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.
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.
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.
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.
Wow! Another year almost finished and if you’re like me it’s hard to believe! This year marks the 31st Christmas of Reesor’s Farm Market. It’s easy for me to remember that anniversary because that’s the year our first daughter was born, and 31 years later I’m now a grandfather!
In those 31 years lots has changed here on the farm. I now have many more people to help harvest the corn and pick the strawberries and make sure all of the crops are tended well and sold at our market. Back in the old days it was just me! As well, we have more labour-saving equipment which is a real help to everyone here.
When I was a younger farmer we even had livestock here on the farm including pigs and chickens which made for lots more work!
But some things haven’t changed. We are still doing our best to care for the soil and grow healthy, nutritious crops. We are still trying to be good neighbours to those near and far and still wanting to live simply so others can simply live.
Have a Merry Christmas and may 2017 be a wonderful year for you and yours.
In the photo above photo Jay is in a sweet corn field that was planted with oats last summer to protect and build the soil for next year .