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September 17, 2013

Annual Shrimp Harvest brings family fun in the mud

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The success and failure of the shrimp sale appears to hinge on the mood of Mother Nature as much as it does consistent observation, as Wenning noted an entire harvest was lost one year. Conversely, the largest harvest thus far produced approximately 400 pounds of prawn.

Said shrimp contain no iodine due to being raised in freshwater, Wenning said. They are also lower in cholesterol than varieties of shrimp purchased from the supermarket. Wenning and friends told the Daily News the shrimp have a “dense, meaty texture” that brings a different taste than their store-bought counterparts. They added the shrimp may be prepared in numerous ways and unused shrimp may be stored in a freezer for a long period of time.

Going into the business of shrimp production was an endeavor Nick has had to learn “on the job,” for the most part.

“I didn’t know anything about it,” Wenning reflected Saturday. “I talked with other growers and decided it was something I wanted to try.”

Wenning said the project has yet to turn a profit in the six years since it began, but financial gains were clearly the furthest thing from the minds of the day’s primary participants: children.

Kids ran and played in the newly-drained mud pit, grabbing for shrimp amid an inky mess crawling with crustaceans and more than a few full-grown frogs.

Even the youngest in attendance seemed to have a great time. Roger Wenning held grandson Travis, one of Nick’s sons, Saturday afternoon, after Roger had spent much of the morning helping collect many of the shrimp as they were washed into a basin from the drained pond.

Roger looked around his farm at the playing children and smiled.

“It’s always fun,” he said. “We have a blast.”

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056.

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