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Summer Squash U-Pick Orchards in Northern Mississippi in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for summer squash that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have summer squash orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

De Soto County

  • Cedar Hill Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, beans, blackberries, blueberries, broad beans, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, peas, pumpkins, summer squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    008 Love Rd, Hernando, MS 38632. Phone: 662-429-2540. Email: cedarhfarm@yahoo.com. Open: April - August; Dates and times vary depending on crop availability; Visit our website or for picking times. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Cedar Hill Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. We also have a restaurant in our big barn, called's Country Kitchen. The restaurant is open for lunch seasonally whenever the farm is open to the public and it is open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights year around. Our restaurant and facilities are available for rent for private parties such as: rehearsal dinners, weddings & receptions, company parties and family reunions. 120 acre Agri-Tourism Farm featuring a restaurant called The Barn, specializing in private events, you pick berries, pumpkin patch, corn maize, choose and cut Christmas Trees, Haunted Farm and so much more!

Lafayette County

  • Old Thyme Farms - beans, blackberries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, herbs or spices, melons, onions, pecans , summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, picnic area, farm animals, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    251 County Road 202, Oxford, MS 38655. Phone: 662-202-5776. Email: oldthymefarms@gmail.com. Open: UPDATE for 2021, Their website is gone; Does anyone have current information, are they still offering pick your own or are even open? If so, please write me, their last reported hours were 7 Days a week from 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . .

Panola County

  • Blackberry Acres Farm - blackberries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, and prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand
    1513 Bell Road, Courtland, MS 38620. Phone: 662-578-2563. Email: billyd@panolian.com. Open: Saturday mornings from 8 am to noon; Special picking times can be arranged with advanced notice. Directions: Blackberry Acres is located in the Eureka community southeast of Batesville. To reach the farm, take Highway 6 East from Interstate 55 in Batesville to Good Hope Road \(located on the right approximately two miles east of interstate\). Take Good Hope until it deadends into Eureka Road. Turn right onto Eureka Road and make an immediate left onto Bell Road. The Blackberry Acres Garden is located approximately two miles ahead. Signs should be posted. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . Blackberry Acres is located in the Eureka community southeast of Batesville. To reach the farm, take Highway 6 East from Interstate 55 in Batesville to Good Hope Road (located on the right approximately two miles east of interstate). Take Good Hope until it deadends into Eureka Road. Turn right onto Eureka Road and make an immediate left onto Bell Road. The Blackberry Acres Garden is located approximately two miles ahead. Signs should be posted. Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Blackberry Acres is also home to Hunt Mound, an Indian mound that is approximately 2,000 years old. You can find it listed on the National Register of Historic Places under "Panola County, Mississippi.".

Tippah County

  • Pumpkin Patch Farms - corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, melons, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, Honey from hives on the farm, prepicked produce, farm market, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    2390 CR 805, Blue Mountain, MS 38610. Phone: 662-685-4328. Email: clay@pumpkinpatchfarms.com. Open: visit our website for dates and times. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Pumpkin Patch Farms Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Crops are usually available in April through October. visit our website for dates on crop harvest times. Facebook page.

 

Summer Squash

Summer Squash Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

summer squashSummer squash comes in many varieties and sizes. Choosing a summer squash that meets your needs and the taste you will like can be tough without a guide!  This page provides you that information, plus nutritional analysis and links to our freezing and canning pages!

Summer squash is best when harvested very young and used right away,

The yellow and orange flesh of the summer squash is nutritious and rich in vitamins,

Size:

Younger small summer squash are almost always better, with firmer flesh and smaller seeds

Appearance:

For a quality squash, choose one that has a smooth, shiny skin and is free of cracks, wrinkles or soft spots. .

Picking the squash

It's best to use a knife and cut through the stem that attaches the squash to the rest of the plant. Some squashes can be snapped off without a knife but you may damage the plant, so a knife is best. 

Storing Summer Squash

Summer squash do not have a long shelf life and require refrigeration except for a few hours. Even in a fridge, they should be used within a few days as they will begin to become soft and dry out after a few days. Cut pieces of squash should be tightly wrapped and refrigerated. Luckily, cut squash can be frozen for use later. .

Varieties of Summer Squash

Below are the most popular summer squash varieties. Each variety has its own unique flavor and texture, making them versatile ingredients in a variety of dishes

Name Photo Description Best uses
 Zucchini   Versatile and can be used in various dishes such as saute's, stir-fries, grilled, roasted, or baked into bread or muffins.
Straight, cylindrical green squash with a smooth skin.
Yellow Crookneck   Distinctive curved neck with yellow skin and a bulbous base.
Ideal for grilling, saute'ing, or as a colorful addition to salads and soups.
Costata Romanesco   Ribbed Italian zucchini with dark green stripes. Perfect for slicing and grilling, or used in pasta dishes and frittatas.
Cousa   Middle Eastern variety with light green or pale yellow skin. Often stuffed and baked, used in stews, or sliced and added to soups.
Eight Ball   Small, round zucchini with dark green skin. Perfect for stuffing, grilling, or slicing into rounds for saute's and stir-fries.
Greyzini   Unique hybrid between zucchini and pattypan squash. Can be used interchangeably with zucchini and pattypan in various recipes.
Pattypan   Small, round or scallop-shaped squash with pale green or yellow skin. Great for stuffing, roasting, steaming, or slicing and using in stir-fries or salads.
Sunburst   Small, scallop-shaped squash with yellow skin and scalloped edges. Great for grilling, saute'ing, or using as an attractive garnish for dishes.
Ronde de Nice   Small, round zucchini with pale green skin. Ideal for stuffing, roasting, or slicing and adding to soups and stews.
Yellow Crookneck   Distinctive curved neck with yellow skin and a bulbous base.
Ideal for grilling, saute'ing, or as a colorful addition to salads and soups.
Yellow Straightneck   Similar to yellow crookneck, but with a straight neck and yellow skin. Excellent for grilling, saute'ing, or slicing into salads and stir-fries.

 

 

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