Norm’s Farms, founded by Ann, Rodger, and Erin Lenhardt in Pittsboro, NC. The Norm's Farms family believes in the sustainable production of healing foods made with natural, simple ingredients--just like the elderberries Norm's Farms grows. Because the Norm's Farms family recognizes that their small Missouri farm cannot keep up with the company's demand, they have begun working with small family farmers in North Carolina to help establish elderberry orchards or a partial Elderberry Farm. Norm’s Farms will have a local source of elderberries for their products in addition to those grown in Missouri. We strive to be your go-to-source for all things elderberries, including but not limited to all aspects of this amazing berry's history, uses, and potential for sustainable cultivation in North America.
Norm's Farms is at the forefront of one of the most sustainable and exciting new crops: Elderberry. This emerging superfruit is packed with Vitamins A, B and C , iron, potassium, and the powerful antioxidants known as anthocyanins. The plants are a hardy perennial, and are naturally disease resistant. Surprisingly, only 10% of the elderberries consumed in the US are actually grown here; the other 90% are grown in Europe. We're working to change that by selling plants and making value-added elderberry products.
Elderberries are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants and are known for boosting the immune system. While the exact mechanism of how elderberry stimulates the immune system is not fully understood, scientists generally agree that elderberry's high concentration of certain kinds of antioxidants, called bioflavonoids, are probably involved. Elderberry is also mildly laxative, diuretic and diaphoretic as well, which means it helps remove fluids from the system. However, if you drink too much of it, you'll be removing too many fluids! For that reason, it is best to remember that a little bit of elderberry goes a long way, and to always drink plenty of water as well.