Bar Bell Bee Ranch
 

Dan has been the Harmony Grocery Store Manager for 3 years and in the retail grocery industry since 1986

Dan has been the Harmony Grocery Store Manager for 3 years and in the retail grocery industry since 1986

Harmony Natural Foods Cooperative is quite possibly the longest standing customer of Bar Bell Bee Ranch. Since (approximately) 1978 Ed has been bringing honey through their doors. It was a time when the co-op was selling mostly Non-Perishable items such as bulk spices, grains, flours, beans and rice, that honey was being sold in bulk as well. A time when “organic” was implied and utilizing re-useable containers wasn’t a new fad, but a way of life.

Ed fondly remembers hauling a 5 gallon bucket of honey up the wooden steps of the repurposed church into the co-op. The bucket had a spout on it for co-op members to bring in their own container and fill it to the brim with the golden sweet stuff.

Times sure have changed, but some things remained the same. Harmony is still a well established fixture in the Bemidji community, bringing people together in a variety of ways and of course all in the name of good food.

Dan has been the Grocery Manager at Harmony for the past three years, and is a strong supporter of Bar Bell Bee Ranch, always willing to make room on the shelf and promote the pollinators; Dan makes sure that the sweet stuff is available to everyone. An avid outdoorsmen that grew up canoeing in the bwcA; Dan left the big city life that was Park City Utah in 1996 to find solace in the quiet, tranquil north woods.

Thank you Dan, and Harmony Natural foods for being a friend of the hive, may we see another 40 years of this sweet friendship.

 

Friend of the Hive:

Harmony Natural Foods Co-op


Friends of the Hive

Bar Bell Bee Ranch has been in business since 1976, and that has lead to connections that extend far beyond the sale of honey. Working mostly with locally owned, small businesses, the friends of Bar Bell Bee are scattered across the state of Minnesota and beyond. We like to showcase all of our business relationships, because without the mutual support our hives would not thrive. Take a look below to see where you can pick up a bit of our honey either on a shelf or in a product. By visiting any of these locations you are supporting the bees!

 

Breweries & distilleries 

it will be more than the bees with a buzz when you visit one of these local spots to have a sip of what’s on tap

 
 
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Town Hall Brewery - friends since 2014

With over 20 beers on tap, this craft beer company has been in business since 1997. Arrange a tour today and sip on a seasonal brew or a traditional favorite. 

 
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Sociable Cider Werks - friends since 2018

Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota this new brewery is brining the sweet stuff, honey, into their cider they brew at their location in Minneapolis.

 
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Invictus Brewing Company - friends since 2018

the beautiful buzz - a blonde ale from Invictus brewing, barely has a chance to stay on tap, it sells out quickly as it’s a tasty favorite local brew from this rising star brewery. Check out the tap room located in Blane, Minnesota.

 

Cafes, Eateries & Resturants

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Cooperatives

With relationships that span more than 35 years; local cooperatives have been a building block of Bar Bell Bee Ranch with the sale and promotion of honey in all forms

 
 
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Positively 3rd Street Bakery - Friends Since 1983

Positively 3rd street cooperative Bakery, is one of Bar Bell Bee Ranch’s longest standing accounts. From the beginning comprised of a small group of hippy bakers, and Uncle Paul, to now, a busy bakery, trying new things and proudly serving the duluth community with a variety of goodies.

 

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