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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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Covid Attention Please


Canadians have a clear and urgent choice to make this month as two highly transmissible variants of COVID-19 now sweep across the globe.

They can accept the approach provincial governments are taking across the country now. In which case Canadians will be hit continually by the wrecking ball of a mutating virus for the next eight to 12 months.

Read these two articles by Andrew Nikiforuk writing for TheTyee this month. Do your own research, make up your own mind, but whatever you do, please engage in this crisis. I have been rather blase about covid up to now. I still think that if you are healthy and support your immune system with a protocol of specific vitamins and minerals you will be fine. Find the latest version at evms.edu/covidcare, thats Dr Marik at East Virginia Medical School.

But there are some chilling statistics now out there for all to see.
1. The old COVID-19 doubled its numbers every 40 days under a particular set of restrictions; under the same conditions, the variants double every 10 days. That means they can outrun any vaccination campaign.*

That means if you haven’t eliminated — or almost eliminated — cases in your region, you are going to learn the meaning of grief.

2. To illustrate it, British mathematician Adam Kucharski recently compared a virus mutation that was 50 per cent more deadly with one that increased transmission by 50 per cent.

With a reproduction rate of about 1.1 and a death rate of 0.8 per cent, current strains of COVID-19 now deliver 129 deaths per 10,000 infections.

A virus that is 50 per cent more lethal will kill 193 people in a month. A variant that is more transmissible wins the game with 978 deaths in just one month.

3. Given that B117 overwhelmed a long-term care facility in Ontario just two weeks ago, (Barrie’s Roberta Place) it is already burning through the community. (This variant only needs about six weeks to become the dominant strain in a community.)

To date, B117 has been reported in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta, which means it is likely everywhere. The bomb has been planted; it will explode before you know it.

We need to demand to go to zero over the next four to six weeks. Going to zero is shorthand for a range of approaches that include sharper restrictions on travel, imposing strict lockdowns, marking green zones rendered free of the virus and protecting them, relentlessly testing and tracing — and in the process systematically driving transmission to zero.

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2021/01/08/Get-Real-Canada-Get-Zero/

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2021/01/28/Virus-Changed-Get-To-Zero-Face-Catastrophe/

So to repeat: we have a clear and urgent choice to make this month as two highly transmissible variants of COVID-19 now sweep across the globe.
We can accept the approach provincial governments are taking across the country now. In which case Canadians will be hit continually by the wrecking ball of a mutating virus for the next eight to 12 months.

Please make your government leaders aware and support them in going to zero. Please pass this on.

Week of 24 January 2021


Did you know that the store bought produce and meats boughten weekly that come from warmer climates carry a carbon footprint equal to driving your car non stop for 4 months? Look at how many people shop on a weekly basis – pretty scary when we add all that up.
When you buy produce, and meat from Old 99 Farm the carbon footprint is greatly reduced due to the simple fact that its picked fresh, not shipped anywhere, not refrigerated in massive coolers and very little fossil fuels are used to plant, maintain and pick it all.
When you buy from the farm, you help the environment and its a win-win for everyone.

Available this week – frilly green kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, spinach, arugula, health kick salad, our super sweet carrots, delicious squash and a few other favorites. Check out the product list to see what is available this week!

Plenty of beef, pork and chicken available as well.
The ground beef has been flying out the doors, get yours before its all gone! Great for meat balls, pasta sauces, stuffed peppers, meatloaf, stroganoff, sausage patties, Salisbury steak or the classic favourite char-broiled hamburgers.

Please place your order before 11am Thursday. Orders placed after thus time may not be processed.
Order pickup times are Thursday and Friday from 4PM to 6PM.

We thank you all for your continued patronage and support of the farm.

Be well friends,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

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It seems to be the winter that isn’t this year. Either way, we hope you are enjoying the season!

We have a great deal on our pastured chicken this week- on special 10% off for whole roasters, halfs and quarters. Raised here, summer 2020.

We did sell out of a few items but we can still fill your freezer and fridge with delicious organic produce and meats. Check out the market for what is available.
I made a delicious carrot, cilantro and kale soup last week. So simple and so easy. Check out the link for the recipe:
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/50973/carrot-and-cilantro-soup/
The kale from the greenhouse is so sweet in winter time. Its great as it is in salads or in smoothies.

Also, check out this amazing site we’ve discovered!
“Neighbourhood building software Nextdoor”.
This site is really cool, its designed for neighbours to put their hand up, offering help, looking for stuff or advice, that sort of thing. The software uses postal codes to locate you in a defined neighbourhood. Check it out at www.nextdoor.com

Please remember to place your order before 8am Thursday. Orders placed after this time may not be processed.
Market pick up is 4pm to 6pm Thursday and Friday.

We look forward to seeing everyone again this week.

Be well,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Week of 3 January 2021


A big happy New Year to all of our wonderful customers!
It was a heck of a year, but here we are – 2021. We want to wish you all the best for the new year.

Did anyone make a new years resolution to eat better?

We can help you with that!

We have all your favourite cuts of of organic pastured beef, pork and chicken and we have Italian style pork sausages as well that are gluten free.
Vegetables available include sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, potatoes, delishious green kale, health kick salad, collard greens and Swiss chard to name a few!
Check out the market to see what else is available and what is featured this week.

Please remember to place your order before 8 AM Thursday. Orders placed after this time may not be processed.
Market times are 4pm to 6pm Thursday and Friday.

It was great to see so many new faces in 2020 and we hope to see many more.
Thank you for your amazing supoort.

Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

New Years Eve and New Years Day


Hello organic food lovers of Dundas Valley!
Just a reminder about the market hours this week.


