THE DISH ON EATING LOCAL BUTTERNUT SQUASH
3 ways you can enjoy discovering local butternut squash in your area!
1. Find Butternut Squash at your Local Market
Not only is eating local butternut squash good for you, they are also good for the environment, and taste so delicious! You can find butternut squash all across Arizona. Here are some of the local farmers markets where you can find butternut squash in your area.
Phoenix Public Market
Open since 2005, this open-air market transforms an urban parking lot in downtown Phoenix into a colorful bazaar. Get your fill of produce such as kale, pea shoots, potatoes, squash and cucumbers from growers such as AZ Living Greens, One Windmill Farm and Circle Key Farms. There’s also spicy sauce from Los Muertos Salsa; mesquite blossom honey from Sun Valley Bees and humane snacks from Fluffy Vegans. There are weekly cooking demonstrations, too.
Details: Saturday Morning 8AM TO 12PM – 721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. – phxpublicmarket.com.
Vincent’s Saturday Market
James Beard Award-winning chef Vincent Guerithault’s influence touches every corner of this European-style market. Shop for buttery baked goods, imported olive oil, mustard and local produce from Duncan’s Trading Company. After browsing, dine on made-to-order omelets and crepes, pizzas, pastas and chocolate desserts. Wine and champagne are sold by the glass, bottle and case.
Details: Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through early May. 3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. vincentsoncamelback.com.
To see a whole list of local markets click here!
2. Eat Butternut Squash at your Local Restaurant
Many local restaurants endorse sourcing out some of the best ingredients, but do they use local ingredients? Here is one such restaurant we have discovered that uses local butternut squash in this wonderful dish at Criollo’s called Vegetable Chili Relleno. Below is the information to find out more on this location and restaurant.
Criollo’s Latin Kitchen boasts one of Flagstaff’s most popular Happy Hours and specializes in Latin-inspired fusion, prepared with fresh ingredients sourced from local and regional farmers and ranchers throughout Northern Arizona and the Four Corners region.
Location: 16 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, Arizona
To find more local restaurants sourcing local ingredients click here!
3. Learn a Recipe to Make it Yourself
Want to discover how to make this local butternut squash dish? Watch the video on just how easy it is to bring Farm to your table.
Chef Paul Moir's Vegetable Chili Relleno
- 1 roasted poblano chili
- 1/4 cup roasted butternut squash
- 1/4 cup black beans
- 1/4 cup roasted corn
- 1/4 cup shredded monterey jack and cheddar cheese
- Mix all the 1/4 cup ingredients together and stuff into the chili
- 6 ounce of yellow polenta seasoned with chili powder, cayenne salt and pepper
Saffron Corn Cream:
- 2 cups corn
- 1/4 cup onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 shallots
- 1 teaspoon saffron
- 2 tablespoon white wine
- 3 cups heavy cream
- Saute onion, garlic and shallot until soft, deglaze with white wine, add saffron and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Add corn and cream and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Puree in blender add salt and pepper to taste.
The Dish Recommendation
Simple: Butternut Squash Hummus. I think this works but open to ideas if you now think we should try something different.
Recipes change all the time and viewers should check with all restaurants to find out what’s on the menu currently.
Here are more recipes you can use with your local butternut squash
Pumpkin & Butternut Squash Soup – Makes 1 gallon
This dish is from Ghost Ranch, a Modern Southwestern Cuisine by Chef Rene Andrade & Chef Roberto Centeno. You can try it any day of the week including brunch which is served everyday weekend from 9 am – 3 pm.
- 64 oz Butternut Squash (add other seasonal squash like sugar pumpkin), diced
- 6 oz Onion, julienne
- 2.5 oz Leeks, julienne
- 4 qt Water
- 1 oz Lemon juice
- 4 oz Heavy cream
- 2 oz Honey
- 4 oz Butter
- Salt to taste
- Peel and dice squash, julienne onion and leeks.
- Saute squash, onions and leeks with butter until soft and they start to caramelize.
- Add water and boil for 30 minutes.
- At 20 minutes, add heavy cream and season with salt and lemon juice.
- Fried masa or dehydrated corn
- Fried parsley
LOCAL BUTTERNUT SQUASH 101
Want to learn more?
Butternut Squash is a fun festive vegetable that is a part of the pumpkin family, perfect for this fall season! It has a delicious autumn taste of nutty flavors, yet mildly sweet taste and can be used in many different holiday dishes. Some of these yummy dishes include soups, casseroles, stews and many more. Butternut squash is just as enjoyable roasted by itself with some seasonings and olive oil. Cozy up with some delightful butternut squash around the fire with the whole family!
To find the perfect butternut squash at the market, you can give it a knock and it should return a sound similar to what knocking on wood is like. The outside should look smooth and wrinkle-free like a baby’s skin without any bruises or blemishes. Butternut squash has either a longer neck or a fatter bust. Look for one that has a long neck if you are using the meat of the vegetable, but if you’re looking to use the seeds in a recipe, pick one out that has a bigger bust.
After returning home with your butternut squash, you can store it in a room temperature environment that lacks humidity. They can be stored for weeks at a time, sometimes even months! However, after cutting your butternut squash into slices, it should be stored in the refrigerator and it will only last up to 3-4 days.
You may know that buying locally grown vegetables is beneficial, but you may not know exactly why. There is no shortage of information that explains how buying local supports a healthy lifestyle, a sustainable environment, and a strong local economy. When purchasing local butternut squash from your neighborhood farmers market, you are making an active choice to know where your food is coming from. With local farms across Arizona, you can be assured that your produce is being taken care of from the seed to the market stand.