Bugs, Beef, Belief and Bummed

Doesn’t everybody eat bugs at church?  My church, North River Mills United Methodist, might be called “different”.  A former pastor suggested we might some similarity to the early church described in 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV),  “But ye are …a peculiar people…”  Worship was held at our house.  Terry Lynn loves to feed folks.  Pastor Alanna requested we provide a bug menu in addition to Terry Lynn’s cooking (beef).  There IS a biblical precedent.  Matthew 4 (NIV) tells us 4 “John [the Baptists]’s … food was locusts and wild honey.”  So we gathered, we worshiped, and we broke bread (and bugs.)  When it comes to bugs– at least here in the U.S. “feeding the multitudes is generally not a problem.  I only had I think four of us munching on bug dishes. But I can hope one of those folks will influence somebody else to give bugs a try.  And while by bug dishes may never rival my sweet wife’s cooking, the comments I heard seemed to be positive.  I think pastor Alanna said the bug dishes, “didn’t really taste different from the non bug food.”

I cooked with and displayed products from these companies: Aspire Bitty Foods Bug Eater Foods Chloe’s Treats Crik Nutrition – Cricket Protein Powder , Cricket Flours  Critter BittersEntobento Entomarket ,  Exo Protein barsHopn Bakery  HOTLIX Candy ,  IncredibleFoodsJurassic Snacks Inc. Lithic NutritionNextMilleniumFarms,   Rainbow Mealworm Facebook Rainbow Mealworms  You can find these and other bug products on this page.

I discussed beliefs (church), bugs and beef.  Now I would like to vent– I am bummed.  I would LIKE to share a couple photos from the S.T.E.M. festival in Keyser, WV.  Susan Parker of the West Virginia Dept. of Agriculture had a great learning station starring bugs.  Her colleague, Chris Campbell, was using all six of his legs to beckon learners to their learning station.  Unfortunately, I can’t show you photos those photos.  To upload the photos on this page I had to drive out of state, to Winchester, VA.  Frontier Communications is my internet [non]service provider.  They and the other powers-that-be feel it is OK to advertise high speed internet, but then not deliver it.  My browser frequently indicates that I am not connected to the internet because the speed is so slow.  I was just told of another company that is relocating from Capon Bridge to Winchester, VA because they cannot operate with Frontier internet service.  Students and business folks who depend on the internet are unfairly  deprived of internet service.  My nephew spoke to the Hampshire County Commission and pointed out that our internet is slower that many third world countries.   If you are interested in this topic, feel free to weigh in on these forums, contact your legislators and county commissioners (or attend their meetings and ask for updates), mobilize and demand a remedy: Facebook discussions:  https://www.facebook.com/steve.bailes2/posts/1442884669057375


FTC complaint: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/Information#crnt&panel1-1

Thanks you for letting me vent.

Wishing for you all the bugs you might wish to enjoy.


Home Again Part 2

2017March3BugsCoOp.JPGBugs have been good to me.  I have met some wonderful people.  I have expanded my food horizons.  I previously told of returning to my first classroom– where I began teaching in 1976.  Today I got to teach in the classroom where I taught 6th grade in the late ’80’s.

That classroom was the shop classroom for the old Capon Bridge High School.  I loved the great electric service in that classroom.  (In my other classrooms, my principals would come warn me to get rid of the extension cords when the fire marshall surprised us with a visit.) When I went to teach in the junior high, and the elementary moved to the new school, the old shop classroom became the Harold and Lake Henderson Fitness Center.  After the junior high/middle school also moved on the hill, the Capon Bible Fellowship turned the old school into  a church.  As I walked through the halls and classrooms, I was really impressed with the change in appearance, and I had to wonder why it wasn’t that attractive when it was a school.

So, my old classroom is now the social hall for the church.  And they host a local homeschool “Co-op.”  Barbara Whitacre invited me to bring my bug show as part of her “Foods” class.  For a snack, Barbara added about 20% Lithic  cricket protein powder with 80% of her regular brownie mix.  They were delicious.  (I also got to wear my Lithic T-shirt for the first time.)

