According to Better Homes and Gardens, "Summer squash have thin, edible skin, soft seeds, and mild, tender flesh. They are low in calories, high in fiber and vitamins A and C, and require a short cooking time."
Squash can be used to make pancakes, bread, or lasagna. What delicious choices there are!
Well, I wonder what I did wrong.
The story begins with a stop at a road side vegetable vendor. I saw some good looking squash and watermelon, and I needed something for dinner.
I really like local grown yellow crookneck squash and watermelon. I could eat them both, all year long. Missouri grown watermelon is delicious, as is the squash.
I boil my squash, or steam them, and then, melt butter, over the top. I can make a meal out of squash and watermelon. 
This particular vendor had huge squash. I had never seen squash so large. I asked her if her squash were a different type of squash and why they were so big. 
She responded that she was a good gardener and knew how to grow large vegetables. 
So I purchased four squash and drove home. 
I cut up two of the squash and began boiling them for dinner. After 30 minutes, the squash were still not tender. Rather than wait, we blessed the food and began eating dinner.
After another 30 minutes and dessert was finished, I thought for sure, the squash would be tender. I’d simply pack it in Tupperware and we’d eat it another day.
However, when I checked the squash, they were still firm and the skin was rock hard. I could not get a fork through them.
Well, I learned an important four dollar lesson. May I conclude with a poem?
 
Her yellow squash were oh, so big.
I knew, they were quite a steal.
They were, she said, one dollar a piece
At four dollars, they were a deal.
 
I purchased all four, thinking this is good.
We can eat squash till next week
With Vitamins A and C and fiber, too
Healthier than yogurt, in particular Greek
 
So, I quickly carried them to my car,
Oh my . . . they were a heavy load.
She opened my door, and smiled at me
And I hurried down the road.
 
I began to worry, were they too big,
Should I take them back in a flash?
Did they come from Peru or Panama?
Would she return them, for my cash?
 
She was kind of quirky, and I was worried
I’ve never seen squash so large.
Her sign did read "local grown".
Or did she bring them in, on a barge
 
I learned another lesson of value,
Next time I’ll shop for flowers.
I’ll buy my squash at the local store.
Or I’ll be cooking the squash for hours.
  Diane Mack is coordinator of Putting Families First, Jackson County’s Family Week Foundation. Email her at jacksoncountyfamilyweek@yahoo.com or visit www.jacksoncountyfamilyweek.org
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