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From the interns:

Oooh, how exciting! We’ve never had hold of these blog-writing reins.

Joyous cool weather is upon us. Our sandals have stayed in our Quonsets and yurts these past few weeks as rubber boots have happily replaced them. Our rabbits are lonely today as they have lost their feathered hoop-mates; however, our frozen corn, broccoli, and peas have found new freezer-mates. We butchered our last 51 broiler chickens today. We always appreciate the circle of life, caring and feeding animals that will eventually nourish us, especially during lunch today! Our mid-day meal was exceptional, which isn’t anything new. Twas the day of Robin’s birth today and ‘twas Gigi’s day of birth on Sunday. Thus, we feasted. We had Nitty Gritty Chardonnay in wine glasses, squash, mashed potatoes, fresh chicken with Dale’s Creole rub, and carrot birthday cake; it feels like Thanksgiving every day on the farm.

It seems like every Monday when we come back to the farm, everything has changed. The broom corn has been bent down, the turkeys are dinosaurs, and the ewes are always in a new Electronet fenced pasture so we can’t ever find them (until we listen). There are also things that happen that we don’t witness. There is new watermelon wine, 86,000 new jars of tomato sauce, and pig tales. Adrienne and her almost 1 year old darling daughter Magnolia Rose farm-sat this weekend so Gigi and Robin could come and go as they pleased. They had a “vacation at the farm”. Adrienne, therefore, had a bit of an adrenaline rush in the morning to find pigs in the barn instead of in their pen just outside the barn.
Who, Us?

We interns were aware of how adventuresome our little pigs were two weeks ago when they got out of their pen and had a night out on the farm, but when we arrived this week we noticed a strange smell in the barn. We found out that they had somehow broken the latch on the Dutch-door and gotten into the barn. Thankfully, we had just organized the barn to fill it with new hay, so they didn’t have much room to play.

Anyway, vegetables, that’s what we’re supposed to tell you about. The squash are intermingling with the Brussels sprouts and the kale and evidently can travel long distances into other vegetables’ rows. The watermelons are now done, as are our backs from carrying your hefty boxes. We hope you thoroughly enjoyed them over Labor Day weekend.

We have also bid farewell to our tomato plants. They are rapidly becoming part of the beautiful healthy soil of Nitty Gritty Farm. Speaking of those 86,000 jars of new tomato sauce, yesterday, we shuffled, shelved, and shifted them all in the crawl-space. Note to future home-builders… MAKE YOUR BASEMENT EIGHT FEET, NOT FOUR FEET TALL. The food preserved in the basement helps us to feel confident that Gigi and Robin will not starve throughout the winter, nor will their interns starve next spring. We’re not sure how long this blog-thing is supposed to be, so enjoy your beautiful, organic, home-loved vegetables (and chicken!). Until next week…

Laura and Stephanie

What’s in your Share?
Winter Squash – Small Wonder Spaghetti Squash (orange round)
Peppers – Sweet: Gypsy (yellow), Sweet Chocolate (brown), Lipstick or Carmen (long red or green)
Hot: Aji Cristal (HOT yellow transparent), Conchos (green jalapeno), Bulgarian Carrot (orange small)
Onion – Sierra Blanca (white)
Kale – Red Russian
Carrots – Cosmic Purple
Eggplant – Dancer (pink) or Galine (purple), or Thai Green (long green) or Orient Express (long purple) or Orient Charm (long pink) or Kermit (round green striped)
Tomato – Pink Beauty or Green Zebra
Celeriac – Brilliant
Basil – Lime
Thyme - Orange


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.