Treat your mom or yourself to some decadent chocolate baking this week-end

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Our bakers are pulling out all the stops this week with lots of chocolate for you and your mom.

  • Chocolate-Drizzled Pecan Pies–mini & regular-sized
  • Nutella Cheesecake
  • Turtle Cake–a chocolate layer cake with rich caramel sauce between the layers, chocolate frosting and pecans embedded on the sides.
  • Hummingbird Cake–banana layer cake with pineapple, coconut, pecans and cream cheese frosting.
  • Nutella Swirl Buns–our week-end Cinnamon Buns made with Nutella and no cinnamon. They were a hit at Easter.
  • Coconut and chocolate macaroons

And NEW! NEW! NEW!

We have cream puffs! They are tender puffs filled with pastry cream that has been gently mixed with whipped cream and then dipped in chocolate.

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You can place your order for any of our baking by calling us at 905-640-2270.

Happy Mother’s Day

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Fresh flowers will brighten your mother’s day! Jay selected lots of beautiful cut flowers and hanging patio baskets this week for you to give your mom or to brighten up your own home. Maybe there’s someone who is like a mother to you who will be happy to see you and your gift of flowers.

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.

Back on the land

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by Jay Reesor

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. At least it is for farmers because it’s the beginning of a brand new season. Over the winter Grahame and I were  planning seed varieties, new crops to try, new equipment for those crops and now we finally get to put our plans into action! What’s terrific is that Mother Nature has also been cooperating with a generous amount of drying weather so that we can be on the land.

Here it is just May 6 and we have sweet corn and green beans planted and already out of the ground, as well as a good chunk of our new strawberry plants transplanted. So, it’s an exciting time of the year. (Look closely in the photo above and you can see the green bean plants staying warm under the corn-based, biodegradable plastic.)

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Thanks to our transplanting team, Grahame on the tractor, Peter, Doc and Lukki our 2017 strawberry crop is in the ground. Thinking about planting a garden this year? Just remember, the best food is the food you grow yourself. Plant on!

Making Mother’s Day delicious & pretty

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Brighten the day of your mother or someone else special to you with the beautiful bouquets we brought in this week. Roses, tulips, carnations and of course mums!

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Make your mother’s day sweet with luscious milk and decadent dark chocolate Sea Salted Caramels or Smoothies from Thompson Chocolates of Toronto.

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Making dinner for mom? Try our Mediterranean Chicken made with mixed roasted sweet peppers (Rachel is making it above) or Baked Ziti with some side salads and bread.

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Add one of our super-cute daisy layer cakes or an apricot lemon crostata and you’re golden.

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Is it time for lunch yet?

When you need a wholesome and tasty ready-to-go lunch we’ve got you covered at Reesor’s in Stouffville. Our deli staff prepare fresh sandwiches daily with our own bread and Ace Bakery buns, freshly sliced meats, cheese and lettuce.

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Have you tried our soups? You’ll find a daily soup such as Lentil Sausage, Roasted Red Pepper, Minestrone and more in our hot soup urn. We make a delicious selection of hearty, healthy, fibre-filled salads made with real food like chick peas, lentils, beans, and pasta.

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It’s quiet time on the farm

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by Jay Reesor

Mid-December is a very quiet a time around the farm compared to any other time of the year. Sure, there are some things to do in the farm workshop and a few details to take care of at my farm desk, but with the last jobs in the field complete, it’s time for a change of pace. I am looking forward to doing those jobs in the shop and thinking and preparing for next season.

It is remarkable though how quickly another farm season comes around because in about two and a half months it will be time to frost seed the wheat field with red clover seeds to follow the wheat crop. And every year many farmers tap their maple trees in February. But in the meantime I am looking forward to the Christmas season with my family and enjoying the slower pace that winter provides me as a farmer. Wishing everybody a wonderful holiday season!

Squash & Sweet Potato Soup with Flavours of the Caribbean

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This easy and delicious winter soup has lovely seasonal flavours delicious for Christmas-time.   Don’t worry about the long list of ingredients which is mostly aromatic herbs and spices that pay off with big flavour.  If you don’t have every spice or if you want to use dried spices go ahead and make it to suit your taste. Strategic use of the microwave to cook the squash and sweet potato makes this soup come together very quickly.

For extra flavour, peel and cut the squash and sweet potatoes into 1” chunks and roast them at 350 ° for about 1 hour. But using the microwave saves a lot of time and effort and the soup still tastes great.

Ingredients

2 lbs. butternut squash or your favourite squash or cooking pumpkin
1 lb. sweet potato

2 Tbsp oil
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 sweet red pepper, chopped finely, or part of a hot pepper to taste
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
2 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp orange zest
1 Tbsp curry powder
1⁄4 tsp ground nutmeg

2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp to 1 tsp black pepper

1 cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
6 cups chicken stock
1⁄4 cup 35% cream (optional)
1⁄4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (optional)

Directions

Slice the squash in half and scoop out the seeds.  (Save the seeds to roast separately at 350 ° with your favourite spices such as cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper.)  Scrub the potato and stick it several times with a fork, so it doesn’t explode in the microwave.

Microwave the squash and sweet potato until soft.  Let cool until able to handle them and then scoop out the flesh of each of the vegetables and set aside together in a bowl.

Meanwhile, heat a large pot with the oil over med-high heat.  Add onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium and add the sweet red pepper, garlic, and ginger and cook just until fragrant.
Add the thyme, orange zest, curry powder, nutmeg, cinnamon stick, and bay leaves, mixing everything thoroughly. Add butter, brown sugar, salt and black pepper.  Stir together until well mixed.
Add the squash and sweet potato and stir well.
Add the chicken stock, stirring to blend everything together.

Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove thyme sprigs and bay leaves.
Allow the soup to cool a bit and carefully use a stick blender or a blender to puree until smooth.

Add the cream and coconut milk if desired and stir.  Reheat gently if necessary.
Garnish with additional cream or coconut cream when serving.
Yield 10 cups.

Come on in for some hot soup

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When you need a quick lunch please stop in to Reesor’s Market & Bakery and check which of our homemade soups are ready to go in our new soup urn. The $4.95 container might fill you up or you might want to add one of our sandwiches made daily in our deli, a wholesome salad or a coffee and muffin.

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