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The United States grew 743.8 million pounds of squash for fresh market and processing in 2011. In 2010, Michigan farms produced 132 million pounds of squash, according to the Michigan Vegetable Council. Some common examples of winter squash are butternut, buttercup, turban, delicata, hubbard, acorn and spaghetti.

In the northern states, winter squash farmers frequently sell directly to retail customers as it is more of a fall holiday crop.Winter Squash is a good source of Vitamin A, fiber, low in calories, fat and sodium. One small serving can provide a third of the daily requirement for vitamin C. Winter squash can be a key ingredient in vegetable dishes, salads, soups, main dishes, breads and desserts. It’s high betacarotene content causes the golden-orange color of the squash’s flesh.

Read on in today's Down On The Farm to learn more about all the different varieties of squash!

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