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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Week of 18 April 2021


Hello everyone! What an announcement we have for you!

CSA baskets are available this year. Sized for the household, small is six produce items and a dozen eggs and for 24 weeks is a total of only $600. You can pay 50% with the first order and remaining balance at midseason.
Season starts April 15th and is limited to the first 10 families to sign up.
We also have medium and large share options, please see the item list in The market under CSA Harvest Share. A special offer for you: If you get four of your neighbours on your block to sign up, we will deliver to your house as the drop-off spot every Thursday! Sign up soon, simplify your local harvest and get your weeks groceries delivered to your door.

We have a great selection of lettuces and leafy greens this week choose from green leaf lettuce, Rouge d’Hiver red leaf lettuce, red kale, green kale, collard greens, swiss chard, spinach, arugula, parsley and a few more.

We also have our composted cattle/pig/chicken manure available for pickup by the bushel or cubic yard. Its great fuel for your garden beds at home. This is biologically active compost, amended with mineral micronutrients and inoculated with mycorhizzal fungal spores to boost soil fertility. Delivery in west Hamilton $60 per load (max 3 cu yds) plus cost of compost at $78/yd.

Beef cuts in the freezer: special steaks for top flavour such as Denver, Flat Iorn, Tri Tip and many more!

Plants Available:
We are pruning and thinning our many perennial fruit bushes and trees and have transplants potted up. Available this week is: Blackberry, Raspberry, Black Currant, Pawpaw. Prices from $5 to $40 each.

Remember to place your order before 7am Thursday. Orders placed after this time may not be processed.
Market pick up times are 4pm to 6pm Thursday and Friday.

We look forward to seeing everyone again this week.

Be well,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Week of 18 April 2021


Hello everyone! What an announcement we have for you!

CSA baskets are available this year. Sized for the household, small is six produce items and a dozen eggs and for 24 weeks is a total of only $600. You can pay 50% with the first order and remaining balance at midseason.
Season starts April 15th and is limited to the first 10 families to sign up.
We also have medium and large share options, please see the item list in The market under CSA Harvest Share. A special offer for you: If you get four of your neighbours on your block to sign up, we will deliver to your house as the drop-off spot every Thursday! Sign up soon, simplify your local harvest and get your weeks groceries delivered to your door.

We have a great selection of lettuces and leafy greens this week choose from green leaf lettuce, Rouge d’Hiver red leaf lettuce, red kale, green kale, collard greens, swiss chard, spinach, arugula, parsley and a few more.

We also have our composted cattle/pig/chicken manure available for pickup by the bushel or cubic yard. Its great fuel for your garden beds at home. This is biologically active compost, amended with mineral micronutrients and inoculated with mycorhizzal fungal spores to boost soil fertility. Delivery in west Hamilton $60 per load (max 3 cu yds) plus cost of compost at $78/yd.

Beef cuts in the freezer: special steaks for top flavour such as Denver, Flat Iorn, Tri Tip and many more!

Plants Available:
We are pruning and thinning our many perennial fruit bushes and trees and have transplants potted up. Available this week is: Blackberry, Raspberry, Black Currant, Pawpaw. Prices from $5 to $40 each.

Remember to place your order before 7am Thursday. Orders placed after this time may not be processed.
Market pick up times are 4pm to 6pm Thursday and Friday.

We look forward to seeing everyone again this week.

Be well,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Week of 4 April 2021


With the sounds of all the birds around, the trees and plants budding and peeper frogs singing loudly I think we can put the snow shovels away and say that spring has sprung.

We’ve been having some very nice weather lately and hopefully you’ve been able to enjoy it by hiking, cycling, walking or getting your garden beds ready.
While gardening is on your mind you should consider adding some of Old 99 Farm compost to your beds. Check out this quick video on Facebook showcasing our compost:
https://www.facebook.com/old99farm/videos/2987843618209359/

We have a great selection of beef available, and NEW THIS WEEK we have the first cutting of Rhubarb! Also check out our vegetable selection for fresh cut selections like red kale, green kale, collard greens, spinach, arugula, delicious green Swiss chard, baby mixed salad greens, baby green leaf lettuce heads and more!

SPECIAL THIS WEEK!
Green kale $1.00 off OR buy three bunches and get one FREE!

