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Welcome to a future selected from wild antiquity! 
Being a perennial “Third Crop", growing native North American elderberry acts as a catalyst to better agriculture across many different farm profiles. It can help revive rural economies and communities while providing nutrient dense flowers and berries that have healed humanity and nature since earliest ages. 

It is a path to a future humanity living in better harmony with the creation we call Nature that provides better pay for farm owners and labor as well as better health for all peoples representing many different ethnic traditions. Come grow with us! 

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 don't run away! We invest in their soil to bring your better, natural nutrient dense berry and flower ingredients - often certified organic and regeneratively grown.

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

Ingredient Product Update

We are sold out of  bulk frozen elderberries, frozen raw juice, thermally dried elderberries and dried elderflowers.

  • Dried native elderflower pre-orders open up June 1.
  • No bulk frozen elderberries available. New pre-orders will open in late August / early September 2020.
  • Sold out of thermally dried elderberries. Check back in October 2020.
  • Freeze dried berries sold out. Check back in October 2020.
  • No bulk frozen juice for sale as of January 2020.
  • Limited quantities of freeze dried elderflowers. Email us.

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

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. 

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.]

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