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Jun 6, 2002 02:58 PM

Elderberries-where can I get some?

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When I was a kid growing up in Western New York my dad and I used to go to the old New York Central Stockyards to pick these. There were tons of bushes, enough for the birds to fill up on and have some left over for us. They made great pies.

I have since moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area and have been trying like crazy to find fresh Elderberries and no one can seem to help me. I realize they do not come into season until later in the summer, but can anyone tell me where I can buy these to make some of those great pies? I have tried all the old farm markets, West Side Market etc., but to no luck. I would be eternally grateful if someone out there could help me with this one.

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  1. Too bad you don't live closer to me, Jambalaya. (The Northwest.) I'd pick you a whole truckload in exchange for a pie and a jar or two of jelly.

    Do you have a County Extension Agent there? They should be able to tell you where to go to pick them. Anyone else have any ideas who Jambalaya could ask in Cleveland?

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    1. re: Sarnie

      Thanks for the tip. I am not at all sure what a county extension agent is, please clarify and I'll try to find one around here.

      I do travel to the northwest from time to time, primarily Vancouver now, but am familiar with Seattle and Portland. Can you give me suggestions on where to get them up there?

      1. re: Jambalaya

        To find your county extension agent, look in the government pages of your telephone book under the county section. It should say Extension Service - Ohio State or it could be connected to another university. They should be able to tell you where you can pick them and when they're ready in your area.

        In the Rocky Mountain States you can just drive up into a canyon and pick to your heart's content. Around here they're ready in August or September, depending on the elevation.

        Below is a link to what an elderberry tree looks like.


    2. Yes! Please tell us where!!!