Gardens & Produce
About the Gardens
The Fishers AgriPark is home to a more than 3-acre garden dedicated to growing fresh produce. In the spring of 2020, Fishers Parks staff planted the gardens, and in June, began hosting weekly giveaways of free produce, including items like kale, cucumber, banana peppers, kohlrabi, potatoes, eggplant, zucchini, squash, green onions and more.
Each row of produce is started from seed or bulb from in a raised bed - a built-up row covered in thick, black plastic for weed control with a dedicated irrigation line for daily watering.
Inside the High Tunnel
A high tunnel is similar to a greenhouse in that it’s helping us extend the growing season, keeping plants and food safe from frost or the occasional cold spring day, and it increases the heat inside on sunny days to mimic warm spring and summer days.
A high tunnel is different from a greenhouse because it serves as a hybrid between totally enclosed growing space and an open field. In a greenhouse, plants are grown on benches and shelves and in raised bed kits, but in a high tunnel, crops are often grown directly in the soil or in raised beds.
This year, out 3,000-square-foot high tunnel helped us grow and harvest early crops of tomatoes and peppers.
What's growing on the farm?
Jade Green Beans
Jade Green Beans are slender, deep green pods are exceptionally tender and delicious. Large, upright plants keep beans clean and straight.
Blue Lake Green Beans
Blue Lake Beans are prolific plants that feature 5- to 6-inch-long, straight, stringless snap beans on 24-inch-tall bushy vines. This heirloom green bean, like other bush and pole beans, is an easy-to-grow annual, thriving in your garden over a single growing season.
Chioggia Guardsmark Beets
Chioggia Beets are a striking Italian heirloom variety with light-red, smooth round roots and bright pink and white alternating rings inside. These sweet beets (pronounced kee-OH-jee-ah) are about 5cm (2") in diameter with mild green leaves and pale red stems.
Solo Beet is a hybrid, monogerm variety with dark red, uniformly round roots. Beets are naturally a multigerm seed variety. This means that each seed contains embryos for multiple (usually 2-3) plants.
Millennium is a highly adaptable, crown cut type yielding high-domed heads with very small beads and exceptionally uniform head maturity. It has a round shape, good heat tolerance and less side shoots.
Jade Cross Regular Brussel Sprouts
The plants are more compact than other varieties, which makes them less subject to wind damage. Its early maturity allows for later planting when cooler growing conditions are more favorable.
A carrot with long, smooth, dark orange roots with a small core. Resists cracking. Strong top with good leaf blight tolerance.
Cone-shaped, 6 1/2–7" long roots with good eating quality from summer or fall harvest. Stores well. Performs especially well in shallow, heavy, or rocky soils where growing longer carrots can be challenging.
Minuteman is an early hybrid for summer and fall harvest with large, dense, uniform heads that have a good color, providing this variety with high marketability potential.
Temptation Sweet Corn
This SE hybrid has tender, very sweet kernels. Temptationhas good tip fill, husk cover, excellent cold-soil seedling vigor and has demonstrated high yield potential.
Ambrosia Sweet Corn
Ambrosia isn't just a name, it's the perfect description for this white and yellow checkered sugar-enhanced sweet corn. The 8" long ears on 6 1/2' tall plants are plump, sweet and ready for summer picnics.
Catalyst XR Sweet Corn
Catalyst XR is the earliest super sweet on the market. Catalyst XR has admirable ear size, strong tip fill, as well as outstanding kernel color and sweetness. This hybrid is perfect for early fresh markets and shipping.
Silver Queen Sweet Corn
The most well-known name in sweet corn. Silver Queen is the popular late-season variety with tenderness and flavor worth waiting for.
Hansel Egg Plant
Hansel was bred by an eggplant lover. Young Hansel eggplants have very few seeds and is tender and non-bitter.
Gizmo produces its fruit on bush type plants that take up much less room in the garden. The winged, hard-shelled gourds, 3 to 5 inches tall and 6 to 8 inches wide come in a variety of colors and combinations including dark green, orange, yellow, light green, and white.
Goblin Eggs Gourds
Small, fall-colored, egg-shaped gourds. Egg-shaped gourds in a mix of yellow and green bicolors add an interesting dimension to fall markets and displays.
Autumn Wings Large Swan Gourds
A unique gourd of many colors with wings, warts, and with the fruit shape of a swan gourd. Its bulb size is 2 1/2 or 3" in diameter with a neck up to 12" long. A grand addition to our other fancy ornamental selections for the ornamental trade.
Black Magic Kale
Black Magic is a well-maintained selection of Toscano kale with long, narrow leaves for attractive and tall, straight bunches. Dark blue-green leaves with beautiful savoy. Lacinato or "dinosaur" type kale.
Grand Duke Improved Kohlrabi
Semi-upright and vigorous plant with healthy green leaves. Bulb is very smooth, light green color and semi-globe shape.
Jambalaya Okra is a hybrid variety that is the most productive we’ve ever tried. Plants produce heavy yields of green pods that are great for pickling, frying, and stewing.
A must-have main season variety with heavy yields of juicy, thick-walled pods. Multiple disease resistances allow for spring and late season plantings.
Super Sugar Snap Peas
We call these our "Renaissance peas" because of their virtuoso versatility. They're delicious raw, steamed or stir-fried-and you eat them pod and all.
