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Inventory for Sale

Now selling limited quantities of sustainably grown berries. No Certified Organic Elderberries /  ingredients are available for sale at this time.

Through one of our members, we have access to about 15,000 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 here for bulk frozen native elderberry juice.

We only sell what we grow in the USA: native elder flowers and berries…

And that means we can run out of elder berries and flowers because we do not have enough growers and USA acreage cultivated with our native wild-selected cultivars. Our native elder are wild selected. We just put them in a field so that they do not run away, and so we can invest in their soil to bring your better natural nutrient dense berry and flower ingredients.

Because they taste better!
[Click here to read a journal article comparing European Sambucus nigra and native North American Sambucus nigra canadensis.]

Here's WHY you can't Find ANY Elderberry Anywhere...

In the simplest terms, we do not grow enough native elderberry in the country, and we need more farmers willing to add commercial scale acres as part of their overall farm plan.

But the real reason lies with consumer understanding about this little berry and its flowers. The public should be buying native elderberry products and native elderberry flavors of other foods and beverages for its very dense nutrition and enjoying it all year long! If we did that, the market demand would have already encouraged farmers to add hundreds of more acres than we now have producing in America. But the public only looks to buy when sick or afraid of getting sick. 

Do some research and you will find many other potential health benefits from regularly consuming elderberry foods and beverages than just its help against illness. Of course, we need more research, but there is a enough to show that these tiny berries pack big bunches of nutrients by weight.

Most people look for elderberries when they are sick or want to keep from getting sick during the prime "flu season". The antioxidants of native dark berries slow down the reproduction of many viruses. At the First International Symposium on Elderberry (2013 Columbia, MO) the clinical researchers stated that the many viruses tested were inhibited to one degree or another, although it is impossible to test all viruses.

Welcome! 

Welcome to Midwest Elderberry Cooperative, home of the native North American elder berry and flower renaissance! Our member growers across the USA are always environmentally sustainable and trend towards Certified Organic and regenerative agricultural practices. Growing native elder commercially is playing a role in the rejuvenation of rural economies from coast-to-coast. The increased availability and use of elder berry and flower ingredients as tasty, nutritionally dense flavors in natural food and beverage products can potentially reduce the severity of many modern human health issues. 

Frankly, we do not have enough growers or supply of native berries to meet consumer and small business demand. In time our plan is to also meet annual volume contracts to meet major brand demand for elderberry flavors  and blends of many popular, very natural and organic foods and beverages. Our native elderberry provides an abundant supply of many healthful nutrient, but we do not have enough reliable, scientific research to make specific health promises. 

Instead we offer continuous quality improvement of soils and plants protecting the environment that sustains us and providing the very best quality native elder berry and elderflower ingredient products we can. It is not easy. We appreciate and value our customers - both businesses and consumers. We believe our world can provide sufficient abundance to prosper all if we can share it. That is why we are a cooperative.

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Chris Patton, Paul Otten, Natasha Simeon and Tony DiMaggio - Elderflower Power Day July 9, 2016

Our native North American elder tastes better than imports and provides a sweet-neutral taste profile between cranberries or tart cherries on one side and blueberries or blackberries on the other, and yet offers greater antioxidant variety at levels that generally exceed that of other berries, whether of domestic and foreign origin. 

Elderberry is not a pure substitute for any of these fine berries but should be included in the ingredient palette. To that end MEC supports member farm choices to focus on local food and on-farm value-added production with direct sale to the consumer and/or on developing the infrastructure to support commercial scale production and supply of high quality elder berry and flower ingredients. 

