The Country’s First Edible Insect Farm
Kevin Bachhuber founded Big Cricket Farms in Youngstown, Ohio in 2014 in response to growing water shortages, the rising costs of protein production and a simple love of eating insects inspired by a trip to Thailand. Big Cricket Farms is the first government certified food grade insect farm in this country, producing up to 1,200 pounds of crickets per month. Not only has the farm garnered a lot of national attention, they can’t even keep up with demand. Below, we talk with Bachhuber about how economic revitalization plays a role in his career, what it means to own and operate a cricket farm, and the future of edible insects in the United States.