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December 4, 2015

United States

Indiana—Video—Blue Barn Shrimp Farm




Blue Barn Shrimp, owned by Jason and Joanna Hahn, will open its doors for live shrimp sales at 9:00 a.m. on December 12, 2015, selling its second harvest for $18 a pound.  Currently, Blue Barn is producing around 150 to 160 pounds of Pacific white shrimp a month, with more expected when the farm reaches full production.  It expects to have shrimp available year-round.  It takes three months for the shrimp to reach jumbo size of 20 to 25 shrimp per pound.  The customer stops at the retail store of the barn, places an order, the shrimp are netted, bagged in ice and handed to the buyer.  By the time the customer gets home, the iced-down shrimp are asleep and ready to be boiled, baked, steamed or sautéed.  Or they can be frozen for up to three months.  The Hahns recommend cooking shrimp with their heads on.


The shrimp are raised in a heterotrophic system that breaks down waste products and allows the tanks to continuously use the same water.  The system has no impact on the environment.  One of the Hahns must remain on call 24/7.  “If there is a breakdown—if the boiler dies, the oxygen drops, the electricity goes out—we have 20 minutes to save the shrimp,” Joanna Hahn said.


How did Hahns get the idea of raising shrimp in Indiana?  After reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about the sudden rise in Midwestern shrimp farming.  Blue Barn Shrimp then contacted RDM Aquaculture in Fowler, Indiana, to learn more about shrimp farming technology and the equipment needed to farm shrimp.  RDM has also helped many other Midwesterners get started in shrimp farming.


Tours: If you’re interested in learning how to raise shrimp, Blue Barn offers several tours:

• Basic introductory tour, twenty minutes, $5.00 per person

• Bus tours, $50.00 for ten people, plus $5.00 for each additional person

• Technical tours, $200 for up to ten people


Video: For a three-minute video of the farm that shows co-owner Joanna Hahn talking about the farms technology, along with quick shots of equipment and tanks, click on the link in the first source below.


Information: Jason and Joanna Hahn (co-owners), Blue Barn Shrimp, 1290 West and County Road 400 South, Muncie, Indiana 47302, USA (phone 1-765-288-2402, email, webpage (



Sources: 1. The Star Press.  Seth Slabaugh (email, phone 1-765-213-5834).  Delaware County Gets Second Shrimp Farm.  Photos Jordan Karthol.  December 3, 2015.  2. Blue Barn Shrimp’s Webpage.  Website Visit on December 4. 2015.  3. Muncie Journal.  Muncie-Based Shrimp Farm’s First Harvest Will Be Dec 12th.  Joanna Hahn.  December 1, 2015.  4. Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News, International, December 4, 2015.

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