Pick-Your-Own Heirloom Squash & Pumpkin Patch is OPEN!

Probstfield display

The pick-your-own Heirloom Squash & Pumpkin Patch is now OPEN!  Find your pepo’s (that’s botanical talk for squash and pumpkins) before they’re gone!  The patch will be open the last two weekends in September, and the first two weekends of October.  Find us there from 9:00am to 2:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays.

Sunday Supper on the Farm

Sunday Supper Setting Square
September 13, 2015
4:00 PM ~ 10:30 PM
It’s time to take action, let’s eat! A farm to table fundraiser to be held on the farm. Sunday Supper will be cooked by some of your favorite local chefs in the Fargo/Moorhead area including Mezzaluna/Rustica, Luna, The Toasted Frog, Monte’s, Blackbird Woodfire Pizza and Nicole’s Fine Pastries.
Social hour starts at 4:00pm. $75 per plate.
Proceeds go directly to the restoration of the Probstfield family loghouse.

Harvest Festival & Bonfire

2013-10-13 14.24.35-1Oct 4, 2014 (Rainout date Oct 11, 2014) from 1:00 PM ~ 5:00 PM
Here’s a chance for you and your family to experience harvest time from an earlier era. Pick your own pumpkin patch, wagon rides, farm activities, harvest food treats, and live music. Admission is FREE! Donations accepted at the gate.
Build Your Own Scarecrow-Bring the kids and some old clothes and we’ll provide the straw and the know-how to help you build your very own scarecrow. And don’t forget to pick out a pumpkin head in our patch!
Pumpkin Carving-Search our pumpkin patch for the perfect Jack-O-Lantern, then bring your pumpkin to the carving table to carve out the face! Will yours be spooky, friendly, or silly?

Sunday Supper at the Farm

Let's Eat
A farm to table fundraiser will be held on Sunday, September 7!
Sundy Supper will be cooked by some of your favorite local chefs in the Fargo/Moorhead area including Mezzaluna, HoDo Restaurant, Nicole’s Fine Pastries, and My Name is Yeh.
Social hour starts at 5:30pm.  $55 per plate.
Proceeds go directly to the restoration of the Probstfield family loghouse.

Order tickets via Eventbrite:
Eventbrite - Probstfield Farm Supper

Spring Picnic 2014

Hello Probstfield Farm members, neighbors, and friends!  The 2014 Spring Picnic and Annual Meeting has been rained out today.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, May 22nd from 5:00-7:00pm instead!  Keep dry and hope for warmer temperatures to encourage seedling growth!

The 2014 Spring Picnic & Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 22, from 5:00-7:00pm.

The 2014 Spring Picnic & Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 22, from 5:00-7:00pm.

Vote Gesell in ’44

ray for office

Front and back of a Ray Gesell political campaign card from 1944.
Collection of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County

“It all started as a joke,” Ray said.  One day, while talking politics over beers, two of Ray Gesell’s friends told him he should run for office.  Ray, jokingly, said he would.  Within a few days, his friends were actively campaigning on his behalf.  “I tried to back out and I couldn’t.”

Ray Gesell served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1945-1951.  Again, he found himself following in the footprints of his grandfather Randolph Probstfield, a poor but respected farmer who served as a Minnesota State Senator.

The Long Winter of 1881 and 2013

Probstfield Diary 041874

Excerpt from R.M. Probstfield Diary, 1874~
17 Friday Therm[ometer] 6 A.M. 32°, noon 44°, 8 P.M. 36° A.M. N.W. all day light. mostly cloudy. Thunder in morning. Dark cloudy P.M. Evening rain. Ice run several hours in afternoon and evening. Is gorged now at the Bend here (8 P.M.) River rose 4 feet last 24 hours. Made caves on south side of house
18 Saturday Therm[ometer] 6 A.M. 14°, noon 25°, 8 P.M. 25° About 2 inches of snow fell over night. Wind A.M. NW. Brisk drifting some. Changed to NE. P.M. light. Ice gorged up all the river in sight last night. Broke about noon and cleared out.

First published in 1940, The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, is set in South Dakota during the severe winter of 1880-1881.  Unlike many of Wilder’s other works, The Long Winter contains far less fiction, and is, for the most part, an accurate account of the winter of 1880-1881.  Remembered in history as “The Snow Winter,” frontier towns were left isolated and without food or supply shipments when deep snows made the Chicago and North Western Railway impassable for trains until the spring thaw.  The frequent blizzards and deep cold set several records for temperatures and snowfall which stood until now.

This month, those records were shattered.  Not since 1881 have temperatures in April failed to rise above 50 degrees Fahrenheit in Fargo-Moorhead.  April 2013 is also well on its way to standing as the coldest April on record, since record keeping began in 1881.  To date, the average temperature has been just 35 degrees, a full 21 degrees below normal.  For the farmers, gardeners, and citizens of the Fargo-Moorhead region, spring just can’t come soon enough!