The Nitty Gritty Dirt

Your Share this Week

Beans – Jade
Broccoli – Blue Wind, Packman
Potatoes – Norland
Onions – Sierra Blanca
Snap Peas – Cascadia
Kohlrabi – Winner, Kolibri
Radish – Rover
Beets – Red Ace
Chinese Cabbage – The Blues
Green Cabbage – Primax
Summer Squash – Cash Flow, Cavelli, Slick Pick,
                             Spineless Beauty,  Sunburst, President
Cilantro – Santo
Basil – Genovese

What else is there to say?   It is soooooooooooo hot.  It is hot everywhere, but at the farm in the heat, the veggies keep growing, the weeds keep growing, the critters still need to be fed and watered and milked and it is sooooooo hot.    Once again this week, we’ve been splitting up our day, working in the morning as much as we can, then taking off the afternoon and working again in the evening.  Most afternoons, we head down to the Sunrise River for a swim and to sit in the rapids getting a water massage.  It is still hot, but a little more bearable. 

Last Thursday after most of us returned to the farm from delivering your veggies, we first watched the first half of the Harry Potter movie (from netflix) to prep ourselves and then we all went to the air conditioned comfort of the North Branch movie theater and saw the midnight movie.  The movie theater has been one of the top choices for afternoon places for our interns to go to get cool after sweaty mornings and sweaty evenings. 

The weather, like any year is a challenge for the growing of veggies.  The cabbages that were looking so promising, have nearly all gotten some sun scald.  This happens when it rains, the sun shines and the weather is hot.  It makes the tops of the cabbages look like they have been poached, and then as the cabbage continues to grow, the inside of the cabbage has layers of dried – or sometimes not so dried – brown leaves.   We are sending you cabbages this week knowing that many of them will have these layers of scalded leaves in them.  The best way to use them is to cut the cabbage in half, take out the bad parts and use the rest.  We’ve been enjoying a variety of slaws all week using all of the cabbage family- Chinese cabbage, green cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, turnips and radishes.   

All of the rest of the bok choi has begun bolting.   This cool season crop thinks it is too hot and has decided to make a jump start on blooming and producing seed.   So no more bok choy – I  know, I know, some of you are saying YIPPEE!!   

Many of the earliest of the peppers are also showing some sun scald.  Hopefully the weather is going to modify and the later peppers, eggplants and tomatoes will look good.  The cantaloupe and watermelon plants look great with a lot of little melons peeking out of the vines.  And the potatoes – well the potatoes look great and are producing like crazy!

One day old chick, the bird, not Liz
On Monday morning, sweating all the while, we made new enlarged pens for the adult sheep, the turkeys, and the teenage male chickens we call the Barracanas because they are a cross between Aracana and Barred Rock parents.  Everyone seems quite happy in their new bigger pens and it is easier for us to keep enough water available for them.   The Bourbon Red turkeys seem very happy in their forest of huge lambs quarters (a weed) as it gives them shade and food all at the same time.

Good thing we're farmers and not jugglers.  But these were the perfect size to
give potato juggling a try. 
Liz in front of her Yurt.
Small but homey

Emily and her Quonset
Susie's camper..luxury?
Holly's not home today.

Robin and Emily playing zucchini baseball.....The ball is a potato, the bat is a zucchini. 
Don't worry.  After the game, we put these two veggies in the pig pen, not in a share.


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.