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.
New this year are gorgeous, handmade, hardwood bread boards made by young Stouffville woodworker Alex Tachdjian. He makes them in various shapes, sizes and combinations of maple and walnut.
It’s that chocolate time of year! New at Reesor’s this year are Belgian chocolates made by Aunt Sarah’s of Thornhill. Everyone who has been tasting the samples brought to us by Erin Brazier the daughter of chocolatier Peter Brazer has been loving them. There are boxed chocolates, bark and bars.
A gift of food is always appreciated and our already-assembled gift boxes, the Taste of Summer or the Breakfast Box, are filled with our most popular foods. Or we can custom assemble boxes for you. Ordering and shipping info is here: 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.
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.
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.
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.)
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!
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.
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.
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!