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Bulk Frozen Berries

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Bulk Frozen Sustainably Grown Elderberries. 
Now taking orders - 2019 harvest. Sold out of certified organic elderberries.
This year’s harvest is limited due to high demand. Both of my primary sources for certified organic berries is already sold out. We only have sustainably grown berries.

Contact Chris Patton first by email:
. or then by phone, preferably between 9am-5pm Central Time 612-418-4624.

Prices for certified organic elderberries:

  • $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
  • Pricing over 1000 lb. begins at $4.50/lb
  • Sustainably grown berries run fifty cents/lb. less for each bracket.

On all orders, priority is given to MEC member growers, past customers, small orders and date deposit is received.
(Orders must be in 25 lb. increments due to our pack in 4 gal. food grade pails.) We will then send you a PayPal invoice that allows for a partial payment equal to the deposit. This non-refundable deposit towards the full purchase & delivery is required for all purchase orders. Deposits will be refunded only if Nature or other causes beyond MEC’s control prevent fulfillment of the purchase order.

Frozen commercial shipments are arranged as specified in each case since some buyers accounts with preferred providers. MEC has accounts with two frozen LTL services that quoted a decent 2019 price for a 500 lb. order and would certainly deliver larger orders. Please let us know in your email if you need a freight quote, have a specific target delivery date, and provide the shipping address, so we can get that before paying a deposit. 

We still have access to over 10,000 lb. of frozen cleaned black currants and 15,000 lb. of frozen black currants on the stem. [More information can be found at the bottom of this page.]

Picked ripe elderberries before destemming

Disclosure on Frozen Shipping: 
During warmer months, it is harder for small quantities of bulk frozen berries to remain partially frozen due to the high temps leading to more thawing in transit, so be prepared to refrigerate and use them promptly if almost completely thawed. I have refrozen partially thawed with no affect to taste.

To order, contact Chris Patton to work out pricing and delivery, first by email then phone: or 612-418-4624

Ripe, destemmed and cleaned native elderberry cultivars may be a little more red than European S. nigra berries, which may be due to the 3 additional (red) anthocyanins present in the native berries.

Our native elderberry cultivars  (Sambucus nigra canadensis) are  selected from the wild (including some named cultivars) and usually planted in fields following  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.). 

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

Are Raw Native Elderberries Safe? 
I cannot find any academic research with the appropriate laboratory research results to support the claim that native North American elderberry contains harmful levels of glycosides (pre-cyanides). I can find hearsay and popular belief for that idea but no scientific proof.

On the other hand, a multi-year project ending in 2018 by University of Missouri researchers discovered that ripe native (Sambucus canadensis) black elderberries and their seeds do not have any meaningful level of glycosides (pre-cyanides) that can make one sick. [Note: Ripe native (S. canadensis) berries often appear more reddish in color than the European (nigra) berries, which is probably due to the additional anthocyanins found in the North American condenses cultivars. Native berries are also quite a bit smaller.]

This does not seem to be true for European Sambucus nigra elderberries, which have a history of production processes to neutralize th e potential issues related to glycosides. That is why those imported ingredients are more processed and may also be part of the reason why native elderberries taste better than the European ones.

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. Fresh and raw frozen berries that are fermented or heated so that the entire volume reaches 180° F, or more have not been associated with any health related incidents to our knowledge

Black Currants

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Through a member in western WI, we have access to over 20,000 lb. of frozen cleaned black currants and 25,000 lb. of frozen black currants on the stem - mostly in 40 lb. boxes. 

Price for quantities under 1,000 lb. is $3.00/lb. plus shipping for any black currant order. For orders of 1,000 lb. or more, is $2.50/lb. cleaned and $2.20/lb. on the stem plus shippingTo order, email Chris Patton, 

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