For those who are wondering how we got started in this unique business, it was a love for the taste of the Buffalo Meat.
Two Buffalo burgers at a local restaurant 26 years ago turned into a fully operational Buffalo Farm, converted from our family dairy farm. Dan is the third Koman generation to own and operate the farm. We want to keep it in the family for our children, who are learning the business.
As we look back over the past 25 years, our Buffalo “hobby” has transformed our lives. What began as a small operation for our own personal use has turned into a family business. We have truly enjoyed supplying locally raised grass-fed Bison Meat through the retail store, “Bison Wagon” concession trailer, and small wholesale business. Trends of healthier eating have created quite a demand for our grass-fed Bison Meat.
We began raising Bison to improve our family’s health. Dan, who was diagnosed at 29 with high blood pressure and put on medication that the doctor said would be required for the rest of his life, no longer requires medication. His blood pressure is within normal readings, despite the doctor’s prediction. Mickey has struggled with high cholesterol but eating a diet replacing beef with Bison meat has drastically reduced her triglycerides and raised the ratio of “good” to “bad” cholesterol. Our mission to improve our family’s health has turned us into Buffalo believers-preaching Bison’s benefits to anyone who will listen.
Eating a healthy diet including Bison meat has enhanced our lives. We are certainly healthier than we were 25 years ago. Plus, despite all of the work that goes along with the farm, store, and concessions, we are happier than we were 25 years ago. We have had the pleasure to meet some wonderful people and make new friends over the years. These include other Bison farmers, regular customers, and people who are just passing through. It has been a fantastic journey we hope will not come to an end anytime soon.