River Hills Harvest brand

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Individual farmer-growers and farmer-marketers grow elderberry and experiment with product development and marketing apart from the cooperative. These friends of the cooperative share their experience, time and resources through MEC’s educational outreach. Some growers operate licensed wineries or meaderies. River Hills Harvest’s brand products are based on cool processed elderberry juice, heated just long enough to neutralize the potential glycoside toxins present in unripe berries and cyme twigs, thus this form of elderberry seems to be the least processed available to the consumer in a shelf-stable bottle. MEC follows River Hills Harvest picking, destemming, washing/sanitizing & packing protocols. Both MEC members and/or the cooperative and may sell bulk elderberries to RHH. 

MEC’s feasibility and business plan studies incorporated this experience for evaluation by the MEC Board and Grower Members in guiding the operations of the cooperative as it works to support its associated farmers and processor partners through training, quality control and cooperative harvest, production and storage activities. 

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Consumers can help support the development of this new small fruit industry by buying elderberry products made and grown in the Midwest, such as the River Hills Harvest brand founded by Terry Durham. Consumer purchase of this brand’s products directly supports the commercial production of elderberry and elderflower products in the Midwest. With increased consumer use and growing economic significance, elderberry will attract more grants for university research. 

Short news story on River Hills Harvest with some pictures linked here.

YouTube videos linked here. 


Where are River Hills Harvest elderberry juice products sold? If your favorite store does not carry River Hills Harvest’s tasty elderberry juice products, then ask them to email Chris Patton at riverhillsharvest.marketers@gmail.com.

You can check them out on Facebook, too. 

Independent Distributors for RHH Serving Retailers
River Hills Harvest Marketers, LLC works through the following independent distributors to deliver River Hills Harvest products to retailers:

A Fresh Provision, LLC 890 Mensching Rd., Roselle, IL 60172. Call Henry Larsen, 630-437-1729.

Elegant Foods, LLC  “When taste matters”  - Elegant Foods is your premier source for specialty food products and ingredients in central and southern Wisconsin into northern Illinois. They offer many unique food items and local Wisconsin products for retail outlets, executive chefs and coffee shops. Address: 537 Atlas Ave., Madison, WI 53714. Phone: 608-249-7711 Fax: 608-249-2648

KeHE Distributors, LLC, a national leader in the distribution of natural & organic, specialty and fresh products. Go to its page.

Market Distributing serves a number of retail food stores and chains in Minnesota. Their offices are located at 25 West Cliff Rd Burnsville, MN 55337. Please email or call Mike Reineck, mike.reineck@marketdistributing.com, 952-905-2009.

Ron Mar Foods, Inc. is a specialty food service distributor serving caterers, restaurants, hotels, country clubs and retail outlets in the Twin Cities, MN since 1977. RMF will ship RHH product throughout the Midwest. Open from 7:30 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday.   Address: 11525 K-Tel Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55343. Phone: 952-935-1700 Fax: 952-935-7491.

Super Natural Distributors is a wholesale distributor of Vitamins, Sports Nutrition, Homeopathic, Herbal, Gluten free, and Organic personal care products. They stock about 10,000 SKUs  from over 350 vendors. In business since 1984 they are based in the Greater Metropolitan area of Milwaukee, WI primarily serving the Midwest with the bulk of their customers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan.  Address: W229N1680 Westwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53186.   www.sndonline.com Phone: 262-650-9000 Fax: 262-650-9988. 

Independent Sales & Marketing Brokers for RHH 
River Hills Harvest Marketers, LLC works through the following independent sales and marketing companies to present the River Hills Harvest brand to retailers:

BREAKOUT Sales & Marketing  managed by Al Urpsis. Exclusive rights to California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and Colorado. Please contact Al or your local Breakout Salesperson. Distribution primarily through KeHE Distributors

River Hills Harvest Retail Outlets Serving Consumers
(This list is becoming increasingly incomplete as distribution grows more quickly. Hy-Vee locations are listed on its own page.)


