Sharing and Serving the Squash

Posted at: 10/24/2013 9:35 PM
Updated at: 10/24/2013 10:20 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

Some Duluth residents are celebrating National Food Day with an epic potluck that could "squash" any competition. Not only for the treats on the table, but the cause that put them there, called One Vegetable, One Community.

It's an effort to make fresh garden vegetables more accessible for people of the Northland. This year's vegetable is the squash. The Duluth Community Garden Program gave out more than 6,000 packet of seeds.

"The idea is if we can get seeds in people's hands and they start growing the food and then they have all this produce they are trying to figure out what to do with, as a community we can help one another figure out what to do with a mound of zucchini," said Michael Gabler, founder of the effort and the "squash ambassador."

This year, squash offered options.

"There are so many kinds of squash!" said Coral Mcdonnell. "It was fun to have a variety, like zuchcinni."

At the potluck in Duluth's Holy Family Church, gardeners tasted and shared their favorite recipes.

"I made the Priscilla Queen of the Northwoods Cake. I put some butternut squash in the cake and it's got a maple custard filling," explained Shannon Szymkowiak.

It's squash this year, last year it was beets, and the year before it was kale. So, what will reign next year?

"Tonight one of the exciting things is will we will determine the Vegetable of the Year for 2014," said Gabler.

Everyone has their opinion on what it should be, but whether it's carrots, green beans, or lettuce, they know it will be healthy and easy to grow in the Northland.