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ELDERBERRY QUESTIONS

What is Elderberry Apple Shots?

Elderberry Apple Shots is a fantastic combination of elderberries and apples. For each bottle, we press ½ lb. of elderberries and marry them with apple syrup we make on our wood-fired evaporator from apple cider (similar to how we make maple syrup). We add nothing else! Zero. No added sugar, no glycerin, no preservatives, no funny business!

Why do you call it Elderberry Apple Shots?

Because the combination of these two perfect ingredients is neither a juice nor a syrup – so we don’t label it as such. Elderberry Apple Shots has significantly longer shelf-life than elderberry juice and yet doesn’t have the preservatives or high sugar content generally found in elderberry syrups. Our farm product stands out for its purity, simplicity, delicious taste and one year shelf life!

How should I use my Elderberry Apple Shots?

The “beauty in the bottle” is that it tastes great right on the spot. You can sip it straight. Kids will drink it, too, because it is not bitter, nor complicated with other herbs, spices, or flavors. Feel free to put it in tap water or sparkling water or seltzer as a flavoring. My mother-in-law puts it in her yogurt. You could put it on ice cream. On our farm, we press grapes and drink grape juice over the winter. I like diluting my grape juice with some tap water, adding elderberry-apple and dropping in a ginger ice cube that Liz makes with the ginger we grow. The goal is to get it in your food. Best not to heat it too much, or you might degrade some of the nutrition.

What is the daily dosage?

Elderberry Apple Shots is a food, not a supplement or a drug. Other elderberry products will offer dosages because they are sold as supplements. We recommend that folks who take prescriptions or are under medical care ask a healthcare specialist before consuming Elderberry. We cannot offer any health-related advice. Our serving size is 1 Tablespoon, and there are 8,000 mg of pressed elderberries in each serving.

How is it preserved when there are only two ingredients?

Elderberry Apple Shots have been evaluated and approved by a food laboratory and are "shelf stable." That means they can be stored, unopened, in a dark dry location safely for a long period of time. Three factors are at work to create a safe product, without added preservatives: 1. the naturally occurring sugars in the apples and the berries; 2. the low pH of the final product; 3. the care we take in packaging it safely. The same principles work for "no sugar added" jams and jellies and pickles that you purchase in the grocery store, or make yourself at home following approved recipes.

Can I use Elderberry Apple Shots on my pancakes?

Please use it on whatever tickles your taste buds. Some customers have told me they like it on pancakes but that might not be for everyone. Customers use it in salad dressings, in smoothies, pies, lemonade, mixed drinks, cold-pressed green tea. Please send us an email or leave us a post telling us how you like to enjoy Elderberry Apple Shots! Check our Recipes page for more ideas.

Why is the label hand-written?

We designed the label to reflect what is inside: a high quality, farm product that you cannot purchase at huge stores. The label follows federal, state and local guidelines, and reminds us that Elderberry Apple Shots is made by hand.

What is the shelf life of Elderberry Apple Shots?

Can I put it in the refrigerator? The shelf life un-opened is one year. Once you open the elderberry-apple shots you should place the bottle in a dark, dry place for storage and it should last for a very long, long time. You might get even longer shelf life by placing it in a refrigerator. Putting the bottle in the refrigerator certainly won’t hurt it!

Do you sell raw elderberries?

Given the sought-after qualities of elderberries, this fruit would probably be more popular today if consumers could eat them raw. But they can’t, or shouldn’t says conventional wisdom with some guidance from the science community. So for the foreseeable future please enjoy your elderberry from a bottle or a jar. This means the elderberries have been subjected to some heat and they are safe to eat.

Why don’t you sell raw elderberry juice?

