Organically-grown versus Certified Organic
In the making of a Certified Organic crop, farmers may have to wait 3 years from initiation of the Certification until final approval -- the "transition" time where organic practices are followed but Certification is not finalized.
This summer we found some incredible organically-grown elderberries at a multi-generational family farm run by Mark and Verlyn Sneller. These berries are a perfect crop of uniform dark purple color, plump, and well-ripened beautiful elderberries. This crop was ‘transitional’ because Mark and Verlyn started with elderberry cuttings that weren't Certified Organic. They planted the cuttings and have followed organic practices since.
We love that by purchasing and using these berries, we are helping the Snellers reach their goal to be Certified Organic. We love that the berries were raised and harvested under organic practices. The flavor is outstanding. The farmers are hard-working, honest, and devoted to American elderberries. Best of all, we can pass along the savings to you and charge less for the bottles.
We know you'll love these elderberries!