PRODUCTS WE MAKE:
Our organic native elderberry cuttings (sambucus canadensis) are sold in packs of 5 for you to root and grow at home. Available each Spring.
To root, soak cuttings in water covering a third of the stem making sure lower buds are submerged. Once small roots appear they are ready for transplant. Place rooted cutting in potting soil with the bottom half of the cutting covered and water generously. Place in sunny spot and keep moist. After 8 to 10 weeks, once they have leafed and doubled in size, the cuttings should be ready to plant in prepared soil 6 to 8 feet apart. Keep them well watered. Elderberry bushes require TLC their first year and are easy care and rewarding thereafter.
Waldoberry Farm Aronia Extract
Our Aronia Extract is made with over a pound of our organic berries in each 16 oz bottle. The extract includes our organic raspberries along with purchased organic sugar and lemons.
We call it an extract rather than a syrup due to the high quantity of berries and their tart flavor. We add just enough organic sugar to make the extract pleasant and not too sweet.
The tart/sweet flavor makes our extract a great addition to seltzer or to your favorite smoothie. We simply take a teaspoon a day as a healthy enhancement to our diet.
Aronia is our favorite healthful berry for both flavor and goodness. There is lots of good information about Aronia (black chokeberry) on the internet.
Waldoberry Farm Soothing Tea
Our Soothing Tea is 100% organic tea certified by MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association) using only ingredients grown and processed on our farm.
Our tea is a blend of dried fruit, flower and leaves:
Aronia pomace for its antioxidant properties. Aronia has a higher ORAC value than elderberry!
Elderflowers for their reported antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Lemon Balm which is said to lessen anxiety and insomnia. In Germany the use of lemon balm is approved for use in nervous sleeping disorders.
Red Raspberry leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are also thought to relax blood vessels and muscles.
Spearmint is used to make medicine. It is said to improve memory, aid digestions and stomach problems.
We boil water, add the tea directly to the pot and steep for five minutes. You can strain or not. We enjoy seeing the pretty pieces in our cup. Relax and enjoy!
BERRIES WE GROW:
Elderberries have been grown and consumed around the world for centuries. The flowers are dried and made into teas, syrups and liquors and the berries can be used in pies, syrups and wines. Elderberry has demonstrated antiviral properties making it especially effective in reducing the severity and duration of colds and flu (Zakay-Rones 1995, 2004). *Note that elderberries must be cooked before consuming.
Aronia (black chokeberry)
Aronia is not well known in the US but is very common in eastern Europe. Aronia is considered to be the most healthful fruit or super fruit in the world (see the Wikipedia page on Aronia).
Aronia can be used fresh or dried in baked goods or in syrups and cordials. We love the flavor palate of this amazing fruit and prefer aronia syrup to elderberry.
Honeyberries are grown primarily in Japan, Russia and Canada. These berries contain several polyphenol compounds. Unlike our other berries these may be enjoyed right off the vine. They are sweet and delicious and do not need to be sweetened or processed before eating. The skin is thin and the berries almost melt in you mouth. The flavor is like a blackberry/cherry/grape/kiwi blend. They are also used in syrup and wines.
Raspberries are full of vitamins and minerals, high in antioxidants and taste wonderful.
Our cornelian cherry trees are young, planted in 2016, and are just beginning to fruit. This plant is a member of the Dogwood family, not even a cousin to the classic cherry tree. The fruit has been used for over 7,000 years as a food and medicine in ancient Greece.
The National Library of Medicine (NIH) has researched Cornelian Cherries and report that the fruit can play an important role in the prevention of atherosclerosis and the reduction of fat accumulation in the liver. "Using Cornelian Cherries in pharmaceutical and food industries has caused fantastic value of this plant" [National Library of Medicine, J Complement Integr Med 2017, Mar31]. The fruit has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine.
The flavor palate is like a mixture of cranberry and sour cherry. In Eastern Europe it is made into juice or jam and used as a traditional medicine. The berries are also used for distilling vodka and rakia and in brewing mead and beer.