Probstfield Farmhouse restoration in the news!

Our farmhouse restoration has made some serious progress this summer!   But there is much to do.    Please view the lovely article in the Fargo Forum at:

Then, put a reminder in your calendar to attend the Sunday Supper on Sept. 9.   All proceeds go to further restoration efforts!    The Probstfield Farm Living History Foundation also accepts donations toward restoration efforts.     Tickets to the Sunday Supper and donation sites are handled through SquareUp.


A Unique Farm-to-Table Experience

Sunday SupperOur Sunday Supper event is just around the corner on September 9, 2018, and we are especially excited to be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Probstfield farm!  So save a spot on your calendar and get your tickets now at the link below!

Enjoy locally grown food in the beautiful and historic farmyard at Probstfield Living History Farm.

The Farm Supper features local chefs from the area’s best restaurants sourcing ingredients from sustainable area farms.  This year’s featured participants include:  Nichole Hensen- Nicholes fine pastry,  Ryan Nitschke-Luna, Eric and Sara Watson-Rustica Tavern, Casey Absey- Blackbird woodfire pizza, and Greg Stumbo of Stumbeano’s Coffee.  This year brings the welcome addition of cheesemonger Megan Lewis at Milk Made.

Our Local brewers, distillers, and wine sellers bring their fun summer offerings.  This year we welcome 99 Bottles as our wine sponsor with Justin Blanford (Sommelier) and Kjersten and Andy Skatvold, Junkyard Brewery with Alison Slavik, and Proof Distillery with Judd Eskildsen.

Special thanks to Jaclyn Weber our local produce supplier, Kent Kolstad of Livewire, The Knotty Pine Pickers, White House Co., and Markus Krueger and the Historical and Cultural Society of Cass Clay.

Limited to the first 100 people, Probstfield Farm hosts this fabulous evening of community engagement, live music, and delicious local foods prepared by a dream-team of local chefs at just $100 per plate.  All funds raised by this event directly support the restoration of the Probstfield family’s log house, the oldest log home and farmhouse in the Red River Valley.




Community Garden Sign-ups Are Coming!

Interested in a Community Garden Plot? Sign-ups for new gardeners are coming!
April 8 (Sunday), 3-5pm
April 9 (Monday), 5-7pm
Location to be announced soon.
For more information check out our garden pages here, or contact our garden coordinator, Sarah.


Garden plots are filled on a first come first serve basis.

The Jefferson of the Valley

The final product for Dr. Angela Smith’s Fall 2014 NDSU Digital History class, this documentary explores the legacy of Randolph Probstfield, an early settler of the Red River Valley of the North. Led by graduate students Lynsay Flory and Dan Newland, undergraduates John Wells, Luke Koran, and Typhanie Schafer also contributed in various ways to the production. The documentary premiered on December 12, 2014 at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Old Trail Tavern

tavern open 1933

“July 22, 1933.  Saturday.  Cool. Raymond and I out on mail Route A.M.  Opened South Market with beer and lunch P.M.  Rained all afternoon about 1/2 inch.”

Congress declared that on April 7, 1933, 3.2% alcohol beer could once again be sold.  After 13 years of national Prohibition, beer was back.  They called it “New Beer’s Day.”  Ray Gesell, Randolph and Catherine’s grandson, opened the Old Trail Tavern that July just outside the city limits of Moorhead.  Today, that bar is Jerry’s Tavern on 11th Street North, Moorhead.  Here is a page from the diary that shows the opening day.

Homemade is Okay!

orchard photo

Randolph Probstfield and two grandchildren in the apple orchard, taken about 1905.

Throughout history farmers have used fermentation to preserve fruit harvests.  The Probstfield family of Oakport could not possibly eat all the apples grown in their orchards before the fruit rotted, so they turned their apples into alcoholic cider which could be enjoyed throughout the year.  The juice would naturally start to ferment (turn alcoholic) after just a day or two!  As long as the family did not sell it or move it off their property, making cider or other fruit wines did not violate Prohibition laws.

homemade is okay

New Beer’s Day!

bars open

Map of Clay County showing rural 3.2 bar locations.

Congress declared that on April 7, 1933, 3.2% alcoholic beer could once again be sold.  After 13 years of national Prohibition, beer was back!  They called it “New Beer’s Day.”  Applicants had to get permission from their Township Boards before applying for a license from the County Commission.  All ten rural 3.2 beer establishments in 1933 opened in the more alcohol-friendly western part of Clay county.  The Downer Mercantile and Baker Confectionery were the first in line for licenses.  Adopted from the Clay County Auditor’s Records.