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 .
We’re here to help you make your dinners and parties delicious. Cookie trays, soups, quiches, tourtières and our huge selection of frozen and fresh entrees such as lasagnes and chicken pies let you enjoy your own parties or make pot-lucks more fun for you. Here is our Christmas baking list.
Thanks to everyone’s entry fee to our farm’s 2016 corn maze and the sale of the grain corn in the maze $5,800 will be donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Special thanks to Burkholder Farms for harvesting the corn and Reesor Elevators for trucking and drying the corn at no charge. Thanks to Grahame, pictured above on the left, for designing and cutting the maze.
Everyone had a ton of fun figuring out how to get out of the maze.
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!
Our corn maze and pick your own pumpkin patch will be open Thanksgiving Monday from 11:00 till 5:00. The farm market retail area and town market will be closed Thanksgiving Sunday and Monday.
Bring your friends and family for a fun time exploring our corn maze. We charge a small fee to enter the corn maze with proceeds in 2016 going to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. ($3/person or $10/family)