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Fresh / Frozen Native Elderflowers

We sell what we grow, and that is mostly harvested from native Sambucus (nigra) canadensis cultivars. Currently, only a few farmers plan on a flowers only crop from their elder plants. Typically, we harvest the lower part of the plant up to 36-48 inches from the ground. The lower flower cymes often do not provide as many berries per blossom, and the weight of the berries is likely to pull the cane to the ground, making them unsuitable to harvest. Picking the flowers provides some cashflow to farmers as partial compensation for good field maintenance, which is especially important when following organic agricultural methods.

Most of our growers sell both flowers and berries directly from their farm, so MEC buys any surplus from the grower and re-sells it. So far, a normal year will provide over 400 lb. of dried flowers for us to sell. The total flower harvest grows each year, nature permitting, as MEC adds members and acres cultivated. Our goal is to increase the number of cultivated elderberry acres 20x by 2025. 

[We do have limited access to small quantities of S. nigra or Marge cultivar flowers. The Marge cultivar is deemed by University of Missouri researchers to be essentially an adapted S. nigra. Certified organic flowers are farm-grown, and documentation will be provided from the farm upon request.]

We have a limited capacity for fresh or frozen native elderflower orders, and they must be placed in advance between March 1 and June 1 of each year for delivery during late June into July, when the flowers are in bloom. Fresh flowers are usually priced at $18-20/lb. plus delivery.  [If you can help with the harvest and/or transport from the farm, the price is discounted accordingly. The logistics are challenging, and the window of opportunity is limited.] 

Dried Native Elderflower & Elderflower Ingredients

Dried Elderflowers 5-2016

Sample of MEC’s Dried Native Elderflowers

Currently taking pre-orders and deposits for 1+ lb. from existing customers as of May 2019. Please email to set up your deposit / invoice. Deposits are only refundable if MEC does not have sufficient supply to meet all pre-orders. All pre-orders are filled by priority of MEC members, smaller bulk order existing customers, existing bulk order customers. Once these orders are filled - probably by August 10, I will know what, if any, we have available for consumer 3 oz packets and new customers. Thanks for your patience. 

Standard Bulk packed: 1 lb. per gallon food grade plastic bag. Consumer packed: 3 oz./sealed pouch. Very large pre-orders/contracts are packed by buyer specification and charged accordingly with freight. 

MEC Buyer Direct Prices / Online

  • Bags: $40/lb. org. / $37/lb. sustainably grown: 1-4 pounds
  • Pouches: $12.00 for 3 oz. org. /  $10.00 for 3 oz. sustainably grown

MEC Bulk Direct (5-19 lb.) Prices to Manufacturers / Retailers

  • $36/lb. certified organic  (est. retail to consumer of $4-6.00 / oz.)
  • $34/lb. sustainably grown

MEC Bulk Direct (20+ lb.) Prices to Manufacturers / Retailers

  • $34/lb. certified organic  (est. retail to consumer of $4-6.00 / oz.)
  • $32/lb. sustainably grown
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