SeMo Farms Reap Fishy Harvest

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.

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