A gracious Tour of The Farm at St. Mathias  with its scrumptious freshly picked offerings inspired this wonderful holiday salad! Thanks Bob & Arlene!

The Farm on St. Mathias is an 80 acre farm located three miles south of Brainerd, MN, 7579 St. Mathias Road (County Road 21), 888-404-5009. The Farm has 17 acres dedicated to fruits and vegetables with 10 fenced acres for vegetable, herb, and apple production, and 7 open acres planted in rotations for melon, squash, corn, pumpkins and fingerling potatoes. A 6+ acre corn maze lies just beyond an open green space used for gatherings, performances and celebrations. They host numerous school groups, daycare gatherings, social organizations and more.

Meet Your Farmers:
The farm is owned and operated by Bob and Arlene Jones. Bob Jones has Bachelor Degrees in Chemistry and Biology and a Doctorate in Medicine, practicing both clinical psychiatry and hospital administration. Arlene Jones is the farm manager and is actively engaged in Farm to School, Farm to Restaurant and Farm to Institution.  Bob and Arlene are passionate about the aesthetic beauty of the farm, the therapeutic role gardening and farming play in our lives, our roles in our community and participation in the pursuit of good food and healthy lifestyles.  Arlene has recently been elected to Chair the Sustainable Farming Association of MN Central Chapter for 2010 and 2011.  Bob and Arlene Jones are both Certified and active Master Gardeners with the University of Minnesota, Extension Service Crow Wing County.

The Farm on St. Mathias’ mission is “to bring fresh, locally, and organically grown good food to good people”.  Education on sustainable farming and farming practices is key.  They grow “Seriously Local Food.”


Recipe and Article by Pam Powell

Source:  www.thefarmonstmathias.com