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Buying 

Yes, we have dried native elderberries!

MEC has tons of sustainably grown bulk frozen berries to sell from previous harvests at $2.00/lb. plus freight.

We have a limited inventory of dried native elderflowers this year due to weather conditions at some of our larger growers. We have started berry harvest.

Consumer Online Direct page for those seeking modest quantities of our sustainably grown in the Midwest native elderberry ingredients - dried native elderberries and bulk raw frozen juice. (Our current inventory was grown in transition towards organic certification. We do not have any certified organic elder ingredients at this time until July 2018 flower harvest and September 2018 berry harvest.)

We have more information, especially regarding larger orders, further down this page. 

Click to go to MEC’s Online Direct page now. (Also in the Buying drop down menu.)

Buying Wholesale Elder Berry / Flower Ingredient Products

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Midwest Elderberry Cooperative packs its inventory of frozen, destemmed and sanitized North American wild/native elderberries - Sambucus nigra canadensis -  in 4 gallon food grade plastic pails holding 25 lb. We also seek out professional food and beverage processors/manufacturers to partner of specific elderberry and elderflower ingredient specification development. 

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

Be sure to check out our page covering recent research on elder berries and flowers as nutritionally dense ingredients in foods and beverages with demonstrated antiviral, antibacterial and many other health benefits.

We currently sell bulk frozen, destemmed and sanitized elderberries in 4 gallon/25 lb. food grade pails, dried elderberries and elderflowers by the pound, raw frozen bulk elderberry juice, and are developing an elderberry puree and a concentrated elderflower syrup of about 65 BRIX. 

Bulk Frozen Native Elderberries

Over 30,000 lb. in stock - sustainably grown 
Currently sold out of Certified Organic Elderberries

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Picked ripe elderberries before destemming

[To reserve commercial quantities of frozen bulk Certified Organic from the September 2018 harvest, email Chris Patton, info@midwwest-elderberry.coop. Prices begin at $4.50/lb. plus freight for orders up to 200 lb., and drop to $3.50/lb. for orders of 1000 lb. or more. A non-refundable fifty cents/lb. deposit towards the fall purchase & delivery is required for advance purchase orders. Deposits will be refunded only if Nature or other causes beyond MEC’s control prevent fulfillment of the purchase order.]

For orders up to 200 lb. of bulk frozen berries, the price is $4/lb. for sustainably grown frozen elderberries, or a minimum order of one x $100/pail plus shipping, which has averaged about $35/pail to destinations in the Midwest. To order, please contact Verlyn Sneller directly by email: ver@westbranchelderberries.com. You will be quoted with freight and billed in advance of shipping.

For orders over 1000 lb. of bulk frozen berries from the current harvest, the price is $3/lb. for sustainably grown frozen elderberries and $3.50 for certified organic plus freight. Please contact Chris Patton directly to work out pricing and delivery, first by email then phone: info@midwest-elderberry.coop or 612-418-4624 for orders over 200 lb

MEC has tons of sustainably grown bulk frozen berries to sell from previous harvests at $2.00/lb. plus freight.

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

Our various elderberry cultivars are all natural selections from the wild and usually planted in fields or along agroforestry/permaculture land management principles. They are picked, destemmed, sanitized and frozen fresh the same day in 25 lb. four gallon food grade pails (rated 28 lb.). We have tens of thousands of pounds available and able to secure a couple hundred thousand pounds with proper planning. 

Fresh and raw frozen berries may need to be fermented or heated so that the entire volume reaches 180° F, or more.  While the latest research at the university of Missouri (soon to be published) indicates that fresh/frozen, ripe elderberries do not have significant levels of glycosides, some few people seem to be strongly affected by consuming raw elderberries or elderberry juice, where it upsets their digestive system. Why they have a lower tolerance for elderberry is not clearly understood. 

Sample of MEC’s Dried Native Elderberries - 12% moisture.

MEC does have dried sustainably grown elderberries and elderflowers in stock to sell. We are currently processing sustainably grown, native frozen berries into dried ones, and orders will be filled first come first served basis. As of 5/2/18, most orders are  shipped the same week as received.

At this time we do have any dried certified organic elderberries or elderflowers. We only dry our native certified organic elderberries when we have excess inventory or when the order is reserved in advance by  contract. To reserve certified organic elderberries in any form, please contact Chris Patton directly, first by email then phone: info@midwest-elderberry.coop or 612-418-4624.

Frozen Bulk Raw Elderberry Juice - $45/gal.

Our sustainably grown bulk, strained raw elderberry juice separates from thawing elderberries before drying them. We have some in 1 gallon jugs, but most of it comes 2 gal/jug. Each gallon weighs 8.55 lb., on average measured a pH 4.3 BRIX 11. Each jug weighs 18 lb. total. 

5 lb. dried elderberries (5 x $18>$90 = 2 gal. of raw juice (2x$45>$90)

Volume Pricing (Freight charges additional):

  • $45/gal. up to 19 gallons
  • $44/gal. 20 to 49 gallons
  • $43/gal. 50 to 99 gallons
  • $42/gal. 100 gallons+

To order, please contact Verlyn Sneller directly: email: ver@westbranchelderberries.com. You will be quoted with freight and billed in advance of shipping.

Sacred Blossom Elderberry Syrup Recipe from Juice:

1 Gallon Raw Elderberry Juice, 4 cups honey, 2 cups extra strong echinacea tea (optional).

Bring 2 1/2 cups of water to boil and add 1 cup of echinacea herbs.  Cover and cook on low for 8 to 24 hours.  Strain. (Optional: Use distilled water.)

Boil honey hard for 2 minutes, then add raw elderberry juice and bring it to 180°F.  Remove from heat. Add echinacea tea and honey.  Stir well. 

To preserve reheat to nearly a boil (165-175°F), then seal in jars. Set in a cold area if possible.

Dried Native Elderberries

Currently sold out of Certified Organic Elderberries / Elderflowers.

We have 12 lb. of sustainably grown, no spray flowers.

 [Delivery/shipping charges are not included in the prices below.]

MEC Consumer Buyer Direct Prices / Online

  • $21/lb. certified organic, $8/4 oz.
  • $18/lb. sustainably grown, $7/4 oz.

MEC Wholesale Direct Prices 
(Retail store or orders of 20 lb. or more) 

  • $18.50/lb. certified organic
  • $16/lb. sustainably grown

MEC Bulk (300+ lb.) Direct Prices to Distributors/Processors

  • $17/lb. certified organic
  • $15/lb. sustainably grown

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Sample of MEC’s Dried Native Elderflowers

Dried Native Elderflower & Elderflower Ingredients

Currently taking orders on limited quantities available due to weather.

Fresh or frozen native elderflowers must be ordered in advance between March and June of each year for delivery late June into July, when the fresh harvest ends. Fresh flowers are usually priced at $15-20/lb. If you want to help with the harvest and transport, the price is discounted accordingly. The logistics are challenging, and the window of opportunity is limited. See comments below the dried elderflower picture above.

MEC Bulk (5+ lb.) Direct Prices to Manufacturers / Retailers

  • $28/lb. certified organic  (est. retail to consumer of $12.50/ 4 oz.)
  • $26/lb. sustainably grown

MEC Buyer Direct Prices / Online

  • $32/lb. org. / $29/lb. sustainably grown: 1-5 pounds
  • $10.00 for 4 oz. org. /  $9.00 for 4 oz. sustainably grown

[To place an order, please see top of the right column on this page.]

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