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’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.
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.
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.