Winter Squash: Festive Decoration or Tasty Treat?

Farmer David Zaback chats with the Clever Cookstr about how to shop for, store, and cook this season's awesome varieties of winter squash. 

Kara Rota
2-minute read
Episode #19

In this episode, the Clever Cookstr talks about winter squash. Contrary to popular opinion, fall and winter squash aren't only fantastic decorative centerpieces for your dinner table, they're also tasty and versatile ingredients for your seasonal meals.

Today's guest is David Zaback. He runs Z Food Farm, a small, certified organic farm located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey that grows varieties of vegetables and flowers for markets and restaurants. This season, he has grown 21 varieties of winter squash!

Click the arrow button in the player above to listen to the interview, or click to download the podcast episode from iTunes.

The 411 on Winter Squash

In this episode, you'll learn about:

  • The incredible variety of winter squash available this season, including heirloom options from France and Italy.

  • How to use squash to cook delicious and healthy dishes.

  • Innovative new ways to serve winter squash (turns out, you can eat it raw!).

  • How to choose the right squash for your dinner menu.

  • How to store squash for use in recipes throughout the year.

  • How the farmer at your local farmer's market can help you find the right squash for your needs.

And much, much more!

Click the arrow in the player above to listen or download the episode from iTunes and enjoy winter squash this season.

And if you're in New York City this season, stop by the Andaz Hotel Farmer's Market every Thursday 11am-6pm and say hello to David! Tell him the Clever Cookstr sent you.


Squash image courtesy of Shutterstock. Farmer images courtesy of Conor Harrigan.

About the Author

Kara Rota

Kara Rota headed children’s programming at Chicago’s Green City Market and studied food politics at Sarah Lawrence College. Kara has been a featured speaker at numerous venues including Food Book Fair, the Roger Smith Food Conference, and the Brooklyn Food Conference. She has written about food for Irish America Magazine, West Side Rag, Recipe Relay, and Food + Tech Connect, and is the former Director of Editorial & Partnerships at Cookstr.com.