Rock County Farm to School

Harvest of the Month Newsletter 

Volume 2, Issue 1

Did you know?
  • Winter squash varieties are rich sources of beta-carotene, vitamins A and C and are full of fiber and potassium.
  • Winter squash are members of the cucurbit family along with cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, and summer squash.
  • Most popular varieties of winter squash: acorn, butternut, Hubbard, pumpkin & spaghetti. 
  • Winter squash is harvested much later than summer squash, making its skin too hard to eat. But this protective skin lets you store winter squash for 3 months or longer!
  • Besides the fruit, other edible parts of squash plants include the seeds, shoots, leaves, tendrils, and blossoms.
  •  Native Americans planted corn, beans and squash together as the "Three Sisters" because the 3 crops benefit from each other.





WI Fresh Produce 


WI DPI Homegrown WI 

Varieties of Winter Squash:
Image from Astoria Co-Op

Selecting, Storing, & Eating Winter Squash: 
Selecting Winter Squash:
  • Winter squash is harvested when fully mature in September and October.
  • Choose squash that are firm and heavy.
  • Avoid squash that show signs of decay like cuts, punctures, sunken spots or moldy spots on the rind
  • A tender rind means that the squash is not ripe

Storing Winter Squash:

  • Store squash in a cool dry place for up to 3 months.
  • Storing squash with part of the stem still attached will help retain its moisture.
  • Once cut open, store squash wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
  • Store cooked squash in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
  • Cooked frozen squash will stay fresh for up to a year.



Ways to Eat  & Cook Winter Squash:
  • Bake, microwave, or steam winter squash for simple side dishes
  • Blend cooked butternut squash with milk for a creamy soup
  • Replace spaghetti noodles with cooked spaghetti squash and serve with tomato sauce
  • Roast squash seeds with olive oil for a crunchy snack
  • Stuff squash blossoms with cheese and bake or use them in Mexican dishes

  • Herbs and spices used to enhance the flavor of winter squash include garlic, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, basil, parsley and a pinch of ground cloves.

  • Sweeten squash pulp with maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, or orange juice concentrate.



PA Nutrition Education Network 


Try these delicious squash recipes...

Super Simple Spaghetti Squash



1 Spaghetti squash


Parmesan cheese

Salt, to taste



  1. Cut your spaghetti squash in half and place in a baking dish.  
  2. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven.  Using a fork, begin to scrape the flesh away from the skin.
  4. Once all the flesh is scraped, stir in some butter, Parmesan cheese, and salt.



Sweet Roasted Acorn Squash Flowers



1 acorn squash (4 inch diameter)

1 tablespoon - olive oil

2 oz - parmesan cheese

Salt, to taste 



  1. Turn Acorn squash it on it's side and cut cross-ways, so you get the flower shaped slices.
  2. Scrape the seeds out from the inside of each slice, and arrange on parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle the top with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and Parmesan cheese.  
  4. Then bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.




Do you want to help kids get healthy?
Opportunities to help make Rock County children   healthier include:

 Lunchroom tastings

 Classroom nutrition education lessons

 Maintaining school gardens

 Serving on the Rock County Farm to School Coalition


For more information please contact Rock County Farm to school at




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