Nitty Gritty Farm News June 17th

Posts and twine holding the vines of snap peas -


One Bag of Salad Mix: Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Tatsoi, Red Russian Kale, Red Amaranth, Baby Lettuces, Bulls Blood Beets, and Pea Shoots.

One Bunch of Radishes: Pink Beauty and Red Rover.

One Bok Choi: Mei Qing Choi

One Bundle of Herbs: including Ararat (Thai) Basil, Marjoram and a Garlic Scape

The Drop Site descriptions and times are listed at the bottom of the blog. Please remember to bring a reusable bag with you this week. Look for the drop site signs, the description of what you should take this week, and the list of names to check off once you've picked up your share. Gigi carries her cell phone if there are any problems and that number is 651-226-1186.

Robin stretching cheese into a goat milk mozzarella -

After a number of trials, this batch of mozzarella cheese turned out perfect. We immediately used all of it on the pizzas for that day. I guess we'll have to make more.

Over the pizza lunch on Wednesday, a discussion arose among the interns as to why we were not raising any pigs this year. After some cajoling and multiple promises to be the primary caregivers for the swine, we agreed to get THREE. We called our neighbor about the availability of feeder pigs (35 - 40 pounds) but all he had available was some newly weaned piglets weighing in at approximately 6 pounds and if we wanted them, he'd sell us FOUR for a good price. We (interns and all) piled into the truck with a dog kennel to bring the pigs home in, and headed over to the neighboring farm. By the time we left, we had FIVE! They are small and cute and though we don't plan on naming the animals we don't keep, I have a feeling these pigs are going to end up with names before long.

The broiler chickens are getting bigger and the turkeys are going to arrive, possibly tomorrow.

Enjoy your first share.

Until next week..... Gigi


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.