Nitty Gritty Dirt

Even though the rain kept us from weeding and hoeing and mulching, our intern crew did get the Sugar Ann peas twines up the stakes put in earlier. Sugar Ann sugar snap peas will grow about 4 feet tall and need twines to hold them up.  As the vines grow, we will add more twines. This keeps the pods clean and makes picking the peas much easier when that time comes. The twining happened between rain showers which have been the frustrating story of our lives this week. 
The potato plants are doing great.  They seem to love the rain.  They are well mulched so the weed growth is held to a minimum.  In some of the other fields, we watch in frustration bordering on mild horror as the weeds grow and grow and grow with all the rain, taking over and becasue the fields are so wet, we can only watch and wait.   We did enjoy our couple of days shelling dry Black Turtle beans from last year, making cheese and wine and and working on a variety of clean-up, fix it assorted projects. And, the weeds keep growing and and growing and we know we'll have a lot of weeding and hoeing once the soil dries out enough.  One of the projects accomplished today between rains, was renovating the turkey hoop house - adding a first floor to the small hoop.  Liz, our intern carpenter tackled the project making a wonderful house with a roost and a Dutch door!  Our Bourbon Red Turkeys  - hopefully our new breeding stock, seem very happy with their new raised roof.
Just this last week we also made new hoop houses for the Aurocks and the Barracanas (our Barred Rock X Aracana) chickens we hatched in our incubator.  Karla built the new much larger hoop pens for the teenage chickens who had outgrown their smaller house.  Robin tried to sex them and only move the hens into the new faciltiy leaving the cockerels in the old house.  We're not so sure how good Robin's sexing skills are as we heard a suspicious rooster crowing noise coming from the all-female? house.  Karla also began the second hoop house for the Aurocks - the second group of chicks we hatched and  Emily and Holly finished the house with nettings tied in many places. All of the chickens seem to be enjoying their roomier accomodations.  Robin mowed the grass today putting in many miles and hours while retracing her steps through the wet grass.  It looks great around here.
The animals don't seem to mind the rain.  They have shelter to get out of the rain, wind to keep the bugs at bay, and a lot of farmers who feed, water and care for them. 

Our harvest buckets are all scrubbed out and ready for the harvest that will start tomorrow morning.  Robin and Gigi and all of the interns and critters are praying for a little Thursday sunshine.  It is so much more fun harvesting, processign and packing your shares when it is not raining!  We look at weather predictions but trusting in any prediction beyond 48 hours seems to be less accurate than more.  So we keep our raincoats handy, keep our eyes on the clouds searching for sun and continue to farm and harvest through whatever comes. 

Until next week.   Robin

What's in Your Share This Week
Mei Qing Choi  Bok Choi
Green Onions
Salad Mix including:
mustard greens
swiss chard
bulls blood beets
pea shoots
garlic scapes


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.