Elderberry juice must be heated sufficiently in order to make it edible – so it needs to be processed, however slightly. Also, elderberry juice tends to be slightly or substantially bitter, so consumer interest in pure juice may always be muted. But by combining the liquid from the elderberries that we press (and heat gently) with our apple syrup, we make a farm product that tastes great, has a one year shelf life, and once opened can be stored in a dark dry place for a very long time. In other words, our Elderberry Apple Shots is a food that will be there when you need it, yet has no added sugar and no preservatives, and contains ½ lb. of pressed elderberries in each 9.3 fl. oz. bottle.

Do you sell your Elderberry Apple Shots in larger sizes?

Whether in a retail store or on-line, we sell our elderberry apple syrup in the 9.3 ounce glass bottles primarily because it keeps our bottling, packaging and shipping process simpler.

Are elderberries good for me?

That’s a question for medical science to answer. As farmers we can tell you how elderberries grow best, what varieties do what, how soil should be enlivened, etc. But we are farmers not medical researchers! As farmers, about all we can say to you is our elderberries and apples are of the highest quality and that we take great care in putting them in a bottle. It’s a lot of work!

Why do you call it Elderberry Apple Shots when the first ingredient is apples?

According to US food laws, ingredients must be listed in order according to weight rather than volume. When we make a batch of Elderberry Apple Shots, the apple syrup weighs a bit more than the elderberry liquid, even though there is more elderberry liquid by volume (55% elderberry liquid by volume).

How much pressed elderberry (liquid) is in each serving?

Each serving contains at least 8,000 mg or 8 grams of pressed elderberries (liquid) derived from pressing 13,000 mg or 13 grams of whole elderberries. This means that we press ½ lb. of elderberries for each bottle. Click here for our label.

What does it mean that your Elderberry Apple Shots has more minimally-processed elderberry than any commercially-available elderberry syrup?

Generally, if an elderberry syrup labels show high elderberry content it generally comes in the form of concentrate, extract, or concentrated extract. And this come at the expense of extra processing that involves more than simply cold-pressing berries and heating the liquid briefly (like Elderberry Apple Shots). Our Elderberry Apple Shots is not a lab food and as such it's very simply made. We guarantee it. Please see our 100% Money-Back, Satisfaction Guarantee.

Do you grow all the elderberries and apples used in your product?

No. We use elderberries from one other farmer with three acres, and we use apple cider from a farm close by.

Is your Elderberry Apple Shots Certified Organic?

The elderberries and apples that we grow are Certified Organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers but the elderberries and apples that we purchase from the two other farms are not. The farmer that grows elderberries “Farmer Pledged” his berries in 2015 and has Certified them for 2016 (Farmer Pledged means that he stated that he used no prohibited substances under the National Organic Program). With the conventional apples from the orchard down the road, we boiled cider and submitted it to a food testing lab for limited screening to verify that there was no concentration of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) related substances.

Why isn’t your Elderberry Apple Shots Certified Organic?

Chemical-free, low input agriculture is central to our practice of growing food and our philosophy of life. But there will probably always be some mismatch between our business need for elderberries and apples and how much we can grow ourselves in any one season. And the availability of Certified Organic elderberries and apples in the North East is extremely limited. On a local basis, Certified Organic sourcing of these two fruits is non-existent.

Are you Farmers or Food Processors?

We see ourselves as farmers first. It is absolutely paramount for us to grow as much of our ingredients as possible. We have plans to keep expanding our Certified Organic elderberries and apples each year but young plantings take time to bear fruit. Given proper growing conditions elderberries are generally easier to grow organically. Apples are far, far more difficult to grow organically. We keep at it. This is not easy.

Are your elderberries the European or American variety and does it make a difference in nutrition?

The European elderberry, Sambucus nigra, was used in earlier medical research and received accolades and attention from the medical research community. The North American elderberry, Sambucus canadensis, is native to our continent and the subject of medical research as well, specifically at the University of Missouri. Botanists seem to be further refining the categories of the species, though, and the USDA is now listing Sambucus canadensis as a subspecies of Sambucus nigra.

