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Summer Squash U-Pick Orchards in Southwest New Jersey 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.

Burlington County

  • Farmer Jack's Christmas Trees/ Halloween/Home Grown Produce - cucumbers, eggplants, flowers, melons, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg, Honey from hives on the farm, and prepicked produce, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals
    150 Route 530, Southampton, NJ 08088. Phone: (609) 929-8570. Email: farmerjacks@temple.edu. Open: Produce Stand and Halloween, Monday to Sunday, 9am to 7pm Christmas Trees, Monday to Sunday, 24 hours a day. Directions: On website from New York, Philadelphia, and Del. Very detailed. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October. Produce Stand open last week of June until October 31st. Halloween pumpkin picking and rides open October 1st - October 31st Christmas trees are open from Thanksgiving until Christmas Day along with free pony rides, horse drawn cart rides and a petting zoo. We offer summer produce, fall produce, pumpkin picking and in winter Christmas trees and pony rides with a purchase of a tree.
    Comments from a visitor on September 20, 2011: "My hubby & I took our son a couple years ago to Farmer Jacks for tractor pulled hay ride to pick pumpkins. The man seemed nice at first, but then he started making political comments & we were shocked. Couldn't wait to get out of there! We will never go back there! Don't want to give him any of our business"
  • Specca Farms Pick Your Own - Uses integrated pest management practices, beans, beets, broad beans, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, eggplants, flowers, herbs or spices, peas, peppers, summer squash, strawberries, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, farm animals, events at your location (call for info)
    870 Jacksonville-mt. Holly Road, Springfield, NJ 08505. Phone: 609-267-4445. Open: all months except July; Closed for the month of July; Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm. Directions: from route 541 in Mt. Holly, Head East on Woodlane Road. Turn left onto Jacksonville Road at first traffic light, Farm is on left. Big white sign reads Specca Farms Pick Your Own. Across from Springfield Golf Center. We will have a Sunflower maze in August. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, only. . Pick Your Own Strawberries, Sweet Raab and Bitter Broccoli Raab, Kale and Collards, Leeks, Red, green, Romaine and Butterhead Lettuce, Beets, Spinach and Swiss Chard, FAVA Beans. , , At the Scale House Shed we have our own Honey and Eggs. We have picked greens, leeks and asparagus. Closed in July. Then in August, we re. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
    Specca Farms Pick Your Own Facebook page. . open with PYO Tomatoes; plum, Jersey, 250s, Heirlooms, Peppers and Eggplant, Okra, Field Peas, Beans, Greens, Lettuces and much more. We offer the largest selection of fresh Vegetables for pick Your Own. Grower of NJ's finest produce for a hundred years. A visitor writes on June 03, 2016: "They give you a large cardboard tray at no charge, and give you a dollar off each time you go back and reuse it."A visitor writes on June 29, 2014: "Specca has strawberries, too! Went 3rd weekend in June. They were awesome. You can also pick beet greens, which are hard to find in stores. Lovely people who own the farm, the Specca family. It's been there since I was a little girl, some 40 years ago. There's also a great farmers market nearby, Columbus Market, great outdoor fleamarket on Sundays."

 

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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