Shafter Aaron had to find more ways to care for his family in the 1930s. For Shafter and his four sons, this was apples. He started operations in 1938 as a way to bring a little extra income. Right next to his house he started construction on what would would come to be known as Aaron’s Apple House, a facility for the wholesale and retail sale of apples and other agricultural products.
Two of his sons, Jack and Mack, would be the ones to carry on the apple business and pass it on to their children. Jack added a new portion to the Aaron Family Farm, one of the larger herds of Santa Gertrudis Cattle in Georgia. In the 1970s, Jack and Mack had different missions and goals for the farm, and so went their separate ways. Jack was involved in the newly created Future Farmers of America at Ellijay High School, and passed that tradition along to his son. Mack started his own retail and wholesale enterprise just down the road, and Jack continued to operate the original, working closely with his brother trading apples, cattle and other resources.
The farm is now owned, operated and maintained by Alan and Mary Aaron. Alan is the son of Jack and grandson of Shafter Aaron.