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.
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.
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.
How about planting and growing some fresh flavours in your garden? Jay brought in some really nice potted rhubarb plants that will take off in your garden and provide earthy Ontario flavour for you for years to come. We also have kale and lettuce seedlings, herbs and lovely hanging strawberry plants that will give you fruit this July if you put them in a sunny spot.
Plant rhubarb in your garden and you’ll harvest it for the next decade or more.
At Reesor’s in Stouffville we have a great selection of chutneys, relishes, ketchups, and mustards to add some extra zip to your BBQ’ed meats, fish dishes, curries or anything that you want to liven up. Our favourites are Sweet Onion Balsamic Chutney made by Round the Bend Preserves; Lasting Heat Peppercorn Mustard prepared by the Savvy Chef, and Ketchup made by Country Flavour (maybe you’ll say goodbye to Mr. Heinz).