The Weblog

This page contains news, event information, and other items added by myself, the intrepid farmer-in-process at Old 99. I send out a message every week, but most are set with a delete date about two weeks later. I archive some of the posts if they have content other than weekly availability of produce and meat.

You can send me questions too, which if they are of a general nature, I can post to this Old99 blog.



 
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Old 99 Farm, week of July 23 2017


As of July 23rd , we can offer the following crops: raspberries and currants, new harvest chard and kale, purple potatoes, cilantro, arugula, sorrel, New Zealand spinach, rhubarb, lovage, sweet cicely, chives, peppers and tomatoes.

My friend and climate guide, Albert Bates, writes in his recent blog post about having to take time out to recover from his ‘addiction to climate porn’. He goes into the wilds, visits far away places, does practical service somewhere. But his sources named are not what deserve the put-down of pornography, the names he lists: Joe Romm, Nick Breeze, Peter Sinclair, Paul Beckwith, James Hoggan, are the credible sources for best uptodate information not politicized. Real climate porn I would call such as the youtube series Climate and Extreme Weather News, which shows clips from camcorders, newslreels and graphics of the extreme weather in recent days. This clip is for July 20 to 24.

Healthy eating,
Ian and Cami

Old 99 farm, week of July 17 2017


All meat is raised here on pasture: pork, turkey, beef, lamb, chicken, duck and goose.

As of July 17th , we can offer the following crops: raspberries, new harvest chard and kale, purple potatoes, black currants, sorrel, New Zealand spinach, rhubarb, lovage, sweet cicely, chives. Our tomatoes went on sale last week.

We sell upick by weight, but roughly it works out to 500gm per Litre. Upick is about half price of pre-pick.

Reminder: I sharpen your chef’s knives with proper equipment so you can really enjoy them.

Healthy eating
Ian and Cami

Old 99 Farm, week of July 9, 2017


Berry season is upon us with black currants and raspberries ready to harvest. U-Pick and Pre-Picked.

Also new crop of tomatoes, chard and kale, with some potatoes and NZ spinach. Other items listed in attached products listing.

Cami has been prepping turkey stock, available in the store.

Open for U pick Thurs and fRiday.

Healthy Eating
Ian and Cami

Old 99 FArm, week of July 4 2017


We have raspberries, picked and u-pick this week, not the peak crop but abundant. Also green garlic, garlic scapes, some pod peas, new baby chard, new purple potatoes, and kale, NZ spinach, maybe some tomatoes.

Special on eggs has terminated, regular fair price resumes.

Bumper crop on currants and gooseberries not quite ripe.

Meat selection remains good: lamb, beef, pork, soup chickens, turkey and goose.

Healthy eating
Ian and Cami

Old 99 Farm, market day tomorrow June 30


Come on out for grass fed meats, eggs and limited greens. Order online and pick up here Friday or on the weekend.

Healthy eating,
Ian and Cami

Eggs 4 for 3 at Old 99


As of June 24TH , we can offer the following crops: new harvest kale, cabbage, sorrel, New Zealand spinach, rhubarb, arugula, lovage, sweet cicely, chives. Our tomatoes went on sale last week.

And yes, I’m offering eggs: buy three get fourth doz free.

Healthy eating (quiches, devilled, fried, scrambled, poached, raw … eggs)
Ian and Cami

OLd 99 FArm, week of June 21 2017


Writing this on Wed 21, the solstice. wow, already at the longest day of the year.

Thanks to the haying helpers, a big thanks, you know who you are!

Big request to you all to eat eggs and give them to friends and neighbours. I’ll help with a special offer: buy 3 dozen, get fourth free. That’s right, four for three. Devilled eggs, egg salads, quiches, etc.

Now is the season for meats from Old99, pork, beef, lamb all good for the bbq or oven.

Healthy eating,
Ian and Cami,

btw, see my facebook for great video on communicating climate change: Suzanne Moser. Intro says Safeguarding what we know, what we have, what is familiar and treasured in the face of climate change is and will be an increasingly difficult task. For many aspects of modern life, for human communities most at risk from climate change impacts and for countless species and ecosystems the task at hand is nothing short of heroic, and over time it may be “hospice work.” Those charged with protecting and helping natural and human communities and systems adapt are increasingly aware of this challenge (and need support in this task), as do those already well aware of the risks of climate change. Many others don’t know yet, and many don’t want to find out. How do we engage them? How do we communicate with them about climate risks and possible solutions, even if those solutions are imperfect? How do we sustain their engagement for the long haul? The presentation will offer insights into effective communication of climate change impacts and adaptation, with particular emphasis on the psychological dimensions that underlie people’s responses and that can help or hinder their constructive and sustained engagement in preparing for the future."

Hay mang today Monday


I have a few helpers thank you indeed for the hearty early response from you. We got the hay cut and baled on the weekend.

Now a few hours to load the wagon and move it to the barn is all that’s left. I could really use a couple of you to come for about 2 hours today starting at 11am. Or when you can.

A couple people on the wagon and a couple in the barn makes it easy on every one.

I thank you all,

Ian

old 99 farm, week of June 11 2017


Beef and pork will be in the freezers this week; raised here, fed organically, well-treated. They had a good life and I a grateful for their presence.

Lots of eggs, please consider that you could buy eggs here.

Greens: chard, spinach, cabbage, onions, rhubarb, asparagus.

I’m requesting help to come put the hay in the barn today monday. This job needs a couple of people in the barn and a couple on the ground outside. We have fun while we’re at it. If you can help out, please come around 11 for a couple hours or later if that works.

Healthy eating
Ian and Cami

Old 99 farm, week of May 28 2017


Ever heard of the ‘marshmellow experiment’ and Walter Mischel? He’s famous for his insights about how humans learn delayed gratification. see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b3SWsjWzdA&t=15s for one of many youtube videos. Very relevant to current public policy direction around abrupt climate disruption.

Lots of greens and eggs, meats and yes fresh pork, I’m getting the meat back from the butcher today wednesday. If you ordered a side, you can pick up friday. Beef will be here next week.

I’ll be cutting hay as soon as next week and would very much like help moving it to the barn. Any volunteers for a couple hours?

The Milk Injunction case is in court in Newmarket now. I went on Monday. You can read a description of events here. Decision not handed down yet.

Healthy eating,
Ian and Cami