One cannot resist this story. Obviously this can grow into a major industry as they are now proving viability. Do note the unusual growing cycle as well. surely this can be folded together with other summer crops that do not bind up the soil making life difficult for the crocus.
In fact it makes an excellent garden crop which is also small enough to be handled. The bulbs can be broken up and replanted in the spring deep enough to avoid disturbance and then the beds can be used all summer to produce non root plants including radishes, onions, peas, tomatoes and squashes easily enough. Even corn will not disturb the bulbs provided they are deep enough and the root pad is removed at the end.
While hardly conducive to large acreage operations, it is tailor made for every serious gardener and it is certain that a regular market will spring up to absorb the actual output with an ounce of encouragement.