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!
Is your Elderberry Apple Shots Certified Organic?
It is not a Certified Organic product, mainly because organic apples are difficult to source. We often have Certified Organic elderberries that we purchase from small farms in the mid-West. (We always tell you in the product descriptions) The apples are non-GMO and grown under an Integrated Pest Management program, which means they only spray when they have to spray. As of this writing, there is one genetically modified apple variety available, and we do not use it. See the next question and answer for more.
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 apples in the North East is extremely limited. We have an option to ship in organic apples from the West Coast, but are uncomfortable with this huge carbon footprint.
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. You can read more about this here. Our serving size is 1 Tablespoon, and there are 8,000 mg of pressed elderberries in each serving.
Are elderberries good for me?
That’s a question for medical science to answer. We do have a short nutritional table to help you research elderberries here. 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.
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.
What is the shelf life of Elderberry Apple Shots?
Can I put it in the refrigerator? The shelf life un-opened is one year (not refrigerated). Once you open it, keep it in the refrigerator and it will last for 3 months.
Do you sell raw or dried elderberries?
No, we do not. We sell dried elderflowers when they are available here.
Why don’t you sell plain elderberry juice?
Elderberry juice tends to be bitter. It also requires an entirely different processing technique which we do not have at the moment. Its shelf-life is shorter and it cannot be shipped in the freezing temperatures of winter. 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?
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 two other farmer with small acreages, and we use apple cider from a farm close by.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 have a greeting card option to include in the shipment! You will see this option at the first check-out page. No gift wrapping at this time.
What is your shipping charge?
Our Elderberry Apple Shots packages ship for free!
We also have a plastic-free shipping option for the Elderberry Gummy Kit, which uses a kraft padded mailer instead of the white plastic USPS padded mailer. This does raise the cost of shipping by $3.
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.