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Growing to make a positive impact on the health of people by supplying the highest quality elder flower and berry ingredients using environmentally and socially sustainable practices.

Our goal is 22,500 acres of cultivated native elderberry harvested and sold! 
Currently, MEC members manage about 50 producing acres with another 100 in various stages of establishment. We are networked with growers across the Midwest having about about another 200 acres under cultivation. Come grow with us! That applies to you as a consumer customer or craft producer, high quality beverage/food manufacturer or potential grower. 

[Click here to read a journal article comparing European Sambucus nigra and native North American Sambucus nigra canadensis.]

No Certified Organic Elderberries for sale at this time.

No sustainably grown Elderberries for sale at this time. t]through one of our members we have access to about 45, 000 lb. total of frozen black currants.  See the bottom of the Bulk Frozen Berries page.

We still have bulk frozen raw native elderberry juice that can be used to make elderberry syrup/gummies as well as in brewing/kombucha.
Sustainably grown following organic principles. Click above to go to its page.

We only grow native elderberries!
The current year elder flower and berry harvests were below normal in 2018, and the very limited remaining inventory is not available for sale. We have reserved a small amount of sustainable frozen berries for ingredient development trials only. We do not have any sustainable or certified organic elder berries or flowers to sell in any form at this time until July 2019 flower harvest and September 2019 berry harvest. Beginning July 2019, we will post how to pre-order the 2019 harvest. MEC dries berries only when there is excess inventory over the demand for bulk frozen, destemmed & cleaned berries packed 25 lb. in 4 gal. food grade pails. 

Ingredients when Available - more on how to buy

  • Bulk fresh elderberries - seasonal: must pre-order with deposit
  • Fresh elderflowers - seasonal: must pre-order with deposit
  • Bulk frozen elderberries on-stem - seasonal: must pre-order
  • Bulk frozen elderberries destemmed, sanitized in 4 gal. pails [25 lb. each] - limited quantities
  • Frozen raw elderberry juice - available
  • Dried elderberries - sales on hold
  • Dried elderflowers - sold out 


Ingredients under Development

  • Elderberry puree
  • Freeze dried elderberies
  • Elderflower syrup - samples available
© Midwest Elderberry Cooperative 2018