Week 12: Okra
For our upcoming share this Tuesday, we plan to provide more peppers, potatoes, tomatillos, herbs, beans, watermelon, and – new this week – okra and eggplant. Last week, Wiebe Farmin’ provided us with our Sugar Baby watermelon, and this week Wiebe Farmin’ will provide us with another variety of watermelon, Crimson Sweet, which look like standard watermelons and are super sweet.
Okra is “mucilaginous,” which is a complicated term to describe plants that produce “goo” when cooked. To minimize the amount of goo secreted when you cook okra, it is suggested that you cook it quickly (stir fry, for example) or cook it with acidic ingredients, like tomatoes, vinegar, or citrus fruits. If this is going to be your first cooking adventure with okra, an okra gumbo recipe may be a good place to start.
Several fruit share members have been asking when we plan to have the next fruit come in. Our fruit farmers’ berry crop has been struggling, but we’ll have fruit coming in soon. Our farmer said that grapes and mountain kiwis will be the next fruit we can expect.
We have another on-farm workday coming up next Monday. Here’s the information you need to know:
When? August 29th from 4 – 6:30 pm
Where? Goldenrod Gardens in Zionville
We understand that some of you may not be able to join for the whole time slot, but please feel free to join us whenever you can make it! Please email our pickup manager Michal at md64008 [at] email [dot] appstate [dot] edu if you plan to attend. If there is not enough interest, we may postpone.
The farm address is 920 Odes Wilson Rd, Zionville, NC 28698. Directions: 421 West through Vilas. Pass Skateworld go 2.5 miles LEFT on Tater Hill Rd. DEAD END. RIGHT on Silverstone, GO 1 mile. LEFT on Odes Wilson. 1/8 mi . Farm on Left before Camp Joy Rd. Volunteers may be involved in weeding, irrigation, and harvest of various crops.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday for pickup!
Coordinator, High Country CSA