How elderberries spawned a new
business and nurtured a community
By Rosie Parker
Photography by Michelle Magdalena
Standing on top of a rusted truck bed next to a firewood lot in Carmel Valley, Katie Reneker reaches high to harvest the offerings of a giant elderberry tree bursting with flowers and ripening berries. By harvesting the fruit before it falls onto the wood below, she is helping the lot owner by preventing his wood from being stained. And by allowing her to harvest his berries, the owner is helping Reneker launch her new business, Carmel Berry Co., a maker of elderberry syrups and elderflower cordials.
The venture, which Reneker runs from her home through the California Homemade Food Act, only got started earlier this year, but it is already demonstrating the … Read More