Let’s eat! Tomatoes!

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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.

http://www.bernardin.ca/recipes/tomato-sauce.htm
https://www.pinterest.com/ReesorsMarket/canning-preserving/

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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!

Parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme–our garden centre is now open

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You know summer’s on the way when we open our outdoor garden centre. This week we brought in colourful hanging baskets, lots of lovely herbs for transplanting, potted tomatoes and hanging strawberry baskets (complete with ripening strawberries). Keep checking every week because more plants will keep coming in.

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Ontario Asparagus are now in season

Ontario Asparagus

Ontario Asparagus

These gorgeous spears of Ontario goodness are delicious grilled, steamed, roasted, stir-fried and raw. They’re loaded with nutrients and fibre.  Get them at Reesor’s and enjoy the Ontario asparagus season!

ready, Set, GROW!

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by Jay Reesor

April is here and that means the Ontario growing season has begun.  Here’s my top 10 list of what has already happened or needs to happen this month on the farm: 

1. A walkabout of the farm to check what has happened around here over the winter such as ice storm damage.  
2. Check that the underground drainage system is operating properly.
3. Remove some of the straw from the strawberries.
4. Place the floating row cover on top of the early strawberries to warm the soil to allow it to be ready earlier.
5. Clean up our outdoor workshop and get it ready for our busy season.
6. Do maintenance and repairs on all of the tractors and farm equipment.
7. Make sure that all of our farm supplies are on hand and ready to go as soon as the weather cooperates.
8. Finalize our planting plans depending on the weather and the various field conditions.
9. Get started on any building and major improvement planning and construction.
10. And of course last but not least, begin planting!

We hope to plant sweet corn this month to be ready in mid-July.  Wow! So, ready, set, go…..here we grow!