Arnold Acres

Welcome to Arnold Acres, which is located near Syracuse, Nebraska!

We are passionate about growing healthy foods in a sustainable manner. We grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and produce our own jams and jellies! In addition, we provide Edible Landscaping Services, Tree and Shrub Pruning, and Windbreak Planning and Planting Services.

Larry has had a passion for growing things since he was a young boy, in this mother's garden. He has more than thirty years of experience in the field of soil science with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. He is pursuing his passion to provide healthy food to local communities using sustainable methods. Mary Kay is the creative one! She loves making jellies and jams in our kitchen from the fruits of our combined labors.

Stop by and visit with us at a Farmer's Market near you! Come to see and taste for yourself, how Healthy Soil = Healthy Food!


The Adaptable and Diverse Green Bean

There probably is not another vegetable that is as widely grown worldwide and has so many varieties as the bean.  Worldwide there are over 40,000 varieties of beans.  This would include 3 different types of beans; pod beans, horticultural beans, and shell beans.  In this feature article we are going to talk about the local favorite green bean, which is a pod bean.

The genus species for the green bean is Phaseolus Vulgaris. Besides green bean they are also called string beans, snap beans, bush beans, and pole beans.  Green beans grow in low bushes and also on long runners called pole beans. They are harvested and used before the bean matures in the pod, unlike pinto and navy beans which are shell beans.  You will see these beans in green, purple, yellow, red, or streaked colors.
There is an obvious reason why these beans have been called string beans in the past.  Before the string was bred out of them, the bean had a fibrous thread along the seam that made them difficult to chew and digest.  The first stringless green bean was bred in 1894 in New York.  It must have taken awhile for the stringless variety to take hold as I can remember that tough thread in the green beans my grandmother used to feed us when I was a kid.  She also let the beans grow too big inside the pod which I also disliked.  Not until I was an adult did I grow to love green beans with small to no beans in the pods and no fibrous thread on the seams.

The green bean originated in Peru.  Spanish explorers introduced them into Europe, and traders then introduced them into North America.  They have been around for a long, long time.  Most all cultures consume green beans.  China is by far the biggest consumer and grower of green beans.

Green beans are high in fiber, low in calories, have no cholesterol, have 6-11% protein by weight, and also have valuable vitamins and minerals in them.  They can be eaten raw, grilled, steamed, boiled, stir-fried, baked in casseroles, and pickled.  A favorite Thanksgiving dish is the famous green bean casserole.

For more information about growing green beans in Southeast Nebraska go to the following website:
https://unlcms.unl.edu/ianr/extension/hort-update/Beans1

One trivia question about beans before I end though; What English Fairy Tale featured a seed of and another part of a bean plant?

We are Proud to be the Feature Farm on the Buy Fresh Buy Local Website this Week

It has been a while since I blogged and am finding it difficult to find the time to do it, as we are in the heart of the vegetable garden season in both producing and marketing our jams, jellies, vegetables, and fruits.  Currently, we have available to sell many jams and jellies, green beans, summer squash, cucumbers, potatoes, snow peas, Saskatoon berries (service), pie cherries.   It is hard work but very rewarding in the fact that we are not only bringing in income by doing it but also doing a labor of love.     I will probably do much more blogging in the fall and winter as I have more time.  This week we are proud of the fact that we are the featured farm on the Buy Fresh Buy Local Website.......................
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What is Currently Available at Arnold Acres We Are Currently Bringing to Market

Despite the cold late spring difficulties and now the early arrival of hot weather, we have been able to produce some vegetables and strawberries to take to market.  We started the season out this year in Bennett on Wednesday evenings during the month of May.  Now we will transition to Papillion here on the last Wednesday of May and be there for the rest of the summer.  We took on a new market in Brownville this year on Friday evenings.  The produce that we currently have available for the market are the following; radishes, onions, spinach, lettuce, both snow and snap peas, and strawberries...........
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How Does The Cold Late Spring Affect Gardening in Southeast Nebraska

This spring has been a major challenge in our attempt at Arnold Acres to have produce available for the markets by the 1st week of May.  We are planning to be at the Bennett Farmers Market on Wednesdays for the month of May, and at the Brownville Farmers Market on Fridays  starting the 1st week of May until the end of September.  We will go to Papillion Farmers Market on Wednesdays instead of Bennett starting the 1st week of June,  and be there until the end of August.    Be sure to check out the "Find Us!" section on this website.............
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What I Want to Accomplish With This Blog

I want to introduce myself to you and talk a bit about what I want to accomplish in my blogs. I recently retired from the USDA/NRCS in Soil Survey which gave me a real insight into soil science and the importance of our soils in our everyday life...
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