Sweet Banana Peppers
Named for its banana-like shape, this variety bears sweet, mild banana peppers that mature from yellow, to orange, and then to crimson red. Banana peppers are great for frying and pickling, and are an excellent choice for making pepper rings for sandwiches.
A talon pepper is a type of jalepeño pepper, producing high yields of fruit that are tolerant and known for being adaptable.
Kopana Summer Squash
Kopana is a dark green zucchini selected for high tunnel production in the spring.
Magda Summer Squash
Magda Squash is a summer squash with pale green skin. It is sort of eggplant shaped
Grand Prize Summer Squash
This green stem straight-neck is a glossy, deep yellow color, producing reliable yields of high quality, 6-7” long fruit.
Celebration Winter Squash
Celebration ranks among the best acorn squashes for taste. Beautifully uniform fruit measure 4 inches tall, 5 inches wide with vivid yellow skin that's highlighted with orange stripes and green speckles. The golden colored meat is smooth, nutty and sweet.
This hybrid is for processing, dehydrating or freezing. The fruit are variable in shape, often curved. The flesh is fine and sweet, dark orange in color. The skin is buff like butternut.
Spaghetti Winter Squash
Also called gold string melon, spaghetti squash is unique among winter squashes; when cooked, the flesh falls away from the shell in strands like spaghetti, and retains a tender, yet al dente, texture. Savory flavor that is delicious, and low calorie, with a simple bit of butter and salt.
Carolina Gold Tomatoes
The Carolina Gold tomato features a unique golden-yellow colored fruit that is low in acid and uniform ripening. This variety is adaptable, and its strong plant produces mostly extra-large and large fruit throughout the season.
The cherry tomato is a type of small round tomato believed to be an intermediate genetic admixture between wild currant-type tomatoes and domesticated garden tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes range in size from a thumbtip up to the size of a golf ball, and can range from spherical to slightly oblong in shape.
Beefsteak tomatoes, aptly named for their large size and meaty texture, have a classic tomato flavor, however, depending upon the variety, they can also be sweet to the taste. They are heavy, reaching weights as high as four pounds, and they range in color from pink, to vibrant red, to orange.
Dixie Red Tomatoes
The Dixie Red Tomato is a delicious hybrid that consistently produces high yields of vibrant red tomatoes with excellent disease resistance. This tomato plant variety produces large, firm, deep oblate-shaped fruits that are great for both market and home gardens.
Parsley is a hardy, biennial that is grown and treated like an annual. It is the most widely grown herb for both garnish and flavoring. There are two distinct types of parsley: moss-curled and flat-leaf. Moss-curled forms a rosette of leaves that are finely cut and tightly curled.
Cilantro is the leaf of the young coriander plant, Coriandrum sativum, an herb in the parsley family, similar to anise. Cilantro is grown in California. Cilantro's taste is a fragrant mix of parsley and citrus.
Basil is an annual herb of the mint family (Lamiaceae), grown for its aromatic leaves. Basil is likely native to India and is widely grown as a kitchen herb.
Rosemary is a perennial evergreen shrub in warmer growing zones (zone 8 and above). Plants can grow to 4-6 feet tall with some varieties having a trailing or cascading habit. Foliage is dark green and needle-like much like a spruce or fir. A white band on the underside gives it a gray coloration.
Dill is a tall herb with fine, feathery foliage. Foliage color can range from dark green to a blue-green. In mid-summer, dill will produce large, flat topped yellow flower clusters with seeds that can be harvested for culinary use.
Mints are aromatic, almost exclusively perennial herbs. They have wide-spreading underground and overground stolons and erect, square, branched stems. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, from oblong to lanceolate, often downy, and with a serrated margin.
Giant Stripes Sunflowers
Giant Striped Sunflower has a giant yellow flower head, up to 2 feet across on a single, tall stalk, up to 12 feet. The large seeds have the characteristic grey stripes. A great choice for producing large seeds and decorative heads.
Field corn has starchy kernels that are used especially as livestock feed or processed into food products (such as cornmeal, corn oil, and corn syrup) or ethanol.
A wildflower is a flower that grows in the wild, meaning it was not intentionally seeded or planted. The term can refer to the flowering plant as a whole, even when not in bloom, and not just the flower.
Carbonado Gold Pumpkins
Dynamic new Rupp pumpkin variety with extremely uniform shape and strong handle. Similar in weight to Bayhorse Gold, with a more rounded shape.
Skidoo Gold Pumpkins
New blocky, heavily ribbed, mid-sized hybrid with powdery mildew tolerance. Improved uniformity and color over comparable varieties in the same weight class.
Goose Bumps Pumpkins
Deep orange pumpkins are round to globe-shaped, about 8 to 12 pounds each with an 8 to 10 inch diameter.
Batwing Mix Pumpkins
Novelty bicolor mini pumpkins. A spooky little Halloween ornamental. Three inch rounded fruits weighing about 1/4 pound each are a unique orange and dark green color when harvested early, becoming fully orange at maturity.
Blue Doll Pumpkins
Blue Doll pumpkin has an exotic blue color to its blocky, deeply ribbed fruit. Large vines produce excellent yields of 15-20 lb. fruit that have a blue colored rind and sweet, deep orange flesh. Blue Doll's flesh is good for pies, soups or canning.
Casperita is a larger mini white pumpkin that also makes a great personal size winter squash. The white fruit have a classic pumpkin shape with deep ribs and a strong, green handle. This attractive pumpkin also has sweet, white flesh that eats similar to Acorn squash.