Dad's latest venture on his Maryland farm is growing elderberries. This is not a pick-your-own crop like his strawberries and raspberries. Uncooked elderberries are astringent and inedible. They are used in pies, jellies, jams, and wine. Dad sells his berries to another grower who processes them.
Harvest is mid August through early September, and the entire cluster of berries is removed from the plant. The berries contain high levels of phosphorus, potassium, and vitamin C.
Some people like elderberries for landscape planting because they are generally free of pests.
For more information on growing elderberries, go here: http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/mfruit/elderberries.html
I wonder what Dad will grow next?