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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.

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Old 99 Farm, week of July 7th 2013

reminder order by Tues pm to ensure I get the produce picked. place order at

The current visitors, Theo, Celine and David are working out famously, quite comfortable in the role of helper-farmers. David has learned the milking routine already and I can rely on him to get it done without me.

We’re working on the woody plant propagation greenhouse,“Hobbit House” so I can start this fall.

Have an infestation of Swede Midge in the broccoli, kale, cabbages. could be serious, not yet clear how to control. the small fly lays eggs and the larvae eat the growing tip of the plants.

Healthy eating,

Special on Rhubarb

A local friend has 40 lb of luscious rhubarb here, long stalks, tender and juicy.
Price is $2/500 gm instead of usual $3. Organic rhubarb goes for $3.50 usually.
Stock up for pies, stew and my own invention “rhubade” made with the juices after steaming. Add sugar, honey or maple syrup for a delightful alternative to lemonade.


Old 99 Farm, Week of July 1st 2013

Place your order at

We are hosting a delightful young couple from Lyons France for the month of July. If you would like to invite Celine and Theo to come for a meal or take to a local event, please call the farm. Theo is a graduate of osteopathy in France, a 5 year program and Celine is a grad in public events planning. Both have travelled widely and their english is functional.

As of July 1st, I can offer the following crops: rhubarb, arugula, snap peas, chives, new crops of kale (Nero, Darkibor, Redbor), radish, beet greens, mesclun salad mix, green onions, green garlic, sorrel, lovage, as well as potted comfrey (a medicinal and garden nutrient

Old 99 Farm Week of June 23 2013

Had a wonderful Strawberry Solstice on Sunday. Thank you people who RSVP’d and came. We shared recipes, food stories and watched the babies and youngsters. One lad even learned to milk a cow with me!

Kale afficionados unite! this crop will be with us all summer, now three varieties.

The hold is dug for the foundations of the new woodshed, likely pour concrete next week, have a new building in 6.

healthy eating

Old 99 Farm Week of June 16 2013

No more chard from the greenhouse, but I have my first outdoor crop of Nero kale, dark green leaves, mild flavour.

Still looking for orders for roasting chickens for fall delivery. I have not ordered my day old chicks yet. Deposit $5/bird, minimum 5 birds.

Farm family day this sunday, I call it the Old 99 Strawberry Solstice. Modest number of RSVPs so far, will always be a go, large numbers not the goal. If your family name starts with A to L, bring 2 L strawberries. Families bring a potluck item for 4 people, chairs and place setting for eating from.

Healthy Eating,

Old 99 Farm Haying Help Request Tues/wed

I’m making hay this week, small square bales that I’d love some help with. I need a few hands to load the wagon in the field and take the bales off at the barn. Probably two days total work, like maybe 10 hours. If you are interested, pls call at 905 537 0163 and I’ll confirm the actual days, likely Tues Wed. Weather report predicts light rain today monday but none so far.

Old 99 Farm Week of June 10 2013

Written wednesday 6am. sunny and warm, sun comes up at 5:39am this day, heading for the solstice, longest day June 21. for orders.
I headed all the chard, so fresh leaves coming in. New crop of Nero kale can be harvested. It’s the dark green rumpled leaf variety some call Dinosaur Kale.

Just so it doesn’t go off your radar, "just last week, some of the country’s top climatologists wrote in the Washington Post about global warming:

Legions of studies support the view that, left unabated, this warming will produce dangerous effects…." Read the rest at

Old 99 Strawberry Solstice is coming up a week this sunday. hope you are planning to come for afternoon picnic potluck and strawberry pigout. I supply the cream, folks bring a quart of berries. Pls RSVP.

Healthy eating,

Old 99 FArm week of June 2 2013

last minute reminder.

Fewer greens this week. chard is bolting, sending up seed head stems.

My eggs are getting more scarce too.

The shed is down, had a great workday last saturday. still debris on the ground.

Old 99 Strawberry solstice potluck Sunday June 23. Arrive noon or later. Eat picnic style mid afternoon. Bring a dish for 4 people, and strawberry, one quart only. Or we’ll be swimming in berries, and I’ll have to can them all. I supply the cream. Pls RSVP by June 18.

Family welcome. Come meet the locallygrown and O99 cowsharers. share recipes and sources for healthy food. New local chapter president of Weston A Price Foundation is coming, find out more.

healthy eating,

Old 99 Farm, pork

I just returned from the butcher, here is the organic pork cuts available:
Ham Roasts, Fresh, bone in, 4 to 6lb – 8
Shoulder Roasts, Fresh, bone in, 4lb – 4
Chops, loin four pack and two pack – 21
Chops, sirloin two pack – 3
Chops, butt, two pack – 8
Ground Pork, 1 lb packs, – 20
Bacon, wood smoked, thick cut 1lb – 17
Hocks , fresh, – 4 (duh)
Feet, fresh, twopack – 2

No sausage or other cuts.

Place your order in the usual way so I can keep a current count. thanks.

Old 99 Farm, Week of May 26 2013

Order at I plan to have the new pork available this Thurs. Check tuesday for cuts.

We had a grand success work party cleaning out the woodshed on Saturday, now it’s time to take the building down. Workparty #2 on Saturday coming. Bring your hammer and crowbar, maybe a battery powered drill to back out screws. 10am till whenever.

Lots of brain food planted this year: brassicas (kales, broccoli, cabbages, brussels sprouts), alliums (onion/garlic) and bright colored fruits like tomatoes. See Dr Terry Wahls, recovered victim of MS since 2000 at for how food helps keep us healthy and the diet she used to combat her degenerative disease.

Are you starting to wonder about GMO based foods? The average person eats 193 lbs a year of the stuff in NA. GMO Myths and Truths – is an evidence based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops. A report of 120 pages, it can be downloaded for free from “GMO Myths and Truths” disputes the claims of the Biotech industry that GM crops yield better and more nutritious food, that they save on the use of pesticides, have no environmental impact whatsoever and are perfectly safe to eat.

Dr. Thierry Vrain is going public with what he knows about GMO health risks. He was a genetic engineer/scientist in agricultural research, former head of Biotechnology at Canadian Government Summerland Research Station. He believed in the promise of GMOs, that they would increase yields, increase nutritional content, reduce herbicide and pesticide use. Since then, he has read a lot of the research being done abroad, and now understands the claims for GMOs are contradicted by recent findings, and that GMOs pose real risks to our health, and the environment.

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