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    I’ve never tried Elderberry Syrup.  What can I expect in my order?

    I’ve never tried Elderberry Syrup.  What can I expect in my order?

    Maybe you’ve heard that Elderberry Syrup is good for you, but you aren’t sure what to expect with your order.  We’ve got you covered!

    Quality. 

    Elderberries have gained a reputation for keeping families healthy. That’s the whole reason our owner, Jenny, started this company. We exist to empower healthy families to fullness and freedom.

    Our elderberry syrup is made with 6 natural ingredients—Elderberries, Aronia Berries, Raw Local Honey, Ginger, Ceylon Cinnamon and Clove.   That’s it!  We are really proud to provide such a high-quality syrup to our customers!

    Quick Service and Free Shipping.

    We offer free shipping with USPS Priority Mail.  Once you’ve placed your order, we get busy prepping your product.  Each jar is sanitized, labeled, and dated by our incredible team.  Because we want to provide you with the freshest product, we make our syrup many times each week and all orders ship within 3 business days.  Once it leaves our shop, it takes USPS 1-4 business days to get your package to you. 

    Packaging and Refrigeration.

    Our shipping team is the best!  They take great care in packaging our products so you will receive them in excellent condition.  Each jar is wrapped in layers of brown paper and bubble wrap.  It is boxed and labeled by hand.  We’re on a first name basis with our Postal Carrier since we ship so many packages each day! 

    When you receive your syrup, we ask that you place it in your refrigerator because it provides you with the freshest product for the duration of its shelf life.  But some customers wonder if their product is safe since it can’t be kept cold during shipping.

    Our syrup is certified as “non-potentially hazardous” which means that it does not create a hospitable environment for harmful bacteria to grow. The instructions to store in the refrigerator are for the purpose of quality and freshness, not safety.  Being outside of the fridge for even up to a week will not compromise the safety of our product.

    Shelf Life.

    Our syrup lasts 30-60 days in your refrigerator, and we always write 45 days from the day we produce the batch on our jars. We recommend using or freezing the syrup within one week past the date on your jar to ensure it doesn't spoil. Frozen syrup lasts 6-8 months in the freezer.  Some of our customers even freeze their syrup in ice cubes trays so that their daily doses are already portioned out!

    Consistency and, well, Consistency.

    One of the things we hear a lot is how happy our customers are with the consistency of our syrup.  Our repeat customers are happy that they can count on the same great taste and quality each time they place an order!

    But one of the questions we get a lot from first time customers refers to the consistency of our syrup.  It’s called a syrup—isn’t it supposed to be thick? 

    We don’t use any preservatives or glucose, and the only thickening agent we use is honey. Because of this, our syrup is juice-like in consistency, rather than thick like pancake syrup.  We say it is sweet from the honey and should taste a bit like Christmas from our spices!  We are committed to providing the highest quality syrup to all of our customers, and a lack of thickness does not indicate a lack of effectiveness.  In fact, there are approximately 800 milligrams of elderberry in each tablespoon dose!

    Kindness

    One of our core values at The Elderberry Co. is kindness.  We treat others the way we want to be treated.  We show up every day and give our best to provide you, our customers, with a delicious, high-quality syrup.  We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve you.  It is one of our greatest joys.

    Would you like to try our syrup?  We are having a summer sale where you can save 15% with the code SUMMERFUN at checkout for a limited time! Code cannot be combined with bundles, subscriptions or any other discount. Valid online only.

    The Elderberry Co's Stay at Home Survival Guide

    The Elderberry Co's Stay at Home Survival Guide

    As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s easy to feel like we’re living the in the movie Groundhog Day.  If you’re a mom with young children, you face unique challenges during this time of extended family togetherness. It’s easy to wish for things to get back to normal, but is it possible to do more than just survive?  


    Here are 5 ways to thrive at home during social distancing.

    Be intentional.  Don’t just let the day unfold without order.  With schoolwork, playtime, cleaning, laundry, and ALL the food prep, the day can descend into madness pretty quickly if you don’t have a plan.  Before you go to bed each night, spend a few minutes thinking through what you need or want to accomplish the next day.  Build in breaks for yourself.  Even if your kids no longer nap, having a built-in quiet time where everyone spends at least an hour in separate rooms can be good for everyone—mom included!  Keep in mind that your schedule is YOURS.  This is designed to serve you and your family and no one else.  If it isn’t working, you can adjust or even scrap it!

