By Jen Bakken
MONTROSE, MN There’s a hidden treasure on a dead-end gravel road between Delano and Montrose.
Nestled on 43 acres along the Crow River is Natures Nest organic farm and bed and breakfast.
A visit to this beautiful and peaceful place could immediately relieve stress, and one may never want to leave.
Area residents will have the opportunity to not only enjoy Natures Nest and its surroundings, but celebrate fine local artisans at the fourth annual art festival and farmers market this weekend Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For many years, Catherine Rose owned a landscaping business, and as a single mother, she purchased the Montrose property.
“Wow it was tough in the beginning,” she remembered. “Talk about being a poor, busy single mom but I knew what this place could be and it’s all been worth it.”
While she was working long hours and tending to her two children, something brought her busy life to a halt back surgery.
During her recovery, Rose had a lot of time on her hands to reflect on her life, and set some new goals.
In 2000, she opened a bed and breakfast on her farm. Visitors are greeted by Rose, her husband of eight years, Don Davies; cats, horses, sheep, chickens, and a dog.
There are two places to stay; one is a suite in their home complete with a bedroom, living area, fireplace, private bathroom with a double massage tub, a private screened-in porch, and two separate entrances.
A rustic log cabin over looking the prairie and a pond is the other choice. With a screened porch, sun shower, wood stove, loft, and skylights, visitors can truly get away from it all.
While staying at Natures Nest, one can canoe on the river, walk through the colorful gardens, nap in a hanging bed, and even soak in an outdoor tub.
Rose also works as gardening coach, something that she feels is a new concept in the landscaping world.
“I teach people the skills to create and do what they want,” she said. “Kind of like a life coach I work with them so they not only know how to do things on their own, but why, as well.”
Her creativity doesn’t end with the outdoors as she also does quilting, weaving, artsy welding, and other crafty things.
Now that her children are grown, she is also excited to become a grandma in September.
Those attending the family-friendly Natures Nest art festival and farmers market have many fun things to look forward to such as food, activities for children, live music, and about 70 vendors with local products.
“A local Boy Scout troop is helping with parking, and a Girl Scout troop is doing games,” Rose said. “There’s a zip line run by Camp Idahupi.This place will be full of fun you just have to experience it.”
Natures Nest hosts fourth annual art festival and farmers market
Celebrate fine, local artisans at the fourth annual Natures Nest art festival and farmers market Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for the family-friendly event. Natures Nest is located 5412 Brighton Ave. SE, Montrose.
Scheduled events include:
- Tractor pull Sunday at 1 p.m.
- Live music
- About 70 vendors featuring local art and locally grown flowers, fruits, vegetables, and prairie plants.
- Ride the zip line
- Pony pictures and milk a goat
- Giant slingshot
- Gunny sack races and other games at noon both days
- Live demonstrations
- Poetry and story telling in the garden and much, much more.
For more information, visit www.naturesnestfarm.com