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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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Week of 11 October 2020


Growing meats and vegetables with organic and sustainable ways greatly reduces the carbon footprint of the farm and the products we offer. It also creates healthy nutrient dense vegetables and higher quality meats than conventional agriculture.

We have a good selection this week of beef,pork,chicken and rabbit. We also have sausages made by J. Waldron Butchers available in mild and hot Italian style. We had some on Friday and they are a MUST to serve at your next BBQ meal. Also available is new crop carrots, collard greens, health kick salad, tropeana onions, green frilly kale, red russian kale, chicory, potatoes, squash and many more.
*A Bee Note: the hives have produced well and we have plenty of honey available. If you would like sizes larger than 500ml jar please leave comment in the notes section of your order.

Pork Butchering Workshop
Would you like to see your side cut up just the way you want it? Or learn what cut comes from which part of the animal? Former Cumbreae’s butcher Jamie Waldron will conduct a butchering workshop here at the farm in October. First four families get their meat to take home ($5.50/lb). Cost of workshop is $50.00. Register in The Market. Date to be determined. Small group, social distancing in effect. A great educational experience for the whole family!

NEW MARKET ORDER DEADLINE TIME IS NOW 12 NOON THURSDAYS. Please remember to place your order BEFORE noon on Thursday. Orders placed after this time may not be processed. Pickup times are Thursday & Friday from 3PM to 6PM. Special pickup can be arranged for Saturdays by appointment only. Please call or text
519-755-0577 to speak to Nick.

Here is a recent testimonial received from a new a customer: “We had the roast beef last week and it was delicious! Fantastic flavor and left overs were great! My wife and daughter made cabbage rolls today with the ground pork and beef. They were outstanding too. I remember when my mother made them and these are just as memorable.”

We look forward to seeing everyone again this week.

Be well,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Week of 4 October 2020


October already?! Summer seemed to go by very fast. As we come to a close on summer, we prepare for winter greens growing in our greenhouses. We will have fresh greens available all winter long. Selections include collard greens, Swiss chard, kale, choy sum, health kick salad, carrots, beets, spinach and scallions to name a few.

Available this week we have new crop baby carrots, white princess eggplant, health kick salad, spinach, collard greens, green frilly kale, red russian kale, chicory, a few bags of frozen black currants and Aronia berries left.
We have two hogs back from butcher this week and now have plenty of select cuts (check availability in product list).
Plenty of beef and chicken also avaialvle.

SPECIAL THIS WEEK
Whole roaster chickens 15% off for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Pork Butchering Workshop
Would you like to see your side cut up just the way you want it? Or learn what cut comes from which part of the animal? Ex-Cumbreae’s butcher Jamie Waldron will conduct a butchering workshop here at the farm in October. First four families get their meat to take home ($5.50/lb). Cost of workshop is $50.00. Register in The Market. Date to be determined. Small group, social distancing in effect.

Please remember to place your order before 9pm Wednesday. Orders place after this time may not be processed. Market times are Thursday and Friday from 3PM to 6PM.
If everyone could bring egg cartons for us that would be great.

We look forward to seeing everyone again this week.

Be well,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Week of 27 Sept 2020


Good day friends of Old 99 Farm. We’ve had some amazing weather for the end of September which is so nice to enjoy. Everyone is getting back into the routine of school and with that the kiddos need some healthy snacks for their lunches and recess. Fresh produce and quality meats will keep them fueled for their busy day of learning and discovering. Carrot sticks, a fresh green salad or even a chicken salad pr roast beef sandwich. The possibilities are endless.

Lots of fresh greens available this week including health kick salad, baby green kale, baby collard greens. Thats right, baby greens are back folks! We also have the last of the green zebra tomatoes and beefsteak tomatoes, indigo rose tomatoes, fennel bulb, principe borghese tomatoes and delicious white eggplant. Sweet red tropeana onions are quite popular and selling well, get yours before they’re gone. Nick also has select quantity of super hot peppers available like bhut jolokia (ghost pepper), carloina reaper, yellow fatalli, chocolate bhutlah and a cpuple others. These are available in market only, if you would like a few just leave a note in the comments section of your order.

SPECIALS THIS WEEK
Roaster chicken is 10% off this week
White egg plant is 50% off!!

Please place your order before 6PM Wednesday, orders place after this time may not be processed. Market tikes are Thursday and Friday from 3PM to 6PM. Please call or text Nick at 519-755-0577 if you need to make special arrangements for pickup.

We have been offered a dozen potted fig trees, available because the grower can no longer care for them. No charge. Potted figs can grow outside in summer and inside in winter. Let us know. I’ve already given one of them to a new home.

