North America’s First Edible-Insect-Only Market Opens in Maine

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In light of growing climate change concerns, some scientists have said that it’s only a matter of time until we’d have to be including insects in our diets.

Taking this message seriously, one family in Maine decided to open North America’s first edible-insect-only market.

The family, the Susan and Bill Broadbent, that opened North America’s first insect-only market in Maine, has also opened its own bug farm.

A visiting family friend, Kaitlyn Sawicki said she had already tried some of the crunchy crickets sold by the family, and is about to try barbecue mealworms.

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“They taste pretty good, it’s kind of like, similar to chips, but they’re not as, like, crunchy,” Kaitlin says.

The Broadbent family opened their business last year, and is the first business in North America to exclusively sell edible insects. The family hopes the industry will gain popularity in the future.

“Just like everybody has their favorite candy bar, everybody has favorite flavor of ice cream, favorite snack. And they’ll be like, ‘I love water scorpion,’ or ‘I love fried chrysalis,’ or something like that,” Susan Broadbent says.

They distribute both domestic and exotic species.

They also grow their own crickets, cockroaches and mealworms in their own bug farm. Unfortunately their farm remains limited in terms of space.

However, they hope to expand into larger areas in the coming months. The family says it sounds promising, since the Christmas holidays cleaned out their stock.

“This has been our full-time job for a year and a half, and this is all we do. We started from absolutely nothing — just an idea,” Broadbent says.

Idea

The idea apparently came from their 15-year-old son. “Uh, sort of,” Sam says. “I asked why we don’t eat bugs when I was 13 maybe, or 12. And we researched it and there wasn’t really any reason why not to.”

“So in other words, he asked me, I gave him a Dad answer and he kept researching it,” Bill says. “Some people do eat bugs. It’s just North America and Europe that don’t.”

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