I started the presentation with Emma Bryce‘s minute documentary (5 minute) Should we eat bugs? (Click the title if you want to watch it on Youtube.)  I  told the students, that they should not believe all the claims made on behalf of entomophagy. (Heck, some of my detractors would likely suggest “you shouldn’t believe ANYthing Bailes tells you.”)  So I told the students to be skeptical.  But I also urged them to consider the claims, the potential benefits.  Could eating bugs help us live longer?  Could eating bugs help our planet?  Could eating bugs help us feed a rapidly increasing population?  Could bugs actually taste good?  I encouraged the students to consider doing their own research– maybe a social studies fair project or a science project.  I can see many opportunities for meaningful research.  And the students could contribute to the understanding of this wide open field of research.

Teachers seldom know whether they have made their point, if they have registered with the students.  I think I would be very satisfied if one student had his or her interest piqued so they explore this field more.

Click here if you are looking for insect products and discounts.

Wishing you many delicious buggy meals.


If Mom Says…

Have you been looking for a source of insect products?  Mom’s Organic Market is featuring products such as whole, flavored mealworms and crickets, protein powder, Bolognese sauce, cookies, snack bars, and chips– all made with  cricket or mealworm.  I am particularly interested in the escamoles (ant larvae).

Mom’s has 17 stores.  In Virginia in Alexandria, Arlington, Herndon, Merrifield and Woodbridge. You can find the Virginia addresses here. In Maryland there are stores in Rockville, Bowie, Jessup, Baltimore, and White Marsh.  There are also a stores in DC and Cherry Hill, NJ and Pennsylvania.

Apparently the inventory differs at different stores, so you might want to call and check on aproduct availability before you make the drive.  Mom’s has this Facebook page.

Bugsfeed  lists stores and restaurants in the U.S. as well as other countries.

And here is my list of some of the online suppliers.

In my entomophagy presentations, I tell the audience that they should be skeptical.  Food trends and fads notoriously make outlandish claims.  But I challenge the audience to consider, “Even if only some of the entomophagic claims are accurate (feeding a rapidly growing world population, nighly nutritious, Earth friendly, etc.), doesn’t it behoove (my cows love that word) us to explore eating bugs.  hoppersteve

Home Again

I felt like I was back home.  39 years ago (Tuesday Feb. 22, 1977) I had been married for  about half a year.  My sweetheart and I had set up housekeeping in a 10’X16′ ice house.  That crazy girl was driving six times a week to Shepherd College (now university.)   I was in my 1st year of teaching at John J. Cownwell Elementary.  My principal was Stephen Keener.  I was privileged to teach with an incredible  and supportive staff including Linda Conway, Sandee Adrian, Linda Larson, Aurey Saville, and Petey Nixon.

Our president was Jimmy Carter, and the #1 song on the rock charts was “New Kid In Town by the Eagles.

I asked the students how they knew about Hampshire County’s National Teacher of the Year, Rae Ellen Scanlon McKee.  Did they know that Pres. Bush landed in Slanesville to make it official.  Did they know that she attended the predecessor of John J. Cornwell school.  Did they know that her daddy, Edgar Scanlon was the 1st principal of John J. Cornwell (I think.)

I had so many wonderful memories of teaching in this beautiful community.  All the old stores– Haines, Burkett’s, Levels– they’re gone.  But the ridges, the orchards, the fields were as beautiful as I remember them.  Many of the wonderful folks I remember have gone on to glory.

Anyway, back to the present, Rob Coleman, 3rd grade teacher at John J. Cornwell Elementary, invited me to bring my bug show to his school.  Maybe 50 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students gathered in the classroom where I began my teaching career.  I shared my passion for bugs, and my hopes that the young people will explore the potential for entomophagy.  I asked the students to be skeptical of claims I made on behalf of eating bugs.  But I also suggested, “Even if some of the claims are true, then shouldn’t we learn more about bugs.  Can they help feed a rapidly growing world population?  Can it help us protect our world– using its resources more wisely?  Can it help us live longer healthier lives.? I like to imagine that one of these students will pioneer research which wil yield important scientific breakthroughs.

I told the students I couldn’t offer them samples.  But I told them they could check my webpage to order their own.  There are so many and varied insect based products now available.

The teachers were good sports.  I doubt the students will remember much of what I shared.  But I bet they will remember that their teachers Rob Colebank, Angie Foster, and Stacey McKenzie were eating crickets and mealworms.

How about some rock & roll trivia.  What tune featuring bug solos stayed on the chart for 17 weeks in 1967?  Tommy James and the Shondells performed it?

I love being retired.  I love being able to “goof off” and reminisce at one of my favorite schools.  Keep up the good work John J. Cornwell.  You have much good history behind you.  And… bug appetit!

Answer to rock and roll trivia: I Think We’re Alone Now.”  Crickets get to solo breaks around :52 an again around 1:45.

Fine Dining– with Bugs

 In February we held a Bug Banquet benefit dinner for the Food Pantry at the  Capon Bridge Community Center, in Capon Bridge, WV.  We served a bunch of bug based dishes.  (Check the menu below.)  About 30 folks, a really fun crowd, donated $513.00 to the Capon Bridge Food Pantry. The Maurers, photographer and reporter for the Hampshire Review. were in attendance.  I appreciated the note of encouragement from Chef PV.  (Why don’t you check out his Buggin’ Out episodes.)
 The food pantry struggles to meet the needs of hungry families in our community. (1st purpose for the banquet.)
A 2nd purpose of this banquet is to enlarge the awareness of insects as an alternative food source.
Future CEO's of Bug Co.?Terry Lynn's Bug Brownies (From Kim)

Two Young’uns (future CEO’s of Bug Co.?) enjoying Terry Lynn’s Bug Brownies (From Kim)


Pre dinner samples:  Exo, and Jurassic, and Lithic Nutrition protein bars.. Chips and  Salsa w/ Livinfarms.com mealworms  and Bug Bistro and Aspire crickets

HOTLIX  snacks,

N-sects-y sushi (cooked mealworms in sushi rice rolls) Bug-itos –burritos with rice or Bug Eater Foods brown cricket rice , Rainbow Mealworm  and Seginus Farms mealworms, and cockroach nymps from AaronPauling.com , beans, tomato, cheese, lettuce and IncredibleFoods Sal de Cricket (salt, cricket and chili Crik-cakes (cricket pancakes) w/ Aspire and Jurassic,cricket flours Pepperoni  rolls made with Aspire  snack Cricket Power Powder. Brownies made with Jurassic snacks Cricket Power Powder. Bug Eater Foods Jump Cricket Protein shakes Doggy bag (for the dog– really) : Chloe’s TreatsHopn Bakery criskets and Entobento (dog biscuits)

Program  “Let Them Eat Bugs” 45 min. entomophagy slideshow

This  webpage lists producers of insect based products.  Many of the attendees asked where they could purchase their own.

Here are some comments and photos from the Bug Banquet:  From Doug, Naomi, Kim, and Chels.

N-sectsy-sushi, bug-itos and cricket flour rolls  (From Naomi)

Young entomologist gave thumbs up to many dishes-- but she  wasn't impressed with the mealworm salad topping.  (From Naomi)

Terry Lynn's pepperoni rolls 2/ cricket flour.  (From Naomi)









 (from Chels)


You can get your own Buggy T-shirt from Exo  (from Chels)


Salad  (from Chels)


Some bug products  (from Chels)


N-sectsy-sushi  (from Chels)


Bug appetit!  (from Chels)


Bug-itos and N-sectsy-suchi (from Chels)

“…Have to Give Crickets a Try”

We have had our farm in Hampshire County since the early ’50s’, but I attended school in Arlington, VA.  The “girl next door”, Judy, and her sister in Arlington were  sweet, gentle souls.  But I was traumatized when we were out collecting lightening bugs in the yard as children.  They would pinch the butts off lightening bugs to make glowing earrings and other jewelry.  I think Judy just recently redeemed herself.  She sent me a “bugs as food” article.  And she wrote, “I just might have to give crickets a try.”  Bugs are still on the “giving” end of the stick, but she is now considering what value bugs have as an important food source, one that is I think ethically, nutritionally, and environmentally sound.

Romney Elementary  5th grade teacher, Carrie Leigh, and her principal, Patty Lipps,  allowed me to come talk about entomophagy.  Carrie wrote: “Thank you Steve Bailes for coming to our school today and educating the third, fourth, and fifth graders (and their teachers) on the benefits of eating bugs!!!!!  I think you convinced Jess Barger to have bug snacks once a week!!!!!  Marleigh (Carrie’s pup) was thrilled with her Crisket [Hopn Bakery treat] !!!”  Jess Barger’s Photos on Facebook 

Over 150 students grades 3-5 and staff gave ear to the many benefits of entomophagy.  I shared some new images of some of my new bug dishes.  These were by and large greeted with loud exclamations of disgust.  But at the conclusion, lots of students wanted to sample the insect products I displayed.  I regretted denying their request, but I did tell them they could join me at a Bug Banquet, 6 PM, Thursday, Feb. 17 at the Capon Bridge Community Center.  (I am requesting R.S.V.P.s)

Many of the insect product companies sent stickers, business cards, or leaflets.  The students acted like it was a big deal to get these– like baseball cards?  I displayed products such as Aspire (Facebook: Aspire Food Group Aketta Facebook ), Bitty Foods – bitty cricket flour Facebook:  Bitty FoodsBug Eater Foods Jump Cricket Protein (shakes). Facebook page , Chapul protein bars UT,  Facebook: Chapul,Chloe’s Treats Facebo ok: chloesdogtreats Stamford, CT; Crik Nutrition – Cricket Protein Powder , Manitoba,  Facebook: CRIKNutrition  ,Cricket Flours Facebook: www.facebook.com/CricketFlour/ Portland, Oregon;  Critter Bitters or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Critterbitters/  NY; Entobento web or Facebook, Chris Glascoe, Chris Mahlberg (sales) Use promo code ENTOTREAT for free shipping. Entomarket  (Entosense, Bill Broadbeat) Entomophagy Ambassador,  Facebook:  Bugs for Dinner  Exo Protein bars Brooklyn, NY,  Facebook: Exo   Protein bars; Fluker’s,  Hopn Bakery  pet food, CA; Hopper Foods HOTLIX Candy Store www.hotlix.com/ CA; IncredibleFoodsFacebook page Fort Worth, TX;  Jurassic Snacks Inc. Facebook:  Jurassic Snacks Inc.  , Iceland; Lithic Nutrition,  Facebook, CO;  NextMilleniumFarms, EntomoFarms  and Cricket Flours  Edible Insects,   Ontario; Six Foods Chirps  Facebook Chirps Chips ; Thailand Unique and Little Herds , Austin, TX.


Bugs on the Menu, “It’s a keeper.”

Alli came by recently.  I had some pumpkin, tomato, corn basil mealworm stew on the stove.  I offered to let her try it.  She surprised me.  She was fine with trying the mealworms, but she didn’t like pumpkin– in any form.

Allison is a young lady of many talents.  She is in her last semester at West Virginia Wesleyan College.  She is quite a chef, and I actually would have predicted that she would have become a professional chef.  Instead,  her interests have steered her more toward business.

So my mealworm stew was a no-go.  But how about a milkshake made with cricket protein powder?  Allison Brill posted “I had a wonderful afternoon spent with Steve and Terry. As with anyone who visits, Steve always offers his “special” food. Terry assured me that I really didn’t have to give in and try anything, but I was curious and a [Bugeater Foods] Chocolate Cricket Milkshake sounded not half bad. Steve, this recipe is a keeper!”

Terry Lynn and I host a “neighborhood” breakfast on Martin Luther King Day.  I got to fix cric-kakes (pancakes made with Aspire, Cricket Flours, and Bitty Foods cricket flour.)  Some insect based foods have a distinct taste and texture.  Usually people are just surprised that the pancakes “aren’t really different.”  It sems that much of the excitement with cricket flour products comes when the person learns all the advantages– benefits for individual health, benefits for our envioronment, benefits for those tackling the problem of feeding a rapidly growing world population.  Sebastian Donner’s verdict: “The cricket pancakes were delicious.”