Located next to the historic Rideau Canal, Brass Point Farms 74 acres, established in 2018, is proud to be a #womenwhofarm leader in perennial agriculture. Dorothy Hector and a team of enthusiastic volunteers broke ground on the existing century farmland and supported its development into a bounty of pears, plums, blackberries and certified organic elderberries.
Dorothy began her vision by planting a natural forest of over 3000 trees, from the endangered black walnut and white oak, to tamarack and other native species.
Brass Point Farm makes elderberry and elderflower products for use in juices, syrups, jams, cordials and tea. The Elderberry dates as far back as 400BC, and Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine,” called the elder tree his “medicine chest.” The berries and flowers are packed with antioxidants and vitamins and are indigenous to Canada.
The fruit (known as an elderberry) is a dark purple to black berry 3–5 mm diameter, produced in drooping clusters in the fall. The flower (known as an elderflower) is edible, as well as the berries, however the latter is edible only when ripe.
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