Music. Arts. Food. Community.

Harmony Fest '13 is just days away!

This Saturday the BisMan Community Food Co-op will be jamming with local musicians and artists at Harmony Fest '13! Come down for our big member kick-off event and enjoy music, art, and a delicious lunch or dinner. The menu will include sloppy joes, veggie sandwiches, cucumber salad, fruit and yogurt parfaits, and chocolate chip cookies. YUM! The grass-fed beef is from Lynn Brakke (Moorhead, MN) veggies from Dwight Duke (Bismarck, ND) and the buns will be fresh baked by Annie Carlson at Morning Joy Farms (Mercer, ND). We will also have "The Co-op Kids" selling homemade lemonade. Let's make this happen, Bismarck-Mandan!

Come check it out at Custer park this Saturday 1 to 7pm.


Harmony Fest '13 Line-up 

Ian Ridenhour - 1:00
Copperlight - 1:45
Kris Kitko - 2:30
The Prairie Meddlers - 3:15
Luke Graner - 4:15
McMahonbros./Saturn Return - 5:15
Anonymous Phenomenon - 6:00

Planting the Seeds

I was very excited to hear that KFYR spotted our tomato bombs and wanted to learn more about them and the endeavors of the co-op.  I think they did an excellent story highlighting that our community loves local food and we want more!

Sometimes, when you have young children, you feel like you have taken on the universe when you successfully get to work on time.  The day of our interview was one of those days, and even Retha mentioned her little one had a moment. I get to work at 8:30 everyday, but I also work a few evenings and Saturdays to accommodate the public. So, I am unable to attend any markets or support local producers.  In addition, a lot of our food choices are compromised because most stores only carry some of the products I'd like to buy.

Ideally, we'd all probably be happier and healthier if we grew our own food and slowed down a little. I've come to realize this is an unrealistic expectation; however, we can adapt to our sometimes fast paced culture.  We CAN develop and rely on local food systems.  We all have a mission in life and by working together we can be stronger and more connected.

 I think we need to get this co-op opened not only to simplify local shopping, but provide a safe, convenient, and successful location for local farmers to deliver their produce!


- Angie Oberg, BisMan Community Food Co-op Interim Chair


The Fruits of their Labor

Our tomato bombs have been spotted all over town! Thank you Northside Market for adopting one and showing your support for the Co-op. 

 Did you catch us on Main Street Minute yesterday?  

A huge thank you goes out to Retha Colclasure and KFYR for featuring the Bisman Community Food Coop alongside Koo Koo's Nest last night. 

Keep your eyes out for our tomato bombs around town, and don't forget to visit our first business of the month STEEP ME A CUP OF TEA. Starting today, Steep Me will feature a "Co-op Tea of the Day," and a percentage of the sales of that tea will go towards the Co-op. Today's Tea of the Day is Blue Clouds Over Dakota Green Tea (Sencha Green Tea with Blueberry, Vanilla Flavoring and Blue Lavender Flowers). So head on over to Steep Me on South 3rd to cool yourself off and support two local businesses! 

Be Magazine Publishes Q&A with Co-op

Imagine a place where people are working together for better food, stronger communities, and a healthier world.

Be Magazine's Renita Brannan recently sat down with steering committee member Carmen Hoffner to talk about the BisMan Community Food Co-op. Check it out on page 54 of the latest issue. 

Find the full June/July 2013 issue of Be Magazine here

Find the Q & A with Hoffner here