The fruit of the sea is coming to Elkhart County. A New Paris family is gearing up to build a facility at their property on C.R. 19 where they’ll raise and sell shrimp that’s fresh, live and locally-grown.
So, why shrimp?
“Why not shrimp?” Gilbert Schrock said.
He, along with his wife Edith Schrock and son Kenneth Schrock, will soon begin building the 34-by-80-foot barn where shrimp – between 24,000 and 30,000 of them – will be cultivated in chemical-free, oxygenated tanks.
If all goes smoothly, fresh shrimp should be for sale by January – and Gilbert Schrock is confident that they’ll sell themselves.
“They taste different than what you buy at the grocery store. They have a sweeter flavor,” he said.
The shrimp will be grown in varying sizes and sold live on ice.
“Basically, you can’t get them any fresher,” he said.
The business won’t have a storefront. Instead, the Schrocks hope to make one-on-one connections with local shrimp-lovers who become repeat customers.
“You need to kind of create you own market,” Gilbert Schrock said.
The Schrocks plan to get their first batch of shrimp from another Hoosier shrimp farmer who lives northwest of Lafayette.
The Elkhart County Zoning Board recently approved plans for the shrimp facility. A staff report said the business will “serve the public convenience and welfare by filling a retail food niche for the area.”
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