Looking for new things to do with all that summer squash you’re getting from your plants?
- 37+ different things to do with all that summer squash you may not have thought about.
- Healthy Yellow Squash recipes and zucchini recipes to try.
- Answers to popular questions, such as “How do you freeze zucchini.”
- Finally, how to grow summer squash and why you should eat it.
First of all, are you confused about what a summer squash actually is? I’m going to briefly discuss that in the next section.
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- * Zucchini (Yellow & Green)
- * Yellow Crooked Neck Squash
- * Butternut
- * Acorn
- * Spaghetti
- * Chips – Sliced Thin and Season
- * Candy – Here’s a really good recipe from my friend Laurie at Common Sense Homesteading
If you can’t eat anymore summer squash, why not try selling it?
- Local mom groups
- Mom’s of Athletes
- Doctors/Health Practitioners
- gyms/fitness centers
- farm stores (Put up a flier)
- Local Facebook Buy/Sell groups
- Other livestock farmers or pet owners (To be used for food and treats)
- Farmers Markets
Now, the bigger dilemma: How to figure out what to charge for your summer squash. I hear this all the time and I see SO MANY different prices. Here is a step by step process I recommend:
- Look at the grocery store price.
- Factor in cost/care of the vegetables. (Don’t forget about your labor!)
- Check around with other local farm fresh squash sellers.
- Finally, ask your customers what they are willing to pay.
For example, I asked my friend who does the local farmers market AND has a U-Pick garden. She consistently charges $1 per pound for the summer squash. So, I modeled my business after her and it’s been quite a success.
But if you aren’t in the mood to sell, that’s ok as well. You can definitely find people who are willing to take your summer squash for free. Or maybe it’s a trade for doing a job for you.
Anything to get rid of that extra summer squash before it goes to waste, right?
Sharing is caring and easy, too.
Summer squash is so versatile and healthy that many places can use them for meals and snacks. You can call around to these 9 different places to see if they need summer squash donations:
- local shelters
- food pantry
- church/school meals
- Nursing Homes
- Soup Kitchens
- Family/neighbor in need
- fire/police department
- Animal Rescue
- Zoos & Wildlife Rehab
Let’s talk about how healthy summer squashes are to include in your diet.
Summer Squash Nutrition Facts
Why summer squash? I’ve checked the facts and here’s what I’ve found according to Livestrong:
This veggie has a high water content, so it’s very low calorie. One medium zucchini contains about 31 calories. It also contains no fat or cholesterol!
It’s made up mostly of vitamins, minerals and fiber to keep you healthy.
One cup of yellow squash contains less than 20 calories and no fat. Although…I love adding in some cheese to my yellow squash. But that’s besides the point.
This yellow squash is also loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Yum!
So, eat up as much as you can. Preserve as much as you can. And share the love and health with others as well.
How to get more from your summer Squash Plants
Have you been trying to grow summer squash with little to no luck? Check out these simple tips to growing great summer squash.
- Plant into Hills of soil after a freeze.
- Make Windbreaks to prevent twisting or breaking of the vines.
- Make sure plants get enough water.
- Dead Blooms or no blooms means the squash is ready to pick. Clip even the small ones to make room for more.
- Watch out for bugs! It doesn’t take long for squash bugs to destroy your plants.
Growing summer squash is pretty simple. And keeping up with the above tasks will have you rolling in the squash through the summer season.