For over 50 years, the Fred Weiss family has grown the giant Blue Hubbard squash that we serve during the Fall and holiday season. Their farm, located just south of Frankenmuth, is a hub of activity at the end of September. A crew of Weiss family members and volunteers picked 60 tons of squash, loaded up farm trucks and delivered them to Zehnder’s Restaurant. Sixty tons is a bumper crop year – we average 45 to 50 tons.
Blue Hubbards weigh an average of 35 pounds each – a plentiful bounty for the upcoming months.
Processing begins immediately! Zehnder’s normally processes after regular business hours and works through the night with a crew of 6-8 workers over the course of 8-10 days of cutting, cooking and scraping to complete this monumental task. Once processed, the squash is frozen and thawed only as we need it. The Blue Hubbard is a firmer meat squash similar to buttercup squash so it freezes very well. We add a little salt, butter and brown sugar when we bake the squash. That’s all! Sometimes simple is the best!
Many folks know about Zehnder’s squash and make a special trip to Frankenmuth during the autumn season just for the squash. We serve it with our family style chicken dinners and squash can be ordered as a side dish. Be sure to make plans this fall to savor this seasonal specialty!