Curb Market Crawl – Crookneck Squash

Curb Market Crawl – Crookneck Squash

This past weekend in Dahlonega was Gold Rush Days. If you live here, that means barricade yourself in the house until all the tourist leave… or get out of town. We chose the latter. And since this is also the beginning of pumpkin season, apple season and the beginning of what is proving to be a very colorful fall leaves display – we had to get far away. We headed farther up north to Dillard and Mountain City, past the point where a day drive from the city makes sense.

The Foxfire Museum is located in Mountain City, GA

With the cool clear day, it was the perfect time to spend some time getting dusty in the bounty of antique and junque stores, have lunch at the Cupboard Cafe (they’re located on Hwy 441 in Mountain City, GA.) A great place to stop in when you want something other than  corporate franchises. A large menu, great sandwiches – one of the best Reuben Sandwiches I’ve ever eaten – and a mind numbing selection of fresh house made pies.

We also took a little time to indulge in poking around one of my favorite stores… Cindy’s Dragonfly – the be all to end all source for Quirky Lawn Art….  they’ve got metal goats!

And, no trip out is complete without a stop at a Curb Market. We made a pass at The Tomato House in Murrayville. Still my #1 pick for curb markets, The Tomato House does their best to source local growers for the majority of their produce, and can tell you who and where it all comes from. And they do it at some of the best prices in the mountains

More than just a curb market, there you can find local honey, house brand canned goods, a heavy selection of fried pies and sweet breads… and a lot of folk-y stuff to accessorize your backyard… like an outhouse…. or a lawn jockey… As a side note – If you are coming to the mountains to get a pumpkin this year, The Tomato House has vastly increased their selection of pumpkins. They are carrying all the popular heirloom varieties and most of the large pumpkins are going for $8.00. 

We picked up a couple of pounds of crookneck squash this trip… I Know!  crookneck squash this late in the season… I couldn’t believe my eyes.  It’s amazing how finding something typically a summer crop this late in the season makes you feel almost like your cheating. I was happy all the way home.

I had to make one of our family’s favorite ways to do squash… Skillet Squash with Potatoes and Onions.

Skillet Squash
with Potatoes and Onions
Serves 6
1 Pound Crookneck Squash
1/4 Cup Self Rising Corn Meal
4 Medium Baking Potatoes
1 Medium Onion – Sliced into rings
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1/4 Cup Oil
Large Skillet with Lid
Mixing Bowl

  • Slice the squash into 1/4″ rounds; slice the potatoes into 1/8″ rounds
  • Toss in a bowl with the salt, pepper and cornmeal
  • Fry on medium high heat until just lightly browned on each side (about 3 min per side) – remove and drain on paper towels
  • Add the potatoes and onions  to the same pan you cooked the squash and saute until just tender
  • Add the cooked squash back to the pan and toss with the potatoes
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for another 10 minutes
… and then I had to make my  personal favorite…
Squash Dressing
Serves 6 to 8
1 Pound Yellow Crookneck Squash (about 2 cups)
2 Cups Crumbled Cornbread
1 Medium Onion – Finely Chopped
1/2 Cup Celery – Finely Chopped
1 Scallion – Chopped
2 Eggs – Beaten
1/2 Cup Chicken Stock (or Vegetable Stock)
1/2 Cup Milk
1 Cup Jack Cheese
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1 1/2 Teaspoons Poultry Seasoning
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons Oil
Cooking Spray
1 Large Zipper Bag
8″ x 4″ x 4″ Baking Dish
Large Mixing Bowl
  • Preheat the oven to 375
  • Slice the squash into 1/4″ rounds using all the squash
  • Place the squash in the zipper bag and micro on high for 4 minutes – set aside to cool
  • Saute the onions and celery in the oil until the onions are just clear
  • Place the cornbread crumbs in the mixing bowl with the stock and milk –  toss and allow to sit for 15 minutes
  • Add the vegetables to the cornbread mixture and add the egg and seasonings
  • Mix thoroughly and add the cheese and the scallion and mix well
  • Pour the mixture into a lightly oiled baking dish and bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

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