Jeannie Grimes

Forget Martha Stewart. That Pioneer Female? Pffft!

Purcell is blessed to have its own homemaker/prepare dinner extraordinaire.

Susie Hyde has the accolades that testify to her abilities alongside with some amazing contest benefits relationship again to 2009.

That’s the year she entered her salsa in a competitiveness sponsored by Style of Dwelling magazine.

She aced the point out contest and went on to countrywide judging where her signature salsa concluded fourth in the nation.

Realizing she just could possibly have some thing marketable, Hyde took her salsa and other canned items to the Robert M. Kerr Foods and Agricultural Solutions Center at Oklahoma State College.

Right after tests of the products and solutions and finishing schooling, Hyde achieved the state’s requirements to generate, label and offer these meals from her property.

A business enterprise, Susie’s Magic formula Recipes, was born. Underneath that umbrella, Hyde sells her canning line and do-it-yourself baked merchandise and also runs a tiny catering business.

In 2017, she entered salsa, pepper mustard sauce and eco-friendly tomato relish in a contest sponsored by Pastime Farms journal.

All three canned goods put in the top rated three in its category.

Then in 2019, she took the similar 3 merchandise and entered a Grit magazine contest.

“I placed in the top a few,” she claimed.

That was excellent sufficient to get her an invitation to participate in the most substantial contest yet.

That contest sponsored by State Girl magazine was to be a 12 months-long occasion.

The magazine, which commenced in 1970, expenses itself as a celebration of “the spirited group of women whose enthusiasm for the rural way of life will come by in their appreciate of crafts, cooking, gardening and their dedication to home and loved ones.”

The COVID-19 pandemic performed a little bit of havoc with the contest’s timing but now the benefits are in.

The judges were seeking for a person dwelling in a farm dwelling – “the previous white farm house sorts,” Hyde explained – and how stated home was adorned.

They needed women of all ages who could can, bake, cook, backyard and aid out with the livestock.

Proper up Hyde’s alley.

In April 2020, 3 reps from the magazine arrived to Hyde’s property. They surveyed her garden and built notice of such niceties as her crocheted clean cloths and dish towels, the adorned canning jars she utilizes for vases and her rooster coop crafted with framing taken from a greenhouse and topped by an aged camper shell – home to a compact flock of Barred Rock, Black Copper Maran and Red Lace Wyandotte hens.

As for livestock dealing with competencies, they asked her to pick up 1 of her chickens.

They also watched her at perform in the kitchen.

In January, Hyde got phrase that she was in the major 10 of 100 contestants.

That notification was adopted by a virtual interview.

On July 23, she identified out that she positioned next in the national contest.

“They informed me they have been impressed with my canning line,” Hyde claimed. “And they would be in call later on.”

Not a single to rest on her laurels, Hyde is again at work, busier than at any time.

Susie’s Secret Recipes is on Facebook and Hyde strategies to begin a You Tube channel.

Hyde was lifted on a farm and describes her mother as “Martha Stewart/ranch hand.”

With additional testing at OSU to gain details for nutritional labeling, the university could assistance market her items.

Even so, Hyde is hesitant to choose that phase.

“They would improve my recipes,” she stated.

She enjoys the back garden and individuals chickens as a great deal as the kitchen.

“I try out to use what I increase,” she verified.

Her backyard contains 60 give or get tomato vines – Roma is her favourite selection – alongside with 50 or so types of peppers. There is also squash, cucumbers, onions, carrots and a lot more.

“I adore to yard,” she mentioned. “I am taking pleasure in what I’m carrying out.”