An Okra Story
This must be the year of the okra.
I was out at the National Small Farm Conference, making a presentation, and at least 20 people who stopped by my booth wanted to discuss okra. Okra varieties, okra culturing, okra on the table.
Nothing wrong with that, except I sold out of the okra seed I'd brought too quickly.
However, I was gifted with Fife Creek Cowhorn, by Mike Dixon, of Mercer, TN. From the description it's likely the typical Texas Cowhorn type. But it comes with a great story.
Back in the day, an elderly Creek woman, from the Nations, was visiting with the Fife family, south of Jackson, MS. When she returned home she left these seeds behind as a gift, because the Fifes had been so nice to her. The family has been growing them ever since.
Four years ago, Mike's father married a Fife, who brought the seed with her. Both Mike and his dad have grown them every year since the wedding.
I did some quick research. The Indian Nations were reorganized in 1890, into Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory. Which means the Fifes have been growing this okra for at least 116 years.
I'll definately be trialing it this season. But did want to share that story.