  • Cottonwood: Mount Hope Foods
  • Fountain Valley: Nature’s Finest
  • Phoenix: Healthy Habit Wellness


  • Harrison: Nature’s Wonders
  • Harrison: Prairie Market
  • Jasper: Arkansas House/Boardwalk Cafe
  • Mountain Home: Nature’s Way Nutrition Center
  • Searcy: Good Measure Market


  • Bakersfield: Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins 
  • Chino Hills: Chino Hills Health
  • Chula Vista: Sprouts
  • Costa Mesa: Irvine Ranch Market
  • Fresno: Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins 
  • Laverne: Nature Way Health Food Center
  • Los Angeles: Health Food City
  • Los Angeles locations: Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins 
  • Los Angeles: Rainbow Acres
  • Malibu: Vitamin Barn
  • Oxnard: Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins 
  • San Juan Capistrano: Marbella Ranch Market
  • Santa Barbara: Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins 
  • Santa Maria: Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins 
  • Simi Valley: Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins 
  • Thousand Oaks: Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins 
  • Ventura: Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins 


  • Highland Park: Highland Health Foods, Inc.
  • Moline: Heritage Natural Foods
  • Niles: A Way of Life 


  • Greenwood: Country Nutrition
  • Indianapolis: Good Earth Natural Food
  • Kokomo: Sunspot Natural Market
  • Newburgh: Paradise Organics
  • West Lafayette: Sunspot Natural Market


  • Burlington: Nature's Corner, 423 Jefferson St
  • Coralville: New Pioneer Food Co-op & Bakery, 1101 2nd Street
  • Decorah: Oneota Community Food Cooperative, 212 Water St
  • Fairfield: Everybody's Whole Foods, 501 N. Second St
  • Iowa City: New Pioneer Food Co-op, 22 S. Van Buren


  • Lawrence: Pendleton’s Country Market


  • Murray: Peach Blossom


  • Allen Park: Better Health & Nutrition
  • Frankfort: Creation Farm, Inc.


Almost all Lunds & Byerlys stores in central Minnesota

  • Buffalo: Local Roots Food Co-op, 206 Central Ave.
  • Burnsville: Valley Natural Foods, 13750 County Road 11
  • Cambridge: City Center Market, 122 Buchanan St N
  • Chanhassen: Lakewinds Natural Foods, 435 Pond Promenade
  • Cokato: Dan & Becky's Market, 5636 Oliver Ave SW
  • Grand Marais: Cook County Whole Foods Co-op, 20 E First St
  • Hutchinson: The Farm of MN, 24618 St., HWY 15
  • Hutchinson: Tania’s Wellness Corner, 114 Main St N,  Ste 202E
  • Litchfield: Natural Food Co-op, 230 North Sibley Avenue
  • Long Lake: Harvest Moon Natural Foods, 2380 Wayzata Blvd
  • Mankato: Worthy of Wellness, 1650 E Madison Ave Set 106
  • Marshall: Columbia Imports, 256 W. Main Street
  • Minneapolis NE: Eastside Food Cooperative, 2551 Central Avenue NE
  • Minneapolis East: Seward Co-op, 2823 East Franklin Avenue
  • Minneapolis: Longfellow Market, 3815 E Lake St.
  • Minneapolis: Wedge Community Co-op, 2105 Lyndale Ave S
  • Minneapolis: Linden Hills Co-op, 3815 Sunnyside Ave
  • Minneapolis: Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese, 303 E Hennepin Ave (coming soon)
  • Minnetonka: Lakewinds Natural Foods, 17501 Minnetonka Blvd.
  • Moorhead: Lee Thomas Farm, 12506 20th St N
  • Moorhead: Sydney’s Health Market, 810 30th Ave
  • Northfield: Just Food Co-op, 516 Water Street South
  • Red Wing: Simple Abundance, 318 Bush Street
  • Richfield: Lakewinds Natural Foods, Lyndale Ave S & W 64th St - June 2014
  • Rochester: People's Food Co-op, 519 1st Ave SW
  • St. Cloud: Good Earth Food Co-op, 2010 Veterans Drive
  • St. Cloud: Lunds & Byerlys, 2510 W. Division St. 
  • St. Paul: Golden Fig, 790 Grand Avenue 
  • St. Paul: Hampden Park Co-op, 928 Raymond Avenue
  • St. Paul: Mississippi Market, 1500 W. 7th Street
  • St. Paul: Mississippi Market, 622 Selby Avenue
  • St. Peter: St. Peter Food Coop, 228 Mulberry Street St.
  • Shoreview: Fresh & Natural, Shoreview Village Mall, 1075 W HWY 96
  • Stillwater: River Market Community Co-op, 221 Main St N
  • Waconia: Mackenthun’s Fine Foods, 851 Marketplace Dr. (coming soon)
  • Willmar: Fabulous Finds, 414 Becker St SW


