August 9 – From the Farmer……..
It isn’t much fun harvesting in the rain – but we are so thankful to finally be getting rain again that we are not complaining too much.  Following last week’s irrigation and 3/4 inch of rain on Friday, along with the bit today, our tomatoes and pepper plants are looking much happier and we are delighted not to need to run our drip irrigation around the clock. 

We are also thrilled that the tomatoes are ripening.  We hope you enjoy the Taxi and Orange Blossom tomatoes this week as much as we are.  This would be the time to get ready all your recipes that use tomatoes, because if the hot weather keeps coming, the tomatoes will ripen fast and furiously over the next few weeks.

Our neighbor Tom, whose mechanical ability we rely upon has been methodically tearing apart our Ford 8N tractor and replacing an assortment of parts that have been wearing out.  I guess all the vineyard mowing with the new (used) finishing mower had make our poor little tractor work pretty hard, doing a lot more than we usually ask of it at this time of year. 

Sad news:  one of the five baby chicks hatched  a few weeks ago, drowned in a water bucket this week.  The other four continue to do well with their mother hen.  The two turkey chicks also continue to thrive with their two mother turkeys.  Our Bourbon Red turkey hens are extremely protective of their baby chicks, attacking anyone who comes too close including Willow, our Chocolate Lab dog and neighbor Tom when he comes to work on the tractor. 

The five little pigs continue to grow into big pigs very fast.  They are finally big enough for a feed and feeder that can be filled with many pounds of feed and sifts down as they eat it.  Their automatic water bowl also keeps the pigs happy contented, as do the automatic waterers we now have for all the goats and Pound Cake the calf.

All is well at the farm.  Until next week……………….

 What’s In Your Share this week:
Carrots                        Forto
Sweet Pepper              Gypsy (yellow), Islander (purple)
Hot Pepper                  El Jefe Jalapeno, Hot Banana
Eggplant                      Classic (purple), Galine (purple), Dancer (pink), Thai Green
Radish                         Summer Cross Diakon
Summer Squash          Assorted
Kale                             Red Russian
Onions                         Sierra Blanca
Tomatoes                     Taxi (yellow), Orange Blossom (orange), or Pink Beauty (pink)
Basil                            Genovese
Thyme                         Summer
Beans                          Romano [possibly - if it does not rain on Thursday morning]


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.