Welcome to the Midwest Aronia Association

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2014 Iowa State Fair (Click here for Aronia News Links)   Click for Photo Album

Learn about the Midwest’s New Super Berry!

Midwest Aronia Association will be hosting a booth at the Iowa State Fair from Thursday, August 7 through Sunday, August 17.The Iowa State Fair, held annually in Des Moines, Iowa will be held this year from Thursday, August 7 through Sunday, August 17. The Midwest Aronia Association (MAA) will sponsor a booth on each of these days. This booth (#M090) will be located in the Agriculture Building from (location #3549 upstairs balcony) 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Midwest Aronia Association (MAA) would like to invite the public to attend this event to learn more about Aronia.
Aronia has been introduced in recent years as a value-added sustainably grown crop, and researchers are discovering numerous health benefits in the dark purple berry. Volunteers will staff the booth to provide interested individuals with information about the Aronia berry, including an ongoing Power Point presentation, handouts and flyers with background information and recipe ideas. The Midwest Aronia Association is a non-profit group whose focus is educationconcerning Aronia. Our main goals include assisting growers, and re-establishing Aronia as a healthy staple in modern diets by introducing Aronia berries to consumers. Speakers will be presenting Aronia related topics throughout the event atGranddfather’s Barn. They include: Andrew Pitz of Sawmill Hollow, IA (August 8 at 4;00 p.m.), Kent Friedrichsen, IA Grower (August 9 at 4:00 p.m.), and Tammy Melcher, HH Wild Plums, NE (August 13, 1:00 p.m.). For more information about this event, please visit www.midwestaronia.org.

Midwest Aronia Association
Roberta Barham
Midwest Aronia Association Public Relations Board Member
MAA email: info@midwestaronia.org
2014 Conference Presentations

These are available to everyone that attended this years conference.  They will be offered to others for a fee shortly.
Click here to get the 2014 Conference presentations and audio files.


Across the nation, a growing number of people are trying to live a healthier lifestyle; and many are also concerned about sustainable agriculture. These two movements culminate with Aronia. A small group of southwest Iowans led the way, cultivating Aronia Melanocarpa  on their farms and founding the Midwest Aronia Association in 2008. This indigenous purple berry, packing a nutritional punch, has since set the stage with its tremendous health benefits gaining recognition, and the MAA holds a front row seat in the development of the domestic Aronia market, research, & education. As domestically grown Aronia becomes more prominent in the marketplace, there is a quest by many to learn more. Aronia is growing in popularity as a value-added crop, adding diversification and income for family farms. This is where the MAA comes in, providing a support network for members in 11 states and Canada.

Our Purpose:

The Association is organized to promote the common interests of Aronia growers. Primary emphasis is education and communication among members. Activities include:

  • educating members about marketing aronia
  • introduction and education of the general public about Aronia and its value added uses to increase market demand
  • improving quality and marketability of Aronia through education and research
  • promoting a social and political environment conducive to growing and marketing Aronia
  • to facilitate supply network communications from growers to end users
  • to network and cooperate with related government agencies, educational institutions, other organizations and private industry to address these stated purposes

As the Midwest Aronia Association President and Aronia grower, I would like to invite you to join us in this journey. We can help you learn more. We offer education through our annual conference, focusing on networking opportunities with other like-minded people, best growing practices, and most up-to-date research; we support our grower member community through development of educational tools and assistance with field days; we offer suggested uses of Aronia through recipe development and circulation; and we nurture relationships with Extensions, Universities, and a multitude of organizations. Whether you are looking to simply learn more about the health benefits of Aronia, or you you are interested in any facet from planting to marketing, you have come to the right place and we welcome you with purple hands!

Kindest regards,

Melissa Ehrman Johnson, President of the MAA