Squash, summer

The name summer squash distinguishes the more delicate varieties of the Cucurbita family from their heartier and longer-lasting relatives, the winter squash. The entire vegetable, including the seeds and skin, is edible and the soft flesh has a very delicate flavor. In addition, some varieties, like the zucchini, produce edible flowers, which can be stuffed and fried and wholly enjoyed. When buying summer squash, look for ones that are heavy for their size and have soft, unblemished rinds. Small cuts can lead to quick decay. Also, purchase squash of small or medium size. Larger ones tend to be more fibrous and have larger seeds. Enjoy summer squashes sliced in salads, sauteed over pasta, or cooked into bread.

In Season

June, July, August, September, October

Recipes with Squash, summer

Creole Remoulade with Shrimp and Summer Squash

Justin Simoneaux, Boxing Room

Yellow Tomato and Summer Vegetable Soup “Au Pistou”

Mark Dommen, chef and partner at One Market Restaurant

Summer Squash and Ricotta Salad

From Andrew Swallow of Mixt Greens and author of Mixt Salads: A Chef’s Bold Creations (Ten Speed Press, 2010).

Chipotle-Brown Sugar Brined Rack of Pork with Grilled Summer Succotash

Amanda B.L. Saffir.

Articles about Squash, summer

July 25, 2014

The Great Tomato Debate

Confused by terms like heirloom, open-pollinated, hybrid, and GMO? We’ll help you sort them out.

July 18, 2014

Meet Marcy

CUESA is excited to welcome our new executive director, Marcy Coburn! Find out what inspires her work.

July 11, 2014

Farm Tripping

Summer is prime time for agritourism. Here’s our list of local U-picks, tours, and other farm fun.

July 09, 2014

A Fond Farewell from Critical Edge Knife Sharpening

Bob Kattenburg retires after 19 years as the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market’s knife sharpener.

July 04, 2014

On the Farm at Marin Roots

Take a behind-the-scenes look at organic veggie growing with the young farmers at Marin Roots Farm.

About CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »