Crawfish Farming

April 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm 1 comment

Thursday. April 17.

Now that our ethanol-inebriated corn farmers are driving up world food prices, might I suggest that we consider the nutritional value of the Louisiana mud bug. Yep, crawfish. It ain’t just for breakfast anymore. In Ville Platte, Louisiana, the king of crawfish is a man named Weelo. No one seems to know where this nickname began, but Weelo is actually Weelo “junior”. His father is also named Weelo. Here’s his father’s store:

Weelo\'s Grocery

On Thursday, Weelo was kind enough to give us a tour of his acres and acres of crawfish and rice fields. I don’t know what the price of corn is, but crawfish prices are going down and Weelo is selling 200 bags per day. This was a great local tour. It may not be as eventful as an airboat tour, but Weelo did recently find a gator in his crawfish field (first time in 20 years).

Harvesting CrawfishKeeping them wet \'til the trucks arrive

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  • 1. Clay  |  May 26, 2008 at 7:27 am

    Great pictures – I’ve met quite a few crawfish farmers (not the modern kind – those like Weelo) and all of them are characters. Looking forward to reading your other posts. Thanks!

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