Here’s how to make the most of yellow squash and zucchini

Yellow squash and zucchini are a staple of summer farmers markets.

And, they are as versatile as they are bountiful.

While those two varieties of squash are common at grocery stores year-round, the freshest harvests can be found at local farmers markets.

The Abilene Farmers Market is open 7 am to noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the Frontier Texas! overflow parking lot at North First and Mesquite streets.

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Some farmers also sell patty squash, another summer variety usually not available commercially. The name is indicative of the shape of the squash, like those flying saucers in black-and-white sci-fi movies.

The skin of summer squash is edible, so they can be quickly cleaned, sliced ​​and cooked via just about any kitchen or outdoor technique. Patty squash can be cut into slices as well as wedges and chunks.

Just how versatile is summer squash?

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On the Food Network website, more than 550 recipes pop up in a search for “yellow squash.” Choices more than quadruple to 2,300-plus when inquiring for zucchini options. You could try a different summer squash dish every day during the summer and not bore your taste buds.

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