Please remember to place your order BEFORE 7am Thursday. Orders placed after this time may not be processed.
Market pickup times are Thursday & Friday from 4PM to 6PM.

Thank you all who came last week, we look forward to seeing you and many new faces this week.

Be well,

Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Good Friday 2021


Good morning folks!

I just wanted to send a quick note to everyone regarding Good Friday –
The market will be open on Good Friday March 2 2021 4 PM to 6 PM.

Thank you,
Nick

Week of March 28 2021


Welcome back friends of Old 99 Farm, here we are going heading into Spring full force.
We have two beeves back from butcher and were stocked up on plenty of your favourite cuts. This time we have special cuts based on advice of master butcher, Jamie Waldron. We have special steaks and recipes for best flavour. Ground beef and stew is packaged in 1kg bags.

Old 99 CSA option starting this season

CSA means community shared agriculture and it’s all the rage, most local CSA farms are booked up, so we decided to offer this way of buying local. You pay a fixed amount in advance and get a box of our vegetables every week. We are charging $25/week x 24 weeks, so $600 for a small share, enough to supply most adults with their vegetables. Plus we will put a dozen eggs in the box. Limited to the first 10 families to sign up. Also have medium and large share options. See the item in The Market under CSA Harvest Share. If you can get four neighbours on your block to sign up, we will deliver to your house as the drop-off local, each thursday. Sign up soon, simplify your local harvest!

We have a great selection of lettuces and leafy greens tis week choose from green leaf lettuce, Rouge d’Hiver red leaf lettuce, red kale, green kale, collard greens, swiss chard, spinach, arugula, parsley and a few more.

We also have our composted cattle/pig/chicken manure available for pickup by the bushel or cubic yard. Its great fuel for your garden beds at home.

Transplants
We will have a few of many different garden vegetables and varieties available for sale. Advance orders are on best effort basis. Available mid May onwards while supply lasts. Lots of heritage tomatoes this year.

Please remember to place your orders BEFORE 7 AM Thursday morning. orders placed after this time may not be processed. Market pickup times are 4 PM to 6 PM Thursday & Friday.

We look forward to seeing everyone again this week.

Keep Well,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

World-scale Event Happening now this week


Someone in my network put me onto the Soil Regen Summit a few weeks ago. I looked at the scheduled speakers, said, hmmm looks pretty good, top rated speakers and I recognized some of them from my own prior study.
But today is kick off day and I’ve watched a couple sessions. Wow. So good. I am so grateful someone thought to send it out to me.
Apparently thousands worldwide are tuning in for this bonanza of best practice information about how and why to care for the land and the food it provides.

I want my whole network world to check it out.
Why?
It will raise your spirits about climate crisis.
It will make you want to be healthier.
It will motivate you to care about issues that may not seem very related.
It will help you see the world as one system, one that humans have unavoidable role to play in.
It will spark your awareness of how all the disconnects (social, racial, ecological, economic) have common cause.
It will help you appreciate and love nature and its miracles.
It may even help you appreciate farming in its proper context.

The link is www.soilregensummit.com.
The free conference started today at 9am, I’d recommend you catch Vandana Shiva if there is only one 50 minute session you can make. Sessions are live and archived so can be watched online for month.
Others I have high hopes for are Dan Kittredge on food nutritional value, Walter Jehne on how green plants everywhere will quickly cool bioregions suffering heatwaves, John D Liu on volunteer camps starting up now by the dozens to regenerate large landscapes and Graham Bell on permaculture inspired lifestyles.

Please give it a shot go here. You won’t be disapppointed. Now I have to get back to the current session.

Send me a note to this blog on what you liked, discovered, and got inspired by.

Keep well,
Ian and Cami

Week of 14 March 2021


Hello again everyone! We hope that you’re able to enjoy the nice sunny days we’ve having in the Hamilton and Dundas Valley area. Early spring crops are coming along well in the greenhouses, seeds are sprouting in the flats and the planning of outdoor gardens is well under way.
We have select cuts of beef and pork ready to go. A slow cooked pork roast in the BBQ or slow cooker is always a hit for Sunday dinners, or nicely grilled steak or pork chops.
A selection of our delicious greens are available this week, including spinach, green kale, Swiss chard, collards greens and a few more! Check out the product list to place your order.

