Monday, June 29, 2009

A Trip To Canton

Saturday, after closing the library, Kathy and I went on a trip to Canton, Texas to visit the spring. The spring is a place for Canton residents, or anybody else for that matter, to get fresh clean water. We keep a container of it in the library work room. Now I have some here at the house. The picture is Kathy filling one of her many water containers. I am jealous as I only had one.

The next stop was a little vegetable stand. That little kitty was worn out.

The next stop was Mrs. Sides' pea farm. I bought okra, lady cream peas, cantaloupe and Noonday onions. Now the story is that Noonday onions are sweeter that Wala Wala and Vidalia onions. Never having had a Wala Wala or Vidalia onion, I cannot comment. However, the Noonday onions are very sweet. An onion can only be a Noonday onion if it is grown within ten miles of the town of Noonday.

Those lady cream peas were wonderful. They are like a very very good black eyed pea.

Finally, we found the Troubadour Blackberry Farm. This farm is run by the band director of Kaufman High school with his family. I wish you could taste the blackberry cheesecake his wife made. Most excellent. They are going to send me some information on their set up so there will likely get another post.

After returning from our trip, I started cooking. I made lady cream peas, fried okra, and hot water cornbread for dinner.
Lady Cream Peas
Pound of lady cream peas
2 Sliced of Bacon
Pinch of sugar
Enough water to cover the peas.
Simmer for an hour or so and enjoy.
Hot Water Cornbread
1 cup Corn meal
Pinch or more of salt
Boiling water
Add enough boiling water to the cornmeal to create a dough thick enough to shape into patties. Fry in a little oil until golden brown.
Fried okra
Sliced okra
Egg white
Cajun spice mix to taste
Coat okra with egg white and dredge with seasoned cornmeal. Fry until golden brown. Posted by Picasa


  1. Summer is way too hot--but I sure like all those summer veggies! YUM!!

  2. Yum!!!! The blackberry cheesecake sounds so good! Looks like you had a great time(-:

  3. Well, I have a vadalia sitting on my counter right now. I'm waiting to get some crook neck squash. I'll mix them both and cook in butter till the moisture is all cooked out. don't add water since the onion makes the squash cry. You'll have plenty of liquid. Add salt and pepper and it is yummy.

    You should mail me a Noonday and I'll mail you a vadalia.

    Love the spring place. so that water is better than your tap water?

  4. Hey, I saw a cat on a recent visit to Canton (MI) as well! :)

  5. Yum---first blackberry cheesecake and then hot-water cornbread (corncakes where we come from) AND fried okra! You'd better stop talking about all this or we're planning our next vacation in your direction!!!

  6. Hot water cornbread is just about my favorite food in the world! I could eat it every day!
    Looks like you had a great day, with lots of new "finds".

  7. Linda, You are absolutely right

    Cindee, It was seriously good

    Wonder what would happen if I actually mailed you an onion to that po box # i've got.

    Monica, Maybe he time travels between TX and MI.

    OFB, Come on out. We'll feed you.