Last week, Tracey from Fork N Farm gave me a positive challenge to create a recipe using okra from her urban farm in Benson.  It is not an ingredient I cook with regularly, and to be honest, it kind of freaks me out!  I typically associate okra with being slimy, which is not a word I like to associate with my cooking.  And my most vivid memory of eating it involves a childhood tennis coach dragging us to an all-you-can-eat buffet on the drive to a tournament so he could get his Southern fix for the vegetable. 

Needless to say, I was ecstatic when this recipe for Okra Hash with "Smashed" Potatoes and Eggs turned out absolutely delicious!  It is a great recipe for Sunday brunch or "breakfast for dinner!"  It combines the classic Southern ingredient with Indian spices, and is both incredibly delicious and nutritious.

Okra contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium. It's low in calories and has a high dietary fiber content. Recently, a new benefit of including okra in your diet is being considered. Okra has been suggested to help manage blood sugar in cases of type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.  The recipe also contains tumeric, which is a highly effective nutritional supplement for your body and brain.  Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

The recipe was created with ingredients the farmers will be selling at the Rockbrook Organic Farmers market this week.  I can't say enough about the quality of the products these producers sell.  The quality of Fork N Farms eggs is incredible, and everything the ladies from Iowana Farms and Blooms Organic grow is beautiful and delicious.  MJER Help will be doing a pop-up again to celebrate the last market of the season, so we hope to see you there!

*Okra and eggs from Fork N Farm

*Kennebec potatoes from Iowana Farm

*Onion from Blooms Organic