THE MAINE ELDERBERRY FARM

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Welcome to the Maine Elderberry Farm

Our goal at The Maine Elderberry Farm is to produce the highest quality product possible. We adhere to the principles of organic farming and our farm is in the process of being certified by the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association. Organically grown foods are very important because of how the quality and purity of the food we eat impacts the health care needs of the people of this country. There is no better way to decrease our health care costs than to improve our overall health through proper diet and exercise. A proper diet includes, amoung other things, eating foods free of contaminates and high in ingredients like anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are types of antioxidants which give the red to dark purple color found in fruits like elderberries and aronia berries. We will do our best to encourage changes that will really make a difference in peoples lives.

The first acre of elderberries was planted in May of 2010. We planted primarily Sambucus canadensis "Goodbarn" and Sambucus nigra "Haschberg". To aid in cross pollination we planted Sambucus canadensis "Adams1" and Sambucus nigra "Samdal". The farm has the potential, if the demand dictates, to produce over 100,000 pounds of berries each year.

In 2011 we have added Aronia to the farm. 100 plants have been planted this spring and more will be planted next year

The elderberries page and the aronia page include links to the current research on each of the berries.

This picture was taken on July 25, 2011 and shows two of the fourteen rows in the first acre.


Elderberry Farm

2013 - We are sold out and thank you for your interest in our farm

This year's crop was a good crop but I did experience some problems with a leaf fungus which put some stress on the plants and affected the yield. There was a lot more moisture this year throughout the summer which exasperated the problem. I am currently looking for other organic products to control the fungus.

The last two years I have been building an octagon barn for the elderberries and the equipment. I thought I would post some pictures of the project in the articles section of the web site.

I want to thank all of you who supported our farm this past year and I hope you have enjoyed the elderberries. I continue to be surprised and very pleased with the interest in and the demand for the elderberries.

Our Farm

2010 was the first production year for the Maine Elderberry Farm. The Goodbarns and the Adams1 produced a substantial crop for the first year. The Haschbergs will take a few years to produce but should start in 2011. The second acre will be planted in the spring of 2011 and is in the planning stages now. More Goodbarn, Adams1 and Haschbergs will be planted. I have also found substantial research to support the Aronia Berry as an equally important addition to the farm. Aronia berries were planted in the spring of 2011.

We will continue to update this site as the products become available. Whole fresh frozen berries will be available in the fall of 2014.

Feel free to send me your e-mail address if you would like to be notified when the berries are harvested and ready for sale.