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About

Cowboy Cricket Farms has sold cricket based food products all over the world and now we have 3 new flavors of our famous Jumpers, whole flavored crickets, and amazing new packaging to boot!  In the last 2 years, we became USA's largest edible insect producer through our Network of Partner Farmer Program. Our Partner Farmers focus on raising quality USA grown crickets and we focus on tasty products. Support for us is support for over 6 independently owned cricket farms.

Denver Bronco's star Emmanuel Sanders and Kathy enjoying some crickets!
Denver Bronco's star Emmanuel Sanders and Kathy enjoying some crickets!

Hi we are Kathy and James Rolin and we want YOU to eat crickets! 

Kathy and James Rolin, Founders of Cowboy Cricket Farms
Kathy and James Rolin, Founders of Cowboy Cricket Farms

But what kind of crickets? Here's our answer!

Introducing three new flavors of Jumpers - whole roasted SuperCrickets!

Our Smokey Jumpers, BBQ flavored whole crickets, have gone all over the world in their old plastic packaging. Our new craft paper bags are better looking and environmentally friendly! They seriously taste like BBQ chips and are made from real ingredients.

New Smokey Jumper Bag vs. old packaging
New Smokey Jumper Bag vs. old packaging

Original and Smokey Jumpers are guaranteed by 20 December anywhere in the US if you pre-order the "Holiday Specials." 

The original are unflavored whole crickets. From the high quality of our cricket feed, our unflavored whole crickets taste like a sunflower seed. They have a nice crunch which goes wonderfully on salads and tacos.

Original Jumpers
Original Jumpers

Okay... okay!  Enough already... where are the new flavors?

Right here:

Introducing .....

Wasabi Jumpers! Think wasabi peas but a whole lot better. For a spicy blend, they are strangely addictive, but they won't make you cry (like that one time I thought wasabi was guacamole). Try adding some to your next sushi roll.

Ninja Wasabi Jumpers
Ninja Wasabi Jumpers

Tropical Mango Jumpers! Consider what would happen if Mango and Chili hung out together on a beach. 

Tropical Mango Jumpers
Tropical Mango Jumpers

Cinnamon Sugar Jumpers! If your county fair had crickets instead of elephant ears this would be the result.

Cinnamon Jumpers
Cinnamon Jumpers

But why SuperCrickets?

Because SuperHumans eat SuperCrickets!

SuperHumans like Mike Ergo:

SuperHuman Mike Ergo holding Marine Corp flag
SuperHuman Mike Ergo holding Marine Corp flag

A USMC veteran, father, and kick-ass Ironman Triathlete!  He's Powered by Crickets at every race and is just one of thousands of SuperHumans that have joined us around the globe to bring crickets to the masses.

So what's so great about crickets?

NUTRITION!!!!

Crickets are a high protein, great tasting snack and can help boost your heart health, immune system, brain function, and cognitive performance. Paleo and Keto friendly, non-GMO, gluten free and made with all-natural, preservative-free ingredients.  

2 X Iron compared to beef!

Iron deficiency is the leading health concern of the World Health Organization.  Up to 80% of the world's population has an iron deficiency and 30% have anemia.  We can fix this through diet and crickets are a perfect way to do this!  They are rich in bio-available heme iron which is easily absorbed in your body. 

2 X protein compared to beef!

Protein is more than just muscle.  Your body can create most of what it needs from the food you eat, but not everything!  Crickets have all 9 essential amino acids (the protein that your body can't make itself), meaning that crickets will keep you stronger than plant protein.  Crickets pack quite a punch with 2 X the protein compared to beef too!

45 X Omega-3 compared to beef!

Omega-3 fatty acids are a natural anti-inflammatory that have some huge health benefits. They are proven to fight depression and anxiety, decrease ADHD symptoms, and even promote brain health. We know what you're thinking - "I get Omega 3s from fish." Well you also are getting a dose of mercury. No, not the awesome but sadly deceased singer, the heavy metal that can accumulate in your blood stream and can cause issues with your nervous system.

Let's be honest. Would you rather eat a delicious cricket or an anchovy?

In other words... crickets are freaking AWESOME - High in omega-3 and no mercury

... okay, so what else ?

Why eat crickets?
Why eat crickets?

Sustainability!!!

