Here at Boulder Berry Farms, we have a passion for growing American elderberries. We received our organic certification July 2021, just in time for our first harvest. Our elderberry plants are just two years old, but their growth rate and abundance of berries has surpassed our expectations. Growing organically has made a difference.
Why grow elderberries?
Currently the majority of elderberries used in the US are imported from Europe. Our goal is to provide USA grown organic American elderberries (Sambucus canadensis). Studies have shown that The American elderberry contains more varieties of flavonoids than the European varieties, therefore it is considered the healthier of the two. Research has also shown it to be less toxic than European elderberry. For more information on the health benefits of elderberry, click here.
At the beginning of 2021, we began the certification process for our elderberry crop through OEFFA, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. In July, we passed our on site inspection and shortly after, Boulder Berry became the 1st certified organic elderberry farm in Ohio's history.
Why are we organic?
Since our customers will be using our berries for medicinal purposes we must grow organically to provide the best product. All products used to protect our crop from pests, enhance their growth, and provide proper nutrition are OMRI listed. We have partnered with our knowledgeable local Amish community to supply those needs for our elder plants.