Instacart is a grocery pick-up and delivery service available in the Bismarck/Mandan area.  Its clients include Sam's Club, Costco, Dan's Supermarket, Natural Grocers, Petco, Target, Big Lots, and more.

Personally, I've never ordered online and pulled up to just to load up.

I'm a guy that absolutely despises shopping and it just keeps getting worse as I grow older.  So that being said, I am an efficient shopping machine. I don't need a list I just need the will and the way. You would think I would pounce on a chance to point-and-click my way to my next purchases.  It just seems time-consuming to do all the product searches online when I can race through the aisles in a cart-filling frenzy.

Maybe one day I'll give it a shot...although odds are good I won't be ordering elephant garlic.  But it seems that many in Bismarck have been.  You can search by your city of choice by entering the zip code on the Instacart website.

What popular items were ordered for Bismarck delivery in 2021?

  • Frozen Cherries
  • Weight Loss Supplements
  • Elephant Garlic
  • Cauliflower Florets
  • Marble Cheese

I've got a pretty firm grasp on what frozen cherries are...but for elephant garlic, let's turn to Wikipedia. 

Like regular garlic, elephant garlic can be roasted whole on the grill or baked in the oven, then used as a spread with butter on toast. Fresh elephant garlic contains mostly moisture and foams up like boiling potatoes, whether on the stove or in a glass dish in the oven. Drying in the basement for a few months reduces the moisture content and brings out a fuller flavor.

Oddly enough frozen cherries and elephant garlic were also near the top of the list for Rapid City, South Dakota. Seems we may have more in common with our southern sister than I suspected.

If you click the Instacart link you'll also see, I'm sure thanks to Costco, prepared whole roasted chickens are on the rise.  Oat milk and coffee drinks are also trending. Cookie Dough is the Capital City's most delivered ice cream and Bismarck is pretty much saying "meh" to plant-based meats.

This Bismarck factoid is B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

Bismarck ordered enough bananas that if stacked would be as tall as 51 ND State Capitol buildings!  It seems to me they may have just made that up.

How about Mandan's favorite items when compared to the rest of the country?

  • Wet Cat Food
  • Disposable Baby Diapers
  • Crimini Mushrooms
  • Alkaline Water
  • Frozen Tater Tots

For the crimini mushroom, we go back to Wikipedia. When white it's also called a "common mushroom". When mature it's referred to as a "portobella mushroom". I won't be ordering either thank you.

In addition to the soaring numbers of cans of wet cat food, Mandan's consumption of ice cream bars and bagels is also on the rise.  Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream was a Mandan favorite and Mandan ordered more Halloween candy than 90% of the country.

The items listed above are unique items that spiked specifically in Bismarck/Mandan.  I presume bread, milk, eggs, etc are at the top of every city's list.  Is it time for me to start ordering for pickup or delivery?  If so what would they substitute if the store was all out of elephant garlic?

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