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. 

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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.

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

Sniderman & Associates, Inc. managed by Elaine Sniderman: elaineisneverhome@yahoo.com.  Exclusive rights to Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana & Mississippi. 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.)

ARIZONA

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


ARKANSAS

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

CALIFORNIA

  • 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
  • No Hollywood: VP Discount
  • 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 

ILLINOIS

  • Highland Park: Highland Health Foods, Inc.
  • Moline: Heritage Natural Foods
  • Niles: A Way of Life 
  • Palos Hills: Health Food Flannagan’s 
  • (Many Hy-Vee Health Markets)


INDIANA

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

IOWA 

  • Burlington: Nature's Corner, 423 Jefferson St
  • Coralville: New Pioneer Food Co-op & Bakery, 1101 2nd Street
  • Davenport: Greatest Grains
  • 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
  • (Many Hy-Vee Health Markets)


KANSAS

  • Lawrence: Pendleton’s Country Market


KENTUCKY

  • Murray: Peach Blossom


MICHIGAN

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


MINNESOTA

Almost all Lunds & Byerlys stores in central Minnesota

  • Buffalo: Local Roots Food Co-op
  • Burnsville: Valley Natural Foods
  • Cambridge: City Center Market
  • Chanhassen: Lakewinds Natural Foods
  • Cokato: Dan & Becky's Market
  • Grand Marais: Cook County Whole Foods Co-op
  • Hutchinson: The Farm of MN
  • Hutchinson: Tania’s Wellness Corner
  • Litchfield: Natural Food Co-op
  • Mankato: Worthy of Wellness
  • Marshall: Columbia Imports
  • Minneapolis NE: Eastside Food Cooperative
  • Minneapolis East: Seward Co-op
  • Minneapolis: Longfellow Market
  • Minneapolis: Wedge Community Co-op
  • Minneapolis: Linden Hills Co-op
  • Minnetonka: Lakewinds Natural Foods
  • Moorhead: Lee Thomas Farm
  • Moorhead: Sydney’s Health Market
  • Northfield: Just Food Co-op
  • Red Wing: Simple Abundance
  • Richfield: Lakewinds Natural Foods
  • Rochester: People's Food Co-op
  • St. Cloud: Lunds & Byerlys 
  • St. Paul: Golden Fig 
  • St. Paul: Hampden Park Co-op
  • St. Paul: Mississippi Market, 1500 W. 7th Street
  • St. Paul: Mississippi Market, 622 Selby Avenue
  • St. Peter: St. Peter Food Coop
  • Shoreview: Fresh & Natural
  • Stillwater: River Market Community Co-op
  • Waconia: Mackenthun’s Fine Foods
  • Willmar: Fabulous Finds
  • (Many Hy-Vee Health Markets)


MISSOURI

  • 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
  • (Many Hy-Vee Health Markets)


MISSISSIPPI

  • Laurel: Bee Happy Natural Foods
  • McComb: McComb Market

NEBRASKA

  • (Many Hy-Vee Health Markets)

NEVADA

  • Las Vega: Sprouts Rainbow Grocery


NEW MEXICO

  • Truth or Consequences: Turtleback Oasis Market Place

NEW YORK

  • Brooklyn: Court Street Grocers, 485 Court Street
  • Roundtop: Hosanna Health

NORTH CAROLINA

  • Tryon: Nature’s Storehouse

OHIO

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

OKLAHOMA

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

TENNESSEE

  • Camden: Better Living Natural Foods

TEXAS

  • 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


UTAH

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


VIRGINIA

  • Virginia Beach: Organic Food Depot


WISCONSIN

  • Brookfield, Sendik's Fine Foods
  • Green Bay: B-Alive
  • Eau Claire: Just Local Food Co-op
  • Elkhorn: Plaza Pharmacy
  • Hudson: Fresh & Natural Foods
  • LaCrosse: People's Food Co-op
  • Madison: Community Pharmacy
  • Madison: Metcalfe's Hilldale
  • Madison: Metcalfe's West Towne
  • Madison: Willy Street Co-op
  • Mequon: Outpost Natural Foods
  • Middleton: Willy Street Co-op
  • Milwaukee: Outpost Natural Foods, 100 E. Capitol Drive
  • Milwaukee: Outpost Natural Foods, 2826 Kinnickinnic Ave.
  • Mukwanago: Health Nut
  • Pewaukee, Good Harvest Foods
  • Platteville: Driftless Market
  • Plum City: Art 401 Gallery
  • Spooner: The Vitamin Source
  • Viroqua: Viroqua Food Co-op
  • Wauwatosa: Metcalfe's Wauwatosa
  • Wauwatosa: Outpost Natural Foods
  • Wisconsin Rapids: Family Natural Foods
  • (Many Hy-Vee Health Markets)
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