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Valley shrimp are no shrimps



Published: Thu, September 30, 2010 @ 12:01 a.m.

By Ashley Luthern

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Ron Eiselstein, owner of Village Pantry in Poland, shows off fresh shrimp grown in ponds in Youngstown.

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William D Lewis|The Vindicator Ron Eiselstein, owner of Village Pantry in Poland stands near a sign infront of his building advertising fresh shrimp grown in ponds in Youngstown.

How to handle fresh shrimp:

Fresh shrimp, such as that available at the Village Pantry, comes with the head, tail and antennae still attached.

  1. Cut off the antennae and snout (rostrum)

  2. If you choose not to keep the shells and head on, break the head where the tail begins and peel off the shells on the tail.

  3. Apply spices, such as a crab boil or Old Bay.

  4. Bring an inch of water or beer to a boil and then place the prawns in the water for one minute.

aluthern@vindy.com

POLAND

The shrimp in the ice box at the Village Pantry don’t look like those usually found in the frozen foods section.

About 4 to 5 inches long, the gray crustaceans still have their tails, head and antennae.

“We do not process the shrimp,” said Ron Eiselstein, shrimp farmer and owner of the Village Pantry on South Main Street.

Eiselstein grows giant Malaysian prawns in ponds on Youngstown’s far East Side and does not use any fertilizer. He began the shrimp ponds in June 2009, but this is the first time that he’s sold his product.

He has an aquaculture permit from the Ohio Department of Agriculture to sell what he raises.

Eiselstein said he was harvesting about 16,000 shrimp this season. One pound of shrimp contains about 13 prawns.

Summer is the growing season for shrimp and lasts about four months. Next June, Eiselstein will get new prawns from an in-state hatchery.

His project hasn’t been without setbacks, though. Eiselstein has been accused of violating the city’s zoning violation where his ponds are.

“I thought now the worst valued land could now be the most productive,” he said.

On June 28, Eiselstein pleaded no contest to a zoning violation, according to court records.

Another case is pending, said William D’Avignon, deputy director of the Youngstown Planning Department.

“Conditions were placed on the zoning requirements, such as safety and prevent soil erosion, and [Eiselstein] hasn’t complied with those yet. He never applied for permits for additional holes on those farms,” D’Avignon said.

Eiselstein has said he wants to work with city officials. Even with the ongoing legal proceedings, he said he enjoys growing the shrimp and plans to continue his business.

“I think we could make this an industry here,” he said.

How to Handle Fresh Shrimp

Fresh shrimp, such as that available at the Village Pantry, comes with the head, tail and antennae still attached.

  1. Cut off the antennae and snout (rostrum)
  2. If you choose not to keep the shells and head on, break the head where the tail begins and peel off the shells on the tail.
  3. Apply spices, such as a crab boil or Old Bay.
  4. Bring an inch of water or beer to a boil and then place the prawns in the water for one minute.

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