I mentioned that we've been having some new organic farming adventures! I'm always the one who says, "Try something new"...but I have to confess...okra was not high on my list. I never ate it growing up in my family. We never raised it in any of our many giant and fruitful gardens. Dad didn't seem to think we needed it and mom didn't like it. So...there it is. So, when we were handed some in a beautiful shining paper bag...I decided I needed to say, " I dare say I need to post what we did with the okra that we gathered from Love Grows Farms!" Because...I've been eating it like crazy! Krista, the greenhouse manager and farming sweetheart gathered these for me. This is what she showed me. First, when harvesting okra, you want to gather it when it is still very young and tender. The seeds should not get big like this one (below). In fact, she said this one will be fed to the goats.
Then she gave us some okra to play with. My boys ate it raw right from the bag! They thought it was awesome! Of course, my husband Ace said, "they have also been out in the sun for a long time." Ace, who is normally a veggie guy... not impressed by okra. He may never be impressed. Just like me and parsnips who may never find a common ground. Or Tara and raisins (she calls them "the Devil")...ya know. Everyone has an opinion. I'm okay with that.
However...I think I have found my new favorite okra-song!
Krista at the farm said, "okay, it's pretty good pickled if you want to try it. "
Who am I to *not* be at least willing to try it! Just once. So...I did.