Elderberries

Picking Plans

The first variety of elderberries will be ready to pick late this week, July 23-25 and others to follow.  Use the button below to sign up for interest to pick and we will contact you as berries ripen.  The price is $2.50 per lb.

 

This is our first year offering this so please bear with us. Elderberries are rich in Vitamins A and C and have exhibited antioxidant and antiviral properties. Elderberries should not be consumed raw.  There are many good recipes on the internet for using elderberries and how to prepare them. If you do not have experience with elderberries study up before you pick.

WARNING:  Do not consume raw elderberries.  Elderberries contain toxins in their raw state and require cooking for safe consumption. Elderberries should be simmered until 180 degrees is reached and left over pulp from fruit should be discarded, not consumed.  Stems, leaves, and green unripe elderberries should be removed prior to heat processing.

Below are some rules of thumb that we have found to help you  determine the quantity you want to pick.  Your recipes will also specify quantities needed.  Be sure recipe calls for fresh or frozen or uice and not dried berries.

  • A quart of fresh destemmed elderberries is 1-1.5 lbs.

  • 6 ½ cups of fresh berries will make 4 ½-5 cups of juice

  • 10 lbs of berries is called for in making 1 gallon of wine

 

OzBF has three varieties of elderberries; Bob Gordon, Wylewood and Adams/York.  The Adam/York appears to be ripening first. 

 

This is our first year to have u-pick berries so bear with us as we figure how to orchestrate this.  Here is what to do next.

  1. Signup that you have interest in picking elderberries (see signup bottun above) include your name, phone and approximate number of lbs of berries you want.

  2. We will contact you in the order of signups as berries ripen as well as email all those signed up to keep you up to date on picking