Herb Connection: For Commercial Growers and Buyers

The purpose of this page is to help North Carolina medicinal herb growers connect with buyers to start building long-term relationships. If you are a buyer looking for a particular herb, please use the comment section to list what you want and in what volume. Be sure to date your request and include contact information. North Carolina growers, if you have herb available now or in the near future, explain what you have and in what volumes. If you want to remain anonymous, please indicate such and we will have initial communications go to us. I have the comments section set so I have to okay submissions before they are visible. Write your listing in the comment section, make a copy of it, then hit submit (I explain why later). I will read your submission (and contact you if I have any questions), and post it in the Wanted or Available section below. Please use the same procedure to let me know if you want that listing edited or removed. After you submit your comment, there should be a message saying that your comment is awaiting moderation. If you don't get that message, it has not gone through. In that case, email your information (which is easy if you made a copy of it first) to Jeanine_Davis@ncsu.edu and put "Herb Connection" in the subject line.

Growers, please be sure to practice the Suggested Good Agricultural Practices for Medicinal Herbs. We offered training on that in April 2015 and the videos are posted on our YouTube channel. The draft publication on the topic is listed on another tab in this blog. We understand that sometimes you want to work in confidence or need personal assistance. We still offer that service on a limited basis. Please contact Margaret at Margaret_Bloomquist@ncsu.edu. She will be happy to assist you.

By Asheville Tea Company, 8/27/16
Dried herbs needed
Asheville Tea Company (a new tea blending business focused on locally-sourced craft tea blends), searching for a number of dried herbs/ botanicals in quantities of 2-3 pounds each (will take what I can get!). Specifically searching for these items at the moment:
- elderberry (&flower)
- chamomile
- spearmint
- Various types of basil
- Various types of dried fruit and berries (and raspberry & blackberry leaves)
-Lavender flower
Also using/ looking for many more teas and herbs for blends and very interested in connecting with Carolina-based farms that are drying products.
I can be reached at:  Jessie Dean, Asheville Tea Company L.L.C.
Thank you so much,
By Jeannie Dunn, Red Moon Herbs 6/17/16
Red clover
Linden flower
Ginseng Leaf and Stem
Ginger (fresh)
Turmeric (fresh)
Eastern Osha (fresh)
Local beeswax
From conscientious NC growers (or those in a 100 mile radius) who practice organic farming and sustainable wild-harvesting.
Please call to discuss quantity, quality and price!
Reply to:

By Shanti, Golden Needle 6/17/2016
Golden Needle is looking for locally grown Chinese and Western herbs in 1 lb quantities, dried. Wild-crafted or cultivated under organic growing methods.
Reply to:

By Herb Buyer 6/13/16
Bloodroot $40-$50/LB, would like this to be cultivated and certified organic
Wild Yam $8.00-$10.00/LB, cultivated and organic would be ideal
Organic Black Cohosh, $10.00-$14.00/LB
Organic Goldenseal $45.00-$50.00/LB
Contact Margaret_Bloomquist@ncsu.edu to discuss

By Herb Buyer 6/13/16
Seeking Lespedeza, bush clover. Contact Margaret_Bloomquist@ncsu.edu to discuss.

By: An herbal buyer 1/26/2016
Rhus coppalina, 50 lbs. of dry leaves.
Please respond to Margaret_Bloomquist@ncsu.edu for more information. This buyer would like to remain anonymous.

AVAILABLE (growers update regularly, so check back often): 
By: Red Root Native Nursery 11/7/16
In Weaverville, NC
Fresh dug American Ginseng rootlets $2 each, which can be easily shipped packed in moist sphagnum in a small USPS flat rate box.
As always, a $45 minimum order is required for purchase.
Email Jean at redrootnatives@gmail.com or call 828-545-0565

By: Maple Spring Gardens 10/20/2016
In Cedar Grove, NC
Naturally grown Medicinal Herbs
Fresh Herbs available for Fall:
Turmeric root
Ginger root
Burdock root
Elecampane root (2yr old) - small amounts
Comfrey root and leaf
Chrysanthemum flowers (Ju Hua) yellow
Contact- Sunshine Dawson
blissfulsunshine@gmail.com or call (305) 766-1761

By: Family Farm in Southern WV 9/30/2016
In Southern WV
Black Cohosh, Wild, Sustainably Harvested, Organically Grown (not Certified)
Dried, Chopped, and Sifted
$20.00 per dry pound

