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.
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.
It was 30 years ago this summer that we first opened up Reesor Farm Market on the 9th Line. Although our current building is quite basic, our original market was just a farm wagon with a canvas roof.
Over the years the variety of produce, baking and foods that we offer has increased along with our customer base. As time passed and to make life better for everybody we built a little market building. Every few years we’ve added some new features and the farm market grew to include a bakery, coolers and more fresh and local food.
This week I was glad to welcome my parents (in the photo above) to opening day of our farm market season. Both my dad and my mom physically helped to build the market and have been a tremendous support to me in running the farm and the market. My wife Miriam also makes huge contributions as well. It has taken a lot of work over the years to build our business and she has always been supportive. I am hoping for a good season for all of us this year growing and making good food.
The sap is running, the snow is melting, and the farmers, including Grahame and I, are getting anxious to be out in the fields. It has felt like a long winter and since there have finally been at least a few mild days, many of us are thinking about spring and growing things!
Grahame and I are excited about using some new planting techniques this spring, planting more cover and green manure crops, and trying out a new pumpkin seed to give us a basketball sized pumpkin in early September.
The very first outdoor task for the year will be removing straw from the strawberry plants. Straw has been on the plants all winter long to protect them from those frigid January and February temperatures. Once that job is done, the growing season will begin! So, let’s hope for favourable weather in 2015.
Remember, the best food is the food that you grow yourself. Can you find an area to grow a small garden this year?
Please join us celebrating Reesor’s Market & Bakery’s 10th Anniversary this week! For our anniversary we are offering some of our most popular items for you to try at 20% off including our Spinach Lasagne, Ruthie’s Ruhbarb Coffee Cake, and McLean Meats preservative-free Black Forest Ham and Roast Beef. Our Annual Open House is Sat. Mar. 14. There will be delicious entree samples and baked goods for you to try, free coffee, revealing our new Morning Maple Loaf, and other surprises. Come join the fun!