2,060 X less water compared to beef

Water is essential to life on Earth!  Unfortunately, our current agricultural practices waste millions of gallons of water every day.  Crickets are considerably more water efficient than cows meaning more safe drinking water for a growing population.

14 X less feed compared to beef

A lot of the land and water used for agriculture goes to growing feed for livestock.  If we reduce the use of feed then we reduce both water and land use as well!  Our feed is all made in the USA with super high quality grains and grasses ... you know, what crickets actually eat.  NO CORN and NO SOY in our feed!

80 X less methane compared to beef

Cows are nasty!  They make tons (literally!) of methane and other greenhouse gas emissions each year.  Live stock produce more greenhouse gasses than all of the cars in the world combined!  But our crickets don't! Little butts make little toots and with how efficient crickets are they don't make much waste at all. 

100 X less land compared to beef

Crickets don't need much room. Since they are grown indoors and  vertically they take less than 1% of the comparable land mass to grow the same amount of protein.  That's crazy!  This land savings means that we have more room for schools, houses, parks, and most importantly we can stop deforesting our planet!

So why Cowboy Cricket Farms?

We are a veteran-owned company right in Montana creating jobs for a hardworking people!

Why CCF?
Why CCF?

We are a transparent company!

People should know where their food comes from and how it's grown. Here's how we make our Jumpers, from start to finish. 

Step 1: Farmers

All of our crickets come from the amazing farmers in our Network of Partner Farmers, which is the first of its kind in the USA.  Just like co-op farming in dairy or berries, each one of these farms are independently owned.  We've created a whole new industry in Montana and the surrounding states that has in turn created dozens of new jobs.  Support for us is support for over 6 independently owned cricket farms.

Farmers like Derek:

One of our cricket farmers at work
One of our cricket farmers at work

Step 2: Freeze

We harvest the crickets in a humane and sustainable way.  Each cricket is harvested towards the end of its life (crickets only live about 8 weeks).  In nature, crickets would go into stasis (hibernation) as the weather gets cold enough.  In the Spring time the youngest, strongest crickets would wake back up and keep living their cute little cricket lives!  What we do is put the adult crickets into the freezer and after about 5 minutes they are in stasis.  After about an hour they are completely frozen, painlessly, and unable to wake back up.

Step 3: Dehydrate

We don't roast at a high heat like most.  No, no, no!  We cook them low and slow!  This means more time, but also more flavor, and more nutrition since high temperatures denatures protein and kills nutrients.  It takes about 7 hours, but by keeping the temperature below 180 F we make sure that all of the awesome protein and fats that are naturally in our crickets stay there!

Dehydrating crickets!
Dehydrating crickets!

Step 4: Flavor

Now comes the good part!  We hand toss the crickets in organic safflower oil grown in Montana then add the spices.  All natural and all delicious!  

Bowl of soon to be Smokey Jumpers
Bowl of soon to be Smokey Jumpers

Step 5: Roast

To sear on the flavor we roast the crickets for just 3 minutes.  Long enough to get the flavoring to stick, but not so long that we destroy any nutrients along the way.

Step 6: Bag

The crickets are almost ready for you!  We measure them out into each bag by hand then seal the bag... ready for you to enjoy!

Step 7: ENJOY!

Now it's your turn.  Open up a bag and enjoy with your favorite recipe or as a snack.  Take on a hike, or chow down at home.  Share with friends... or keep them all for yourself!

It's your choice!

People eating crickets
People eating crickets

WHO WE ARE:

We are no strangers to the challenges of small business owners. 4 years ago, we were in Bankruptcy Court with our 3 children, the youngest being a newborn. We lost everything: 2 houses, 1 business, and our car. Both of us are veterans; Asking for help was one of the hardest things we ever had to do. But, for about a year prior we struggled with feeding our children. When we walked out of Bankruptcy Court we looked at each other and declared we would never own a small business again. Little did we know our experience with food insecurity changed us forever. It was less than 2 years later when Kathy was drawn to edible insects.

After attending Montana State University’s Bug Buffet, Kathy was hooked on bugs as a sustainable food. She went home and told James "we needed to start a cricket farm for human consumption". He thought she was absolutely nuts! But Kathy wouldn’t let it go and convinced him to look into it. We spent the next 6 months doing market research and found out the US edible insect market was a growing industry with positive implications for health and the environment. Who would have guessed that bugs could be the number one solution to help stem climate change? When comparing pound per pound (crickets vs cows), crickets use 2,060 times less water, 40 times less feed, and produce 80 times less methane than cows!

