The Country in the City

When you can buy a dozen eggs at Cub for $1.49, — or two dozen at Sam’s Club for $1.99 — it’s hard to see an economic motive for keeping your own egg-laying hens (garden-variety goldfish seem to pose a challenge for the Kaplan household).

I suppose that leaves purity and quality as an incentive, in which case the applicable alternative would seem to be $4.99 for a dozen free-range, chemical-free eggs at Whole Foods.   

Regardless, at least some folks in Minneapolis proper appear to be dabbling in raising their own hens these days.

“Crunchy?”  Or “Hick?”

I know, because the next question that seems to come up in Realtor circles is, “does the city even let you do that??”  (short answer:  “yes,” subject to some rules, of course).

Apparently, the trend is catching on, because supposedly the City of Golden Valley is now discussing an ordinance governing just this subject.

P.S.:  No word on whether hens are allowed in Downtown Minneapolis.

And yeah, if this trend spreads further, it will confirm what everybody on the coasts already thinks of Midwesterners.

You know what? 


About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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