MARKET HOURS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE AND NEW YEAR DAY***
December 31 hours are 3 PM until 5 PM.
January 1 hours are 12 PM to 2 PM.

Thank you all, have a great day!

-Nick

Week of 27 December 2020


As 2020 comes to a close we all seem to be sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to exhale and see it come to an end.
We all must continually strive to be as healthy as possible so we can be as successful and possible.
Eating local organic food is an excellent way to do that!

We have plenty of beef available in all your favoirite cuts from cross rib roasts and sirloin roasts to t-bones and rib steaks. Bones for broth to keep you strong and resilient. Plenty of leafy greens in the greenhouse, and lots sweet potatoes, butternut squash, acorn squash and turban squash in the cellar. Carrots and onions are still available as well.

Check out the market for availability and other great products like our delicious pastured chicken and tender juicy pork.

-MARKET HOURS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE AND NEW YEAR DAY
December 31 hours are 3 PM until 5 PM.
January 1 hours are 12 PM to 2 PM.

Please place your order BEFORE 7 AM December 31st.
Orders placed after this time will not be processed.

Thank you for your continued supoort into the new year!

Be well,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Week of 20 December 2020


Holiday greetings and blessings to everyone! From all of us here at Old 99 Farm we want to wish you all a happy and safe holiday season this year.

The Market store will be CLOSED as of noon on Wednesday. Please check market for available items.

Pickups for meat, eggs or cowshares are available but PLEASE TEXT NICK REGARDING PICKUP. (519-755-0577)

Market will be open NEXT WEEK on New Years eve and new years day. Please pay close attention for market hours regarding those days.

We want to thank all of you for your loyal patronage and support of your local organic farm.
It truly warms our hearts to be able to provide high quality meats, eggs and produce to you all.

Be well,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Climate Awareness campaign Ward13 (Dundas/Flamborough)


Hello all,
The climate Crisis is in full bloom, in spite of being hidden in the noise of the covid pandemic.
I’m sending this to lists I have that include people living in Ward 13, Hamilton. I actually live on the boundary, ward 12 side of the road, but no matter. Ward 13 is Dundas but goes way out to Kirkwall and past to Concession 10 on north, and Hwy 6 on the east except for Waterdown.

There is an initiative started by two millennial aged residents to start some local response to the climate crisis. The co-founder Alex Wilson told me they are gauging interest in the climate issue, hoping to mobilize around specific issues, maybe even a ‘culture of engagement’ with the City’s climate plan.

The first session was on the weekend; two more happening via zoom on Wed 16th, one at 12 and one at 6pm Link to zoom call here: https://zoom.us/j/99196600647 Cell phone access 647-374-4685
A friend attended the first session and gives this report:

It was a very interesting discussion. 14 ppl attended including Community Permaculture Lab members, a few from Dundas Works, a lawyer involved in environmental issues, a few who are very involved with Dundas churches and community gardens.

It was a good coming together of people seeking some organization to channel and focus our energies on climate issues.

There are obvious pockets of good works happening in the community and a suggestion to inventory these activities for an overall community direction, given the lack of apparent action on the part of council.

Same link for all: https://zoom.us/j/99196600647

We first heard of it on December 12, I attach that message with attached poster. Due to short notice, you can email alexwilson751@gmail.com to express interest to be on the mailing list. I invite you to share this event with others.

Subject: Kitchen Table Talks on Climate Change and the Environment.

Dundas Works facilitators Bob, Jim, Margot, Michelle and Tim continue to “meet” over the pandemic months to figure out a path forward. With other community leaders showing us how to properly conduct large group meetings online, we are also working toward this goal in the new year to continue our roundtables. One of those leaders is Alex Wilson, who is Constituency Assistant to MPP Sandy Shaw. Alex was instrumental in a recent Town Hall Sandy held on Bill 229. Alex is excited to host a Kitchen Table Talk on Climate Change and the Environment. There are three virtual sessions set up depending on your availability: - Saturday December 12th from 2-4 pm - Wednesday December 16th from 1-2 pm - Wednesday December 16th from 6-8 pm

Dundas Works – Articulating a Shared Vision for our Valley Town

Email: dundasworks2020@gmail.com Website: www.DundasWorks.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/pg/DundasWorks/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/Dundas_Works Instagram: www.instagram.com/dundasworks Public Forum: https://dundasworks.wixsite.com/public-forum Dundas Works Community Calendar: https://www.dundasworks.com/community-calendar

Week of 13 December 2020


“You can really taste the difference in everything at your farm. The vegetables taste so fresh and full of flavour and the chicken had absolutely delicious. Nothing like the watery metallic taste you find at organic grocery stores.”

Another customer recently discovered the farm and that’s what they had to say.
It reminds us that we as land stewards here at Old 99 Farm and doing the right thing.
It feels good, and you can taste the difference.

Feel free to order from our website with our wide selection of beef, pork and chicken we are sure to have what you’re looking for. Plenty of steaks, stew beef, bones for broth, tallow/fat for rendering, beef roasts, half and quarter chickens, 3 different types of pork chops, pork roasts, ribs, pork bones and so much more.
Veggies have been flying out of the greenhouses and its left me a little short on some items like health kick salad and that delicious magenta Swiss chard. I still have plenty of tender green kale, collard greens, choi sum, arugula, squash, sweet potatoes, onions, carrots. There is plenty more in the product list so have a peek and place your order for your favourites.

We still have Old 99 Farm gift cards available, please send us an email at old99farm2015@gmail.com to order one or if you have any questions.

Don’t forget our winter market hours are 4 pm to 6 pm Thursday and Friday.
Please place your order BEFORE 7am Thursday. Orders placed after this time may not be processed. Special arrangements can be made for Saturday pickup by contacting Nick at 519-755-0577.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Be well,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami