In the salad days of early summer, a solid crop of goofy yellow miniatures rolls out at the markets. Farmers start to unload tender, young, vine-ripened summer squashes, including yellow and crookneck squash, along with zucchini — perfect for firing up on the grill alongside kebabs and grilled fish. The palm-sized squashes have a tender exterior, unlike their more gourd-like autumnal cousins (butternuts, acorns, and of course, pumpkins). Find them at the Crescent City Farmers Markets and from Tom Waren's Deluxe Harvest at the Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market, which now opens on Tuesdays.
The Crescent City Farmers Market is at Uptown Square on River Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Magazine and Girod streets from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. The Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market is at 484 Sala Ave., Westwego from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.