Locally Laid Egg Company introduces ag tourism: A vacation for the Farm Curious!
Locally Laid Egg Company is SOMEHOW entering its 10th year of sassy egg-riculture!
To celebrate of anniversary, we created an“AirB-n- BAWK!”-style experience for the farm-curious traveler. Guest Farmers stay in our contemporary, 10x 20 tree house, The Perch – built 6 feet up for an excellent pasture view. The structure is tucked into a grove of trees adjacent to hundreds of chickens and the company’s 14-acre berry farm, Farm LoLa. (Listed on Airbnb – search town of Wrenshall)
Also for folks on a budget, we have a solar bunkhouse, The Nest. This immersive experience structure, located directly ON the pasture, is part living space, part chicken coop. Large windows divide the sections giving guests a “Peep Show” (rated P for Poultry) when bunking with the birds.
The lower price point allows access to future farmers interested in learning, while perhaps easing farm’s crew shortage. Locally Laid also wants the price point to be welcoming to all demographics, including students and veterans.
Amenities for the PERCH include sleeping for four, loft bedroom, kitchenette, fire pit, hammock, outhouse, groovy solar shower and a dozen pasture-raised eggs a day.
Amenities for the NEST include sleeping for three, a solar shower and more to come.
Both offer $6 day pases to the nearby (and gorgeous) Carlton Wellness and Fitness Center.
This “Choose Your Own Adventure” stay can include:
• Feeding & watering pasture-raised poultry
• Freeing the chickens at daybreak
• Moving paddock fencing
- Overseeding clover
• Gathering eggs
• Overseeding clover and spraying the jet-pack waterer
• Washing them with our vintage 1952 egg washer
• Packing them in special “PERCH” logo’d 6-pack cartons
• Working the farm stand at the Farmer’s Market
• Putting the birds to bed – bonus points for singing to them!
• Befriending the old farm dog, Carmen (that’s a given)
• Enjoying a relaxing country cabin
• Biking nearby network of trails
• And, of course, mucking coops. (It’s chicken-shiz-taskic!)
These activities will be listed on a chalk board, If guest farmers completes at least five, they will receive some Locally Laid swag and can sign their name on the wall of fame inside of the cooler: ”Egg ‘artica.”
solar bunkhouse, The Nest. This immersive experience structure, located directly on the pasture, is part living space, part chicken coop. Large windows divide the sections giving guests a “Peep Show” when bunking with the birds at a budget-friendly price point. This will allow access to future farmers interested in learning, while perhaps easing farm’s crew shortage. Locally Laid also wants the price point to be welcoming to all demographics, including students and veterans.
“This would have really helped us when we thinking of starting our venture,” says co-owner Lucie Amundsen. “To have advice on not just farming and running a business, but also understanding the whole distribution and egg’onomic challenges of running a mid-sized farm.
There is a real lack of mentoring in the ag sector, so perhaps this experience will help people clarify that they should move forward with their poultry dreams or it will serve as farm contraception. Either way, it’s valuable information.”
When not tending the flock, the farm’s proximity to bike trails that feed into the Willard Munger State Bike Trail, the charming town of Carlton, Jay Cook State Park (with gorgeous views and swimming holes), St. Louis River and a reasonable drive to the beaches, trails and nightlife of Duluth will make for an active vacation. Or one just lounging by the camp fire.
All these experiences are included with a 2-day minimum stay in the Perch and no minimums for The Nest bunkhouse. Farm stand experiences will be Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.