Team Coalo

Elliot "Big Dog" Mermel

Our country was founded and survives on the shoulders of farmers. Like America's forefathers, Elliot decided to pack up and leave (old) New England, heading west to pursue a dream. It was in LA that this dream, ignited with passion and fueled by hard work, became Coalo Valley Farms. As co-founder and CEO, Elliot has a deep understanding and appreciation for global food supply shortages and hopes to galvanize the budding Ento-industry. With a hunger for innovation and a thirst for progress, Elliot and the Coalo Valley Farmers are happy to quench your appetite with California's first artisinal food-grade crickets grown right here in the Real Valley (San Fernando, of course!).

Peter "Mama Bear" Markoe

Born and raised in the frozen tundra of Central Maine, Peter brings over six feet of exuberance and well balanced aptitude to the team.  Although he was a mathlete in his younger years, Peter went on to prove his worth as a card of wild nature in the Colby College English  Department. To the world, Peter is Coalo’s COO and cofounder, but his coworkers know that they can always count on him to be "Team Mom".

Lucas "Gas Hands" Haralson

Hailing from the small town of Brooklyn, NY, Lucas brings a positive attitude and winning smile to the farm every single day.  Since graduating with honors in Biology from Colby College, Lucas has researched turtles, toads, bats and dung beetles in South, Central and North America.  While nobody knows where he got his nickname, we know that he is the best Chief Science Officer this side of the Prime Meridian.

Sophie "Mung Bean" Hamblett

Sophie Hamblett

Coalo is proud to include Sophie in their ranks as Digital Marketing
Coordinator. She graduated alongside Lucas from Colby College in 2014 with a double major in Psychology and Art. Adding even more to Coalo's family farm aspect, Sophie hails from the same small town, Barrington, Rhode Island, that both Elliot and Hadrien call home. Sophie's talents fit perfectly into Coalo's dynamic as the curator of the company's social media content, blog, and marketing.

Hadrien "Mr. Paris Shoes" Vasdeboncoeur

From their schoolboy years in Rhode Island through their time as roommates at Colby College, Elliot and Hadrien have been best friends through thick and thin. Hadrien has played an integral role in the business planning and financial forecasting for Coalo since day one. Hadrien communicates regularly with the team out in California as he continues to manage Coalo's financials. Although currently based out of Boston, Hadrien takes frequent trips out to the farm and the team hopes they can convince him to make the permanent move out west and embrace his true-calling as a Cricket Cowboy.


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Dedicated to Papa Benci