Hoffbecks say ‘I do’ to changing family farm
By Samantha Bengs
Located just outside of Red Wing on Highway 61, the Hoffbeck family farm has held plenty of special moments on its grounds. For Daryl and Joan Hoffbeck, the three-generation farm was the perfect home for raising their family of four, and now will become the backdrop for a new wedding and event venue business, Legacy Hill Farm.
“When our children had all grown up and moved away, we started to discuss how to share this space with others,” Joan Hoffbeck said. “We have always loved hosting large groups over the years. The venue idea grew as a family venture to do together.”
As the Legacy Hill Farm planning developed, daughter Britni Nordine and husband Carl saw a great opportunity for their young family to return to the farm.
“As our family grew up and the children moved away, our family was left with a choice of either breathing new life into this farm that has meant so much to so many, or ending our story here. The historic farm buildings were in need of repairs. My parents knew that if they stayed at the farm, they wanted to make it into something for other people to be able to enjoy,” Nordine said. “My husband and I decided that it was the right fit for our young family to return to the family farm that I grew up on and join my parents to pour our hearts into building a place where other couples could start their new family legacy.”
The new wedding and event venue consists of the five original farmstead buildings, which have been renovated to highlight the views of the Minnesota countryside.
“The ceremony site overlooks the rolling fields,” Joan Hoffbeck said. “The new pavilion provides a great open-air space next to the barn. The different spaces provide an easy flow from one portion of the event into the next.”
Legacy Hill Farm can accommodate up to 300 guests. The site will host its first wedding later this month.
“We are finding that couples from throughout the Twin Cities area are loving the opportunity to host their weddings in the country on a farm near Red Wing,” Nordine said. “Teenagers that used to attend our barn dances are now returning home to have their wedding day back on the farm.”
Legacy Hill Farm will celebrate it grand opening 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday July 9. The farm will be open to explore, to meet the team, and connect with catering and wedding professionals. For more information on the farm and to RSVP for the grand opening, visit www.legacyhillfarm.com.