Dairy Farm, Hair Salon Are Unique Campground Features

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May 10, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Aerial view of Harvest Farm Campground, Harmony, Minn.

Harvest Farm Campground was established in 2001 on the banks of the Upper Iowa River near Harmony, Minn., and on the land that once served as pastures for a family dairy farm.

Dave Ferrie, a member of that family, created a new vision for his land and developed a full-service campground and resort, now complete with log cabins, restroom and shower facilities and many indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities.

One of the focal points of the campground is the historic dairy barn, where one can now find a convenience and gift store, a recreation room full of games and activities and a full-service salon, the Mable Harmony News-Record reported.

Ferrie said he is looking forward to a busy summer and lots of sunshine. He stressed that the store offers a variety of products, including groceries at a reasonable price, beer, bait and gift items. "We are convenient," he added. "We're out in the middle of nowhere, but we have reasonable prices. If people forget something, we are likely to have it and they don't have to drive to Harmony or Cresco to get it."

One of the specialty lines that the store carries is a line of Murmurwood Soaps and soy candles. These all-natural products have been very popular and the candles burn clean, Dave added.

His wife, Jill, said that she feels Harvest Farm Campground Resort, which was rated four stars by Woodalls, offers things for every type of camper. "We want people to come and utilize all the features we have to offer," she added.

Those features include a newly developed recreation room in the loft of the barn, featuring a computer station, kids' play room, pool table, foosball table, ping-pong and other games to keep kids and families entertained.

Of course, there are many outdoor opportunities as well, including fishing, canoeing, hiking, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, playgrounds and lots of lawn.

The store, which is also open year-round, operates from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week.

Both Dave and Jill Ferrie are dedicated to making their guests feel welcome. "Anyone who walks in the door should feel like they belong," Jill added. "Dave built the campground around family and people will be attracted to that."

As for the salon, La Bella Beautique provides "big city services . . . out in the country" and stylists Jill Ferrie and her daughter, Lydia Pacheco, are anxious to pamper their customers while providing them with a new look or treating them to a spa day with "all the fixings."

Jill, an instructor at Northeast Iowa Community College, explained that she has always been a stylist, no matter what else she has done in her life. "I always have to have my hands in hair," she said with a smile. "When I see hair, I see design."

She added that being a stylist allows her to be professional and social at the same time. She loves the time she spends with her clients and finds great satisfaction in knowing that what she does makes people feel better about themselves.

Her daughter, Lydia, has joined her in this venture and shares many of Jill's talents, while also bringing new services to the salon such as permanent cosmetics and professional hair extensions.

Jill and Lydia spent a great deal of time with Dave, planning and designing their dream salon. The chair where they give pedicures was the first item they bought and it was an exciting day, Jill shared!

The salon is bright and cheerful, with special stations for manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and tanning.

"It's perfect," Jill said. "There are very few things I would change."

While creating the salon, Dave, her husband of four years, was actively involved with all the finishing touches. He created cabinets made to order for her and for her specific needs, all while maintaining the integrity of the historic barn.

The salon is a work of love, Jill added, believing that her mission, as well as Lydia's, is to share a part of themselves with their clients. "It's all about the process and the relationships we form," she explained. "We don't have to hurry, but keeping our mission in mind, we can bless people along the way."

She said that the entire Harvest Farm business is focused on family and sharing what they have with those who come to camp or visit them. "We care enough to make sure that people get the most out of the experience here," Jill added.

The salon services include hair design, cuts, styles and up-dos. Chemical services, such as highlights, over-all color and perms are also offered. Hair extension options include glue-in, sew-in or crochet options, complete with a variety of color options!

Nail care options include manicures, acrylics, gels, pedicures and hot stone spa treatments, which Jill admitted were her favorites.

"I could do pedicures all day long," she said with a laugh. "I find it very therapeutic and I love seeing happy feet walk out the door!"

La Bella Beautique also offers spa treatments such as facials, head and shoulder massages, ear candling and waxing. A tanning bed is located in a private room in the loft of the barn and another room provides a private area for clients who are interested in getting permanent cosmetics.

Lydia specializes in the new salon offering, creating permanent lip liner, eyeliner and full lip color. She can also do eyebrows.

This past winter, Jill said she had Lydia do her eyeliner on the lower and upper eyelids and has been extremely happy with the results. She shared that it is "super convenient" and the process was painless.

Lydia explained that she offers a 25% discount for new clients as well as referral discounts.

Jill and Lydia have also selected quality product lines that are still affordable. They offer the Naked Make Up line, which Jill loves, and Chi for nails.

The salon is open year round, Wednesdays through Mondays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. One may call (563) 883-8563 to schedule an appointment.

Jill added that the salon runs monthly specials and those interested can visit their website at for more information.

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