Yes, those wacky egg people had another wild idea...
One does not live by eggs alone. As monoculture takes over
our agricultural system, Locally Laid thought it time to diversify the chicken farm by opening its produce wing — Farm LoLa.
(LoLa is short for Locally Laid and the name of every chicken at the pasture-raised egg farm.)
Farm LoLa is water conscious. We use a rainwater catchment system built off its 40x80 pole barn to capture and reuse rainwater in a 3,500-gallon barrel.
The Amundsens spent last couple summers amending the soil with LoLa’s nutrient-rich droppings and sea minerals (using products with amusing names like “Liquid Squid”) to create nutrient-dense, flavorful berries. The crew planted Boyne, Killarney and Nova varieties – all good eating fruits.
Farmer Jason Amundsen, along with his brother Brian, and other Locally Laid'ers, have been busily adding crops to the 80-acres in Wrenshall.
“Diversification is good for the land and smart business for a farm,” says co-owner Jason Amundsen. “And with Finke’s Berry Farm down the way selling strawberries, there’s been some nice collaboration there. They’ve been very supportive of our bringing other berries to the area.”
A 2 ½-acre blueberry crop is expected to bear fruit in 2019. Also, new-to-the-region are honeyberries, which we picked in June.