70 days — 'Mama Payton's' is an old family heirloom sent to the
Victor Seed Company by Brian Payton of Trion, Georgia. Brian told
us that in his garden, the plants are productive, grow from six to
twelve feet tall and produce huge, tasty pods.
The history of 'Mama Payton's' began when Brian's paternal
grandparents, Arthur and Carrie Payton, were married in 1917 in
Cherokee County, Alabama. Brian's father said that they were given
the seed shortly after they were married, probably by other family
members, and raised this one variety of okra exclusively; A
tradition carried on in the Payton family ever since.
In closing the letter that he sent to us, Brian said, "My
grandmother passed away in January of 1997. One month before her
100th birthday. I think it would have made her happy that someone
was interested [in the okra]."
Although in cooler climates
with shorter growing season the plants may not reach great heights
as it can in hotter climates such as here in Tennessee but is
still productive in either climate. I can attest to Mama Payton's
productivity and to it's fine eating quality.
I am honored to be
part of helping to keep Mama Payton's okra available for all to