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Behind the Crop: Winter Squash

With Thanksgiving on the way, we thought it would be the perfect time to take a closer look a classic turkey day vegetable –winter squash. We grow plenty of squash on our farm in preparation for this time of year. What would Thanksgiving be without this delicious vegetable?

Because squash is a frost-tender vegetable, the seeds do not germinate in cold soil. Winter squash can be harvested whenever the fruits have turned a deep, solid color and the skin is hard. It’s usually harvested in September or October, before heavy frosts hit.

Other than being delicious, squash has many important health benefits. It’s a good source of complex carbohydrates, such as starch. It is high in vitamins A and C. Not to mention, high in beta-carotene.