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This page contains news, event information, and other items added by Ian and Adam, the resident farmers at Old 99. We 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 Oct 8 2023

Veggie production is in good shape, new plantings of greens like arugula and lettuce are now offered. The root crops and fruits like tomatoes peppers and eggplants are plentiful.

Old99 Cider Day Sat Oct 14 2 to 5 pm.
Pls rsvp. Bring a bottle or jug to take home some fresh milled apple cider. BUT, the weather forecast is not good. If it is so that we’ll see 15 to 20 mm of rain that day, we’ll have to cancel. Watch for a notice from me Sat am.

The subscription plan “Let Me Be Your Farmer” is up and running. Pay in advance for 3 months purchases of veg, fruit, eggs, meats and anything you buy from Old99, and get 10% discount plus special surprises. Still order a la carte. The farm benefits from a more secure customer commitment and has cashflow to buy inputs like seed and nutrient. You get the choicest items for your basket, a la carte. Typically I’d expect $1500 to $2000 per quarter.
Sign up with an email to me.

Summer Harvest Baskets: Some of you paid by installment so we’re at the mid-point, next time please plan on paying the second half, 10 weeks at $32. Thank you.

What we have now: arugula, apples, celeriac, frilly kale, Nero kale, Rainbow chard, Tokyo Bekana, beets, bell peppers, sweet bulb onions, fennel, garlic, baby lettuce mix, baby buttercrunch lettuce, potatoes, rhubarb, carrots, collards, cabbage collards, leeks, basil and herbs.

Surf to the online store here to place your order. Store pick up Thurs 4 to 6 or by arrangement. *

Healthy eating,
Ian, Cami and Adams

ps I saw some of you at the Beer and Blooms gathering at the Shed Brewery tonite. A packed house, someone said 150 people showed up to learn about Hamilton’s Biodiversity Action Plan. It set me to thinking how many ways we are contributing and supporting biodiversity here on the farm. My list so far: pollinator strips in gardens, untended fenceslines, crops left to bloom and die in place, asparagus patch a thicket, leaf piles, living mulches, the orchard grasses left long, woody debris piles, pond edges, tree nursery, many garden crops.
We could do more: flower plantings all season blooms, insect pollinator nesting sites, birdhouses, bat houses, planting specific native plants.