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Aug 2, 2012 02:00 PM

Michigan shrimp

I've seen a few restaurants claiming to have Michigan-raised shrimp, and have heard of a shrimp farm in Lansing. Anyone know any more details? Aquaculture is probably going to be big business in the future, so I'm glad Michigan is in on it, because you know, JOBS. Additionally, I usually refuse to eat any imported shrimp after hearing a report on NPR about the polluted old mangrove areas where most overseas shrimp is harvested. So if I can have some nice, farm-raised shrimp without paying gulf shrimp prices, that would be swell.

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  1. There is a shrimp farm in Okemos (suburb east of Lansing), that is likely where they are sourcing them from.

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    1. re: GreatLakesBetterFood

      Probably Okemos. Holiday Market in Royal Oak carries these sometimes and one of the fish counter people told me they could barely keep them in stock due to popularity. Have not had the opportunity to try one myself, though I share your concerns on hygiene of the cheaper imported seafood.

      1. re: HillsofBeverly

        oh yes, Okemos. I know right where it is too. I just lump Lansing, East Lansing and Okemos (and sometimes Haslett and Holt) as Lansing. Bad habit on my part.

    2. The Shrimp Farm Market had a booth at the Meridian Township Farmers' Market today. If I'd have been thinking, I'd have looked for some prices. The shrimp looked divine though - plump, healthy, and beautifully colored.

      1. There's a plan to farm talapia in the old warehouse between Eastern Market and Louie's. It'd be nice if they'd find a way to raise shrimp there as well.

        1. The shrimp from The Shrimp Farm Market are excellent -- all sizes and all fresh. It is a remarkable innovation for the State of Michigan. The owner is a very experienced aquaculturist who pioneered shrimp farming in Equador and Belize, and then returned to Michigan in the 1990s. His indoor farm, which you can visit, is unique. Here is another web site for more information: