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Farmer’s Market Bounty

August 7, 2011

Morning! Good Sunday to ya!

Yesterday, as promised, we checked out a local farmer’s market—the Madison Farmer’s Market.  Madison is right outside of Huntsville—about a ten minute drive from us.  We weren’t sure what to expect from this farmer’s market, but we were pleased—it was on the smaller side, but had a lot of produce options. 

Here’s what we went home with:

Squash and peaches:

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Heirloom tomatoes:

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Don’t you love the stripes?  Those are called zebra tomatoes!

I wanted to use some of our fresh goods for dinner…so okra it was! I know a lot of people are weary of okra—they think it’s slimy and seedy—kind of the Charlie Sheen of the veggie world.

I, on the other hand, love it.  It’s great for stews—the “slimy” factor really helps to thicken the base of the stew.  Give okra a try, if you haven’t.  You might be surprised by how much you like it! But make sure that it’s fresh and tender—there’s nothing worse than a tough, stringy, fibrous okra.  Okri?  Okrette? 

Not sure what the singular is for okra.

Moving on.

For dinner last night, I made an okra stew with a Creole-esque flavor…plus barley as a little unexpected surprise.  Here’s the recipe:

Okra, Barley and Shrimp Stew


1/2 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic,  minced.

1.5 cups okra, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces

2 cans diced tomatoes

1.5 cups water

1/3 cup uncooked barley

3/4 pound shrimp, peeled

salt and pepper to taste


In a large pan, heat onion in tbsp. olive oil.  Cook for about 10 minutes, until beginning to soften and brown.  Add garlic and cook for a few minutes more.  Add okra, tomatoes, water, and barley.  Season with salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce to medium-heat and cook for another 25-35 minutes, until stew has thickened and barley is cooked.  Add shrimp and cook for another 5 minutes, until shrimp is cooked.  Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.

Serve with crusty French bread!

Here are pics from the process:

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Mmmmm…the bread is definitely required—it soaks up all the good broth!

A perfect meal for a Southern Saturday night! 

Well, we’re off to enjoy our Sunday—I hope you have a good one!

14 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2011 1:31 pm

    My sister always liked fried okra. I have never been a fan of it myself. Those peaches look great.

  2. August 7, 2011 2:03 pm

    I LOVE okra! Unfortunately, you don’t find it too often up here in Canada! Thank goodness for my family in Kentucky—–I like to get my fix of okra and fried green tomatoes when I’m visiting 🙂 Enjoy your day!

  3. August 7, 2011 2:10 pm

    Fabulous recipe…it looks delicious. Especially with the bread!

    Have a fantastic Sunday Anna!

  4. jteare87 permalink
    August 7, 2011 3:09 pm

    I’m glad you had fun at the Madison Farmers Market; I really need to make it out there one Saturday to check it out.

  5. August 7, 2011 3:48 pm

    I love okra, it’s no Charlie Sheen to me 😉

  6. August 7, 2011 5:04 pm

    Wow that looks amazing! We got red okra from the farmer’s market last weekend that I still need to cook. I love the smaller farmer’s markets. I like talking to the farmers. They are so sweet and helpful.

  7. August 7, 2011 7:48 pm

    Stew looks fantastic! I’m a big fan of thicker/chunkier soups/stews! And yayy for the great farmers market finds- especially the tomatoes. mmmm

    • August 7, 2011 10:29 pm

      I MISS the Charleston farmer’s market!!! It was the first one I’d ever been to, back in college, and I was so amazed by it!

  8. August 7, 2011 8:20 pm

    This sounds awesome! I’m bookmarking this one! Love it!

  9. August 7, 2011 8:28 pm

    What gorgeous produce!

    I never buy or cook with okra. This needs to change, asap!!! Your stew looks delish!

  10. August 7, 2011 10:14 pm

    Yum! Love the Southern influences and I bet that crusty bread made dinner all the better!

  11. Kristie permalink
    August 8, 2011 10:12 pm

    So apparently okra is singular and its plural form is okrat. Go Wiki! 🙂

    • August 8, 2011 10:18 pm

      Haha…thank you for answering that question!!!

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