Review: Longaberger Homestead

by Marcy on September 8, 2009 · 0 comments

L to R: Tricia, Andrea, Jenny, Cortney, Amy, me

Recently I had the opportunity to spend part of my Saturday attending a bloggers event at the Longaberger Homestead in Frazeysburg, OH. I grew up with an appreciation for Longaberger baskets – my mom has a small collection and has contributed to one for me over the years as well. And while I have driven past the Longaberger Homestead many times, I have never stopped -although I have often wanted to.

After our arrival and introductions, we were off to the factory to weave our own baskets! I was most looking forward to this part of our tour because I have always wanted to see how Longaberger baskets are made. I was able to choose from 2 styles of baskets, and also got to choose my own colors and embellishments. The woman who helped me make my basket was awesome – she was extremely patient with me and did a great job of explaining the different steps of how to make my basket. I found the process to be therapeutic honestly – and I’m not the most crafty person!

Hard at work on my basket

After weaving our baskets, we were led on a tour of the Longaberger factory. I had no idea that every piece of material that goes into making a Longaberger basket is made in the USA. I also found it interesting that each basket is made from start to finish by one person. We learned about several of the things Longaberger is doing to improve efficiency and to be more environmentally friendly. It was pretty cool to see how things run behind the scenes, and I was very impressed at how long many of the employees have been with the company – and how they seem to value employee input when it comes to improving their processes.

Our factory tour was followed by an amazing lunch at the Homestead Restaurant. Let me just say that this was down home country cooking at its finest! I am sure that I consumed more than one stick of butter in my meal, but it was fabulous. I felt that the menu was reasonably priced and was extremely family friendly.

In my opinion a trip to the Longaberger Homestead would make for a great day out with the girls – be it family or friends (or both). If you are looking to save money, the Longaberger Homestead offers Terrific Tuesdays which features two for one options, discounts and more. There are new specials every month – read more about it here.

You can also get the husband involved and make a trip of it. Longaberger also offers vacation packages, a golf course and other scheduled events. Get the full scoop on their website here.

The finished product – now home to my daughter’s hair bows

Review Disclosure: My visit to the Longaberger Homestead was complimentary, including my meal and my basket. No other compensation was received. You can view my full disclosure policy here.

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