Dear friend, These are indeed difficult and unusual times. Never in my 64 years have I seen or experienced anything like what our communities are experiencing now with the COVID-19 virus. I’m sure that it is the same for most of you reading this message.
I wanted to write to let you know how this pandemic has affected us at our store and production kitchen. For our staff, we have markedly increased the intensity and scope of our sanitation procedures around the store and in work areas. We as a staff also practice physical distancing as much as we can. We are producing new guidelines almost daily to meet the challenge of COVID-19.
As many of you know, who have visited the store recently, we have implemented some new store etiquette policies for customers, including hand sanitizer use upon entry and intentional physical distancing.
We now have a new phone-in shopping service with curbside pickup. See our website for details. We have reserved 8am to 9am for seniors and other vulnerable individuals to shop. We welcome all our other customers to shop after 9am.
I am very grateful to live in a time where we have sophisticated scientific research and Canadian leadership at many different levels to guide us as we push back COVID-19. We know about physical distancing, frequent hand-washing, making sure a sneeze or cough is covered by an elbow or with a tissue (then disposed of), followed by thorough hand washing. We have facts that tell us to limit our social interactions to household members only……and all the rest of the health regime.
We are Canadians and we believe in science so let’s make sure that we follow all the public health guidance from the authorities!
It’s way too early to know if there will be any silver linings to this current challenge in our country and in our world. But I’m looking for one. It’s been my experience that often from very difficult and bad situations good can come. Let’s keep looking for those silver linings in the days, weeks and months ahead to keep ourselves and our communities encouraged.
Please take good care of yourself and please look out for others around our communities who may need your help.
Sincerely, Jay Reesor Reesor’s Markets
On a happy note, sweet corn seeds have begun to arrive, ready for planting season.
Our bakers are hard at work making our delicious made-from-scratch Christmas cookies and squares. We use the same ingredients in our bakeries that you use at home–butter, brown sugar, fresh eggs, pure chocolate, pecans, walnuts and dried fruits. The ingredient list on our Toffee Bars is: butter, sugar, flour, icing sugar, corn syrup, milk, chocolate, Skor bits (contains almond). For your convenience we take phone orders at 905-640-2270 for all of our baking and prepared foods. Visit Reesor’s Market & Bakery at 5758 Main St., Stouffville, ON.
Reesor’s Toffee Bars (above) and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies–made from scratch by our bakers in our Stouffville bakery.
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!
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’t 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:
Having fun and raising money at the same time is a great combination! Thanks to everyone who ventured into our farm’s corn maze this year. You helped raise $2,148 for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank for international aid. Thanks also to Burkholder Farms who harvested the feed corn for free, so that an additional $650 was raised from the sale of the corn itself.
We’ve recently begun packaging our frozen, unbaked Classic Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin in re-sealable freezer bags. They’re the same cookies we make from scratch and bake for you, but now you’ll be able to bake up just a few or a whole bag and enjoy them warm from the oven at home.
Bake up a couple of them for a snack or go a little bit decadent: make your own warm cookie, ice-cream sandwich with your favourite flavour of Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream. Double yum!
We’re pleased to introduce classic Apple Pecan Crisp to our selection of desserts. It’s sweetened only with apples and apple concentrate without any white or brown sugar. It has large and small oats, pecans, cinnamon and butter for good, crunchy flavour. There’s no wheat flour, so it’s gluten free. Let us know what you think about it.
You might win a gift box–please come fill out a ballot during our 10th anniversary celebrations!
As a way of saying thanks to our customers for your support for the past 10 years we have three gift baskets for you to enter your name to win this week. Just come in to the store and fill out a ballot–it’s free and no purchase is required.
We’ll be drawing a winner on Thurs., Fri. and Sat. So, come in early to enter for the best chance of winning a basket containing maple syrup, pancake mix, granola, cookies and more.
From young to old most everyone appreciates receiving flowers, but it’s in the wintertime that flowers really bring a smile to your recipient’s face and bring life and freshness to your home. Keep checking at Reesor’s throughout December for cut flowers, seasonal centrepieces, potted outdoor urns, poinsettias and potted plants.
We post several times a week on Facebook about what’s happening on the farm, our bakery and kitchen. Even if you’re not “on” Facebook you can still look at our pages; you don’t have to be a “member” of Facebook.
So, if you would like to keep in touch more often, you can go to both of our Facebook pages and see what’s cooking and growing.
Here’s the link to our farm on Facebook: Click Here
Here’s the link to our town market on Facebook: Click Here