Local shrimp farm owners purchase 30 foot shrimp boat

Saturday, April 4, 2009
Eddy-Lynn Shrimp Farm in Coatesville had a 30-foot Gulf shrimp boat delivered Wednesday from Panama City, Fla. Farm owners Keith and Katrina Henderson scoured the coast from Mississippi to Florida before finding the right boat. Bob Johnson is directing traffic between two excavators operated by Rian Perkins and Kenny Bain and a bulldozer operated by Jerry Long. It took the four men nearly six hours to unload the boat.

COATESVILLE -- It has arrived. Indiana's first and only shrimp boat reached Eddy-Lynn Shrimp Farm Wednesday morning.

American Boat Haulers, Florida, brought the 30-foot Gulf shrimp boat to the farm owned by Keith and Katrina Henderson from Panama City, Fla.

The Eddy-Lynn Shrimp Farm sits on approximately 30 acres in Coatesville. The Hendersons began with one pond on their farm and are now up to five ponds -- three for shrimp, one for catfish and one for the shrimp boat.

The lake the shrimp boat will call home is still under construction. The Hendersons are hopeful to have it finished by harvest time, which is the weekend of Labor Day. As for the boat, it will still be on dry land during this year's harvest.

"The outriggers and netting will be in place on the boat by harvest time," said Keith.

This is the third year Eddy-Lynn Shrimp Farm has built a pond for freshwater shrimp or "prawns." With an increase in ponds, the 2009 harvest season will be a weekend event instead of one day to allow some shrimp to be bagged and available upon request.

Join Keith and Katrina at their farm for a day of relaxation, information, fun and lots of food during Labor Day weekend. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and coolers with ice to enjoy a new experience.

There will be shrimp for sale at $9 per pound and $5 per pound for crawfish, but a price has not been set for catfish.

As with any other fresh shrimp, there are many options in preparing these tasty darlings. They can be broiled, boiled, fried, grilled, baked, etc. Cleaning and peeling can be done prior to or after cooking.

For some yummy recipes, check out Eddy-Lynn's Web site at www.shrimpfarminginindiana.com and click on services page.

The Eddy-Lynn Shrimp Farm is located at 446 S CR 900E. To preorder shrimp, call 765-386-7496.

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  • Wow, we now have VIPs in Putnam County

    -- Posted by GRNT on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 5:28 AM
  • Uh, Coatesville is in Hendricks County!

    -- Posted by loufatsponge on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 6:52 PM
  • Coatesville refers to the postal area. It covers places like Heritage Lake and the area between it and the town of Coatesville. Much of that area is in Putnam County although Coatesville proper is in Hendricks County.

    -- Posted by blackbear on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 7:18 PM
  • I'm glad to hear the 2009 harvest season will be a weekend event. Should be something interesting to see.

    -- Posted by floyd'srangerriders on Mon, Apr 6, 2009, at 11:21 AM
  • See "Forrest Gump " for other ways to cook shrimp.. "boiled shrimp, shrimp gumbo, fried shrimp..."

    -- Posted by dodgers on Mon, Apr 6, 2009, at 3:18 PM
  • Very Cool Story!!!

    -- Posted by Afghan Contractor on Mon, Apr 6, 2009, at 7:20 PM
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