I've been wanting to check out this pizza farm in Northfield for a few years now. They are only open on Wednesday's and every 3rd Sunday. It just never worked with our schedules to go. When deciding what to do for dinner I remembered they had just opened for the season again.
Got a phone update and didn't want to make dinner. So, Red Barn Farm seemed like a good choice. Finally Brooke checked this off her list.
They have tables but you are free to sit anywhere you want on the lawn too.
It was the perfect day to enjoy the lawn.
They supply the pizza and you have to bring everything else, including dinnerware. They do have a small shop with a couple sodas for sale, otherwise its BYOB.
The pizza is the wood fired variety that's oh-so-popular these day. Not complaining, it's good.
Scott thought the pizza was average but it was delicious.
No, I didn't think it was average. It's just run-of-the-mill these days. Would go back.
The kids were excited to run around between slices.
We also couldn't pass on the dessert pizza - rhubarb.
This was my favorite of our three pizzas.
I think Theo agreed.
Sometimes I'm a good dad, I suppose.
The line to order pizza had gotten much longer since we'd ordered.
Since we were in the area we checked out Caron Park. There was only one other car in the parking lot when we arrived.
I wanted to check out downtown Northfield, but this was an OK second choice.
This park has, you guessed it, a waterfall!
Now that everything has bloomed and the woods are green again it felt more magical.
It really is a cool little waterfall. Not sure if the pictures did it justice.
The rest of the family crossed the stones, but I found another way around and met the kids up the creek.
"I don't want to go to a boring waterfall!" Immediately takes off shoes and has the best time.
They did not want to leave.
A few days later Blake was in town again and this time planned to stay for the weekend.
We were all very excited to have our first guests in more than a year. All of us (apart from the kids) are fully vaxxed. You should be too.
Daniel also joined us after finishing up a job in St. Cloud.
Scott says we have too many bikes, but look we had enough for our guests.
Um, I'm pretty sure I suggested keeping my road bike for guests. You wanted me to sell it. Now, I guess we'll keep it.
We biked back to Wild Mind Artisan Ales for some evening drinks.
This place was packed on Sunday and for a Friday night there was many open tables.
You guys did a good job.
Warm night rides are one of my favorite things. Even better with family and friends.
Meadow got a kid breakfast cookbook, so you know I made one of the recipes for Blake and Daniel.
After deciding what to do for the day we hopped on our bikes again and followed Minnehaha Creek.
If there's water, the kids will play.
Meadow wanted to bring home the crawfish claw that Blake and her found. We didn't want it to rot at home, so a picture it was.
She also refused to touch it with her hands.
Now we were hungry for tacos.
We took Blake and Daniel to Orale. It's definitely our favorite taco place and it ended up being our first indoor meal in forever. Thanks, vaccines.
We have only ever had Orale as takeout. Eating it fresh has taken it to the next level.
Theo agreed. Also order the queso fundido. It's so good. Or the carne asade fries. Either will do.
We were heading towards Minnehaha Falls when Meadow fell off her bike and skinned her knee pretty badly.
So Brooke towed Meadow home. And then most of the way back Meadow took over. What tough gals.
When we returned a couple of our neighbors and I worked on planting our vegetable gardens. Then the kids played outside with the neighbor girl for a good few hours.
We would have photos from our nightcap of burgers and beer at Tap Society, but Daniel was getting chippy about my photo taking. So, you'll just have trust us.
The next morning after some Bogart Doughnuts our guests left us for Ikea. As all our guests do. Before leaving I gave Blake his birthday gift, a new Shop Vac!