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.

Key Dates for Ontario Produce

Depending on the weather, here are some seasonal produce start dates to keep in mind:

  • Asparagus: Now
  • Rhubarb:  Now
  • Strawberries:  About June 15
  • Pick Your Own Strawberries: About June 21
  • Peas: Pick Your Own & Ready-Picked About June 21
  • Green beans: Late June
  • Sweet Corn: About July 21
  • Pick Your Own Pumpkins: Early October

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.

Gift-giving made easy

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.

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.

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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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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