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 2 May 2021


Greetings everyone!
We hope everyone had a great weekend and your were able to enjoy some of our pastured beef.
We have plenty of beef available with select cuts like bevette, flat iron steak, chuck eye steak, top sirloin, sirloin cap and many more!
Plenty of vegetables to choose from as well like green frilly kale, red kale, spinach, green Swiss chard, magenta Swiss chard and collard greens to name a few. Also available this week, Nick has been foraging around the forest and the farm and has found some beautiful nettle in its spring prime ready to be picked. If you enjoy nettle teas or relaxing in a bath with wild foraged herbs we suggest you try it!

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

Thank you everyone who came last week, we look forward to seeing you all again this week.

Be well,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Week of 25 April 2021


Hello again everyone!
We have an amazing selection of beef cuts available from Denver steaks, Chuck eye steak, tri tips, bevette, t-bones and many more.
Vegetables available this week include green leaf lettuce, green frilly kale, collard greens, swiss chard, Nick’s Salad Blend, rhubarb and more.

SPECIAL THIS WEEK
Buy two green frilly kale get one FREE!
It’s great for juicing, for smoothies, steamed, baked, sautée or in a salad.

We also have wild foraged nettle available, please check market for quantities.

We also have blackberry cuttings for sale this week. Bare root stock ready to be planted now. $5 per stalk, no limit.

Please remember to place your order before 7am Thursday. Orders place after this time may not be processed.
Market pickup times are 4pm to 6pm Thursday and Friday.
CSA members, your baskets will be ready for pickup by 4pm Thursday. If you would like to order anything extra don’t hesitate to as we are happy to fill your basket for the week.

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