When I was a kid we lived on 3 acres in rural Iowa. Our ditches were overgrown, and in the ditches close to the garden were some elderberry…vines? Weeds? Bushes? I’m not certain. My mom found out that a local winery would pay 50¢ a pound for elderberries, and so I’d cut them, and she’d drive me to the winery. The money was mine to keep.
Somehow she found out when the elderberries I picked would be wine (or she guessed) and bought a bottle and I got to try some. I don’t remember how it tasted. In fact, the last thing I remember about elderberries is that the county came through and cut and burned our ditches, which made them neater to look at, but destroyed my small enterprise.
I wonder if anyone local to me now (as I am no longer living in rural Iowa) who makes elderberry wine?
Destroyed your money maker! Oh noes.
I have never heard of Elderberry wine. Shade Mountain Winery, in Middleburg, PA has it.
Gonna have to look that place up. Ty!
It’s funny to look back at those types of things from our childhood. A bit of nostalgia!