We walked the fields, I snapped photos for upcoming literature and took video for Oki - The Aronia Story DVD. I left the farm that day completely convinced that the Aronia Berry was destined to be the most compelling botanical the world has ever known.
There was still about two hours of daylight left when I left the farm in the red Dodge Caliber. I figured I might try to find the island I had known as a child. I took out a map, followed the Platte through town, and found the spot where 71st street meets the river. I approached the river as the sun began to cast its red light on the river. The river had switched sides and now stood between myself and the comfortable clearing I was looking for. It was apparent that I would not be making it across for some time. I took out my camera and filmed the red light dancing on the water. So begins The Aronia Story.