Claire and Chad Simons operate 3 Cricketeers, an urban cricket farm, in a warehouse in St Louis Park. The couple began by raising crickets, which are high in protein, in their Edina home more than three years ago for their own consumption.
Now they have 1 million crickets with plans to be at 5 million as soon as they have expanded to the 3,500-square-foot warehouse in St. Louis Park, which also has an industrial kitchen to prepare the crickets for the market.
The Simons crickets are ground into protein powder that is sold and used in baked goods and smoothies. Currently, they are developing cricket snacks, cookies, and recipes that optimize their crickets’ texture, flavor and protein power.