Notice the rows of buckets sitting on top of the black plastic in first photo above. The second photo shows peppers growing in the black plastic in the bottom of the buckets that have holes cut in them. This is to protect the young pepper plants from the strong Nebraska winds. As you may recall we have had some pretty strong winds in recent days. These would have probably broken off the young pepper plants.
The Shanks have made significant upgrades in their operation in recent years. The development of this packing shed has really improved the efficiency of their farm. In the last couple of years they have purchased this vegetable washer shown in the two photos above. This really has increased the speed in which they can wash and pack vegetables for the farmers’ markets.
The packing shed is also equipped with a wand washer, sink and stainless steel table shown in the photos above.
You have just completed a short tour of Ellen and Jim Shank’s Paradise in Progress Farm, I hope you enjoyed it. They are also on Facebook “Paradise in Progress Farm”. While they have marketed some of their products at the farm in previous years, this year they are going to do a more extensive marketing of farm produce and products at their farm as they are developing a small farm store. They will still go to a couple of farmers markets, but are located in a good location, just off of Highway 75, just north of Nebraska City in northern Otoe County. If you get a chance stop by their farm, it is a nice place to visit and I am sure they will have something for you soon to take home and eat!