Chester River Aronia, LLC was founded in 2011 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore when five siblings and their families bought and planted 370 aronia seedlings from a grower in Wisconsin.
We were looking for a project we could work on as a group, to lock in the future of the farm we all grew up on – and aronia seemed a perfect fit!
Was it? We don’t know yet, but our first summer we invoiced a berry buyer for $900 for our first 200 pounds of picked and frozen berries. Wow! Not huge, but it’s a start.
And our timing was good. The University of Maryland is pushing aronia in the
mid-Atlantic region and is working to create a market for it. Anti-oxidants are hot. And it was a UM researcher who found us the $900 buyer.
What’s next? We're not sure. The following year we had a bumper crop of over 1,000 pounds of berries and yield has multiplied each successive year.
The family dwindled and some families lost interest so Roy and Molly Mears, one of the five original family members, took over the operation. In the summer of 2019 we picked 2000 pounds of beautiful aronia berries. We now have plenty of frozen berries available for purchase.
If you’re interested in buying berries, ours are organically grown and very, very clean.
Give us a call at 410-778-2255, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the late spring through early fall, you can find us on Saturday mornings at the Chestertown Farmer's Market in fountain park in Chestertown.
Here are a few interesting things our customers have told us:
"After using your jam every morning, my fibromyalgia hurts less" Dottie L.
"My husband's Korean doctor told us to find some organic aronia berries for his ulcerative colitis" Jody V.
"We use aronia berries every day as part of the Budwig diet my husband follows to keep his cancer at bay" Ruthann S.