Coalo Valley Farms is California’s first urban farm devoted exclusively to producing edible crickets as a protein alternative. The farm is the brainchild of Elliott Mermel, who got the idea last August after hearing about cricket-powder protein bars created by the company Exo. A few Google searches, some in-depth research into the market for edible crickets, and a handful of L.A. scouting trips later, and Mermel and a few friends started farming crickets in the San Fernando Valley.
Currently, the team is focused on fulfilling their Kickstarter pledges. Once those are complete, they will begin selling their cricket powder to farmers’ markets (they already have 21 in the L.A. area lined up), a few local restaurants, and individual consumers who want to get their hands on this alternative protein source.
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