As is our tradition in the fall, our farm market closes the first Saturday after Hallowe’en. I am really glad that we have chosen that date to close because this year, November’s weather was, well, less than ideal! The combination of some very cold, sometimes snowy, sometimes wet and almost always grey weather has made it difficult to get fall work done. Everything from getting the straw on the strawberries to getting everything stowed away for the winter was challenging.
And for my neighbours, who have crops still in the field waiting to be harvested, this fall’s weather has being very frustrating. I’m hoping that the brunt of winter can hold off until at least Christmas.
Looking back, it was a great farming season with excellent crops of strawberries, sweet corn, pumpkins and squash. Sure, a couple of our minor crops were a little disappointing, but there’s always next year. We’re always thankful for our wonderful customers stopping by regularly to support us.
At this point, southern Ontario is fortunate to have fairly steady and consistent weather patterns, favourable to growing good crops. I am very grateful for good soil and reasonable weather to grow our crops. I’m also grateful for amazing people with whom to work helping us to grow good food. Not everyone in our world has this privilege!
It has been a good year here on the farm. All of our main crops did really well including the strawberries, sweet corn and pumpkins, despite some very wet weather in the spring and very dry weather in the summer. Our early green bean crop, however, was totally rained out in the spring and was almost a total failure.
Usually seen on a tractor in the summer, Jay spends some time helping out at our town market in the winter.
I am grateful for our successes and for all of the people who helped with our crops including my farmer nephew Grahame, and neighbours Jacob Reesor and Peter Reesor. These guys all worked really hard in the strawberry, sweet corn and pumpkin fields to contribute to a successful cropping year.
What do we do with our failures? Our green bean crop was so bad most of it was not worth harvesting. We can quit and feel sorry for ourselves or we can learn from our failures, make improvements and move on. That’s what we’re doing with the green beans and I have found that’s the best recipe for success with personal failures as well.
I hope all of our readers have a wonderful Christmas season and a peaceful and rewarding new year.
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!
Jay was serving up free coffee at Reesor’s Market & Bakery recent open house.
Wow! Another year almost finished and if you’re like me it’s hard to believe! This year marks the 31st Christmas of Reesor’s Farm Market. It’s easy for me to remember that anniversary because that’s the year our first daughter was born, and 31 years later I’m now a grandfather!
In those 31 years lots has changed here on the farm. I now have many more people to help harvest the corn and pick the strawberries and make sure all of the crops are tended well and sold at our market. Back in the old days it was just me! As well, we have more labour-saving equipment which is a real help to everyone here.
When I was a younger farmer we even had livestock here on the farm including pigs and chickens which made for lots more work!
But some things haven’t changed. We are still doing our best to care for the soil and grow healthy, nutritious crops. We are still trying to be good neighbours to those near and far and still wanting to live simply so others can simply live.
Have a Merry Christmas and may 2017 be a wonderful year for you and yours.
In the photo above photo Jay is in a sweet corn field that was planted with oats last summer to protect and build the soil for next year .
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.
Everyone had a ton of fun figuring out how to get out of the maze.
Our corn maze and pick your own pumpkin patch will be open Thanksgiving Monday from 11:00 till 5:00. The farm market retail area and town market will be closed Thanksgiving Sunday and Monday.
Bring your friends and family for a fun time exploring our corn maze. We charge a small fee to enter the corn maze with proceeds in 2016 going to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. ($3/person or $10/family)
We are now taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys. Our turkeys are locally raised and grain fed without growth hormones or medications.
To place your order call or speak to staff at Reesor’s Farm Market, 905-640-4568 or Reesor’s Market & Bakery, 905-640-2270.
Order early to ensure your desired size:
Small: 12-14 lbs.
Medium: 15-17 lbs.
Large: 18-20 lbs.
X-Large: 23 + lbs.
All the turkeys will be ready for pick up at Reesor’s Farm Market, 10825 Ninth Line at Elgin Mills Rd., Sat., Oct. 8th after 9:00 am.
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.
Come see how strawberries grow and enjoy a farm experience while you have fun picking our juicy, delicious Ontario strawberries. It’s our 30th year of Pick Your Own (PYO) strawberries and it’s so much fun to meet grandparents, parents and children who make it a tradition to pick strawberries together in our fields.
No time to pick? We have plenty of ready-picked strawberries available by the litre and by the flat in our Farm Market and at Reesor’s Market & Bakery, Main St., Stouffville.
We plan to have PYO strawberries available until early July, but strawberries are very sensitive to the variables of heat and rain, so please plan to pick soon. Our planned PYO hours for June 18 and June 20-25 are 8 am-5 pm, but may change according to the weather. Please call 905-640-4568 for a pre-recorded message about hours and picking conditions for the day you plan to come pick. Please remember we are closed Sundays.
Here’s what to expect when you pick strawberries at Reesor’s:
Free admission to the field.
Straw between the rows and under the berries making it more comfortable for you and keeping the strawberries cleaner when it rains.
Helpful, friendly staff at the fields to assign you rows of strawberries from which to pick, so you can pick more berries more quickly. You won’t be picking from picked-over berries.
Bring your own containers or purchase baskets from our staff in the strawberry fields.
Convenient field-side parking.
Hand washing & toilet by the field.
Find out more about our strawberries and pick your own on our website: