Nitty Gritty News

From the Farmer……..

We are truly entering the abundant season – each time I walk the fields I notice something new ready for harvest – sweet and hot peppers, eggplants, cukes, carrots, and a gorgeous array of summer squash.  It is an exciting time to be a creative cook.  Last week it was a Thai peanut stir fry of peppers, broccoli, onions, summer squash, beans, carrots and chicken over rice. A sprinkle of peanuts and Thai basil – Yum!  It doesn’t feel complicated to be a good cook when the produce is so fresh and abundant and requires so little preparation.  And with all the great on-line sites for finding recipes, it is so easy to find new ways to creatively combine the myriad of veggies in your share each week.

It is also the time in the cycle of the farm season when the work load shifts from planting and weeding and taking care of baby animals - and planting and weeding and taking care of baby animals  – to planting and weeding and harvesting - to a bit of spot weeding here and there, mowing field rows and harvest, harvest, harvest.  The pace slows at least a little and shifts to a larger and larger percentage of our time spent harvesting.  The change much appreciated and often feels more rewarding than the seemingly endless early season work.

It is also the time of year when the time and work involved in taking care of the farm’s livestock gets a bit easier as pigs and chicks and lambs and goat kids grow from fragile babies to robust adults.  On Monday, all of those sweet baby lambs born back in April that are no longer so adorable will be going to the butcher.  Already the dairy goats have been shifted to once a day milking instead of morning and evening, and the baby chicks and pigs no longer need constant attendance.  We are not completely baby-less though, as one of our laying hens hatched five baby chicks just last week.  Sister Oatmeal is proving to be a wonderful mother, spreading her wings and clucking to gather her brood under her wings.  We also just adopted two teenage Muscovy ducks hatched by a neighbor: Palmer and Peregrine will soon have the run of the farm happily eating bugs. 

Our next farm festival will be held in October so watch for updates as we move through the season together.  We would love to see you and have you visit the farm that grows your food!

Until next week……………. Robin

What’s in your share?
Sweet Peppers:  Gypsy(yellow), Islander (Purple)
Hot Peppers:  El Jefe (jalapeno), Hot Yellow Banana (yellow long)
Radish: Summer Cross Diakon
Beans: Romano, Eureka (yellow), Jade (green)
Carrots: Forto
Collards: Georgia
Basil: Genovese, Thai
Marjoram: Zatar
Summer Squash: Sunburst, Elite, Spineless Beauty, Slick Pick, Horn of Plenty
Onions:  Walla Walla


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.