Charming and rustic barn event center near Northfield, Minnesota.
Weddings at Goodtree Farmstead
Goodtree Farmstead is a fabulous place to hold your wedding! As a new venue, we have openings available for the 2017 season. With upper barn space that can seat 150 people and outdoor spaces that can accommodate 200+ with a tent, we can help you host the wedding of your dreams. Our pond is surrounded by birch trees and a meandering path to take you and your guests out to our prairie, the perfect location for a cocktail reception or yard games.
The weeping willow tree provides shade and a striking backdrop for your ceremony. On the stage in front of the willow you can exchange vows in front of your guests. Coming soon in summer 2017 is an indoor ceremony site in the lower barn with pews that can accommodate groups of 150+ people.
The Upper Barn is a wonderful space for your event dinner or reception. The adjacent buffet room is easily accessible for your caterer and guests alike. For larger groups, the 30x46' room is best suited for 6' or 8' banquet rectangles but can also hold 60" banquet rounds as well. After clearing some of the tables away, use our sound system to dance to your band or a DJ while the disco ball spins above.
Cafe lights are strung from the beams, but you can add your own touches to the natural decor as well. Just take down all nails, tacks, and tape before you leave the property. Open flames, confetti, glitter, bubbles and silly string may sound fun, but they could harm our heritage barn. We have plenty of suggestions for fun decor--just ask!
We have a fun bar space set up for your convenience. Ask us about hiring a licensed bartender for your event.
How big is the barn?
The upper barn reception area is 46x30'. It can hold about 150 guests at a seated dinner or 175 for a cocktail reception. It also has an adjacent room for your food buffet or a stage area for your band or DJ.
Can we use a tent?
Yes, you may add a tent near the barn or in the prairie by the pond. The space near the barn will fit a 20x30' tent and the prairie can accommodate a 40x60' tent. Our rental contract provides chairs and tables for up to 200; additional tables and chairs can be rented through an approved rental company.
What is thebathroom situation?
We have extra clean porta-potties available near the barn for your convenience. You will have access to the farm house to get ready and will have a full bathroom.
Do you provide tables and chairs?
We provide tables and chairs for up to 200 guests. The chairs are deluxe white folding chairs and tables are both 6' & 8' banquet rectangles. A small number of cocktail tables are also available upon request. Should you want linens for the tables, we can recommend a rental company.
What about parking?
We have parking on-site for about 40 cars. Goodtree Farmstead is in the middle of farm country and tractors and other large vehicles travel down our roads, so we ask that you do not park on the road. We recommend a shuttle to Northfield for the convenience of your guests as well as parking ease. Upon booking, we will provide you with contact information and details for the shuttle.
Do you have a caterer on-site?
We have several catering companies we can recommend to you, from local Northfield establishments to Minneapolis/ St. Paul favorites. Feel free, however, to use the caterer of your choice.
Is the barn heated?
No, we do not have any heating systems in place in the barn. We can help you rent pole heaters for your event if you would like. We have two large barn fans available for warm days.
What about a sound system?
We have our own sound system with speakers, a PA, and microphones. Your play list works well when plugged into our system in the barn.
Do you have a projector and a screen?
We have a projector available for rental. We use a sheet mounted on the wall for movies, slide shows, etc.
Groom's Dinners at Goodtree Farmstead
We specialize in unique events, especially fun evenings such as a groom's dinner. With ample space both indoors and out, the barn provides a fun environment for an easy evening before the big day!
Family Reunions at Goodtree Farmstead
Consider Goodtree Farmstead for your next family reunion! Dinner is served in the barn with plenty of space for your potluck or catered meal. We have plenty of lawn games to set up for the younger and older sets as well. Let us know how many people you're expecting; we'll have your tables and chairs set up and ready to go!
Goodtree Farmstead is located on the original farmstead of a dairy farm dating back to 1897 in Greenvale Township in Northfield, Minnesota. We have 14 acres of prairie, woods and wetlands for you to explore. Birch trees surrounding our pond lead you to our upper prairie, filled with wildflowers, native grasses and milkweed for the monarch butterflies. Dutch Creek also meanders through the farm. Your guests are free to wander the property, chasing frogs or watching the deer settle in for the night. We spray the property for mosquitoes, but occasionally a few sneak in at night.
The farm is over 100 years old and is full of rustic and natural beauty in which to have your photos taken. We have some photographers we can recommend to capture your special day at Goodtree Farmstead. Remember: this is a farm. Bring other shoes to walk around the property and carry your heels with your for the photo shoot.
Contact us if you'd like to have your photo shoot or graduation photos taken at Goodtree Farmstead.
Meet the Boys
Meet our farm friends, Olaf the llama and Randy the goat!
Olaf is our resident body guard at the farm. He is always on the look out for any kind of trouble that could be approaching his best buddy Randy. He likes to eat lots of hay, apples, carrots and his morning ration of sweet grain.
Randy takes his role of little buddy seriously, sometimes making laps around the animal pen to help Olaf maintain his boyish figure. He likes to be right next to Olaf, whether sleeping or eating hay. He's not an adventurous eater-- only hay, grain or a little bit of celery for this little guy.
Both boys have said that they're happy to pose for photos with you on your special day, especially if you have an apple in your pocket.