It was 30 years ago this summer…..

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by Jay Reesor

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.

Anniversary Week Celebrations & Our Annual Open House Sat. Mar. 14

reesors-10Year-banner 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! reesors-anniversary-week01 reesors-anniversary-week02

A gift of good food is always appreciated

Reesor’s Market & Bakery provides solutions to many of the people on your Christmas and holiday gift list. Whether you are in need of family, friend, employee or client gifts, we are here to help.

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Week-end Breakfast Box, $75

We have seven gift boxes ranging in price from $30 to $100 or create your own custom gift box including your favourite Reesor’s baking, coffee, maple syrup or anything else in the store.  We offer 10% off when you purchase 10 or more gift boxes. We can ship your gift boxes anywhere in the GTA.

Consider giving our lovely gift certificates so your family and friends can pick out their favourite soups, casseroles, fresh produce, cheese, meat or flowers at their leisure.

Do you have vegetarians or people who are avoiding gluten on your gift list? We have a wide range of vegetarian and GF foods too.

Come in to see us at 5758 Main St., Stouffville or phone 905-642-2270 to place your order. You can see more gift boxes at: www.reesors.ca/gift-boxes/

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Garlic Lover’s Delight, $65

Are you too busy to bake Christmas cookies?

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Let Reesor’s do your baking and you’ll receive the compliments about the real homemade taste of our cookies, squares and cakes made with lots of pure chocolate, fruit, butter and nuts.

Our bakers are going full tilt now baking up shortbread, chocolate crinkle cookies, lemon bars, citrus coconut bars, jewel bars and several more special seasonal cookies. Our fruit cakes were made a while back, so their flavours could mellow. Plus we’re baking our usual assortment of cookies, pies and breads.

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Our baker Pam with Jewel Bars, a delicious blend of mixed nuts, candied cherries & chocolate on a shortbread crust.

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New this year: Savoury Rosemary & Caramelized Onion Shortbread

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Gluten Free Shortbread & Nanaimo Bars

Cut Flower Bouquets 25% off with Promo Code

Reesor's Fresh Cut Flowers

For your spring-time pleasure and just in time for Easter we’re offering our newsletter readers 25% off any of our cut bouquet flowers.

Tell the cashier the PROMO CODE “happiness” and the price will be reduced at the cash.  This offer is valid  until Sat. April 19, 2014.

Seeds–really small, but really important

by Jay Reesor

For those of you who follow us on Facebook you already know that we received some of our seeds to plant for this year’s crops at our farm. In the shipment boxes were sweet corn, bean, pumpkin and squash seeds.

I select vegetable seeds for many different characteristics. For example, I evaluate sweet corn seed based on the number of days from planting to harvest, the corn’s eating texture and flavour, its vigour when growing, its cob size, its disease resistance, its husked appearance, its unhusked appearance, its ease of picking, its tip cover….. you get the idea.

Every variety of sweet corn seed has a large number of traits and I need to select the seeds that are just right for our Markham growing location. The trait selection list is also lengthy for the other types of vegetable seeds that we grow.

By the way, none of the vegetable seeds that we plant or the strawberry plants that we grow are GMO. The seed varieties that I choose to plant are superior strictly because of the old-fashioned plant breeding techniques that have been around for generations.

GMO seeds and the food they produce are a topic of considerable debate for some people. Food is such an important issue worldwide and I am committed to learning more, and invite you to learn more, about food systems….from every perspective.

Now that I have these amazing small seeds in the shed I am starting to get very anxious to get on the land and get the growing season started!  Those seeds may be small, but like so many things in life that are small, they are really, really important.

Happy seed selection to all you gardeners. Choose some good ones!

Ricotta & Orange Pancakes

Ricotta cheese makes these pancakes fluffy and moist.  Serve with warm maple syrup.

For an extra treat, blend together some orange juice concentrate, icing sugar and butter for an extra hit of orange on top of the pancakes.

Tip: Watch the temperature of the frying pan carefully because these pancakes are tender and can easily burn.

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Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

1.    In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
2.    In another bowl, whisk the egg, cheese, milk, orange juice, butter, orange zest and vanilla.
3.    Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients all at once.  Stir just until moistened.  Let batter rest for 5-10 minutes.
4.    Pour batter by 1/4 cups onto a greased medium to medium-high frying pan or griddle; turn when bubbles form on top or when golden brown on bottom. Cook until the second side is golden brown.

Yield: 12 pancakes

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Originally published as Orange Ricotta Pancakes in the magazine Country Woman.

Reesor’s Multi-Grain Pancake Mix 40% off with Promo Code

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is March 4, 2014. For your pancake feast we’re offering our newsletter readers 40% off our Multi-Grain Pancake Mix.

Simply tell the cashier the PROMO CODE “Spring” and she’ll reduce the price at the cash.  This offer is valid from Feb. 20 to March 8. Please tell your friends too.

Our Multi-Grain Pancake Mix has been a favourite since we opened in 2004. It’s a nicely balanced, delicious blend of white and whole wheat flour, rolled oats, and corn meal.  You just add milk, an egg and oil.

Santa Lucia Cheese

Reesor’s now carries a delicious handcrafted cheese line, Santa Lucia, made in Toronto by the International Cheese Company.

The Provolone Pignata is wonderful in sandwiches or on a homemade pizza.  It’s mild and full-bodied, but with a hint of salty sharpness.

The pre-packaged grated Parmesan has a good depth of flavour and is convenient.

The Ricotta is fresh-tasting and has a mild nutty flavour.

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