Frequently Asked Questions
Are You Open?
Yes! Come on by, we're excited to see you.
What kinds of product DOES the co-op offer?
The mission of the co-op is to provide a grocery shopping experience that aligns with the Bismarck/Mandan community’s commitment to health and wellness. We offer a broad spectrum of food including produce, meats, dairy, dry goods, bulk, refrigerated, frozen, and home health products, including a variety of organic products and locally produced items. If you have dietary restrictions, please talk to staff and we can help guide you through all the options we have available. We aim to be a co-op truly for all.
Do I have to be a member to shop there?
Nope! Everyone is welcome at the co-op. You do not have to be a member to shop here. at the co-op. However, as a member-owned business, members do receive extra benefits, such as discounts on products and financial dividends.
So what am I getting when I BUY THE $200 membership?
Your one-time $200 investment in a member share affirms your commitment to the communities health and wellness. This is a one-time fee makes you a member for life. Our members will receive access to in-store discounts and member only specials. And because our members are our owners, profits go back to them. That's right, YOU! Patronage dividends are issued in profitable years based on how much an owner spends at the store.
What makes the co-op different from other grocery stores?
We're not a chain. Instead, we're owned by community members, with a mission to help support the local food shed,
Can I buy more than one share?
Absolutely. You can purchase up to five shares. You will still receive only one vote, but you'll receive more profit dividends.
Is there a payment plan for member/ownership?
Yes, stop in and visit with us for details, we can arrange a quarterly payment schedule of $50. Once the share is paid in full, you will be eligible for dividends.
What types of payment are accepted?
We accept cash, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, SNAP/EBT, and personal check (with photo ID),
Does the co-op accept cents-off coupons?
Yes, we accept manufacturer's coupons
If I move what happens with my co-op membership?
Your one-time investment makes you a member for life, so you'll still a member of the co-op!
What kinds of products does the co-op offer?
We offer a wide variety of organic, seasonal, locally and regionally produced foods and other products. This includes:
- fresh fruits and vegetables
- pastured, grass-fed, and antibiotic free meats
- local eggs and milk
- artisan cheese
- freshly roasted fair-trade organic coffee and locally roasted coffee
- deli with natural and organic prepared foods such as soups, salads and sandwiches
- soap, flowers, and locally produced arts and crafts
- bulk grains, flours, nuts, seeds, cereals, and pasta
- pestos, sauces, salsa and jams, pickles, and preserves
- teas, juices, and kombucha
I have more questions. Who can I talk to?
Contact us! We'd love to talk to you.