Saturday, August 22, 2015

red barn farm~northfield, mn.

last wed. night i crossed another fun event off my summer bucket list.
i was in northfield mn. to be a part of a yard sale, and i went a day early just
to be able to experience a night at the red barn farm.
this farm south of town hosts a pizza night every wednesday in the summer,
and if you're ever in the area, you simply have to make it out there.
not far from town, surrounded by endless fields of corn,
 sits this majestic old red barn. 

i'm not sure how many years this pizza operation has been going, but man do
these people (the white's) have a good thing going.
we went early because my friends have been there several times and 
figured out that if you don't arrive shortly after they open at 4 p.m., you'll be waiting
a long time to eat. we pulled in about 4:30 and it already looked like we 
were parking at the county fair. 
: )

the kids got out and booked it towards the farm site, anxious to see the
critters that live there. there are some horses and a pen full of chickens 
that love the kids as much as the kids love them.

there is one indoor wood fired oven and one outside. it was humid and almost
90 degrees when we were there, so i felt sweaty compassion for
the hard workers cooking for all of us~

the kids discovered grapes growing by the chicken coop and wasted no
time plucking some to feed the happy chickens.

you know me, i totally enjoyed just watching (and photographing) all the groups of friends and
sweet families spread out on the lawn around the farm enjoying their evening.

the white's opened up a little store in the milk house this summer and they sell
more of their home made goods, like yummy looking desserts, jam, salsa and honey.
they sell farm fresh eggs too, but they have to give the credit for these to the hens.

so, if you go out for pizza, you bring your own plates and silverware, blankets, chairs, drinks 
etc... all the farm offers is the pizza and the desserts~ they even ask you to
take your pizza boxes home with you.
christa said one evening when they were there, there were over 500 
pizza's that had been served by the time they left. if you do the math
that's a small goldmine every week. (over $10,000)

christa (with her littlest ben) ran into several friends from northfield.

there was live music in the barn and also a free yoga class going on.
umm hmm~ i told you, it was all just the best!

so, here's the farm's website if you are interested:
*really, it's worth the drive from mpls. some wednesday night*

now i'm switching it up to the yard sale.
christa has a farm share in one of the cool farms around the
nation that grow large amounts of produce and flowers and people can
buy a share and go once a week and get their portion, of whatever is in season.
maggie, christa and i went out and what we were most excited about
was the "unlimited flower picking" that day.
(be still my heart~ and get busy my hands!)

we were having our sale the next day, and when us girls do something 
together, we like to make it we had a plan to put
flowers in anything we were selling that could be used as a vase.

out at the farm, onions were drying as far as the eye could see. i didn't have my
real camera along so i didn't get a good picture of the rows and rows of flowers,
 but trust me when i tell you that we filled the back end of the jeep
with cut flowers and then went home & got busy arranging them.

i loved how christa made our signs and they worked great to
lure people to the sale. lot's of peeps commented that they could not
"not" come to a FUN YARD SALE!

we were up till midnight finishing the signs...and i took this pic of her mantle.

here's a couple shots of the sale set up

maggie used the fence to display some worked like
a charm. anything that was up there sold...then we'd throw another
ensemble together and it would be gone.

it was over 90 degrees that day and there wasn't a cloud in the sky.
we finally just put on some of the props from adria's wedding that i'd brought and soaked
our feet in totes full of cold water~

 i thought i may just melt into the lawn like the
wicked witch, from the wizard of oz...... but
my only causality is the cold sore on my lip.

i could write a whole blog post on the old cowpoke-he was about 80- who showed
up in cowboy boots and sporting this rather enormous belt buckle,
but i'll just tell you one of the many things he said that will have
 us laughing for the next 10 years.
he came to our checkout table with a bunch of stuff, including several
yoga books. maggie said cheerfully as she was bagging it, 
"so do you do yoga?"
he replied "i sure do girls, i am extreeeemely limber,
do any of you want to go dancing with me tonight?"
we (of course) laughed and said, no we're too tired, hot,
"unlimber",  (not even remotely interested) etc... and he said,
"well, what do you think is wrong with my pick up line?

it's: "would you like to dance, or would you rather just snuggle" and 
it isn't working".
i may or may not have said "maybe that's just too creepy"
(hey, i was just trying to help this poor guy.)


we heard him exclaim as he walked out of sight,
"happy yard sale to all, and to all a hot night".

laughter is the best medicine~
xo, beth

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