Welcome to a future selected from wild antiquity! 

Being a native perennial, North American elderberry acts as a catalyst to better agriculture for many farmers. It can help revive rural economies and communities while providing nutrient dense flowers and berries that have healed humanity and the environment since earliest ages. 

More Info on Elderberries

This website is one of three websites offering information about native elder flowers and berries. 

For more on elderflower and elderberry potential health benefits, see: http://about.midwest-elderberry.coop/

For more info on how to grow elderberries, see: http://grow.midwest-elderberry.coop/

It is a path to living in better harmony with the creation we call Nature. Growing native elder provides better pay for farm owners and labor as well as better health for people from many different ethnic traditions. Organized as an open cooperative, Midwest Elderberry Cooperative’s (MEC) network of 100+ small to mid-sized farmers is our greatest resource. They go beyond the sharing of information towards solving common problems and challenges from the design of equipment and quality control processes to simply getting the berries or flowers picked and packed and delivered to hundreds of craft food and beverage producers. 

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

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, naturally nutrient dense native elderberry and elderflower ingredients - often certified organic and grown by farmers practicing regenerative agriculture. To learn more about how elderberry contributes to a healthy environment and rural economy, please go to the Growers tab.

Ingredient Product Update

October 4, 2020: Freeze dried elderberries now available. Go to the Orders pages, and you will see the PayPal buttons!  Also, a very small amount of freeze dried elderflowers are available: $10/ounce. Email to order freeze dried flowers, please: info@midwest-elderberry.coop.

October 2020 Update: MEC will NOT have enough berries to meet existing member and customer needs, so there are no berries available for any more orders until the 2021 harvest.

Thus, we are sold out of  bulk frozen elderberries, frozen raw juice, thermally dried elderberries and dried elderflowers. Every year sees more acreage in production, but demand still way exceeds production, and production challenges both natural and technical remain. 

Harvest yields varied across the board for different reasons. Since most of our growers also make their own products that sold out last spring, they also required more of their harvest.

  • Dried native elderflower pre-orders in May 2021.
  • No bulk frozen elderberries (sambucus canadensis) available. New pre-orders will open in late August / early September 2022.
  • No Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) blue elderberries (Sambucus cerulea) available. New pre-orders will open in late August / early September 2022.
  • Sold out of thermally dried elderberries. Check back in October 2022.
  • Freeze dried elderberries available. Check their pages.
  • No bulk frozen juice for sale.
  • Limited quantities of freeze dried elderflowers. Email us.

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

Click here to learn more about larger commercial orders for available elder flower and berry products.

Legal Disclaimer
The information posted on this web site represent the best efforts of the authors to express their views and perspectives on the cultivation, uses and potential benefits of elderberry consumption, but the information presented on this web site is not intended to constitute and should not be taken as any type of financial, nutritional, health, medical or legal advice.

First of all, we are only human and may be wrong when it comes to specific facts that someone might use in financial speculation, for example. Our methods of researching and understanding are founded on publicly available research dependant on the quality of the research team. It may turn out to be incomplete or wrong because medical research about health is very complex and constantly changing. 

Secondly, we are not in a position to and do not intend to offer guaranteed advice about the legal, health, business, farming or other material affairs of any person’s life. That is for each of us to decide and do responsibly for ourselves.

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