We all find ways to avoid over-heating.    Some of us  wear water-soaked bandanas around their neck and heads.  Some of us stick our heads under the hyrant and turn on the cooling water.  And all of us carry water bottles that we refill constantly.  Robin gave the interns the day off on Monday.  It was just too hot.  With all that has to be done, that was not an option for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  So instead we worked a split shift, starting at , stopping at and finishing our work day after .  Today, Robin and Gigi and most of the interns spent the afternoon swimming in the Sunrise River nearby.   We spent the afternoon soaking in the rapids, sitting on a chair of boulders and letting the water wash over our shoulders. It was rejuvenating.

Hauling wheelbarrows of wood chip mulch to all of the vine rows was a hot job today but it’s done.  We have a lot of mulch left for the perennial gardens and more vines as we plant them.   The vines look healthy and are even setting tiny bunches of grapes.  Robin picks them off when they appear because the goal of the vines this year is to develop strong root systems and the cute but inedible grape bunches pull away the energy from the root system.

The strong winds from a couple of weeks ago, took down a blue spruce, one of the first trees that Robin planted on this property.  It was sad to see it go but there are some nearby younger trees that will thrive from the sudden access to sunshine.  

We are praying for cooler days.  Even 80 sounds like a cold front at this point.  Hope you are all staying cool.  Enjoy your produce and have a great week.

Until Next Week….


What's in Your Share:

Cascadia Sugar Snap Peas

D'Artagnan and Pink Beauty Radishes
Mixed Salad
Sierra Blanca Onions
Packman Broccoli


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.