Our Story

We like to say our story begins when Brandon and Lauren fell in love in the fall of 2011.   Brandon was serving as a Scout Attack Helicopter Pilot stationed at Fort Polk, and Lauren was selling houses as a real estate agent in Lafayette, Louisiana. A short time after they met, Brandon was struck with severe cluster headaches that lasted over four and a half months. He began to experience numerous unexplained medical conditions that have been reoccurring ever since. He endured an arduous journey of testing, speculation, and experimental treatment that resulted in his medical retirement from the military and the end of his aviation career.  Brandon was prescribed a litany of medications that all began to interfere with his quality of life and further exacerbate his physical well-being. With the responsibilities of supporting a new young family and the complexities of Brandon’s health, the Breauxs decided to make a complete change. They located a large tract of land and set to work acquiring the property that would later become Cockeyed Farms. 

Through extensive research of holistic living, Brandon discovered the healing benefits of American Elderberry, and incorporated it into the family's diet. His research unveiled that the overwhelming majority of elderberry products are made with dehydrated berries that are imported from Europe and are significantly watered down. While all elderberry is good, he found that the latest scientific data proves American Elderberry is far superior, and embarked on a journey that has taken him all over the United States; allowing apprenticeship opportunities at farms learning firsthand about this incredible super fruit. 

The Breaux Family moved to Washington, Louisiana in the fall of 2016. A property overhaul, full home renovation and the preparation through planting of the first elderberry orchard consumed the next three years. Within this time; a diet overhaul, medication weaning and research of holistic remedies led to a new way of life dedicated to healthy living by purging prescription medications and processed food. 

In the spring of 2019, Cockeyed Farms became the first Elderberry Farm in the state of Louisiana. An opportunity to grow further presented itself and the Breauxs moved to the Northshore. Securing property with an established organic blueberry orchard, they set to work clearing forest to farmland and planted a second elderberry orchard in the spring of 2021. Renovation ensued to convert space into a commercial processing kitchen. Expansion of the on-site apiary was established. 

The Breauxs homeschool their children, ensuring that Reese and Levi are involved in every part of the entrepreneurial process of managing the farm and the business. Devoting 100% of their time to the successful growth of the beyond organic American elderberry and blueberry orchards, on-site apiary and FDA Licensed Food and Beverage Manufacturing Facility, the Breauxs and Cockeyed Farms are proud Homegrown by Heroes Certified Louisiana growers and producers.

Utilizing organic practices and with the understanding that FOOD IS FUEL; we are excited to offer small batch American Elderberry, blueberry and honey products that feature nutrient dense ingredients, meticulously crafted from our family of farms to your kitchen table.

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