Within an hour of the Twin Cities rests an idyllic farm perfect for couples looking to say “I do” against a “country luxury” backdrop. Located on Tacoma Road just off Highway 7, privately owned Ashery Lane Farm opened its doors as a venue with a soft opening in November 2018.
The owners built a barn on the property for the purpose of hosting weddings and events and brought in D’Amico Catering, a long-time ally to the GLBT community, as exclusive caterers to coordinate events in the space. The brand new pull barn features all the luxurious style that modern couples are sure to love, from expansive chandeliers to a stone fireplace.
“The attention to detail of that space is what I love about it,” says Rachel Bruzek, D’Amico Catering’s design and culinary manager. “It’s not so high-end that people would be afraid to go there, because it still has a very comfortable feel to it. [It’s for] any couple that wants to have a barn experience with a little touch of luxury and you don’t have to spend a lot of money on décor in that space.”
The big day can be customized to your liking, even including dogs in outdoor ceremonies. Twelve-hour bookings from noon to midnight provide plenty of time to capture photos, say “I do”, and dance the night away. (Note: city ordinance requires music to end by 11 p.m. and all vendors out by midnight.)
The space is available to host any and all wedding events, from rehearsal dinner to the ceremony and reception, along with any kind of social gathering you can think of, including corporate events.
“Harvest Hall has great cocktail reception space,” Bruzek says. “If you wanted to move from space to space and then into the Grand Barn, that works really well. You can have any kind of a backdrop!”
With space for 300, plus free and ample parking on-site, Ashery Lane Farm makes things easy for wedding guests. But being a D’Amico property means it’s easy for the couple too: food, beverages, table linens, napkins, china, flatware, glassware, table numbers… it’s all included! And with suites in both the Grand Barn and Harvest Hall (which overlooks the ceremony location), couples don’t need to worry about getting ready off-site and rushing to Ashery Lane for photos.
Named for the owner’s children, Ashton and Avery, the farm is located on a working orchard for a truly unique atmosphere. “If you think about May and how beautiful apple blossoms would be out on those trees, I mean it’s just a fairy tale,” Bruzek says. “In the fall, they sell the apples. So, it’s not like people are coming out to pick apples, but if it’s in the season and you want that experience, certainly we can set that up.”
The 20-acre orchard, located on some of Minnesota’s finest soils formed by glaciers 10,000 years ago, is home to 12,000 apple trees. With close proximity to the University of Minnesota’s Horticulture research center, the farm shares identical climate and growing conditions, allowing them to produce many of the university-developed apple varieties, including SweeTango and Honeycrisp.
Apples aren’t the only produce from the university grown on the property. Ashery Lane Farm’s vineyards consist of two important varieties introduced by the University of Minnesota: Frontenac and Itasca. The vineyard is planted on an old dairy pasture, providing fertile soils for the grapes that are sold to Minnesota wineries close by.
What originated as a family-operated apple orchard and vineyard has found its calling as a premier event venue. Couples will find that city meets country at Ashery Lane Farm—it’s a stone’s throw away from the Twin Cities, but feels like a private enclave of countryside elegance.
Ashery Lane Farm
Guests: 300 seated
Starting at $3,000 (with additional food and beverage minimum)
Available for: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
5480 Tacoma Ave.