(1) Numerous scientists are currently conducting ongoing research on the natural chemical composition of different parts of the elderberry plant (including juice from berries). In particular, the University of Missouri is now conducting such a study that should help us clear-up the truths and myths of eating elderberries raw.

(2) The degree to which elderberry juice is bitter appears to be influenced by a number of factors, including processing techniques (whether the juice was heated with the skins or parts of stems that may add tannins, for example) and possibly plant related characteristics.


MAPLE QUESTIONS

Isn’t all maple syrup “organic”?

No, it’s not. It all comes from maple trees, and all of it starts out as sap and is reduced into a syrup, but the similarities end there. Certified organic maple syrup means that 1) no herbicides or pesticides are applied within 50 yards of the tree’s drip line; 2) all equipment must be stainless steel – no galvanized or lead-soldered equipment is permitted; 3) only organic de-foamers can be applied during the boiling process; 4) the minimum diameter of tapped trees at chest height needs to be 12”; 5) there is a limit of 2 taps per tree; 6) organic producers must monitor tree health and site condition characteristics to ensure sustainable tapping and overall forest health.

Did you know? The State of Connecticut sprays the guard rails along state roads every summer to kill the weeds growing there. Organic maple farmers cannot tap the trees anywhere near guard rails! Systemic pesticides have been shown to persist in the tree for years.


GINGER QUESTIONS

How is it preserved when there are only two ingredients?

Apple Ginger Syrup has been evaluated and approved by a food laboratory and is "shelf stable." That means it can be stored, unopened, in a dark dry location safely for a long period of time. Three factors are at work to create a safe product, without added preservatives: 1. the naturally occurring sugars in the apples; 2. the low pH of the final product; 3. the care we take in packaging it safely. The same principles work for "no sugar added" jams and jellies, and pickles that you purchase in the grocery store, or make yourself at home following approved recipes.

Isn’t ginger a tropical crop?

We thought it was too! Ginger can grow in a protected or heated greenhouse here in the Northeast. It won’t get to the mature stage, but it grows beautifully to an immature stage.


FARM QUESTIONS

Can I visit the farm?

Our farm is not well suited to traffic and visitors and so we’ve chosen not to open to the public. Please visit our Facebook page for lots of up to date photos!


ORDERING QUESTIONS

What payment options do you offer?

We take Visa, Mastercard, Discover American Express and PayPal. Your credit card will be processed upon placing your order.

Can I change my order once I place it?

Please let us know as soon as possible if you want to change your order. We strive to get all orders processed within 48 hours, so call or email us with changes. We will try to accommodate your request.

Do you provide gift wrapping?

We are working on this. We know customers are looking for attractive wrapping options. In the meantime, we hope you consider the bottle itself as a work of art and an attractive gift. Check back for our gift-wrapping developments. We would appreciate hearing from you if you want this option: Email us.

SHIPPING QUESTIONS

What is your shipping charge?

Our Elderberry Apple Shots packages ship for free!

Will you ship Elderberry Apple Shots internationally?

Not at this time. We ship to the continental United States only. We would appreciate hearing from you if you want this option. Email us.

How quickly will you ship my order?

We aim to process and ship orders within 48 hours. Please keep in mind that we are only two people: the farmers, the bottlers, the labelers, the packers, the website operators, we do everything. While this ensures that your purchase is the highest quality, it may also mean your order takes a day or two longer than a purchase from a large corporation.

Can I track my order shipment?

Yes, you can. As soon as we ship your product, you will receive an e-mail with tracking numbers.

Will we expedite shipping?

Not at this time. We do our best to get your order processed and out the door within 48 hours. Most of the time it is sooner than that! We would appreciate hearing from you if you want this option: Email us.

May I ship to a Post Office Box?

Yes -- please specify "USPS" on the shipping page.

Do you ship to APO/FPO boxes?

Not at this time. We would appreciate hearing from you if you want this option. Email us.