Meet Larry & Mary Kay Arnold!
"Healthy Soil = Healthy Food "
This is Arnold Acres third year as a member of BFBLN!
During his 30-year career as an employee at the USDA/NRCS, Larry learned the importance of soil health in raising healthy plants. Sustainability means different things to different farms, but at Arnold Acres, sustainability means maintaining diversity of life in the soil is the key to sustaining the production of fruits and vegetables. To help protect the soil, Arnold Acres uses low inputs (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides) or naturally derived inputs to grow their plants. The NRCS has numerous resources to learn more about soil health.
Arnold Acres offers:
- Diversity of vegetables
- Uncommon fruit varieties of jams & jellies
All products from Arnold Acres are harvested on their acreage. Mary Kay makes delicious jams and jellies out of hard to find fruits grown on the farm like aronia berries, chokecherries, gooseberries, elderberries, and saskatoon berries. Haven't heard of some of those fruits? Check out Arnold Acres Jams & Jellies webpage. The saskatoon berry jam is a BFBLN favorite!
Why Locally Grown Food?
"I truly believe that when people go to the grocery store to buy fresh fruits and vegetables they are not getting good value. We can produce a product on Arnold Acres that is fresh and locally grown. It used to be important to buy locally and I think we need to get back to that as a society." Larry Arnold
Where to Find Arnold Acres:
- Syracuse Farmers Market Saturdays 8-10:30am
- Papillion Farmers Market Wednesdays 5-8pm