Sunflowers Galore Elizabeth walters

Nelson Produce Farm, located in Elk City, Nebraska, offers views of yellow farmland straight out of a fairytale. It’s easy to say that their first annual sunflower festival, which happened on Labor Day Weekend of 2019, became an easy Omaha favorite.

“The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.” - William Wordsworth

Young sunflowers follow the sun from rise to set every day until maturity, a behavior referred to as heliotropism by the Ancient Greeks. Other plants that move in response to the direction of the sun include several breeds of tropical flowers and leaves.

“Yellow is capable of charming God.” - Lisa Porter

Although the average length of a sunflower seed is just 52 millimeters, by the time the blossom has matured (which usually takes sometime between 70 and 100 days), the flowers are usually 5 to 10 feet tall.

“Almost every person, from childhood, has been touched by the untamed beauty of wildflowers.” - Lady Bird Johnson

At Nelson Produce Farm, picking is encouraged. In addition to sunflowers, strawberries, watermelon, and snow peas are open for all guests to take home with a small fee. The practice of handpicking fresh produce brings an experience that the farmers market simply doesn’t offer.

They were a family of farmers

The Nelson Family’s goal is to allow all families to experience what farm life is like through activities such as pedal track racing, hay bell jumping, and acreage-animal petting.

“One of the most beautiful things about the garden is the anticipation it provides” - W.E. Johns

Although Nelson Produce Farm does not compare in size to the farmers market giants of Aksarben and the Old Market, it still offers quality, home-grown crop available to all guests for purchase. The small town feel of Nelson fosters the feelings of more simple times.

For more photo essays, visit Tea Time at mercymonarchs.org