Microranching on the Range - Atlas Obscura

Denver, Colorado

Microranching on the Range

Join us for a Gastro Obscura event: tour an edible insect farm and enjoy cricket popcorn, beer, and “cricket song” from Emily Wilson and Orange Peel Moses.

Practiced by 80% of cultures around the world, entomophagy (the human consumption of insects as food) is finally starting to catch on in the West. 

Join us for a Gastro Obscura event: a tour of Colorado’s first and only edible insect farm, Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch. See how they raise molitos (the larvae of the darkling beetle) for restaurants and food makers around the country and learn more about the nutritional and environmental benefits of bug-binging. Afterward, stick around to taste molitos savory pastries and cricket popcorn, paired with a local beer from Cerveceria Colorado, and enjoy some “cricket song” from a Emily Wilson and entertainer Orange Peel Moses.

The uncomfortable truth is raising livestock commandeers 70% of the world’s agricultural land and fresh water. All told, a single quarter-pound hamburger requires 460 gallons of water, 65 square feet of land, 13 pounds of feed, 4 pounds of carbon dioxide, and 0.126 pounds of methane (~30 times more potent than CO2). With a fraction of the environmental impact, insects provide comparable and sometimes (much!) higher levels of nutrition in the form of protein, iron, and vitamin B12 than identical portions of meat.

Curious and/or slightly grossed out? Now’s the chance to see—and try—for yourself.

This event was created by Josh Schlossberg in partnership with Atlas Obscura. Josh is an investigative journalist and horror fiction writer living in Denver.

Photography available by Sebastian Rotarski.

About Gastro Obscura

Gastro Obscura is our food section devoted to wonder and curiosity. We publish articles on topics such as the last fire-fishing boats of Taiwan and the world’s only sourdough library, as well as a database that contains peanut butter fruit, red ant chutney, and more than 1,000 unique and wondrous food and drink.


  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour start time for a prompt check-in.
  • Street parking available. Please read signs closely.
  • This tour is appropriate for children ages 12+, but they should be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • Comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate attire encouraged.
  • Event will run rain or shine.
  • Seating is first come, first served.


Email James O'Neill at james.oneill@atlasobscura.com.

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