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!

Thanks to our corn maze explorers for donating to Stouffville Food Bank

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by Jay Reesor

This past fall at our farm corn maze we gathered the entrance fee and accepted donations from customers to give to the Whitchurch-Stouffville Food Bank. This month I was very happy to present Board member Charlotte Chesham with a cheque for $1147.75 on behalf of our customers at Reesor’s Farm Market.

Recently we harvested 8,000 lbs of corn from the maze (grain corn, not sweet corn in case you’re wondering) and we’ll be donating the proceeds from the sale of the corn to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. CFGB is a great organization that works in the developing world helping people grow more food to better feed their families and providing food in times of crisis for hungry people.

On behalf of my family and all of the staff at Reesor’s, I wish you a very happy Christmas and holiday season and I hope for all good things for you and your family in 2015.

Learn more about both of these charitable organizations here:

http://www.wsfoodbank.com
http://foodgrainsbank.ca

Reesor’s Farm Market is now open for the season

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The past few weeks we’ve been scrubbing, painting and moving shelving and check-out counters around at our farm market at 10825 Ninth Line, readying it for you for the summer.

Inside the market you’ll find a new cut flower stand, hanging baskets for the shade, lots of Ontario strawberries, rhubarb, greenhouse vegetables, and all your favourite baking.  Outside you’ll find our hanging baskets for the sun, vegetables and tomatoes to transplant into your garden, plus two benches to relax and enjoy some cookies after you shop.

We’re all looking forward to welcoming you back to shopping in the fresh air at the farm.

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