ST. LOUIS, MO - Some farmers in southeast Missouri are harvesting a very unusual crop this time of year.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports today that farmers are draining ponds to harvest their crop of freshwater prawns.
The creatures are relatives of the saltwater shrimp, and they have become a popular choice at some local restaurants and grocery stores.
Some prawn farmers say they plan to hold harvest festivals this fall, with pony rides, a petting zoo and Cajun and country music.
A trade group says more farmers are raising the prawns as a niche market develops for them.