Wondering what to do with less than fresh milk? Can’t throw it away, can’t think how to use it? Here’s a long article on just that. One example:
“So if your milk is already a little sour, why not keep the process going and ferment your milk more? When you’re down to the last two cups of milk and have a lemon and five minutes, you can make a half batch of J. Kenji López-Alt’s microwave ricotta.”

We look forward to seeing everyone again this week.

Be well,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Old 99 Farm week of Sept 21 Solstice


The last full week of September is here already! Temperatures are cooling off, frost is just around the corner.
The winter greens transplants have taken well in the greenhouse and we’ll have fresh produce available all winter long. The last of the tomatoes and eggplants are coming off. Hot peppers are ripening nicely and still plenty of kale, health kick salad, collard greens, and carrots. We still have plenty of red tropeana onions available. These are a popular sweet onion originating from Tropea Italy and are very versatile; can be used in everything from soup to nuts!
Plenty of beef, chicken and select cuts of pork. A few rabbits are also available this week.

*A rabbit note: Did you know that Nick raises standard breed New Zealand white rabbits here at the farm? They are mainly bred for a high quality protien source but make GREAT pets as well. If you’re interested in obtaining a rabbit as a family pet please contact Nick for more information. There is a buy back option if it doesn’t work out for you.

We have an AMAZING beef special for everyone this week only…

We are offering our 20 lbs beef package (regularly priced at $200) for 25% OFF! That’s an incredible savings of $50!
You won’t find a better deal for organic, grass fed pastured beef anywhere!

Extended time to order. Please remember to place your order BEFORE noon Thursday if you have vegetables you want us to pick fresh. Orders placed after this time by special arrangement please.
Market times are Thursday & Friday from 3PM to 6PM. Special arrangements can be made with Nick for other pickup times if needed. Please call or text 519-755-0577.
If you have any egg cartons saved up please bring them along with you for re-use.
PORK is ready for the butcher. Next week we’ll have halves and quarters available.
Pork Butchering Workshop
Would you like to see your side cut up just the way you want it? Or learn what cut comes from which part of the animal? Ex-Cumbreae’s butcher Jamie Waldron will conduct a butchering workshop here at the farm in October. First four families get their meat to take home ($5.50/lb). Cost of workshop is $50.00. Register in The Market. Date to be determined. Small group, social distancing in effect.

We look forward to seeing everyone again this for this week’s market. Have a great week friends! And by the way, hay season is coming up again, will you join us to put some bales in the barn? Lots of hands makes light work. date tbd.

Be well,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Fennel and Eggplant Bake


This is full flavour vegan dish sure to be a hit at your next family meal. Quick and easy one dish preparation makes it super easy to prepare and have ready in under an hour. Goes great as a topping for steamed rice, quinoa or greens.

Fennel and Eggplant Bake

1 bulb fennel, sliced 1/4" thick
2 white eggplant, sliced 1/2" thick
2 tropeana red onions, sliced 1/4" thick
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 350ml jar of tomatoes
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
2 bay leaves, break them in half
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C)

Add oil to 12" cast iron pan or 9?×13? glass baking dish. Add all ingredients to the pan, place in middle of oven uncovered, and bake for 30-40 minutes.

Optional: Drizzle with traditional balsamic vinegar as a finish before serving.

Bon appetit!
Nick

Week of 13 September 2020


Hello once again friends of Old 99 Farm! It has been a beautiful week. We hope you’re all getting back into the swing of things with school started up once again. Packing high quality organic produce and meat in their lunches will make for a good day of learning.
The first picking of the HOT peppers have come off and are currently hanging on strings for drying. We still have plenty of delicious white eggplants, along with indigo rose tomatoes, green zebra tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, fennel, green kale, red kale, collard greens, health kick salad, new crop carrots and red tropeana onions. Coming soon will be purple sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, and hopefully a nice crop of apples this year.
There is plenty of beef available in all your favourite cuts and we will have more pork in stock soon. Rabbits are now available as well.

Please remember to return your egg cartons, we don’t have enough to fill orders this week. Also please return your green plastic produce baskets.


SPECIALS THIS WEEK****
White Eggplant – buy two get one FREE!!

Fennel bulb – buy one get one 50% off!

Roaster chickens 10% off!

Please remember to place your order before 6pm Wednesday. Orders placed after this time may not be processed.
Market pick up times are Thursday & Friday from 3PM to 6PM. Please call or text Nick at 519-755-0577 if you need to make special arrangement for pickup outside of market times. Please don’t hesitate to contact Nick if you have any questions, concerns or would like to set up a farm tour.

We greatly appreciate everyone supporting the farm and continuing to buy healthy produce and meats for you and your family. We look forward to seeing everyone again this week!

