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Rows of summer squash from Monroe Organic Farm are displayed at the Boulder County Farmers Market. (Boulder County Farmers Markets / Courtesy Photo)
Rows of summer squash from Monroe Organic Farm are displayed at the Boulder County Farmers Market. (Boulder County Farmers Markets / Courtesy Photo)

By Boulder County Farmers Markets

What’s happening

Once in a blue moon we celebrate the Fourth of July at the market. We consider this an omen for a local Fourth of July meal. We want to see you down at the market with your grilling menus in mind. Can’t make the market this weekend? No problem. You can order all of your favorite items for an easy, safe curbside pickup on Sunday in Longmont. Order today and Thursday at Ordering for Lafayette will open Sunday for next Thursday. Same great, local freshness we love —  two ways to make it happen.

Fresh at the market

Arugula,  basil, beef, beets, bison, broccoli, carrots, cheese, cherries, chicken, collard greens, cucumbers, eggs, fava beans, flowers, honey, kale, kohlrabi, lamb, lettuce, pea shoots, pork, microgreens, mizuna, mushrooms, radicchio, radishes, scallions, snap peas, spinach, spicy greens, spring onions, summer squash, swiss chard, tatsoi, turnips and tomatoes.

Lots of this, please

Golden yellow and green-striped summer squash. This is the first true week of the summer squash season, and there are many more weeks to come.

The farmer says

We are all familiar with the classic varieties of zucchini and yellow crookneck squash, but step outside the box.

Look for heirloom varieties: Eight Ball, Costata Romanesco, Sunburst, Ronde De Nice, Flying Saucer and more to experience the different shapes, sizes, textures and flavors that the summer variety of squash have to offer. You’ll find the flesh of summer squash creamy, soft and easy to prepare.

Lucky for us, summer squash matures fast — ready to harvest in 40 to 60 days of planting. One plant can produce up to 20 pounds in one season. Now, that’s a lot of squash.

The beginning of squash season also means squash blossoms. Ask your farmer if they sell these delicate blossoms as well. Unlike the fruit of this seasonal treat, the flowers are fleeting.

How to prepare: You can enjoy the entire squash including the seeds and skin. Eat it raw, lightly steamed, baked, sautéed, grilled or in spirals.

Goes with: eggs, yellow onion, garlic, sweet corn, mushrooms, parsley, tomatoes, basil, goat cheese, potatoes and pasta.

How to store: Do not wash before storing in a plastic bag with holes in your refrigerator. Store up to a week. If stored improperly squash will lose its firmness and texture.

Farmers markets info

Boulder Farmers Market

13th Street and Canyon Boulevard

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 21

4 8 p.m. Wednesdays — coming soon

Lafayette Farmers Market

400 block of East Simpson St.

3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sep. 24

Pre-order curbside pickup only

Longmont Farmers Market

Boulder County Fairgrounds

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 21

Pre-order curbside pickup also available on Sunday

Union Station Farmers Market

Denver’s Union Station

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 24

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