CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - It's not your traditional small business. But for one Carroll County operation, one may need some sea legs.
Doug Barbour is the owner of B.D.J.S. Farms near Rossville. He's one of just a few shrimp farmers in the state. Of course, most farms are located near the coast.
He has about 80,000 shrimp in a dozen large saltwater tanks in a controlled humid environment. Shrimp farming means long 10-12 hour days, seven days a week, but Barbour says he enjoys the family environment.
"I've always loved being my own boss," he adds. "I also love the idea that I can bring my family into the business with me. It's truly a family operated business."
He just got a fresh shipment from Florida of baby shrimp no larger than an eyelash. Over the next three months, they will grow to be about the size of your hand.
Within a year, he hopes to double the size of his current operation.
His shrimp is already for sale in restaurants in Indianapolis, Detroit and Milwaukee.
This isn't the only shrimp farm in the area, there's also one near Fowler.
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