MOORHEAD - The Kreps family is making the jump from kiosk to cafe at Center Mall.
The longtime makers of homemade jams, jellies, breads, cookies, cupcakes, and pickled products are opening Kreps Family Farm Corner Coffee in the corner bay of the mall’s food court, next to Jay’s Smokin’ BBQ.
“Yes you heard right. We are going to open a coffee shop in the Moorhead Center Mall!! We will have Iced coffee, regular and decaf coffee, hot chocolate, tea, our breads by the slice, pie by the slice, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and all our wonderful products along with other Pride of Dakota vendors!!” Mary Jane and Mathew Kreps announced Thursday, Feb. 18, on Facebook.
“As time moves on we will add the mochas and other specialty coffees. At this time we are looking at mid-March as an opening date,” the post said.
A small eatery and snack shop had been in that spot previously.
On Friday, Feb. 19, Mathew was working on updates to the plumbing. The installation of new counters is ongoing, he said.
Hours for the cafe haven’t been set yet, but he said they are likely to run from early morning to mid-afternoon to capture business from people stopping at the Clay County Department of Motor Vehicles office in the mall.
- Chase Bank plans to move into south Fargo Village Inn location; Moorhead Village Inn likely to reopen this spring
The couple have sold their wares from a kiosk on the edge of the food court since last summer.
Kreps Family Farm is located between Georgetown and Felton, Minn., though for the last three years they’ve made their products in a commercial kitchen in West Fargo.
It was five years ago, with the passage of Minnesota’s Cottage Food Law, that the couple saw a business opportunity. That law allows people to sell foods made in a home kitchen, including baked and canned goods.
Their products have since grown increasingly popular thanks to hustle that puts them at farmers markets, street fairs, Pride of Dakota shows, online and at the mall, where Mary Jane’s generous loaves of banana bread, German nut bread, jellies, picante sauce, salsa and Bloody Mary mix sell well.
On their farmstead, they have a 2-acre garden that produces the vegetables they use.
Mary Jane arrived in Minnesota 20 years ago. Previously, she had worked in a deli and bakery in Jeffersonville, Vt., and as a sous chef in a French restaurant.
For a time, the couple farmed row crops between Georgetown and Felton, Mathew said. They later shifted to selling goods at farmers markets.
They've also driven school buses for Richards Transportation Service.
The Kreps Family Farm kiosk is open 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The business can be found on Facebook and its website is krepsfamilyfarm.com.