Heirloom summer squash can add flair to your salad

Moore Farms and Friends offers a versatile farmers market find
Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore

Kaleidoscopic tomatoes pull focus when they begin appearing at farmers markets this season, but another vegetable-that’s-really-a-fruit also waits to be noticed: summer squash. Laurie Moore—who runs Moore Farms and Friends in Woodland, Alabama, with her husband, Will—grows varieties of heirloom squash like your standard crookneck and straightneck yellows in addition to lesser-known varieties like speckled-green Geodes and yellow-green zephyr (pictured).

Subscribers of the Moores’ unique online CSA (community-supported agriculture) are likely to see more than a dozen types of squash over the course of a summer. Toss them raw into salads to catch any sweet or nutty notes. Moore likes to stuff the little round ones with cooked rice, onions, and red peppers and bake them to a juicy-firm full flavor. Beyond its website, find Moore Farms’ selection of summer squash on Saturday mornings at Freedom Farmers Market.