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Homegrown Hillsborough: Summer Squash

Hillsborough County farmers grow more than 60 crops. In this regular feature we discuss a seasonal crop, available fresh in area groceries.

When is fresh Hillsborough County summer squash available at local groceries and farm stands?

March through early June, and November and December

What types of summer squash are grown commercially here?

Yellow, Zucchini, and Crook Neck

Where is squash most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?

East and South County

How many acres are planted with summer squash?

About 130 acres in spring 2019

How many pounds of summer squash are harvested annually?

About 8.19 million pounds in spring 2019

Fun fact:

Summer squash can be eaten raw or cooked. A trend is to use summer squash as a substitute for noodles.

Local insight:

In 2017, Florida produced 17 percent of the world's Summer Squash crop, at a value of $29.7 million. Market conditions spurred a drop in Hillsborough County production this year.

Recipe: Florida Vegetable Pasta

More information about Florida summer squash

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