A fresh start

by Jay Reesor

It’s a new season! A new season filled with its own unique weather issues and questions.  Will it be too hot and make it a difficult strawberry season?  Will it be too dry? Making it a challenge for our sweet corn crops.  Will it be too cold and not let the pumpkins mature and making them stay green until late into the season?  Will it be too wet and not let us get our field work done on time? It will probably be a little bit of all of these challenges, but every year that I have been farming we’ve always had some kind of a crop.  I’m grateful for that!

And with the new season comes a new group of young adults to work along with us in the farm market and in the fields. Getting to know our new young staff and reconnecting with returning staff is one of the pleasures of a new season. I’m hoping we all have a safe and productive season working together.

I hope this new spring season is a good one for each of our readers. Thank you for your patronage to our farm and store through the years. And if you are a gardener, remember, the best food is the food you grow yourself. So, get growing!

Inspecting the spring strawberry fields became more fun recently with my grand-daughter at my side and my visiting Alberta cousin Art Reesor, on the right.

Farm Market News

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.

Sweet & savoury inspiration for your holiday meals

Enjoy our gourmet deli meats, Ontario and Quebec cheese, fresh and frozen soups, entrées, fruit cake and loads of pies, including lemon meringue, pecan, pumpkin, caramel apple and our famous fruit pies.

We have lots of baking available every day. But if you want particular pies or cookies for Christmas day, please call 905-640-2270 and order by Thurs., Dec. 21 to avoid disappointment.

Check out our Christmas baking list to see the 14 kinds of Christmas cookies we’re making this year (including gluten free shortbread). You can buy them by the package and we offer trays of mixed squares.


One of our bakers, Pam, getting a tray of our made from scratch chocolate chip coconut macaroons into the oven.


Try our Quebec style tourtière, a delicious blend of beef, pork, onion and spices. 


Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, one of the classic Christmas cookies we’re making this year.

Our new “To Go Café” at Reesor’s Market & Bakery is open 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Mon. to Sat.

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Reesor’s Market & Bakery, Main St., Stouffville now opens one hour earlier at 8:00 am from Mon.-Sat.  So, you can pick up one of our new, delicious espresso-based drinks, a warm panini made on our own bread, grab one of our new brown bag lunches and do your grocery shopping all on the way to work.

We’ve created delicious new sandwiches that we grill to order in our panini press. Try turkey, cranberry and goat cheese; egg, ham and cheddar; or a flavourful Reuben panini. There’s quiche by the slice, lasagne, King Kale Salad, Mighty Caesar Salad and more! We’re looking forward to serving you.

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Rickety Uncles

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Get your candy fix quick with this easy treat. If you love caramel flavour this is the cookie/candy for you and the oats give it a bit of a “healthy” spin.

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt

In a bowl stir together the oats, baking powder and salt.
In a heavy saucepan melt the butter. Add the brown sugar raising the heat to medium-high until it boils. Let it bubble gently without stirring for a few minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in the dry ingredients. Then stir in the vanilla.
Press into an ungreased 8”x8” pan.
Flatten the mixture evenly in the pan with back of spoon.
Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool, cut into squares and enjoy!

Gift-giving made easy

Hostess gifts are super-easy. Just select some beautiful Wildly Delicious sweet or savoury sauces, chocolate, flowers or choose from our unique collection of serving ware.

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Or you can choose from our very popular, already-assembled gift boxes: the Taste of Summer or the Breakfast Box filled with our most popular foods.

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Reesor’s Gift Boxes

Can’t decide what to put in a gift box? We offer gift certificates in any amount, so your family and friends can choose their own favourite foods.

It’s time for pumpkins

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🎃  It’s free to enter our farm’s pick your own pumpkin patch and there are lots of photo opportunities with pumpkins and corn. Fill a wheelbarrow for $35 or buy them individually for $.35/lb.

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🎃 Straw bales, mums and corn stalks are available for your outdoor decorating.

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🎃  Lots of ready-picked pumpkins, large and small gourds are available at both our locations.

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Creamy, dreamy rhubarb pie

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If you have “fear of making pie” this pie is for you!  It’s easy to make, uses just a few ingredients and making the crust is low stress because it uses cookie crumbs. The tang of rhubarb mellows out in the creamy filling. We’ve made it here with Molasses Crinkles cookie crumbs that contrast well in taste with the rhubarb.

Ingredients

Crust
6 Molasses Crinkle Cookies from Reesor’s Market & Bakery (our chewy, ginger cookie), or 1½ cups of cookie crumbs that you think goes well with rhubarb.

Filling
3 cups chopped rhubarb
3/4 cup sugar
3 Tbsp cornstarch
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup 35% whipping cream or Half & Half cream
2 large eggs
1/4 tsp almond extract or vanilla
pinch salt

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Make the crust
Place 6 Molasses Crinkle Cookies in blender or food processor. Chop until they are fine crumbs. Using a soup spoon press the finely crushed cookies evenly into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate.  Set aside.

Make the filling
Combine the rhubarb, sugar and the cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Add a quarter cup of  water. Bring to a simmer, stirring often, until the rhubarb softens and the mixture thickens, add more water if necessary, watching that it doesn’t burn.
In a medium bowl whisk together the sour cream, cream, eggs, almond extract and salt. Pour the cream mixture over the rhubarb and stir together.
Pour the mixture into the cookie crumb crust. Place the pie on a cookie sheet so that it’s easy to get the pie into and out of the oven.

Bake for about 40-45 minutes, until the pie is golden, partially set in the middle and set around the edges. Cool. Then refrigerate for a few hours, until chilled or enjoy it slightly warm.

Serves 6-8.

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Extra Clumpy Peanut Butter & Maple Granola

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We love peanuts and peanut butter in all kinds of ways, but did you know maple goes great with peanuts? March is maple month in Ontario, so come on board the maple syrup train and make this delicious and easy maple syrup and peanut butter granola. You’ll be nibbling on these clumps and chunks for snacks and looking forward to your nutty granola breakfast with milk or yogourt.

Our bakeries and commercial kitchen are peanut-free, so we’re sharing this recipe for you to make at home. (Just so you know: You can find Canadian grown natural Redskin peanut butter, other nut butters and delicious Pickard’s Ontario redskin peanuts and our own ready-made Reesor’s granolas at our Stouffville market.)

Calgary food writer and cookbook author Julie Van Rosendaal created this recipe which Jay’s sister Karla makes for her family. Thanks Julie for allowing us to share this recipe.

 

4 c. old-fashioned (large flake) oats
2 c. whole (coarsely chopped), sliced or slivered almonds
1 c. shredded coconut
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. maple syrup or liquid honey
1 c. dried fruit, such as raisins, cranberries, cherries, chopped dried figs, dates or apricots (optional)

Preheat the oven to 325F.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, coconut and salt.

In a small saucepan, combine the peanut butter, brown sugar and maple syrup over medium heat and stir until everything is just melted and smooth.

Pour over the oat mixture and stir until well combined. Spread the mixture onto a large rimmed cookie sheet or a roasting pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring once or twice, until pale golden and crunchy/clumpy. Careful stirring will preserve the delectable clumps.

Let cool and then stir in the dried fruit. Store in Mason jars or an airtight container. Makes about 6 cups.

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