Pumpkins, sweet corn & plant breeding–a helpful mix

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by Jay Reesor

It’s the time of the year when we head to the field to cut pumpkins. No, we don’t go and make jack o’lanterns, but we do cut the pumpkins from the vines and put them in bins to bring to the market. And we do have some nice pumpkins in the field this year despite the dry, dry summer. All of the pumpkins are a little bit smaller than they would be if we’d had normal rainfall, but the quality is still very nice.

And speaking of quality: plant breeders have not only produced some much improved pumpkin varieties, but improved varieties of other crops as well. They’ve improved the sweetness and tenderness of our corn and the stem quality on the pumpkins and bred green beans to mature uniformly on the plant to facilitate harvest. All of this has been done with plant breeding and not genetic engineering.

Hey there high school and university students who love science. Looking for a calling? Consider plant genetics and plant breeding and make an important contribution to our community and the world’s food supply!

It’s time for pumpkins

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ūüéÉ ¬†It’s free to enter our farm’s pick your own pumpkin patch and there are lots of photo opportunities with¬†pumpkins and¬†corn. Fill a wheelbarrow for $35 or buy them individually for $.35/lb.

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ūüéÉ Straw bales, mums and corn stalks are available for your outdoor decorating.

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ūüéÉ ¬†Lots of ready-picked pumpkins, large and small gourds are available at both our locations.

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Reesor’s Farm Market is now open for the season

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Welcome to a new farm market season shopping in the fresh air at¬†Reesor’s Farm¬†Market.¬†Our returning and new staff are ready to serve you bringing you the best of our farm and other Ontario farms at 10825 Ninth Line, Markham at Elgin Mills Rd.

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It’s time to pick your own strawberries at Reesor’s Farm Market

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Come see how strawberries grow and¬†enjoy a farm experience while you have fun picking our¬†juicy, delicious¬†Ontario strawberries. It’s our 30th year of Pick Your Own (PYO) strawberries and it’s so much fun to¬†meet grandparents, parents and children who¬†make it a tradition to pick strawberries together in our fields.
No time to pick? We have plenty of ready-picked strawberries available by the litre¬†and by the flat¬†in our Farm Market and at Reesor’s Market & Bakery, Main St., Stouffville.

We plan to have PYO strawberries available until early July, but strawberries are very sensitive to the variables of heat and rain, so please plan to pick soon. Our planned PYO hours for June 18 and June 20-25 are 8 am-5 pm, but may change according to the weather. Please call 905-640-4568 for a pre-recorded message about hours and picking conditions for the day you plan to come pick. Please remember we are closed Sundays.
Here’s what to expect when you pick strawberries at Reesor’s:

  • Free admission to the field.
  • Straw between the rows and under the berries making it more comfortable for you and keeping¬†the strawberries cleaner when it rains.
  • Helpful, friendly staff at the fields to assign you rows of strawberries from which to pick, so you can pick more berries more quickly. ¬†You won‚Äôt be picking from picked-over berries.
  • Bring your own containers or purchase¬†baskets from our staff in the strawberry fields.
  • Convenient field-side parking.
  • Hand washing & toilet by the field.
Find out more about our strawberries and pick your own on our website:

It’s the sides that make the meal

Make your favourite bread stuffing using Reesor’s Pilgrim bread, mash up beautiful white Ontario potatoes, slice up sweet potatoes for a casserole, roast some Ontario squash, or make a fresh cabbage-slaw. Remember to pick up enough of our Ruby Red Cranberry Sauce for Christmas dinner and for turkey sandwiches on Boxing Day.

Let’s eat! Tomatoes!

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We’re picking our Romas and field tomatoes now. They’re available in¬†bushels, half-bushels, 3 litre¬†baskets¬†and by weight.

There’s nothing quite like a grown-in-the-field Ontario tomato¬†on our Pilgrim bread¬†with mayonnaise¬†or Jay’s favourite way with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkling of salt.

If you’re interested in canning tomatoes¬†or other Ontario produce we recommend the tested recipes on the Bernardin website¬†(the folks who make canning jars and lids). Or check out our Pinterest board for more¬†preserving ideas.

http://www.bernardin.ca/recipes/tomato-sauce.htm
https://www.pinterest.com/ReesorsMarket/canning-preserving/

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Our Farm Market is now open for our 30th season

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We’re proud to announce¬†that we’ve¬†opened¬†for our 30th year this week. With your support and lots of help from our wonderful staff we’ve¬†grown¬†over the decades. Thank you!

We hope that this year will be better than ever for you to enjoy the fruits and vegetables that we and other Ontario farmers grow for you.

This week you’ll find delicious, sweet early strawberries from southwestern Ontario. In¬†a few weeks our own ready-picked strawberries will be ripe and ready.

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Happiness is the Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream delivery.

Ontario spring crops available now are:

  • beautiful asparagus
  • Swiss chard
  • greenhouse vegetables
  • rhubarb

The farm market is well-stocked with lots of our own fruit pies, muffins, wholesome bread, plus butter tarts, maple syrup, preserves and other treats. Our freezers are stocked with entrees and soups made by our kitchen staff, plus sausage and organic meats.

There’s lots of good eating to be done this spring and soon summer will come with all the bounty of Ontario here for you! Here’s to a great season of Ontario eating!

Easy dinner ideas

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When you’re at Reesor’s in Stouffville pick up one of our fresh entrees, such as our new Four Cheese Penne with Fresh¬†Ontario Asparagus (in the photo above). Slip it from the foil tin¬†into one of your own casserole dishes. Bake it in the oven or heat gently in the microwave. ¬†A minute or two under the oven broiler can give¬†it extra¬†colour.¬†¬†Serve to your family or guests and they may never know you didn’t make it from scratch.

Drink your greens! Try our newest soup made with Ontario asparagus.

Drink your greens! Try our newest soup made with Ontario asparagus.

Enjoy a regular or mini-sized quiche made with fresh Ontario asparagus.

Enjoy a regular or mini-sized quiche made with fresh Ontario asparagus.

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Slip a Reesor’s fresh entree into your own casserole dish and take the glory for cooking up a great meal. (We won’t tell.)