Be well,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Week of 6 September 2020


Hello again everyone! It has been wonderful to see so many new people discover the farm in the last two weeks. The best choice you could make for you and your family’s health is to supoort a local organic farm. Its better for you, better for the environment and better for the Earth.
This week we have plenty of hot peppers available along with red and green kale, frozen black currants, collard greens, health kick salad (baby greens), indigo rose tomatoes, green zebra tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, red tropeana onions, new crop carrots, white eggplant, purple eggplant and the last of the green cabbages. Some items available in store only, so come on out and see what we have!
Also available this week are roaster rabbits average size is 2.5kg. Perfect size for a family dinner or backyard BBQ. Plenty of select cuts of beef including halves and quarters. We still have a good quality of chicken and pork. Winter is approaching quickly and now is the perfect time to get your freezer ready for your winter stock-up.

NEW EGG PRICES- Large eggs $5.75/doz XL eggs $6.75/doz. Please bring in your old egg cartons for reuse, we are short on boxes.

Order deadline is Wednesday at 6PM. Orders placed after this time may not be processed. Pickups are Thursday and Friday from 3PM to 6PM. If you need special arrangements for pickup on any other day please text or call Nick at 519-755-0577.

Thank you for supporting your local farm, we appreciate seeing everyone each week!

Be well,

Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Week of August 30 2020


Hey there folks! It’s been an exciting and busy time at the farm as we prepare for fall. Plenty of health kick salad has been planted as well as Swiss chard and collard greens; a winter favourite.
A wide array of veggies available this week: white princess eggplant, jalapeño peppers, serrano peppers, ho chi minh cayenne peppers, red and green frilly kale (NEW LOWER PRICE), collard greens, green cabbage, golden beets, baby carrots, tropeana onions and fennel.
I’m expecting to have rabbits available this week as well. Please check availability in product listing.

We have two whole beeves in the freezer, halves and quarters available along with plenty of select cuts. Pork, stewing hens and roasting chickens all available.
Some amazing grass fed beef is always a pleaser at dinner time.

AVAILABLE IN STORE ONLY
Ghost peppers, green zebra tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, indigo rose tomatoes, raw local honey.


SPECIAL THIS WEEK*******

Roaster chickens – buy TWO whole chickens and get a HALF chicken free! !

We are short on egg cartons, if everyone could rally with neighbours and family and save them for us that would be wonderful. Please remember to return your green plastic produce baskets as well.

Order deadline is 6PM Wednesday. Any orders placed after this time may not be processed. Market hours are Thursday & Friday 3PM-6PM.

We look forward to seeing everyone again this week and greatly appreciate your business. Have a great week everyone!

Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Week of August 23, 2020


Well here we are from lovers another market week begins. We ha e plenty of crops available this week, golden beets, green frilly kale, red russian kale, beet greens, tropeana onions, green and red cabbage, principe borghese tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, Ho Chi Minh yellow cayenne pepper, jalapeño pepper, Serrano pepper, white princess eggplant, leeks, and a select amlunt of first pick baby carrots.
Chicken, pork, beef and eggs are all available in good quantity.

Thank you for bringing in your egg cartons and green plastic produce baskets.


SPECIAL***

ALL beef is 10% off this week!

We have two fresh beeves back from the butcher last week. Halfs and quarters available.

Honey is in good supply as well. We have had inquiry about bulk honey and we are working with our supplier to better serve you. We thank you for your patience.

Please remember to place your order BEFORE 6pm Wednesday. Orders placed after this time may not be processed.
Market days are Thursday and Friday from 3pm to 6pm.

We thank you all for.ypur weekly visits and look forward to seeing you again this week.

Take care,
Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami

Week of August 16 2020


Hello Old 99 customers, another beautiful weekend has come to and end. We hope you all enjoyed the nice weather we’ve been having lately.

A Bee Note: The hives here at the farm are in full swing and producing lots of honey. We now have honey available at the farm for your enjoyment. Raw, local and unfiltered just the way nature intended it to be.

This week we have kale, tropeana onions, beets, cabbage, green beans, yellow beans purple beans, jalapeño peppers, ho chi minh cayenne peppers, cherry tomatoes (very limited qty), white princess eggplant, fennel bulbs, frozen black currants, new potatoes and of course beef, pork and chicken along with lots of eggs.


SPECIALS THIS WEEK***
White Princess Eggplant, buy two get one FREE!
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Honey $6/500g jar

Please remember to return the empty egg cartons and little plastic produce baskets.

Order deadline is Wednesday 5pm
Orders placed after this time may not be processed.
Pickup times are Thursdays and Fridays from 3PM to 6PM. If you could let us know what day you plan to come please indicate in the order comments.

We appreciate your loyalty and support at the farm and look forward to seeing you all again this week.

Nick & Angela
Ian & Cami