Please remember to place your order before 7AM Thursday.
Orders placed after this time may not be processed.
Market times are 4pm to 6pm Thursday and Friday.

We look forward to seeing everyone again this week!

Be well,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Week of 1 March 2021


Good day local farm supporters!
March is here and that means spring is right around the corner and another growing season is on our doorstep.
This week we have green kale and swiss chard along with a delicious slag-free spinach that is a specialty with chefs. Also available is collard greens, beet tops, carrots, parsley, eggs, beef, pork and chicken and much more. Coming to mind today as I write this I am thinking of beef bone broth made into a delicious barley soup with carrots and beet tops topped with some fresh chopped parsley. That’s a hearty meal to come home to!
We will have two beeves going in for processing next week so we will be stocked up on all your favourite cuts. We have some really nice pork roasts available that are perfect for a family dinner.
Check out the market for availability of select cuts of meat and featured items like our mild or spicy pork sausages and pork roast!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the farm again this week. Thank you to all who continue to order and support local organic growers!

Be well,

Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Week of February 14th 2021


It was a day for love on Sunday.
Did you love yourself by eating good quality organic food and treating your body right?

In the dead of winter after a good snow fall the greens in the greenhouse are coming along, seedlings are being started and there is a another great summer to look forward to in 2021.

Our squash is on sale this week, 25% off. To keep squash longer it can be chopped and frozen raw. It can be used in many dishes from soups to casseroles or as a simple side to your family meal.
Available this week our always delicious pastured beef, pork and chicken. A selection amout of vegetables available, from green kale, Swiss chard and beet greens to potatoes and carrots to name a few. Check out the product listing for what is available!

We look forward to seeing everyone again this week.

Market times are 4pm to 6pm Thursday and Friday

Be well,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Food Forest: designing your garden. Tomorrow


Households starting to think about lifestyle changes due to climate disruption often start with a garden. What better place than in your front yard. That’s a great idea and I agree wholeheartedly.
So if the shoe fits, try it on!
Saturday morning (tomorrow) my colleagues and I at Community Permaculture Lab are putting on a ‘charette’ conversation about converting a front yard to a food garden and natural habitat.
Join the zoom call at 10am and listen, ask questions, make suggestions. No charge.

Zoom login is here

Edible Forest Garden Design Charette Feb 6, 10am to noon

Presentations of two urban site designs by CPL members on Tweedsmuir Ave and Ogilvie Ave in Dundas. All welcome. Home food production is one of the easiest ways to start thinking about retrofitting your lifestyle for the post-carbon future. And it’s fun and feels so good to ‘eat fresh from the garden’.

A ‘charette’ is a way of open-sourcing ideas about a given subject, often used by architects and designers. We invite people curious about permaculture’s way of creating sustainable futures for all sorts of households.

You could even join our design teams on these two sites learning how to do permaculture design for edible landscapes, so-called Forest Gardens. We hope the sites will show what CPL is doing, and contributing to Action 13, the new climate group in Dundas/Flamborough. Come on the call with us, listen, ask questions, make suggestions.

We think the future can be a better place focused on more fun but less stuff, more effort but less energy. Life as we know it hangs in the balance. We can imagine a way forward. Can you?

Permaculture is a worldview, a movement and a skill set for living well, within the Earth’s means. Care for the Earth, Care for people and Sharing earth’s fertility fairly is the core. Principles that capture the essence of healthy ecosystem function guide our designs.

We can learn to recognize the symbiotic ways Nature creates abundance and balance. We can study, plan and prepare the built space, the biological elements and the behavioural changes that will yield benefits for humans and creatures alike.

In our gardens and yards we can learn to cooperate with Nature and heal the damage that is climate disruption.

Community Permaculture Lab

We’re based in Westdale/Dundas and are willing to come to your neighbourhood to discuss getting a Lab started near you!

Our stated intent is to build resilience in our communities, in order to live well under the influence of climate disruption, through growing connections, knowledge and practice of permaculture. This small group of local citizens started in 2017 to learn about permaculture and in the process, create an example of social change for ecological renewal.
If you would like to participate and learn more, click here to get more information

Link for access to the webinar charette tomorrow