Great Day in the Country

Great Day Bean Soup

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The tradition of making our famous bean soup mix began in the kitchen of Louise Martin in the 1970s. Louise tried several recipes. Finally, after tasting different combinations of spices, she put together what is now our "secret recipe."

Over the years, members have added their own personal touches when cooking up the soup, resulting in many tasty variations.

In the beginning, the group of ladies that put the packages of soup mix together was a select group, by invitation only. Today, at Great Day, we sell nearly 1000 bags of soup mix, so we put out an "all call" to members and their husbands for help. Bean soup is part of our long tradition at Great Day in the Country and preparing the bags is always a fun event.

Bags of bean soup mix will be sold for $3 each at the Bean Soup Booth near the GFWC Oviedo Woman's Club Information Booth in front of the OOTP Cultural Center. Soup-lovers come back year-after-year because they use the mix as stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, or a little someting for the mailman. Leftovers are always limited, so be sure to get your Great Day Bean Soup Mix at the festival.

The Bean Soup Ladies circa 1989

Thank you to our Bean Soup Sponsor

Great Day Bean Soup Recipe

  • 1 bag OWC Great Day in the County Bean Soup Mix with seasoning packet
  • 1 ham hock
  • 28 oz can of petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • salt (to taste)

Open the Bean Soup Mix bag and place the beans in a large kettle. Set the seasoning packet aside.

Cover beans with water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside for 1 hour. Then drain.

To the kettle with beans, add 2 quarts of fresh water, one ham hock, and salt to taste. Bring to a boil again, lower heat and simmer for 2 to 3 hours.

Remove the ham bone. Dice the meat and return it to the soup. Add 1 (28 ounce) can of petite diced tomatoes. Add the contents of the seasoning packet and add 1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce. Simmer for 1 hour more. Then serve.

We've heard from soup lovers that they've added or substituted for the ham with kielbasa, smoked turkey, ground chuck, or just gone vegitarian. Add some chopped cabbage if you wish. Or serve over pasta.

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