By: Gentle Harmony Farm 8/23/2016
USDA Certified Organic in Lexington, NC
Fall Roots Available 2016 After First Frost
See website for other herbs that may be still available.
Direct inquiries through the contact page at www.gentleharmonyfarm.com
By Pangaea Plants LLC   6/18/2016
Certified Organic, Certified Biodynamic and GAP Certified
Located near Asheville N.C., Offering:
(All yields and prices are subject to change and are for dry leaf and or blossom unless
Andrographis paniculata TBD $/#
Angelica, archangelica (ready in 2017) Root 350# @/TBD$
Anise hyssop, Agastache foeniculum,…150# @ 23$/#=3450$
Arnica chamissonis, …50# @ 50$/#=2500#
Artichoke globe, Cynara scolymus 100# @ 36$/#=3600$
Ashwaganda,Withania somnifera 125# @ 22$/#=2750$
Astragalus membranaceus (ready in 2019)
Blue vervain, Verbena hastate….120# @ 20$/#=2400$
Boneset, Eupatoriaum perfoliatum…100# @ 19$/#=1900$
Borage, Borago officinalis…100# @ 19$/#=1900$
Celandine Chelidonium majus ….Root 5# @ 40/#=200$
Calendula resina, Calendula officinalis ….250# @ 38$/#=9500$
California poppy, Eschscholzia californica ….125# @ 25$/#=3125$
Comfrey, Symphtum officinale, var. patens…. 100# @ 25$/#=2500$
Corn silk, Zea mays (sold)
Dill, Boquet, Anethum graveolens (sold)
Echinecea augustofolia …200# @ 15$/#=3000$
Echinacea purperea …. 200# @15/#=3000$
Elecampane official, Inula helenium … Root 150# @ 18/#=2700$
Fennel,common (Grosfuchtiger) Foeniculum vulgare (sold)
Gravel root, Eupatorium purpureum Root 100# @30$/#=3000$
Holy basil (Tulsi Kapor, Krishna, Rama), Ocinum sanctum… 2-300# of each @ 26$/#=15600$
Lavender Broadleaf, lavendula latifolia (ready in 2017)
Lemon balm, Melissa officinalis ….150# @ 20$/#=3000
Licorice, Glycyrrhiza glabra Root (ready in 2018)
Marshmallow, Althaea officinalis…200# @22$/#=4400
Motherwort, Leonurus cardiaca …. 10# @ 15$/#=150
Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris ….10# @ 15$/#=150
Mullein common, Verbascum Thapsus …(ready in 2017)
Oats, Avena Sativa and Avena nuda…75# @ 22$/#=1650
Passionflower official, Passiflora incarnata ….25# @ 25$/#=625
Peppermint Mentha piperita ….5# @ 20/#=100
Pleurisy Root, Asclepias tuberosa…Root 20# @22$/#=440
Rue, Ruta graveolens ….25# @25/#=625
Skullcap Official, Scutellaria lateriflora…200# @ 24$/#=4800
Stinging nettle, Urtica dioica …500# @24/#=12000
St. Johns wort (topas)…100# @ 26$/#=2600
Toad flax,Linaria vulgaris…. (sold)=225
Valerain Official, valeriana officinalis ….Root 10# @23$/#=230
White Sage, Salvia apiana ….5# @20$/#=100
Wild dandelion, Taraxacum officinale ….5# @ 25$/#=125
Wild lettuce, Latuca virosa ….5# @ 25$/#=125
Yarrow Official, Valeriana officinalis….150# @ 24$/#=3600

By Bat Cave Botanicals! 6/17/2016
Ethically wild-crafted herbs from our property in Bat Cave, NC. Custom Herb orders for fresh/dry tops or roots, as well as bare root plants, seeds, divisions, etc. Many seasonal wild edibles available in spring, and wild-crafted mushrooms throughout the year.
Contact: Sara Jackson ~ 828.625.0480
Wood Nettle: Laportea candensis
Wine Raspberry: Rubus phoenicolasius 
Blue Cohosh: Caulophyllum thalictroides
Black Coshosh: Actaea racemosa
Wild American Ginseng: Panax quinquifolius
Bloodroot: Sanginaria canidensis
Trillium: Trillium cuneatum
Sweet Shrub: Calycanthus floridus
Spicebush: Lindera benzoin
Liverwort: Hepatica Triloba
Sassafrass: Sassafrass albidium
Ramps: Allium tricoccum
Mayapple: Podophyllum pellatum
Wild Ginger: Asarum canadense


  1. I am doing Import & Export of medicinal herbs in Germany, and would be interested to develop a lasting supplying relation with a grower of Goldenseal roots, who can export with CITES Export Permit (if you procure the CITES Export Permit & Phytosanitary Certificate, I can arrange for all other logistic parts of export).

    Right now, I am looking for:

    35 kg Goldenseal root, dried.
    complying with FDA / Ph.Eur. quality requirements, namely regarding pesticide residuals, aflatoxines and containing min. 2.5% Hydrastine, min 3.0% Berberine.

    265 kg Goldenseal root, dried.
    no particular requirements on quality. Just the botanical identity and orgaleptical quality (smell & looks) must be ok.

    In case you have smaller quantities, it might be likewise interesting - and even be easier (as less risky) to start a first business.

    I would be very grateful for your feedback by email or phone to exchange then more details.

    best regards

    Antoine Pagenstecher
    65195 Wiesbaden

    T. +49 611 23 830 63
    E. ap@plantresources.eu
    H. www.plantresources.eu

  2. This post was very interesting to me. I want to start growing organic herbs that I can sell, what a great idea. I have an acre that I just let my 2 goats roam on. I love gardening, always have... could anyone offer me some advise on how to start. Contact local business' to see what they would be interested in buying? Would people buy from out of state if overnight shipments were involved? Any hints into getting started would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Would anyone have connection with Utah in selling herbs? I have 1 acre that I would love to cultivate on. If anyone has a minute to give me a heads up on starting this type of business, I'd love it. What a great idea. I'm thankful for the article in Mother Earth News!