Nitty Gritty News July 2nd

From the Farmers….
What crazy weather! From 90 + degrees on Saturday to 51 on Monday – our poor plants don’t know exactly what to do. After sweating profusely as we worked on building the shower/composting toilet/sink house for our interns on Saturday, we have been enjoying the cooler weather – even wearing sweat shirts all day to work in the fields. We did a bunch more weeding on Monday and butchered fifty broilers on Tuesday. We do have a great crew of interns – all willing and enthusiastic to learn whatever we throw at them.
Just this evening after livestock chores, we made a new area of pasture for the sheep. Being so dry, the pastures just are not coming back after being grazed. We are planning to disk up one big area for the sheep and plant with rapeseed (a kind of grazing plant in the cabbage family), but are waiting for a forecast of rain so we know when to seed.
We have added another new intern. Sarah joins us from out east and will be with us for about six weeks. She is a great addition and brings new skills and enthusiasm. One of the perks of being an intern at Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm is that Gigi will teach music lessons for banjo, guitar, mandolin, drums, ???? This year, everyone is participating - so the lesson has become a group one. Today we had Dale and Sarah on banjos, Avery, Jacq and Robin on guitar, Sue on the djembe drum and Gigi on mandolin – kind of crazy but a LOT of fun. Then back to the field to pick snap peas.
Until next week…. Robin and Gigi

Whats in your share this week

1 bag of salad greens – includes a variety of romaine, bibb, oakleaf lettuces, mizuna, red Russian kale, mustard greens, tatsoi, arugula, collards, chard.
1 bundle of Joi Choi bok choi
Walla Walla green Onion
Cascadia Sugar Snap Peas

Robin's Early Summer Soup

Just today we made a wonderful hearty soup with one head of bok choy - chopped, one green Walla Walla onion – chopped , a handful of peas, a big handful of greens chopped, , 4 cups of cooked Jacobs Cattle beans, canned tomatoes and tomato juice. I sautéed the onion and bok choi in about one Tablespoon of olive oil, then added two quarts of canned tomatoes and 1 quart of tomato juice (this all canned from last summer – or you could get by with purchased) Add the beans (you could substitute kidney beans) and 2 bay leaves, 1 teaspoon spike seasoning, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt and a little pepper. Cook for an hour or so on very low heat. It was delicious.


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.