Nitty Gritty News July 23rd

From the Farmers….

We finished the yurt!!! It’s been a project in the works since early spring – and finally tonight we finished the last grommet- and tie - and inside carpet. As we all sat inside reveling in how neat it is, it began to rain. We rushed out to put on the crown cover – the ‘jester hat’ we call it – to protect the center top hole. Dale will be moving into this structure next week when we move it onto a wooden deck. Then we’ll get the second nine foot yurt finished.

We did get a little rain this week – less than ½ inch. Not nearly enough to make much difference to some of the crops like the sweet corn, but certainly better than nothing. While we didn’t get the 2 – 3 inches like some places in the twin cities, at least we did not get the hail that some got.

Over the weekend, we (Robin and Gigi) went camping up north. It was wonderful to get away – our first summer camping trip since we began the CSA five years ago. We are so thankful to have had Adrienne (intern from last year) who provided some weekend coverage so we could get away.

Back at the farm, we’ve been mowing between tomato and squash rows to make grass pathways. Now that we’ve had a bit of rain, we’ll be seeding some buckwheat and rye between the melon rows. The rapeseed that I seeded last week and wondered if it would germinate is all coming up – halleluiah!

On Monday, Jane, Sara and Cara mulched the late green beans and red cabbage. These three amazing interns spread three big bales of mulch over ten 220 foot rows in less than a day! We are using a lot of hay mulch again this year to help conserve moisture in the soil, control weeds and build the soil as it decomposes. We can see a huge difference in the crops that are mulched with hay, mulched with plastic and not mulched at all.

Tuesday, with rain imminent, we again worked on a variety of odd jobs – sewing on the yurt cover, making cheese, and seeding Mei Qing Choi and Kohlrabi in flats for fall harvest. We also seeded a couple of new rows of turnips and cooking radishes in the field.

This morning our interns made the big duck move – moving the fifteen Khaki Campbell ducks to new territory – with more grass. We’ve been moving them weekly to new space – but today the move was much farther. The technique of just moving the fence with the ducks moving along inside did not work for this distance, so each duck had to be caught –which they didn’t much like – and carried to the new pen. They should be happier with new foraging.

Until next week….


Chinese Cabbage
Primax Green Cabbage
Candy Onions
Provider and Jade Green Beans
Eureka Yellow Beans
Yukon Gold and some Norkotah Russett Potatoes
Packman Broccoli
Vates Collard Greens
Lime Basil
Ararat Basil


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


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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.