Creepy-crawly cookies: Mom’s Organic Market adds crickets, mealworms to stores

WASHINGTON — Mom’s Organic Market is rolling out insects as a protein product, and its Ivy City store in D.C. will be among the first to get the products.

Selections include cricket or mealworm Bolognese sauce, cricket cookies, snack bars and chips, whole insects and cricket and mealworm protein powder.

Mom’s says it decided to start selling insects because of the bugs’ small environmental footprint.

“Not only are items containing insects incredibly nutritious, they have also have a positive impact on our global food supply,” said Lisa de Lima, vice president of produce and grocery. “Insects release fewer greenhouse gases than livestock and require a lot less space and water to raise”

Want to taste a bug before you buy?

Mom’s will be offering a sustainable protein tasting on Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Ivy City store. It has 14 stores in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. as well as stores in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Mom’s test launched insect products at its stores in Baltimore, Cherry Hill, New Jersey and White Marsh, Maryland.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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