Nitty Gritty News June 25th

From the Farmers ….
As I sit here writing, there are a lot of black clouds outside and a few rain drops falling – and we are hoping for more. It has been a very busy week at Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm. All of the final plantings of peppers, eggplants and basil went in on Monday. I used the new plastic mulch layer and put down two additional 250 foot rows of mulch and we planted another row of pickling cucumbers and another couple of varieties of eggplant. Except for the succession plantings, everything is in! Hurray! We have also been weeding – and weeding - with the bit of rain in addition to our irrigation the weeds are growing like – weeds. Just today we finished weeding – all by hand – the earliest carrots, chard and beets. It is such tedious, backbreaking work – and in this heat – even more difficult to maintain a positive attitude about. But it is done –at least for now – and the little plants will grow so much better with the weed competition taken away. All of the livestock has been enjoying tremendously the buckets of weeds added to their daily diets. This week, with the intensely hot, humid weather, we’ve been getting an earlier start in the fields 6 – 6:30and then taking an afternoon siesta at 3:00 with some of us getting back to work in the cooler evening time. Our interns have been learning some of the local swimming holes and places to eat on this unexpected day time off.

The heat has been really hard on the animals too – two of the broilers died in the heat and nearly everyone is suffering from heat stress in midday. On Tuesday afternoon - I noticed that someone had put a large red wet bath towel on Didja – the oldest Toggenburg milking goat – to help her cool down. Minerva, our rabbit doe with a litter of seven babies was so hot that she lay panting with a soaking wet nose. Giving her a frozen bottle of water in her cage can help her to cool down. While this heat and humidity makes the crops grow –you can almost see the corn get taller – it is really hard on the farmers and the livestock. It’s a little hot too for the early greens and lettuce – they like a bit more moderate temperature – but the other veggies are coming on quickly with the leap from very cool into full summer weather.
The farm is looking really good – the fields are beautiful. As you drive in - along the north side of the driveway, the swaths of green – the pale bok choy, the brilliant Chinese cabbage, and the deep blue green of the broccoli are a beautiful sight. On the other side, rows and rows of just emerging squash and pumpkins and the neatly mulched rows of green beans and onions are just as beautiful in a completely different way. The tomatoes are bright green and just beginning to produce flowers. The potatoes are showing big bud clusters and as I keep telling the interns –that means it’s about three weeks to new potatoes. And along with the new potatoes come the peas –both sugar snaps and shell peas. So much promise in the beauty of the fields.
Until next week……


Mixed Asian greens, Kyona Mizuna, red and green tatsoi, arugula, broccoli raab.

Scarlet Globe Radishes (red round) French Breakfast Radishes (elongated red and white)

Bok Choy - Mei Quin Choi


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.