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

Variation of Select Flavonols and Chlorogenic Acid Content of Elderberry Collected Throughout the Eastern United States, J Food Compost Anal. 2016 Apr 1; 47: 52–59. doi: 10.1016/j.jfca.2015.12.003
Elizabeth Mudge,a Wendy L. Applequist,b Jamie Finley,a Patience Lister,a Andrew K. Townesmith,b Karen M. Walker,b and Paula N. Browna,*

American elderberries are commonly collected from wild plants for use as food and medicinal products. The degree of phytochemical variation amongst wild populations has not been established and might affect the overall quality of elderberry dietary supplements. The three major flavonols identified in elderberries are rutin, quercetin and isoquercetin. Variation in the flavonols and chlorogenic acid was determined for 107 collections of elderberries from throughout the eastern United States using an optimized high performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detection method. The mean content was 71.9 mg per 100g fresh weight with variation ranging from 7.0 to 209.7 mg per 100 g fresh weight within the collected population. Elderberries collected from southeastern regions had significantly higher contents in comparison with those in more northern regions. The variability of the individual flavonol and chlorogenic acid profiles of the berries was complex and likely influenced by multiple factors. Several outliers were identified based on unique phytochemical profiles in comparison with average populations. This is the first study to determine the inherent variability of American elderberries from wild collections and can be used to identify potential new cultivars that may produce fruits of unique or high-quality phytochemical content for the food and dietary supplement industries. Read the entire article here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4750052/

[Note: all American, Sambucus canadensis, named elderberry cultivars were collected from the wild at some point.  Some more recently than others. Some with more human breeding efforts involved than others. The same elderberry plant farmed well will have higher nutrition levels than wild collected according to European studies referenced on the Functional Ingredient page found on this website.]

Ingredient Product Update

  • No bulk frozen berries available. New ore-orders will open in late July/ early August 2020.
  • Sold out of thermally dried elderberries. Check back in October 2020.
  • Freeze dried berries sold out. Very small amount for past customers. Go to the order page - Freeze Dried Berries
  • No bulk frozen juice for sale as of January 2020.
  • Currently sold out of dried elderflowers from existing sources.
  • Freeze dried juice under trial for possible future sale.

Click here to place consumer online orders for available elder flower and berry products.

Assuming a normal harvest, projected October 2020 harvest prices for certified organic elderberries begin at $5.50/lb. plus freight for orders up to 200 lb., $5.00/lb. plus freight for orders up to 500 lb. and drop to $4.75/lb. plus freight for orders over 500 lb. up to 1000 lb. Large volume pricing over 1000 lb. begins at $4.50/lb. Sustainably grown berries @ fifty cents/lb. lessClick here to go to the Bulk Frozen Berries page for current availability and pricing.

Come grow with us! 

Our 2025 goal is 2,250 acres of cultivated native elderberry - that’s 10,000,000+ lb. harvested and sold! MEC has about 100 growers in its network from coast-to-coast. 

Project 22-50 outlines our growth program - click to go there.

Commercial scale cultivation of native elderberry presents a sustainable ray of environmental and social hope. As a catalyst crop for improved environmental practice and economic profits to farmers and rural communities. Perennial native elderberry supports over 60 native pollinators, holds soils in place, sequesters carbon and sucks up nitrogen. The tremendous potential health benefits of both fragrant flowers and sweet-neutral berries, as well as their popularity, provide profit opportunity to rural communities through its cultivation, decentralized handling and processing. Go to our Elderberry & Environment page. 

As an organization, MEC puts its members' interests first. MEC’s cooperative structure accommodates a wide range of grower farm strategies. Some are small producers who only sell directly to their local markets. Others may focus on large scale elder flower and/or berry operations and share in the cooperative wide profits and losses hedging their financial risks over our collective economic success.

To learn about the philosophy and reasoning behind our cooperative, please watch the hour & 6 minute narrated presentation linked below:
MEC: A Coop Answer to Current & Historical Socio-Economic and Environmental Challenges, Christopher J. Patton MA, MBA 

Native Elder Ingredients - more on the Buying pages

  • Thermally dried native elderberries - limited quantities of sustainably grown berries
  • Bulk frozen elderberries destemmed, sanitized in 4 gal. pails [25 lb. each] - sold out
  • Frozen raw elderberry juice - sold out
  • Freeze dried native elderberries - limited quantities of sustainably grown berries
  • Freeze dried, reconstituted elderberry juice - under trial
  • Thermally dried native elderflowers - sold out
  • Bulk frozen, sustainably USA grown black currants available - see bulk frozen berries page
  • 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


Ingredients under Development

  • Elderberry puree
  • Freeze dried elderberries in volume
  • Elderflower syrup - samples available


© Midwest Elderberry Cooperative 2018