Mega Squash at the Vista Farmers Market

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Mega Squash


As has become a regular habit, we stopped at the Vista Farmers Market for breakfast and then stocking up with fruits and vegetables for the week. There is always a wide selection of offerings but you do have to watch since prices can vary widely for the same product.


There was a hill of green beans on display, at $4/lb., but 2 other nearby displays, one at $3/lb. and one at $2.50. We came past the hill of beans (it was easily 18" high) and it looked the same. Wonder why?!


mega squash at the farmers market


One stand was offering these mega squash. Some of these were truly monsters - at least 18' long, and by the pound. I was tempted to lift the biggest - to see if I could.  It sort of felt like shopping at Costco where you seem to have to buy massive quanitities of everything. The largest of the yellow squash, while it's hard to tell from the photo, is almost the size of a watermelon!


And these red peppers were so beautiful my camera couldn't resist.  They'll be wonderful in a stir fry mix of veggies, or on the grill!


red peppers


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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Patricia Kennedy  - they were so pretty. Almost like each one had been washed and shined. And I love grilled red peppers!


Sep 17, 2016 07:09 AM #5
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Jeff, Those megasquash don't have the necks that I'm used to seeing. We've been growing our own bell peppers this year along with jalopenos.  The bell peppers have been producing well and we have a ton of small ones that I think we'll get to enjoy before the weather gets too cold.  The tomatoes haven't done as well this year, staying kind of small.  Bill

Sep 17, 2016 08:29 AM #7
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I'll be thinking of you Nina Hollander  Looking forward to them. And we have fresh fettucine from the Italian market and some shrimp for the grill. I see a pretty good dinner in a few hours, with a nice bottle of Montepulciano!


Sep 17, 2016 08:51 AM #8
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Jeff,  I have a butternut squash waiting for me to turn it into soup.  I was told that the bigger ones are as tasty.  Don't know if that is true.  I stick to the smaller to medium size squash.  Looks like you have some YUM on the menu this week.

Sep 17, 2016 09:31 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Nice shots of your market.  Californians are so fortunate with our beautiful Farmer's Markets.  We love the spaghetti squash, we often have it with fresh marinara sauce.  A

Sep 17, 2016 10:18 AM #10
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

Looks like you picked up some delicious veggies for the week...I'm a big fan of spaghetti squash with pesto sauce!

Sep 17, 2016 10:19 AM #11
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Jeff, the red peppers are stunning! 

I don't buy fruits and veggies at our farmer's market because the prices vary so much. I usually get baked goods and jams and jellies. YUM!

Sep 17, 2016 11:11 AM #12
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff can't beat Farmer's Markets for fresh fruits and veggies.  Enjoy them :)

Sep 17, 2016 11:32 AM #13
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That is a deep red pepper, and the squash are just in time for Halloween

Sep 17, 2016 12:08 PM #14
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

We love buttnernut squash on the grill.  I've been buying some from my neighbor because I didn't grow any this year.

Sep 17, 2016 12:43 PM #15
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

I agree Jeff Dowler those are definitely some mega squash!

Sep 17, 2016 12:52 PM #16
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Jeff.  I love vegetables, fact be know I like almost any kind of food.  If I'm not eating I'm thinking about it. Now you just doubled my thought process

Sep 17, 2016 08:47 PM #17
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Jeff always fun looking at the fresh produce.  Your photo of the peppers is beautiful.

Sep 17, 2016 10:49 PM #18
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Beautiful beautiful veggies. I love this time of year for all the fresh delicious veggies. Our season is so short lived!

Sep 18, 2016 02:30 AM #19
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Jeff --- those squash are enormous and the colors of those peppers are definitely photo-worthy.  

Sep 18, 2016 02:48 AM #20
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your visit to your farmers' market.

Have an outstanding week.

Sep 18, 2016 02:53 AM #21
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Kathleen Daniels  - we opted to not buy the squash given all the other veggies.

Andrea Swiedler - yum, sounds REAL good.

Hannah Williams  - hope you had a good dinner, too!

Karen Hellier  - yep the prices really can differ, just as they do in the stores. You have to watch. and not be sucked in by beauty!


Sep 18, 2016 03:09 AM #22
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

We are enjoying a bounty of summer's goodness in my house. Tonight we had two different kinds of melon for dinner. I also picked about another 15 pounds of tomatoes. We will have to process some more. 

My dad is visiting so I think I'll make a tomato salad with fresh basil, blue cheese and onion for dinner tomorrow. 

Sep 18, 2016 11:44 AM #23
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh I love a farmer's market!  And, those peppers look divine!  I hope you grilled them - they just look like they're screaming for a grillin'!  Have a great week, Jeff!

Sep 18, 2016 02:28 PM #24
Tangie "Tanja" Saadat
Palos Verdes Estates, CA

I love going to the farmer's market!  Your pictures of the red peppers are beautiful.

Sep 19, 2016 12:14 PM #25
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