Cowboy Cricket Farms turns this amazing food source into consumer products. Chocolate Chirp Cookies, flavored crickets, and Cricket Powder are just some of our product offerings. However, we are expanding and growing. Not only are we expanding our product offerings, including more flavors of our delicious whole roasted crickets, but we are teaching others how to be cricket farmers to increase our supply. During our first year, we quickly learned we couldn’t produce nearly enough to meet our demand. We struggled daily and came up with a solution! We started our Network of Partner Farmer program, the first co-op initiative for cricket farming. So far, we have inspired and given the tools and training for 6 independently-owned cricket farms to start and become a part of our Network. Many of whom have quit a conventional job to do cricket farming full time. We have another 12 partner farmers in the final stages of onboarding and over 200 applicants. From our amazing program, we quickly became the largest producer of the Common House Cricket in North America. We did this by believing in people not robots and by giving our knowledge for free through our YouTube channel.

The Whole Jumpers Line-up!
The Whole Jumpers Line-up!

AWESOME REWARDS AVAILABLE!

We've created some amazing rewards for you!

Want to try out each flavor?  Get a sample pack of all 5 flavors!

Want some awesome gifts in time for Christmas?  We will guarantee Original and Smokey Jumpers for 20 December anywhere in the continental US for a limited number of supporters!

Want to show your cricket pride?  Check out these sweet t-shirts!

New Smokey Jumper Shirt!
New Smokey Jumper Shirt!

Want crickets for your store (or maybe you just want a lot of crickets!)?  Then check out the Retailer's Pack that has all 5 flavors and our world famous Chocolate Chirp Cookies!

Chocolate Chirp Cookies!
Chocolate Chirp Cookies!

Want to make your own flavor and name it yourself?  We will work with one lucky person to make your dream cricket flavor come true and you can even help name it!  Plus get a full case of this flavor once it's completed! (We reserve the right to not accept the name you come up with if it's not appropriate or for any other reason, but we're gonna do our best to work with you)

Want to see how the magic happens?  We've got an awesome experience for you!  Learn how to farm crickets with Kathy and James in Bozeman, MT.  Then take those crickets and help us process them into the product of your choice!  Only 1 is available. (You're responsible for your travel to and from Bozeman as well as lodging, we suggest staying an extra day or two to explore Yellowstone while you're here)

Plus other prizes!

Still need convincing?  Look at just a few of our recent Smokey Jumper reviews!

Stretch Goals!!!

We need your help to raise $5,000! 

If we hit $10,000 then everyone will get three chocolate chirp cookies to share with your friends!

If we raise $20,000 then everyone will get a NEVER BEFORE SEEN Cowboy Cricket Farms hat!

And if your support helps us get to $30,000 you will earn an awesome Cowboy Cricket Farms Frisbee made with recycled materials!!!

Nutrition info

Some folks have asked for the nutrition labels for the products.  The 3 new flavors are still being finalized, but here's the info for the Original and Smokey Jumpers:

Original jumpers nutrition info
Original jumpers nutrition info
Smokey Jumpers Nutrition info
Smokey Jumpers Nutrition info

Risks and challenges

Cowboy Cricket Farms has worked hard to reduce as much risk as possible, but there's always going to be something that could get in the way of success. Here's what we see as the biggest threats and how we plan do solve them:

Limited Production Quantity - Food grade crickets are a limited commodity! Luckily, through our Network of Partner Farmers, Cowboy Cricket Farms is the largest edible insect producer in the USA. This means that we can ensure enough production for our expected sales. If there is considerably more demand than expected it could result in a delay in production for later orders.

Food safety - All food operations have an inherent risk. At Cowboy Cricket Farms we are FDA registered as well as licensed by the State of Montana. Additionally, Kathy has a background and several certifications in food safety to include HACCP and ServeSafe. All of our team is trained on proper food handling.

Fulfillment - We will work as hard as possible to get things out on time, but sometimes unforeseen issues arise. To reduce the likelihood of late orders we have already done the hard stuff! The recipes are completed, products sourced, and packaging designed. Now we just need your help to to get it all put together.

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