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Inventory for Sale

Certified Organic Elderberries are being harvested for sale at this time. Limited quantities of sustainably grown berries are available.

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...

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

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. 

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.

Ingredient Product Update

Currently sold out of dried elderberries from existing sources.

Currently sold out of dried elderflowers from existing sources.

Limited quantities of freeze dried berries under development for sale by the end of October.

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

Bulk Frozen Berries: Closed to taking new orders. 
This year’s harvest is limited due to lower yield overall and high demand. Both of my primary sources for certified organic berries is already sold out. After filling existing orders and assessing grower needs, we hope to re-open to take more more orders for frozen and destemmed, sustainably grown elderberries.

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 run fifty cents/lb. lessClick here to go to the Bulk Frozen Berries page.

Come grow with us! 

Our 2025 goal is 2,500 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. 

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. 

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 

Ingredients when Available - more on the Buying pages

  • 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] - see above
  • Frozen raw elderberry juice - available
  • Freeze dried elderberries - limited quantities of sustainably grown berries coming in October
  • Dried elderberries - sales on hold
  • Dried elderflowers - sales on hold
  • Bulk frozen, sustainably USA grown black currants available - see bulk frozen berries page


Ingredients under Development

  • Elderberry puree
  • Freeze dried elderberies
  • Elderflower syrup - samples available

© Midwest Elderberry Cooperative 2018