730: Samara Price on the Exceptional Elderberry.
Handcrafting a Local Berry into Gourmet Products.
In This Podcast:
Greg speaks with Samara Price about a tiny berry with huge potential. Like many people, Samara became interested in elderberries for their health benefits and she began making syrup. But she has discovered there are so many other ways to use them! They also make delicious and healthy beverages, baked goods, and even condiments. Hear how her interest in this amazing food has grown into both a business and a passion.
Our Guest:Samara Price is the founder of Brew Naturals, a gourmet elderberry company based out of Western Northern Carolina. Brew Naturals is a farm to table product that focuses on real ingredients, delicious flavor and full body wellness. For years, elderberry has been seen primarily just as wellness products, however Samara is committed to making the most delicious elderberry products in the region to showcase their versatility. She is passionate about saving this berry from obscurity by highlighting the culinary creativity it inspires!
Listen in and learn about:
- A healthy school fundraiser started her business
- Sourcing elderberries for her syrup
- Serviceberries are also called sugarplums
- Elderberries aren’t eaten raw – what they blend well with
- Other uses for elderberries
- The process of making elderberry syrup
- Samara’s measure of success for her business
- 15% discount for listeners of The Urban Farm Podcast – code: urbanfarm (good through 2023)
As well as:
Her failure – Taking a mountain hike unprepared, getting hurt,
Her success – Taking her son to Manhattan, properly prepared, and getting into her uncomfortable zones.
Her drive – Community; relationships
Her advice – “Don’t wait until tomorrow to harvest your elderberries.”
Samara’s Book Recommendation:
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
How to reach Samara:
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