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Nelson Produce Farm brings American grown produce to metro in harvest boxes

Posted at 7:05 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 16:07:04-04

Valley, Neb. (KMTV) - Nelson Produce Farm is making it easy for you to get good looking, fresh produce, that's grown in America. They’ve started selling weekly harvest boxes.

Much of their produce will be ready mid-July like peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, green beans; for now, they’re getting produce from farmers in the south.

“We’ve always built a relationship with other farms down south to get their product when it comes in earlier and bring it up here to be able to have fresh product here locally earlier,” Tyler Nelson said.

“We are getting watermelon from a farm in Texas,” Pam Nelson said. “We are getting local stuff here; we are working with Burbach’s Countryside Dairy out of Henderson, Nebraska to get milk. And then Jisa’s Farmstead Cheese out of Brainard, Nebraska to get cheese. And then local farms and chicken farmers around to get fresh eggs so we are doing as much locally as we can.”

Bringing American grown produce to the metro helps other farmers down south who have lost clients due to restaurants closing. The fewer hands produce goes through, the safer it is the, Nelson said.

“Us going and getting produce,” Pam said, "We are able to control what the produce looks like. With us as produce farmers we’re very picky about our produce ourselves for our own family.”

Each week they're hand picking the best produce including watermelon, onions, potatoes, fresh eggs, and local meat and cheese for the harvest boxes.

“We know the families, where all of this product is coming from,” Tyler said. “Try to help them out, at the same time provide for our family too.”

“As the season goes on we will have more of our stuff to put in those boxes,” Pam said.

For every ten harvest boxes picked up at Nelson's Produce Farm, they'll donate one to a local organization in need.

Harvest boxes can be pre-ordered online and they’ll be ready for delivery or pick up on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is the second year Nelson’s has planted strawberries for customers to pick. They have 40,000 strawberry plants that should be ready in June for people to pick.