Nitty Gritty News June 10th

From the Farmers,
Rain. Finally the rain we needed so much came over the weekend and on Monday. And it was a good, long, soaking rain. All the tiny seedlings seem to have doubled in size – and so too the weeds. We’ve been mulching as fast as we can – just finished putting old hay mulch on the green and yellow beans. The black/white plastic laid between the early spring crops like lettuce, greens, carrots and beets seems to be doing a fine job of weed suppression. We’ve begun the picky, slow task of hand weeding the dozen rows of these early salad crops. I remind the interns that it is best not to look down the 250 foot row too often – it’s best to look behind you at the part that is already weeded.
We finished adjusting the new plastic mulch layer just this morning – it took a lot of trial and error adjusting, and since none of us here is a pro at this kind of thing, we are feeling pretty good about finally getting all the disk coulters, set wheels, and so on to all work together to dig the trench, lay the plastic, place the drip irrigation line underneath, and cover the edges of the plastic. Tomorrow, we will begin to lay the nearly two acres of fields with this mulch to get all the tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and all the vine crops planted. So far, it has been just too cold here to put these tender crops out – we’ve already had some frosting of tips of potatoes and beans. But with the rain and some warm weather, we hope to get most of these transplants in by the end of the week.

We did a big poultry move on Tuesday. We moved the broilers to a much bigger pen, the turkeys to a portable hoop house and the Black Star pullets to their bigger home. All the other livestock is doing well and getting bigger and eating more and more. We’ve just weaned the goat kids and will begin a lot more experimenting with a variety of goat cheeses with the abundance of milk from our three does.

THERE WILL BE A SHARE NEXT WEEK. YEAH! Though everything has been on holding pattern for so long with the cold and dry weather – we WILL have some spring salad veggies for you next week. Watch our blog for information about how and when to pick up your share. Our early shares, because they are smaller and lighter will not be packed in individual boxes but will be bunches and bags. We encourage you to bring your own bag to take your salad stuff home. Please do not call the farm for the drop information – it is really hard to respond to your calls AND get all the farm work accomplished. Wait for our blog. We will have a special edition on SUNDAY with all the information you will need to get started. Then watch for our regular Blog update on Wednesday with what is in your share.

Until next week...


Use the addresses to google or mapquest or look up the drop site from your particular location. Keep in mind that the folks at the drop sites are volunteers, allowing us to use their space (and in some cases, their homes) as drop sites. Be nice to them. We couldn't do this without them. If you have any questions about your share etc., you should ask us, not them. They have enough to do....as do we all. All deliveries occur on Thursday afternoons. Approximate drop site times are listed below each location. The end times vary but you should pick up your share as early as possible. Look for the NITTY GRITTY DIRT FARM DROP SITE signs at your delivery locations along with lists to check your name off when you pick up, and a description of exactly what you should take.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm
10386 Sunrise Road (Cty Rd 9)
Harris MN 55032

35 north past North Branch to the Harris Exit. Turn Right.
Go into Harris, cross RR tracks to stop sign. Turn Left
Go 2 blocks to County Rd 9, also called Sunrise Road. (at Heartbreakers Bar) Turn Right. Farm is 4 1/2 miles out on left side of road. Look for Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm sign.
Shares available from 3:00 to 6:00

United Theological Seminary 3000 5th Street NW, New Brighton MN 55112
694 to Silver Lake Road exit. Go south to 5th and turn west (right). Go three blocks to UTS. Follow driveway (left) to the maintenance garage at the far north end of the parking lot. Shares available after 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

Pilgrims United Church of Christ
8801 Rice Lake Road, Maple Grove MN 55369
Just off of Weaver Lake Road across from Rice Lake Elementary School. Use main church door. Shares available from 3:30 to 6:00.

Acadia Cafe
329 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis
NW corner of Cedar and Riverside. Park on Riverside or
in lot behind the cafe.
Shares available after 3:15 PM until 6:00 PM

Vincent Avenue
3646 Vincent Avenue North, Mpls MN 55412
1/2 block north of 36th Ave N, and 2 blocks south of Dowling. Park on the street. Shares available after 3:30 until 6:00 PM

Additional drop sites may be added as shares are sold. Drop Sites are subject to change but plenty of notice will be given and alternate sites will be within close proximity to the original drop site.


Robin Raudabaugh & Gigi Nauer

Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm

10386 Sunrise Road

PO Box 235

Harris MN 55032

(651) 226-1186


Also Nitty Gritty Goods Wool CSA
Robin Raudabaugh

We are a 15 acre Community Supported Agriculture farm providing a wide variety of fresh, organically and sustainably grown vegetables, fruit, lamb, pork, turkey and chicken. Located one hour north of the Twin Cities, we deliver to several metro locations. We are intentional about our organic and sustainable farming practices which include (but are not limited to): maintaining soil health through green and animal manures, compost, mulch, cover crops and crop rotations; Organic Pest Management to naturally monitor, prevent and control insects and other pests; maintaining animal health and well-being through the use of portable and loose housing and pasture rotations. Owner/operators Robin Raudabaugh and Gigi Nauer provide over 30 years experience in fruit, vegetable and livestock production, education and customer service. Our primary goal is to build community, relationships and personal health and well-being around good food and the intentional living that creates it. We’d love to have you join us.

Not every day is like this but we try.

Not every day is like this but we try.

Not every day is like this either.

Not every day is like this either.