Squash, winter

Long before the Mayflower settled on Plymouth Rock, Native Americans were cultivating varieties of our favorite fall symbol - winter squash. The different members of the cucurbita family (squash, pumpkins, and gourds) became a mainstay for early colonists as both a food and medicine. These early years of harvesting solidified their place in American custom and according to the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, the first “pumpkin pie” was made by early settlers who hollowed out a pumpkin and filled it with apples, sweeteners, spices and milk. The terms winter and summer squash originate from a time when seasons were more crucial to survival. Winter squash is harvested during the fall when their rind hardens and can be stored until spring, lasting through the critical cold months. Today, winter squash is available year round and can be found in various colors, sizes, and flavors. The most well-known varieties include butternut, spaghetti, and acorn squash, but local farmers are helping us explore the lesser known members of the winter squash family, bringing the adorable sweet dumpling and the warty heirloom, Galeux D’Eysines, to market.

In Season

October, November, December

Recipes with Squash, winter

Tamale-Stuffed Winter Squash

Donna Eichhorn, Donna’s Tamales

Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

Stephanie Rosenbaum, author of World of Doughnuts (to be published April 2013)

Ginger and Cider Braised Winter Squash with Toasted Walnuts

Jamie Dougherty, Health & Lifestyle Coach.

Squash Pie with Local Flour Crust

Nigel Walker, Eatwell Farm

Articles about Squash, winter

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July 11, 2014

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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.

July 02, 2014

Volunteer of the Month: Rafael Zuniga

Rafael’s passion for good food stems from his work with children and youth.


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 »