Nitty Gritty Farm News

From the Farm Manager….

It has been an amazing, wonderful week at Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm. Gorgeous weather –not too hot, not too cold, so much work accomplished, so much laughter in the fields and around the table, and beautiful fields and the beginning of the ‘real’ harvest. As I reflect on this week, it is so obvious how the fickleness of the weather affects the mood of the farm and the farmers. As we were picking sugar snap peas this evening for tomorrow’s shares, I was reminded of the hail storm three years ago that damaged and destroyed nearly all the crops of our CSA – absolutely heartbreaking. More than in any other job, it seems that everything we do is completely dependent on the weather, and we are grateful for a whole week of sunshine, no rain, light breezes and cool nights.

We spent Monday and Tuesday catching up on weeding. Because of the rain keeping us out of the fields, the weeds had grown alarmingly. Thank goodness for the rain softened ground that made them fairly easy to pull. Wheelbarrow loads later (very happy laying hens), the onions, flowers, carrots, beets, cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi and potatoes are weeded. And our neighbor Scott from whom we buy old hay for mulch brought six bales on Tuesday which we promptly spread on the rest of the beans, between the zucchini rows and most of the potatoes. The fields look absolutely beautiful!

We also spent this afternoon (Wednesday) weeding at the Stark Vineyard. We have just been a mob weeding crew!

With all the strawberries we picked last week, the interns and we mixed up a few batches of strawberry jam, strawberry rhubarb jam and strawberry wine. We hope you enjoyed your berries as much as we did ours.

Prepping the Kohlrabi

Our first load of hay arrived this afternoon, so as soon as we finished harvesting the peas, bok choi and kohlrabi this evening, we unloaded and stacked the 140 bales into the barn. It is always a heavy, hot, sweaty job, but with eight of us working, it was accomplished quickly. It is a good feeling to know that at least a part of our winter food supply for the livestock is safely stored away.

Until next week…

A wheelbarrow load of Bok Choy

What’s in your share?

Sugar Daddy sugar snap peas
Kohlibri purple kohlrabi
Mei Qing Choi bok choi
Salad mix (lettuces: red romaine, summer bibb, freckles, simpson) (greens: mizuna, tatsoi, red and green mustards, Red Russian kale, arugula) Bulls blood beet greens, pea shoots,
Herbs: Genovese basil

A beautiful salad for lunch at the farm


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.