Fall Harvest Winery is a subsidery of the Maine Elderberry Farm. All our fruits used in the wines are grown on the farm. Our goal at The Maine Elderberry Farm is to produce the highest quality product possible. We adhere to the principles of organic farming. 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, among 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".

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.

Also in 2010 we planted a small orchard of pear trees. We planted Parker, Summercrisp, Seckel and golden Spice pear trees.

In 2015 we planted Reliance peaches and Montgomery cherries and Blue Ray and Blue Crop blueberries. We plan to plant plum trees in 2017.

Elderberry Farm

2017 - We are now crafting Elderberry Wine at our farm

For the last six years I have been making Elderberry Wine in small quantities and just for friends and family. The feedback has been very good and I have been encouraged to expand the wine making and become a full-fledged winery.

We are very excited about this venture. I have enjoyed the farming experience and now we are looking forward to bringing that experience full circle with the winery. Crafting wine means there will not be any berries for sale anymore and I want to thank all of you that have supported us in the past. Elderberries are an important medicinal crop and the bushes are easy to grow. I would encourage any of you who want the berries to make the syrup to plant a couple of bushes. There are a lot of nurseries that sell elderberries bushes.

Thank you and I hope you will be interested in the wines when they become available.

The last four years I have been building an octagon barn for the wines and 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 wines.

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 was be planted in the spring of 2011 and is starting to produce now. More Goodbarn, Adams1 and Haschbergs were 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 planted pear trees in 2008 and they are now producing well if we can keep the crows out. This year(2015) we planted cherry and peach trees. And in 2016 we will plant blueberries.

We will continue to update this site as the products become available. Our wines will be available in 2017.

Feel free to send me your e-mail address if you would like to be notified when the wine is ready for sale.