Nitty Gritty Farm News July 29th

From the Farmers…………
Wow! A Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm first – an up-north cabin weekend retreat for all farm interns and farm owners - hosted by intern Laura at her family’s cabin in Wisconsin. The cabin kitchen was filled with basil and cilantro, cukes and zukes, peppers and the broccoli we all brought along with a few liquid beverages and we enjoyed boating, tubing, swimming, the hot tub, Bananagrams and Quelf. It is great to have a crew that enjoys playing together as much as working hard together.
We came back from the weekend with Robin sick with some kind of sinus infection – better now, and Steph a little under the weather. But the farm work goes on and so do we.
Drying Tower of Buckets

We retied the staked tomatoes, mowed down the green beans (and now the yellow beans), built an addition on the turkey pen giving them a greatly enlarged outdoor area onto which we later added a top as the young turkeys quickly learned to roost on the high top of the fence panels at night and then hop to the outside world come daylight. Since no one likes chasing down little turkeys, a top was in order.
On Tuesday with a greatly expanded crew – thanks Sean, Matt and Emilie for helping out – we moved the five (not-so) little pigs from their baby quarters to their new pen (built on Monday) under the lean-to of the barn where the lambs used to be. We had taken six more lambs to Braham to our butcher on Monday so the smaller lambs were moved in with the remaining few older lambs in a farther out pen, thus making their old pen available for the pigs. We learned about the idea of using pigs as cultivators - ‘piggerators’ Joel Salatin of Polyface farm and “Omnivore’s Dilemma” fame calls them.
Our hope is that our five pigs will root up all of the old manure and packed bedding left by several years of sheep living under the barn lean-to so that we can just load it up and transfer this rich compost to the fields. In just two days, they have already made a pretty good start. They are also very interested in the lambs that are in the pen just to the south of them and Reba the cow just to the west of them. Reba and the lambs are not quite so sure about the pigs.
It is exciting harvesting as we move toward August. All of the midsummer veggies are ripening. The buckets of purple, golden and deep green peppers, wheelbarrows of red onions, and a table full of bright white garlic makes us as thrilled as we hope you will be.
All of us here have been canning and freezing like crazy – Dilly beans, pressure-canned yellow beans, Brown Sugar Dill Pickles, Kimchee, Short Brine Dill Pickles, frozen broccoli and ice cubed herbs. We encourage you to cut up, blanch and freeze any of your share veggies that are more than you can use up right away. They are wonderful to add to a soup or stew come winter.
We look forward to meeting or re-connecting with you at our MIDSUMMER ABUNDANCE FESTIVAL this Sunday – 3:00 – 5:30 pm. We’ll be cooking up a bunch of fresh veggies in stir fry, serving beer, wine and ice tea, drum circle drumming (bring your own drum or use one of ours), hayrides around the farm, cut your own flower bouquets from our rows of field flowers, and enjoy lots of good conversation around good food, good community, and good farming.
Until then …………… Robin

What’s in your Share this Week?
Mars Red Onion
Eureka Yellow Beans
Raider, Sweet Slice and Homemade Pickles Cucumbers
Zephyr, Slick Pic, Raven, Elite, Horn of Plenty, Lita Summer Squash
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Red Russian Kale
Joi Choi Bok Choy
Conchos Jalapeno Peppers (dark green )
Gypsy Pepper (yellow elongated)
Islander Pepper (purple bell)
Scarlet Nantes Carrots
Orange Thyme


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.