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How to make immune system boosting syrup

JCFM Berries
Elderberries are often found in local fields this time of year. Submitted Photo.

By Jana Jones
Farmers Market Manager

Cold and flu season is just around the corner. Now is the time to prepare natural remedies to have in your home that will build your family’s immune system to help fight off these nasty bugs.Elderberry Syrup is a well known remedy that has been used for centuries. Known for its prophylactic (preventing disease) properties and countless therapeutic qualities, elderberries have been described in folklore as a “complete medical chest”, according to The Complete Medicinal Herbal book by Penelope Ody.

The Appalachian Mountains are home to many medicinal herbal plants that grow in abundance. The elderberry bush can be found in fields and roadsides all over these mountains. On Saturday, October 6 at 11:30, the next “How To” class will be taught at the Johnson County Farmers Market (JCFM).

Meet at the breakfast tent to learn how to recognize the elderberry bush, how to harvest the berries, how to extract their juice and prepare elderberry syrup. The class is free and offered as a community service by the JCFM. If you don’t have time to make your own, prepared elderberry syrup will be available to purchase starting this Saturday through the end of October at the manager’s booth at JCFM.

The Johnson County Farmers Market is located at Ralph Stout Park in the parking area near the children’s playground. Come enjoy the live music, farm fresh produce, eggs, meat, dairy, and local handmade baked goods and craft items each Saturday morning from 9 until noon. Swing by the manager’s table to find your “Fresh is Best” t-shirt and other items and information. We offer the Fre$h Savings Program which doubles the dollars for EBT customers. Bring the kids by our GoJoCo Kids tent to make healthy snacks, participate in fun activities and earn tokens to spend at the market. We invite you to like us on Facebook to see all of the current news or visit our webpage at JohnsonCountyFM.org to learn more.