able to bake up just a few or a whole bag and enjoy them warm from the oven at home.

Bake up a couple of them for a snack or go a little bit decadent: make your own warm cookie, ice-cream sandwich with your favourite flavour of Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream.  Double yum!

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Our Farm Market is now open for our 30th season

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We’re proud to announce that we’ve opened for our 30th year this week. With your support and lots of help from our wonderful staff we’ve grown over the decades. Thank you!

We hope that this year will be better than ever for you to enjoy the fruits and vegetables that we and other Ontario farmers grow for you.

This week you’ll find delicious, sweet early strawberries from southwestern Ontario. In a few weeks our own ready-picked strawberries will be ripe and ready.

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Happiness is the Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream delivery.

Ontario spring crops available now are:

  • beautiful asparagus
  • Swiss chard
  • greenhouse vegetables
  • rhubarb

The farm market is well-stocked with lots of our own fruit pies, muffins, wholesome bread, plus butter tarts, maple syrup, preserves and other treats. Our freezers are stocked with entrees and soups made by our kitchen staff, plus sausage and organic meats.

There’s lots of good eating to be done this spring and soon summer will come with all the bounty of Ontario here for you! Here’s to a great season of Ontario eating!

Multi-Grain Crepes

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Do you know what a food hack is? It’s a way to make your cooking life a little easier, or a different, innovative way to prepare a food.
Here’s a way to use your package of Reesor’s Multi-Grain Pancake Mix to go a little “gourmet”—make crepes.

Yields about 12-14, 6 inch crepes

1 cup of dry Reesor’s Multi-grain Pancake Mix or white flour
2 cups milk
2 eggs
2 Tbsp canola oil or melted butter

Put one cup of the dry pancake mix in a blender.  Grind until smooth textured.

Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and whir until blended.
Transfer to a bowl or put the blender jar in the fridge for about 30 minutes to rest and to let the air bubbles release (if you have time). Or just go ahead with the next steps.

Preheat over medium-high heat, an approximately 8” frying pan or a crepe pan if you have one.
Add a small amount of oil. Pour a little less than 1/4 cup of batter into the hot pan and tilt the pan to spread the batter into a thin, round layer. Turn the crepe when it is bubbly, firm and lightly browned on the other side. Loosen the edges before turning. Then turn and brown it on the other side.
Stir the batter and scoop it from the bottom of the bowl each time you scoop out the batter.  Repeat. Flip the finished crepes onto a plate, stacking them up until ready to fill and serve.

Be prepared for the first one or two crepes to be imperfect, but as you go along the crepes should look better. If you use plain flour instead of pancake mix add about 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

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Filling suggestions

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Sauté 2 cloves of mashed garlic and make a white sauce or a cream sauce, and add shredded cheddar cheese or your favourite cheese with 1 tsp of lemon juice to the sauce.  Serve with asparagus.

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Whipped cream and strawberries.

Easy dinner ideas

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When you’re at Reesor’s in Stouffville pick up one of our fresh entrees, such as our new Four Cheese Penne with Fresh Ontario Asparagus (in the photo above). Slip it from the foil tin into one of your own casserole dishes. Bake it in the oven or heat gently in the microwave.  A minute or two under the oven broiler can give it extra colour.  Serve to your family or guests and they may never know you didn’t make it from scratch.

Drink your greens! Try our newest soup made with Ontario asparagus.

Drink your greens! Try our newest soup made with Ontario asparagus.

Enjoy a regular or mini-sized quiche made with fresh Ontario asparagus.

Enjoy a regular or mini-sized quiche made with fresh Ontario asparagus.

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Slip a Reesor’s fresh entree into your own casserole dish and take the glory for cooking up a great meal. (We won’t tell.)