The Chmielewskis’ Stoney Brook Farms was purchased by Mark in 2006 from his mother, Shirley. His parents, Jerry and Shirley, owned Jerry’s Farm Market in St. Cloud for nearly 30 years. Mark has been raising vegetables since he was very young and continues to do so today.
Mark is the CEO of the operation that consists of over 800 acres; 600 acres are in vegetable production. The family grows asparagus, snap peas, green beans, sweet corn, winter squash and several different types of pumpkins. The family also raises field corn and soybeans. Mark and his wife, Pam, operate a vegetable stand in the parking lot of the Copper Lantern in St. Cloud. They also create a corn maze and pumpkin patch for visitors in the fall. The family provides farm tours to area schools and day care centers.
Mark runs the farm with his son, Brad. Brad’s wife, Ashley, helps with office work and plans and runs the corn maze. Pam handles office work and runs the vegetable stand and pumpkin patch.
Stoney Brook Farms was recognized as the 600th farm in the state to be certified by the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program. The family is involved with the farm to school effort and provides produce to area schools and day care centers. They also donate produce to Second Harvest Heartland and other charities and to area fundraising efforts.