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Looking For A Farm Near Omaha? Check Out Nelson Produce Farm

Agritourism continues to grow in popularity in the Midwest, and I’m seeing it more in Nebraska each year. Visiting a working farm is an example of agritourism, which not only gets us outdoors and active, but more importantly, to connect us with our state’s roots and food system. Our visit to Nelson Produce Farm in Valley, Neb., is a prime example of ag-tourism done right.

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Nelson Produce Farm Quick facts

Location: 10505 N. 234th St., Valley, Neb.
– Season starts June 4, 2024
– Season passes are available for individuals and families.
– Hours: Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Closed on July 4.

Nelson Produce: A farm close to Omaha

I’ve been seeking close-to-home adventures and hidden gems. Nelson Produce Farm fits the bill, being just west of Omaha. Valley is about a 30-minute drive from downtown Omaha, and even closer if you live in West Omaha. It’s not the closest working farm to Omaha, but it still attracts a crowd.

Sign at Nelson Produce Farm in Valley Nebraska

There’s plenty of parking, but it’s all on a field. If your car isn’t designed for off-roading, don’t go on a wet day.

U-Pick produce at the farm

There are two draws to the Nelson Produce Farm: Animals and produce. I’ll start with the produce side since I think it really sets it apart from other farm experiences.

Picking strawberries at Nelson Produce Farm
Picking strawberries at Nelson Produce Farm

We visited in early summer, so strawberry season. The kids decided to pick strawberries, each getting more than a point of bright, juicy berries. While half of the group picked berries, the other passed time riding the trikes nearby and shopping in the store.

Nebraska Produce calendar (weather dependent)

  • Strawberries: June through September
  • Tomatoes: mid June through October
  • Green Beans: June through August
  • Pickling Cucumbers: June through August
  • Lettuce: June through July
  • Peppers (Bell & Jalapeños ): July through October
  • Sunflowers: September
  • Potatoes: October
  • Pumpkins & Winter Squash: October

The Market is a darling little shop selling produce, farm-raised meat, baked goods and a few toys for kids.

The exterior of The Market at Nelson Produce Farm in Nebraska

Nearby, a concession stand sold hot food, snacks and drinks. It was so incredibly hot, that we opted for a refreshing snack of watermelon slices.

The animals at the farm

There were plenty of animals on the farm, but there was a distance maintained between guests and most furry friends. This is a different experience than those who’ve been to Scatter Joy Acres.

Feeding a sheep at Nelson Produce Farm

The goats, sheep, horses, and cattle were in their pens when we visited. You can buy food to feed the adult sheep and goats. For an additional fee, you can also bottle feed the babies.

Inside the barn, families encounter more animals like lambs, pigs, and a bunny. One employee on the farm took Solo, the bunny, out of her cage while we were there, so the kids got the chance to pet her.

He also let my kids know it was OK to pick up the baby chicks. I hope that was OK! I kept telling my kids to not do it, and then he OKed it. So, when you go, maybe ask?

You can, however, get close to the ponies and pet them without worry. They were out in the open.

Baby chick at Nelson Produce Farm

Things the kids will like

So, after animal petting and feeding, and strawberry picking, what else is there to do? Play time. Here’s where they’ll get messy and – fingers crossed – tired.

The first thing kids want to do when they arrive, and when it’s time to leave, is play on the hay bales near the entrance. Several are lined side by side, allowing for a fun running track for kids.

There’s also a tire mountain to climb. This was where our kiddos spent the most time playing.

Tire mountain at Nelson Produce Farm

Your kids may like the digging area, where a bucket, shovels, and a mount of dirt wait for them. My kids are past the digging stage, so we didn’t hang out there for too long. There’s also a mini train, but it was not operating while we were there.

How much time should you plan to spend Nelson Produce?

Current requirements at the farm (due to the Coronavirus) state that guests plan on spending two and a half hours at the farm. On a hot day, that was just about all we could stand anyway.

On a nice day? I could see us spending three or more hours there.

Looking at the chicks at Nelson Produce Farm

How much does it cost?

Admission to Nelson Produce Farm in 2024 is $15 at the gate, and $10 when purchased online in advance. If you go on a festival day, tickets go up $5 more dollars. Children ages 3 and younger are FREE. Season passes are also available for $45 per person, or for families.

Watermelon slices at Nelson Produce Farm

Strawberry picking was calculated by-the-pound. Food prices from $6.25 for kids’ meals and $10.99 for adult meals, to treats from $4-$6. The desserts sounded awfully tempting, like strawberry shortcake, root beer floats, and berries and ice cream. We went the healthy route and opted for gigantic watermelon slices.

FYI: You can buy whole watermelon on the farm to take home. I’ve been told their Black Diamond watermelons are the best.

2024 special events at the farm

If you want a unique experience when visiting Nelson Produce Farm, here is the schedule of special events:

  • June 8, 9, 15 & 16: Strawberry Festival with Baby Animals
  • June 11, July 9, & Aug. 13: Women’s Worship (after hours)
  • June 28: Fourth of July on the Farm (extended hours with a movie and fireworks that night)
  • July 13 & 14: Corn Festival
  • July 26: Slice and Scoop Night for Season Pass Holders
  • Aug. 3, 4, 10, & 11: Watermelon Festival
  • Aug. 17, 24 & 31: Sunflower Festival

Hours vary depending on the festival. Admission may increase from regular admission for some of these events.

Looking for a farm experience near Omaha, Nebraska? Here's what it's like at Nelson Produce Farm in Valley, Neb. From animal encounters and berry picking, there's a lot to do that will keep kids busy for an afternoon!

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Joan beal

Saturday 13th of June 2020

What if we just want to buy produce? What is the price then. No kids


Saturday 13th of June 2020

Oh yeah, I'm pretty sure you can just go to get produce. They also let you order online and it'll be ready for pick-up when you get there.

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