FLORA, Ind. (WLFI) – Shrimp farming may not sound like something you’d find in Indiana, but it did not stop one family from opening one of the largest shrimp farms in the state.
It is known as Big Barn Shrimp Farm, located at 315 S. Sycamore St. in Flora.
Big Barn Shrimp Farm co-owner Jerry Reinke said the farm opened its doors for business last October.
“I read a magazine article about fish farming and it got me thinking about shrimp farming then,” said Jerry. ”And really, the more I looked into it, it just sounded fun.”
Jerry said the farm has 16 pools to hold and sell shrimp to the general public. Each pool holds more than 7,000 shrimp.
Co-owner Cindy Reinke said they have to test the water quality, clean the tanks and weigh the shrimp.
“It is an adventure every day. Even through we do some routine things, there are always new problems to try to solve,” said Cindy.
Jerry said the farm was running out of large shrimp to sell last spring. They decided to temporarily close for two months and it allowed the shrimp to grow larger.
“I would like to be known for having big shrimp, more of the jumbo shrimp than popcorn sized shrimp,” said Jerry. “So, we made the decision to close for the months of May and June.”
In the two months, Big Barn Shrimp Farm added more pools and became one of the largest shrimp farms in Indiana.
“When I tell people that, I say we are one of the largest shrimp farms in the state of Indiana. I say it’s a lot like saying we have the largest ball of yarn in the state of Indiana. But still it is sort of our claim to fame, and it is what we are hoping brings people to Flora,” said Jerry.
Big Barn Shrimp Farm is reopening on July 2. The farm will be hosting a Shrimp Boil on site July 4 to celebrate reopening for business. It starts at 11 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m.