  • Ashland: Moser’s
  • Ava: Jean’s Healthway Natural Foods
  • Barnett: Morgan County Feed
  • Bourbon: CDR Naturals
  • Cape Girardeau: Natural Health
  • Chesterfield: Rick Jordan Choclatier
  • Columbia: 
    • Buck’s Ice Cream
    • Clovers-Broadway & Nifong
    • Main Squeeze
    • Wine Celler & Bistro
    • World Harvest International Foods
  • Hartsburg: The Grand
  • Jefferson City: Jeff City Health Foods
  • Kansas City: Nature’s Own Health Food
  • Lebanon: Nature’s Pantry
  • Lee’s Summit: The Gardens at Unity Village
  • Liberty: Mother Nature’s Health Market
  • Rolla: Nature Girls
  • Sedalia: Healthy Habits
  • Springfield: Mama Jeans, Campbell, Republic & Sunshine Streets
  • St. Louis:
    • Botanical Garden Shop
    • Local Harvest
    • Maude’s Market
    • Root Cellar - Walnut
    • Sappington Farmers’ Market
  • Versailles: Nature's Friend
  • Versailles: Weaver’s Country Market


  • Las Vega: Sprouts Rainbow Grocery


  • Truth or Consequences: Turtleback Oasis Market Place


  • Roundtop: Hosanna Health


  • Austintown: Berry’s Natural Food Market
  • Dayton: Dorothy Lane Market
  • Madeira: Cincinnati Natural Foods
  • Millersburg: Troyer A Country Market 
  • Vermillion: Vermillion Farm Market


  • Tulsa: Akins/Chamberlins
  • Tulsa: ERT Store 101 (East)


  • Cleburne: Family Nutrition Center
  • Colleyville: Sunflower Shoppe Vitamins 7 Natural Foods
  • Dallas: Ann’s Health Foods
  • Garland: Great Earth Vitamins
  • Sherman: Green Market
  • Spring: Harvest Natural Market


  • Cedar City: Sunshine Nutrition
  • St. George: Dixie Nutrition


  • Virginia Beach: Organic Food Depot


  • Brookfield, Sendik's Fine Foods, 18985 W. Capitol Drive
  • Green Bay: B-Alive
  • Eau Claire: Just Local Food Co-op, 1117 S. Farwell St.
  • Elkhorn: Plaza Pharmacy
  • Hudson: Fresh & Natural Foods, Plaza 94 Shopping Center, 1701 Ward Avenue, Ste 200
  • LaCrosse: People's Food Co-op, 315 5th Ave South
  • Madison: Community Pharmacy, 341 State Street - enter on Gorham
  • Madison: Metcalfe's Hilldale, 726 N. Midvale (@University)
  • Madison: Metcalfe's West Towne, 7455 Mineral Point Rd
  • Madison: Willy Street Co-op, 1221 Williamson St. - coming in September 2014
  • Mequon: Outpost Natural Foods, 7590 W. Mequon Road
  • Middleton: Willy Street Co-op, 6825 University Ave. - now in store
  • Milwaukee: Outpost Natural Foods, 100 E. Capitol Drive
  • Milwaukee: Outpost Natural Foods, 2826 Kinnickinnic Ave.
  • Pewaukee, Good Harvest Foods, 2205 Silvernail Road 
  • Platteville: Driftless Market, 95 W Main St.
  • Plum City: Art 401 Gallery, 401 Main St.
  • Viroqua: Viroqua Food Co-op, 609 N. Main St.
  • Wauwatosa: Metcalfe's Wauwatosa, 6700 W. State St.
  • Wauwatosa: Outpost Natural Foods, 7000 W. State St.
  • Wisconsin Rapids: Family Natural Foods, 910 W. Grand Ave

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