OK, we’ve heard a lot about the so-called ‘green shoots of recovery’, right? (And really, do you believe them? How is the employment rate where you are? How many houses are selling?)
But here at Casa Tyr, we really do have our very own green shoots! Of recovery, I guess not, but of …. ta dah !!! … okra! Okra, sometimes also called ‘lady fingers’, is an unusual vegetable to grow outside the southern US, I believe. I ate it for the first time in the UK several years ago, and really liked it, but before this year we had never grown it ourselves. But as of today, our very own okra is 1-2 days away from picking.
Why are we growing it now, you ask? Well, for a very good reason, in fact! Our favourite curry restaurant is on the coast (an hour away), and last year, while waiting for our takeaway order to be prepared, we started chatting to the owner. We said we drove an hour specially, just to enjoy his great food, which impressed him.
Then we got to talking about what we do on our land, and what we grow. He was very interested to hear about our hot Thai chillies, as he imports them from the UK at extortionate prices. Then he mentioned okra, also imported. Could we grow that? And if so, would we sell both chillies and okra to him?
Hm, a plan developed. Rather than taking money for the veggies, why not trade curry for produce? Seemed like a win-win to us.
We haven’t really talked to him since then, but here we are, growing okra and Thai chillies. When both are further along, we will contact him again to see if he is still interested. If not? Hey, no problem, we will have loads of okra and chillies to freeze for winter!