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Nelson Produce Farm offers fall fun, smaller crowds

Posted at 6:30 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 19:30:04-04

VALLEY, Neb. (KMTV) — Finding fall fun, while skipping the crowds is possible in the metro. Nelson Produce Farm in Valley has a good selection of pumpkins, gourds, and produce.

“Over two acres of tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, eggplant," Pam Nelson, Nelson Produce Farm Owner said. "I don’t want people to think veggies are gone, they’re still here. Until the end of the month, we should have quite a few of them.”

There's lots for the kids to enjoy.

“We are a real working farm so we don’t have a ton of things but just enough to keep busy and let the littles run around in the great fresh air,” Nelson said.

The Nelson's four daughters have tested and approved all of the activities.

“The slides are their personal favorite right now,” she said. “We’ve got tube slides you can go down individually and then we’ve got a wider slide that you can go down on gunny sacks.”

There are bike races, train rides and even goats you can feed.

Abbey Jackson brought her kids out to the farm Friday afternoon.

“We love the simplicity and the space out here and just being able to run free and be creative,” Jackson said. “They were playing on the tire fort, all kinds of creative games. It’s less stimuli, just fun, open play for the kids.”

Another hit this year is the crafts such as learning to make a corn stalk doll.

Everything is spread out on their 40 acres so there is plenty of room for social distancing.

“We don’t have any inside buildings, even our store is in a pole barn that is three-sided,” Nelson said.

Nelson said the best time to come to avoid the crowd is Thursday and Friday afternoons, but even on weekends she said it's not too crowded because they're operating at half capacity.

“Maybe 500 each day but that is during the 8 hour period,” Nelson said. “There is plenty of space, nobody is just congested to one space.”

You can prepay for your farm pass online and reserve a time slot for your family.

Nelson Produce Farm is open Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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