Nitty Gritty Dirt

Don't Forget Your Bags
It’s been another great week at Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm!   So much field work accomplished, livestock moved, supers added to the bee hives, and still time for a little swimming and printing t-shirts!   We really have a great crew that can work through whatever comes along – hot weather, escapee chickens, woodticks, colds….

On Monday, we sent another group of lambs to market, cutting down substantially on the number of baaing mouths to feed.  It is always a little sad to see them go and a little relief to cut down on the chores.  All the adult sheep are on the back corner of the farm grazing on a mixed legume and grass pasture secure in their new electronet pasture.  The goats and lambs stay closer up to the buildings for safety.   We enlarged the pig pen for the not-so-little pigs to get them some new ground to dig.  It took them about ½ hour to dig up the 16 foot square addition.  We will keep adding on and begin gradually moving them farther away from the barn.  

All of our interns are getting quite proficient at milking the three Saanen does.  Stormy is the biggest challenge as she both gives the most milk and she gets impatient if it takes a new milker too long according to her.   Holly and Liz and Emily are all doing very well and we have had no new milk buckets kicked over. 

We have been using our new cream separator (that we ordered on E-bay from the Ukraine) to separate the cream from the milk.  We made one batch of ice cream that tastes great but lets us know that we probably need a new ice cream freezer.  Our biggest success is making butter.  We’ve made two batches – and it tastes wonderful!  The separator has a special attachment for making butter that works great – you just need to have at least ½ gallon of cream to use it.  This takes us two to three days – depending on how much milk we drink – to get enough milk for that much cream.  We are all pretty excited.

One of our interns, Liz, who incidentally has an art degree created a design for t-shirts for our farm.   Just tonight after we finished prepping the bok choi for tomorrow’s shares, we printed the first run of t-shirts for our crew.  Last week everyone went thrift store shopping to purchase shirts to print.  When you pick up your share tomorrow, and in the weeks ahead, you will be greeted by a farmer or intern wearing one of these original art print t-shirts.  We are hoping that Liz will set up a little business printing them – because we know that many of you will want one for yourself. 

 What's In Your Share
In your share you will get the last of the Mei Qing Choi, a few more green onions, and a bag of Sugar Ann Snap Peas.  You will also get a container of fresh picked strawberries from the TLC Berry Patch in Pine City.  TLC is owned and operated by Robin’s son Lucas.  The T is grandson Trent and C is Carey, soon to be Lucas’s spouse.

We hope you enjoy the strawberries and if you want more, you can stop by if you are on your way north to Wisconsin via Highway 70.   We have plans for strawberry jam and strawberry smoothies.

Until next week. 


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.