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 your community! According to Local First Arizona Foundation, “Whether through urban agriculture, community gardens, small farms and ranches, school gardens, rooftop gardens, or urban food forests, local food creates and preserves green outdoor spaces to reconnect with nature and relearn where your food comes from.”
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, and contribute to growing your vibrant community!
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 by Chef Aaron Chamberlin called Butternut Squash Soup. Below is the information to find out more on this location and restaurant.
Phoenix Public Market
14 E Pierce St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
To find more local restaurants sourcing local ingredients click here!
Recipes change all the time and viewers should check with all restaurants to find out what’s on the menu currently.
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.
Serving Size: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Chef Aaron Chamberlin's Butternut Squash Soup
- 4 ounces butter
- 1 cup leek, large diced
- 1 cup yellow onion, large diced
- 2 quarts butternut squash, large diced
- ½ gallon nage
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 ½ tablespoons salt (or to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon tabasco
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 ½ tablespoons sparkling vinegar
- Sweat leeks and onions in the butter for about 10 minutes (low flame).
- Add squash and nage, bring up to simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
- Add heavy cream and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
- Blend soup. Pass through sieve.
- Finish it with seasonings.
- Put soup in ice bath and cool down.
- Butternut squash can be replaced with pumpkin.
LOCAL BUTTERNUT SQUASH 101
Want to know more about local butternut squash?
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.