Imagine asking to rent a warehouse to raise “bugs”. But not just your ordinary bug, a carefully tended, organically fed and nurtured cricket whose short life and typical deep sleep cycle are all a part of the humane harvesting process for this unique and high protein food source!
The Montana Women’s Business Center worked with James Rolin, Marketing Manager or, ‘get-er-done-cowboy,’ who is married to creator, President and current Montana State University nutrition student, Kathy Rolin. “I originally did not like the idea at all, but Kathy was right, it was a great idea and I’m here to support her success in any way I can." And he is, logging in an estimated 100 plus hours of work this week!
Cowboy Cricket Farms, LLC is without a doubt an emerging industry leader in the edible insects market in America. Their product is 100% common house cricket, farmed locally in Belgrade Montana. High in protein, iron and amino acids, it’s estimated that crickets are a 20x more efficient source of protein than cattle and produce 80% less methane than cattle, a growing concern. Better yet, crickets need 14x less feed than cattle and 4x less than pigs to produce the same amount of protein. Their eventual hope is to patent a cricket farming process for Third World countries to utilize.
Their current product list includes Chocolate “Chirp” cookies, cricket suckers, cricket protein powder and dried crickets.