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Project Update: Seeds Farm

We’ve been working on a really cool project and we are excited to share the progress with you! Seeds Farm is a vegetable farm located in Northfield, Minnesota. The produce locally grown, pesticide free, and nutrient dense food. They grow their food using sustainable farming techniques, hard work, sunshine, and good earth. Seeds grows over 100 varieties of vegetables to sell wholesale.

This build has tons of unique features including Structurally Insulated Panels or ‘SIP’s’ for short, in-floor heating, custom cabinets, a full kitchen, a huge cooler in the packaging area, steel siding, Marvin Windows, vaulted ceilings, and a really unique crows nest with incredible views! The floor is all concreted, and roof has 6 skylights. The East side of the building has a Portico roof and the West side of the building has a patio with a future Pergola planned.

Stay tuned for more updates from our team!

New Project: Keepsake Cidery

Local and community are two big things for us here at NCC, so we are excited when we get to work on a project with a partner who has the same local vibes. We are happy to announce we are working with Keepsake Cidery on their new tasting room!

Keepsake Cidery uses 100% apple and a natural process to create their cider. They work with local vendors, like Ableman Apple Creek Orchard in Faribault, MN. Creating their cider is a process very similar to making white wine, in fact, you could switch apples for grapes and it would be wine! Their cider is aged for up to 12-15 months, sometimes more or less before they are released. Being a farm cidery they are able to self-distribute and can be found in about 125-140 locations between Blaine and Rochester, MN. They love working with partners, but their true passion is serving it right at their farm – right at their source. That’s why this tasting room is so important to Keepsake Cidery, Nate, Tracy, and their family who live on this farm with their two kids and dog, Burt.

The tasting room features large windows by Marvin Windows & Doors that let in a lot of natural light. Wood accents are in the process of being stained and finished by Nate and his team, while NCC works on other components. The walls, who were partially painted by Nate and Tracy’s two kids, are two-tone with a large chalkboard above the bar area for their menu. The bar which is currently under construction will feature a large red oak natural wood slab as the top. The outdoor space will have a cement floor and feature an overhang to protect you from the elements and Edison lighting to set the mood – it’s a great outdoor space. Think Irish Pub meets Minnesota Farm.

We want to be a cidery and toasty farm – that is what the English call grilled cheese sandwiches. The menu is still in the planning stages. Simple by nature, made by nature. Local farms first, they are working with local bakers for bread and other local vendors for cheese, and turkey from Ferndale.

How did Keepsake Cidery begin?

“My dad was in the air force, none of my family was in agriculture at all. And I just really wanted to start farming, so in 2005 once I did, I realized I wanted to do apples. At the same time I was experimenting with fermentation and the rest fell into place. Now here we are, 13 years later!”

What has it been like working with NCC?

“Chris is fantastic, they’ve been great. We were referred by friends, we wanted someone we could trust and would do a good job – which we found with NCC. Our friends who have worked with them had only good things to say – including Seeds and Imminent Brewing.”

Keep checking the Keepsake Cidery Facebook for more updates on their official grand opening!


New Project: Reunion

Here at Northfield Construction Company, we get to be a part of a lot of fun projects. And this is no exception! We are excited to announce that we have been working on the remodel for the new Reunion located in the old J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘N’ Stein in downtown Northfield. The Reunion will feature two bars, two patios, a restaurant with a wood-fire grill and an entertainment or event space.

Stay tuned for more updates from our team!

Ask the Contractor: What’s the Difference Between Renovations vs Remodels?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a renovation vs a remodel? We asked Chris Kennelly to help explain to us what the difference is between the two:

Renovating is making the existing structure better or modernized.

Remodeling is introducing a change into the flow of the space.

But, what does that mean?

For example, in your kitchen if you’re not going to move where the sink is or the island and you are just going to replace the cabinets and flooring, you aren’t making any structural or flow patterns to the space – that is renovating. Renovating is really working within the confines of the existing structure and just bringing it up to speed.

If you didn’t have a kitchen island and you are now going to put one in, we are re-routing plumbing and changing how the space works – that is remodeling. Remodeling would also be if you are taking a wall down to make two rooms work together, essentially changing the design and flow of the space.

If you’re looking to start a potential Remodel or Renovation, give us a call at 507-645-8975! Or contact us Here.

A Message from Otto: What I’ve Learned Living with Alpacas for 3 Months

Hi, Otto here. Recently, my mom and dad brought home some new friends – the alpacas. I’m going to tell you what I’ve learned living with them for the past three months:

  1. Don’t chase them right when your mom brings them home. Don’t run them around and get them all tired out. Your parents don’t like that and you’re gonna get in trouble.
  2. They poop a lot. And all over the place. So try to stay out of their grassy area, avoid it as much as possible. And definitely do not eat it.
  3. When you’re having a ruff day, and feeling a little rascally, you don’t need to go in there and chase them around (back to point number one). That is frowned upon.
  4. They are pretty nice creatures, they don’t really do much. They sit there and look at you, and I look back at them. We communicate by looking at each other and then we leave each other alone (for the most part).

Life on the farm with the alpacas is good !