We’re getting ready to get in the fields

by Jay Reesor

Ever wonder what is on a farmer’s to do list in mid-April? Just in case you’re interested, here is what is on our list for the next few weeks.

This was the winter of flat tires, so we called in the tire repair guys to fix two flats on two different tractors and replace our cultivator’s tires. Then we have to replace the points on some of the cultivator shanks as they are worn out.  Next we have to get the corn planter out and make sure everything is working well to get the seeds planted at just the right depth and properly firmed into the soil. Next priority is to make sure all the oil and filters are changed on the tractors and all of the equipment is greased and ready to go when we get a sunny, dry day.  As well, any day now we need to take the straw off the strawberries with a small tractor and rake and then walk the entire field to touch up any areas that the machine didn’t do well. Yep. It’s going to be a busy few weeks!

I wish each of our readers a wonderful spring season!

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Jay was serving up free coffee at Reesor’s Market & Bakery recent open house.

Fun & fundraising in the corn maze

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Thanks to everyone’s entry fee to our farm’s 2016 corn maze and the sale of the grain corn in the maze $5,800 will be donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Special thanks to Burkholder Farms for harvesting the corn and Reesor Elevators for trucking and drying the corn at no charge. Thanks to Grahame, pictured above on the left, for designing and cutting the maze.

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Everyone had a ton of fun figuring out how to get out of the maze.

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Reesor’s Farm Market is now open for the season

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Welcome to a new farm market season shopping in the fresh air at Reesor’s Farm Market. Our returning and new staff are ready to serve you bringing you the best of our farm and other Ontario farms at 10825 Ninth Line, Markham at Elgin Mills Rd.

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Crunchy Cajun Corn Salad

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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.

Salad Ingredients
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.

Dressing
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.

6-8 servings.

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Corn maze now open

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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.

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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.

Read more about pumpkins & our corn maze on our website:  http://www.reesors.ca/pumpkins/

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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!

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!

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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Summertime and the Eating is Easy

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by Jay Reesor

Summertime and the eating is easy.  

The beans are tender and the corn is sweet. 

Our soil is rich and the air is warm, so come local eater enjoy the treat.  
 
One of these mornings, the air will be cooler, the leaves will be falling and the apples red. 
 

But ’til that morning, don’t let nothing stop you.

Enjoy the summer before it passes by.

 
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