September 8, 2011

What’s in your share:

Onions:  Sierra Blanca (white), Walla Walla (yellow), Red Zeppelin (red)
Potatoes: Yukon Gold
Watermelon: Sunshine (stripe - yellow), Starlight (stripe - red),  New Orchid (stripe – orange), Mickey Lee (pale green - pink), Picnic (green oblong – red)
Pepper Sweet: Carmen, Gypsy, Islander
Pepper Hot: El Jefe Jalapeno, Serrano del Sol
Tomatoes: Paragon (red), Pink Beauty (pink), Taxi (yellow), Orange Blossom (orange),
Green Zebra (green), Austin’s Red and Beam’s Yellow Pear
Collards: Georgia
Okra: Cajun Beauty
Herbs: Bouquet of Dill, Sage, variety or Basils, Garden flowers
Surprises:  cucumbers, summer squash, eggplant, cantaloupe, honeydew melon

From the Farmers………
What glorious weather!  Starting this week, we have shifted our farm day to begin at as it is so wet in the fields earlier.  The goat still gets milked and other livestock fed at , but field work doesn’t begin until 9 – time to have another cup of coffee! 
Even with the glorious weather and the continuing abundant harvest, it is a bittersweet time of year.  Every week, our intern crew gets smaller as interns leave to return to college or go on to other ventures.  This week, we bid goodbye and wish the best to Susie and Holly.

We had a couple of wonderful days at the Minnesota State Fair.   Our excuses – if we really needed them – were that we took Holly to the airport on Friday morning and we figured as long as we were already in town, we’d go to the fair. We had a really good day eating and wandering through the Creative Activities building (getting ideas for knitting projects for winter), the Horticulture Building – especially the Mn. Winemakers wing, and the Dairy Goat barn.  However, we realized that the majority of the Dairy goat show was not until Saturday, so we figured, what the heck, and we went back to the fair on Saturday so we could watch the Saanen Dairy goats being shown. 

Our excuse for this is that we have been looking for a new herd sire for our growing Saanen dairy herd.  We think we found the perfect herd  and will soon be making a trip to just north of St. Cloud to look at a couple of potential buck kids.  We will do this soon as we want to have our does give birth and begin producing milk by the first of March.  This means we will need to breed them by October 1.  Gestation for goats is 145 days.  We are pretty excited about the small dairy we will be beginning next spring.

The farm really looks like fall.  Just today, we pulled out all the summer squash plants that have completely quit producing, and ripped up the plastic mulch.  On Monday and Tuesday, we harvested all the rest of the onions and spread them out on shelves all along the sides of one of the big hoop houses to cure.  It’s a LOT of onions!   The sweet corn is also done and soon we’ll be fencing the sheep into that part of the field to graze on whatever is left of the corn.    They have been grazing on the Ambrosia and Sugar Buns fields and have eaten everything including the weeds!  

Our pigs continue to enjoy eating a lot of cracked cantaloupe and honeydews and watermelons.  We know why our pork is the sweetest tasting around!   And our broiler chicks are huge, ready for the freezer.  The year is winding down………….


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.