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