If you’re a fan of elderberry products, you might be surprised to learn that most of the juice that goes into products sold in the United States comes from Europe. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry there.
But a group of Midwest growers is trying to capture at least a portion of that by growing and producing elderberry products locally and regionally, including here in Wisconsin. River Hills Harvest is the brand name of the products produced and sold by the River Hills Elderberry Producers.
River Hills Harvest brand develops, produces and distributes elderberry products for both the retail and wholesale markets in order to provide easier market access for an increasing number of grower members. Terry Durham and Christopher J. Patton are farmers in Missouri and Minnesota respectively and both work with elderberry growers’ cooperatives.
Terry works on the research and development end, while Christopher deals with sales and marketing. Historically, very few farmers have grown elderberries as a commercial crop. This is changing due to growing consumer demand and shrinking imported supply. You’ll find River Hills Harvest products at your favorite Outpost location.