After our farm market opens for the season in June the summer seems to go by so quickly! It seems like we just got the planting done, but now it’s harvest time. Our high school and university students have gone back to school and now fall is here. Even though summer is a lovely memory, fall brings us good things like fresh apples and pumpkin pies. Speaking of pumpkins, it looks like a good crop, especially of small and medium-sized pumpkins. Their size reflects the dry summer that we had.
We are still picking great sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans and sunflowers. So it is a busy season around here and it makes me grateful for the quality staff that we have, not just at the farm and farm market, but also at our kitchen and our town market. I hope that Fall 2015 is a wonderful time for you!
This zesty salad can be made with fresh or frozen sweet corn kernels. When you have some leftover cooked corn on the cob just cut off the kernels and whip up a salad. Since frozen corn is blanched (lightly cooked before freezing), you can use it right out of the freezer when making the salad. Add the amount of Tabasco sauce or chill powder you prefer to get the right amount of heat.
4 cups corn, freshly cooked or frozen (about 4 cobs)
1 large green or red pepper, or combination of both colours, chopped fine
6 green onions chopped
1/2 cup minced parsley
1 cup chopped tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
Mix all salad ingredients together in a serving bowl. Set aside.
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp mayonnaise (Hellmann’s Light works well)
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce, fresh minced chilis or chilli powder, to taste
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil, to taste
In a large bowl mix together all the dressing ingredients, except olive oil, until combined. Add olive oil in a slow stream, whisking until slightly thickened
Pour dressing over the other salad ingredients and toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight before serving.
Follow the straw path through the field southeast of our farm market where you can explore our corn maze. It’s fun and challenging for all ages, so bring the whole family. Check out this year’s new design–we think it’s better than ever. We charge a small fee to enter the Corn Maze with proceeds in 2015 going to the Canadian Food Grains Bank. ($3/person or $10/family)
Ready-picked pumpkins are now available in our farm market and a little later on at Reesor’s in Stouffville.
Bring your camera for photos in the pumpkin patch and with our giant strawman. It’s free to enter our pick your own pumpkin patch which will open about Oct. 1.
After you make it through the corn maze you’ll walk beside rows of beans, beets and sunflowers where you can pick your own to take home. Prices are posted by the field or ask in the market.
We’re picking our Romas and field tomatoes now. They’re available in bushels, half-bushels, 3 litre baskets and by weight.
There’s nothing quite like a grown-in-the-field Ontario tomato on our Pilgrim bread with mayonnaise or Jay’s favourite way with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkling of salt.
If you’re interested in canning tomatoes or other Ontario produce we recommend the tested recipes on the Bernardin website (the folks who make canning jars and lids). Or check out our Pinterest board for more preserving ideas.
You’re invited to practice yoga in the outdoors presented by Ellen Reesor, the owner and teacher, of Kind Yoga by Heart. The yoga studio, in a repurposed greenhouse, overlooks the fields at our farm. Many yoga students are loving the outdoor yoga sessions and the special events, such as yoga with live music and partners yoga. When it cools down the studio will be closed in and made cosy with an eco-friendly wood-stove so you can plan to try it out this fall and winter.
With thanks to Jordan, Isaac and Jacob and many other hardworking early morning corn pickers, over the past 30 years we’ve been able to provide lots of sweet corn to lots of people all over Markham, Stouffville and the GTA. Thank you for buying local at Reesor’s.
Making your food preparation and dining even easier our cooks are now stocking our town market fresh entree fridge with more heat and serve soups and meals. Please check there for a changing menu of fresh heat and serve foods–handy for home or office meals. Add one of our salads or pick up some fresh produce and you are set for a balanced meal.
Freezers at Reesor’s Market & Bakery are stocked with more than 30 kinds of our own soups and entrees, many vegetarian and Gluten Free. At the farm market you’ll find a selection of our most popular frozen entrees.
Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pasta made with broccoli, four kinds of cheese is now packaged in a container that you can put in the oven or microwave for extra convenience.
Best-selling Black River Macaroni & Cheese, now available in the new container
New Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese Casserole with bacon and rosemary