Chat with Farm Stand vendors and get great recipes and food prep ideas... For example, from plentiful summer zucchini (which inspires jokes for being almost
prolific) to decorative and delicious winter varieties, the squash bounty starts to really pile up as summer turns to fall! Here, Farm Stand Friday vendors talk about what they do to use up this abundant item available now through the end of September...
Jason Mathis, District 11 chef and home gardener (above left)
Pink banana: "The skins are edible, and the insides are awesome, with great texture and flavor."
FAVORITE WAYS TO PREPARE IT
"Big rustic chunks roasted in a chai-spiced Balsamic reduction and served with brown butter sauce."
OTHER SQUASH-FRIENDLY SUGGESTIONS:
Simply sauté it with garlic and onions; grill and add to salads; make into veggie chips or fritters and serve with Thai-chile dipping sauce; slice very thin and use in place of pasta; dehydrate and add to winter soups.
now, and they'll last you all winter."
Ruthie Markwardt, Prospect Gardens (above, center)
"The Blue Hubbard: they are native to North America and grow up to be big, giant mammas! We grew one that last year that was 36 pounds! That can feed you for a good long while. They're brightly colored on the outside and on the inside: nutritious, delicious and beautiful!"
FAVORITE SQUASH RECIPE
Squash curry with coconut milk.
AVAILABLE THIS MONTH
Prospect Gardens has several varieties of summer and winter squashes, including butternut, acorn and the Navajo Gray, a sister to the Blue Hubbard.
Monica Parker, owner of Katie's Corner (named for her daughter, who grows their produce from seed and bakes the breads, cookies and pastries) (Monica is shown, above right)
Butternut, acorn or yellow straight-neck summer squash
"I prefer a winter squash cut in half and baked with butter on top, no sugar. My favorite recipe for summer squash is from the website
; it's a casserole with a crumb topping. It's really pretty when you make it with a combination of green and yellow squashes." (
to get the recipe for Zucchini Gratin)
AVAILABLE THIS MONTH
"We have a lot of different varieties of heirloom pumpkins and winter squash planted this year. In fact, I think we might have overdone it!" (To see examples of diverse varieties, go to
, the site of the Baker Creek Seeds catalog.) "We'll have late season kale too," she adds.