    Make a seasonal list and check off the fun! Grab a piece of cardstock and some colored markers, gather the family together, and brainstorm some fun things you could do together this spring.  Ideas could include taking a family walk, doing a craft together, playing a game, eating strawberry shortcake, making s’mores over a campfire, or popcorn and movie nights. Make sure the things that make the list are things you’d really enjoy doing together.  And don’t make too much work for yourself!  Things don’t have to be Pinterest-worthy to be fun.

    Get outside every day. Make sure you take the time to get the kids out so they can run off some energy.  Their ability to focus on tasks will be better, they’ll eat and sleep better, and it’ll be good for you as well!

    Create opportunities for connection with friends and extended family. Being separated from those we care about is difficult.  Here are a few ideas to help your kids nurture those precious relationships from a distance.

    • Have a new or developing reader?  Pick an age-appropriate book and have your child read a chapter a day to a loved one via FaceTime.
    • Pull out a box of photos and let your school-aged children organize the photos for you.  Talk about the memories they discover over dinner.
    • Create some happy mail!  Task the kids with creating cards and crafts to send to grandparents, cousins, friends, or even essential workers.
    Be gentle with yourself. Now isn’t the time for unrealistic expectations.  Take some simple measures to make sure your choices are sustainable in this season. 
    • Comparison is the enemy of contentment, and it’s easy to compare what we’re doing with those we see online.  Use technology to inspire you, but if you sense that it is contributing to a feeling of discontent, unplug.  
    • Simplify in the kitchen as much as possible.  Your family doesn’t need gourmet meals, they just need to be fed!  Pick some super easy meals and rotate them regularly.  
    • You don’t have to do it all!  Rely on your partner for help.  You can give the kids age appropriate jobs too. 

    Mamas, the work you do matters.  Many on our Elderberry Co. team are moms, so we understand the added workload that this stay-at-home order creates.  We want to celebrate you!  We’ve created the cutest little gift box for Mother’s Day.  You can grab one here while supplies last!  

     

    Photo Credit: Britney Sidwell Photography

    A Rocket Ship, Fire Extinguisher and Covid-19

    A Rocket Ship, Fire Extinguisher and Covid-19

    My story is not a normal one. Two years ago I posted on Facebook and that post set me on a WILD journey of entrepreneurship, building a six figure business all while breastfeeding, toddler-rearing and balancing life as a stay-at-home mom. I didn’t cut corners, but worked INSANELY hard to get to where I’m at. I can’t stay silent about how I got here, where I’m going and how you truly can discover what God created you for and live a crazy-fulfilled life. My hope is that my customers can hear my story and be inspired in some way to take a step toward pursuing a dream.

    With that said, let me tell you about March. One of my business mentors once described seasons of business as having one arm wrapped around a shooting rocket ship and another hand on an extinguisher, putting out fires. That is the best way to describe how March felt for me. For our country (and entire world), March 2020 will be remembered for the historic events that took place around the pandemic of Covid-19. Our economy essentially closed its doors and we all stayed home in our best effort to "flatten the curve" and prevent our health care system from getting overwhelmed. The middle of the month was especially chaotic where it felt like every minute we were getting news updates on big events cancelling and stay-at-home orders happening in different states. 

    As for our business, we made the decision to close our storefront in southern Indiana. We felt that this was the safest move we could make, and as primarily an online business, we knew we could still offer our products to our community even with our doors physically closed. We were FLOODED with online orders the entire month. About 4x what we were used to. In one week, we made over 1,000 gallons of elderberry syrup! My emotions in March were all over the place: 

    "How am I supposed to keep up with all of this?"

    "We need more help! We need more space!"

    "Are we making mistakes?"

    "Is our team having fun and feeling valued?"

    "This is CRAZY."

    "This is fun!"

    "I'm exhausted."

    "I don't know if I can do this anymore."

    I could go on. I had several 3am and 5am mornings that left me with a few emotional breakdowns. This is a photo of one of those mornings (I'll leave the breakdown photo to myself)...

    By the end of March, I had some serious doubts about the business I had built and my ability to run it. Yes it was (and still is) incredibly successful but that kind of accelerated growth is not easy to handle. And going through a pandemic is not easy to handle.

    I've come out of March with a new appreciation for entrepreneurs and business owners. I've seen the ways that I handle adversity well and other ways I handle it not-so-well. I'm incredibly grateful for a successful business and a product that brings so much health and healing to our community. And I'm especially grateful for our customers who continue to support us and share our product with their friends and family. Our future is looking CRAZY and BRIGHT, and we plan to continue to take you along for the journey!

    Have you tried our syrup? Use code ROCKETSHIP to get 15% off your order now through May 1st. Code cannot be combined with bundles or subscriptions. Enjoy!

    To healthy and happy families,

     

     

     Jenny

     

    Photo Credit: Photo Lulu