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Growing Okra for Food and Fiber

Posted 6/10/2014 11:04am by Judy Lessler.

Farming: We are starting into the seam or the transition period between the spring and summer vegetables. We are beginning to harvest potatoes and squash; however, the lettuces and greens are still plentiful. I know some of you are ready to see greens disappear and to find a box full of compact things like tomatoes, beans, okra, and eggplant. That time is coming.  

The okra that is "on stage this year" is growing. We have planted two types, Star of David and Clemson Spineless 80. Ann Silverman, a local artist and paper maker, is going to make paper from each type of okra. Below are a couple of pictures we made last week when we thinned the okra. Ann came over for the thinning and took some of the young pieces plants.

The first picture shows Ann and Erasmo. Ann is holding some of the thinning, Thinned okra is on the left and to be thinned is on the right. The second picture shows Rene and Erasmo in the process of weeding and thinning. Rene is holding a bunch of quelite, which is a green in the amaranth family that grows wild on the farm. We consider a weed. It actually is delicious and makes a good braising green; however, we have not been successful in selling it. I carried that bunch to the cooler for Rene, and his family had if for dinner that night.



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