The Rosemarie "Ro Ro" Ferranto Fund


Established in 2015 by the Ferranto Family to honor Ro Ro’s love for her family and her courageous battle with ALS. In recognition of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s patient care team, the fund will support Chapter’s Patient Services Program.    

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Buona Foods is proud to announce this year's National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship will be dedicated to the memory of founding Kennett Square Mushroom Festival member, long-time mushroom farmer, and Chester County business leader, Rosemarie "RoRo" Ranalli Ferranto.

RoRo passed away in 2016 following a courageous battle with ALS. In her honor, the Ferranto family has established the Rosemarie Ferranto Fund to benefit The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

To celebrate RoRo’s lifelong love for--and many contributions to--the Mushroom Festival, Buona Foods will be match all gifts made to the ALS Association between now and the festival’s conclusion on September 10, 2017!

As the founder of Buona Foods, a three-generation family mushroom farm in Chester County, Pennsylvania, RoRo pioneered the promotion and sale of the Original Breaded Mushroom, and can be largely credited for their widespread popularity today. She was a founding member of the Mushroom Capital of the World's annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, now in its 32nd year.

On September 9th, at 3:00 p.m., Festival organizers, RoRo's family, Buona employees, mushroom fans, and guests from The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter will gather under the Special Events Tent to honor the founder and owner of Buona Foods and Bella Mushroom Farms.

Now in its sixth year, The National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship has become the most visited event during the Mushroom Festival weekend. Buona Foods’ Original Breaded Mushrooms play the starring role as professional and amateur eaters from all over the US face off to break the existing contest record of 11.5 pounds of breaded mushrooms in 8 minutes!

“We are so proud of our mother RoRo, who was a trailblazer in the mushroom industry. We are excited to honor her and the contributions she made to the Mushroom Festival, our state and local economy, and to the ALS fight, a fight she courageously battled until it took her life," says Gale Ferranto, daughter and President of Buona Foods. "Buona will gladly match the donations from the Festival contributions, as well as the Festival grant that will be earmarked early in 2018."


Rosemarie Ferranto, the daughter of Italian immigrants, grew up working on her family’s mushroom farm not far from Buona Foods’ present location. In 1972, RoRo, as she is known to friends and family, began supplying local grocers and restaurateurs with mushrooms. Her love of people and her products enabled her business to grow steadily. Three years later, her husband Robert “Bear” Ferranto came on board, bringing 26 years of production management experience, and helped to expand the business in both size and scope. In the years that followed, their three children—Robert, Peter and Gale—also joined the company, each contributing talent and expertise that has helped Buona continue to grow into one of the most prominent mushroom companies in the region.

RoRo was also a member of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce, a past board member of the Kennett Area Senior Center, a founder of the Mushroom Food Booth at the popular Pennsylvania Farm show, and also was the recipient of the "Best 50 Women in Business" in Pennsylvania award, as well as the mother of three, and beloved grandmother of four.


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The ALS Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.