Dear friend, These are indeed difficult and unusual times. Never in my 64 years have I seen or experienced anything like what our communities are experiencing now with the COVID-19 virus. I’m sure that it is the same for most of you reading this message.
I wanted to write to let you know how this pandemic has affected us at our store and production kitchen. For our staff, we have markedly increased the intensity and scope of our sanitation procedures around the store and in work areas. We as a staff also practice physical distancing as much as we can. We are producing new guidelines almost daily to meet the challenge of COVID-19.
As many of you know, who have visited the store recently, we have implemented some new store etiquette policies for customers, including hand sanitizer use upon entry and intentional physical distancing.
We now have a new phone-in shopping service with curbside pickup. See our website for details. We have reserved 8am to 9am for seniors and other vulnerable individuals to shop. We welcome all our other customers to shop after 9am.
I am very grateful to live in a time where we have sophisticated scientific research and Canadian leadership at many different levels to guide us as we push back COVID-19. We know about physical distancing, frequent hand-washing, making sure a sneeze or cough is covered by an elbow or with a tissue (then disposed of), followed by thorough hand washing. We have facts that tell us to limit our social interactions to household members only……and all the rest of the health regime.
We are Canadians and we believe in science so let’s make sure that we follow all the public health guidance from the authorities!
It’s way too early to know if there will be any silver linings to this current challenge in our country and in our world. But I’m looking for one. It’s been my experience that often from very difficult and bad situations good can come. Let’s keep looking for those silver linings in the days, weeks and months ahead to keep ourselves and our communities encouraged.
Please take good care of yourself and please look out for others around our communities who may need your help.
Sincerely, Jay Reesor Reesor’s Markets
On a happy note, sweet corn seeds have begun to arrive, ready for planting season.
Are you one of our very loyal fans of Reesor’s Empire Cookies? They’re back for Valentine’s. If you haven’t tried them yet, now’s the time. We make them only at special holidays. They’re jam-filled, iced and so good. The heart-shape is perfect for nibbling.
Also now available at Reesor’s Market & Bakery is our lovely Nutella Cake. It’s a made-from-scratch white cake, with Nutella filling, cream cheese frosting and chocolate curls on top.
We are trying to reduce the use of single-use plastics in both our locations. In our town market we have recently installed a bulk food section where you can bring in your clean containers or buy one of our jars, and fill them yourself to take home. Lentils, popcorn, steel cut oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, raisins and more are now available.
Did you know that we have a frequent buyer Coffee Card to use when you buy any of our coffee, tea, hot chocolate or seasonal iced beverages at our town market café? Ask any of our cashiers or café staff and they will give you a card. Fill the card buying 10 beverages and you’ll receive your 11th for free (up to a $4 drink value).
Do you want to cut down on waste and save money? Bring in your own refillable to go container and we take 10 cents off the cost of your drink.
The calendar says it has been spring since March 21, but the weather didn’t seemed to get the memo. Here on the farm we’re trying to get ourselves ready for planting season. We are getting the oil changed in the tractors, putting new parts on the corn planter, adjusting, cleaning, planning….. We are getting lots of things done, but it’s a very long list! And wet, cold weather is not conducive for the the outdoor jobs. But I do know, that when the weather does straighten up and the fields are dry, we’ll be ready!
Growing food is a frustrating, amazing, difficult, fun, challenging and yet rewarding exercise. Here on the farm we can’t wait to get going on all the jobs. How about you? Doing some gardening this year? I hope that you can–because no food tastes quite as good as the food you grow yourself!
Our bakers are hard at work making our delicious made-from-scratch Christmas cookies and squares. We use the same ingredients in our bakeries that you use at home–butter, brown sugar, fresh eggs, pure chocolate, pecans, walnuts and dried fruits. The ingredient list on our Toffee Bars is: butter, sugar, flour, icing sugar, corn syrup, milk, chocolate, Skor bits (contains almond). For your convenience we take phone orders at 905-640-2270 for all of our baking and prepared foods. Visit Reesor’s Market & Bakery at 5758 Main St., Stouffville, ON.
Reesor’s Toffee Bars (above) and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies–made from scratch by our bakers in our Stouffville bakery.
You’ll find familiar and new faces ready to serve you this summer at our farm market. Last week the staff came together for training and they’re eager to stock our shelves with Ontario produce and help you find your favourite fruit pies, cookies, frozen meats, Reesor’s own frozen prepared foods and more!
This week we have lots of asparagus, rhubarb, greenhouse vegetables, baking, preserves and hanging baskets and as the summer goes on, more and more Ontario goodness will be here for you.
New this year are pretty hanging baskets with a unique green moss-like basket and chain.