Home gardeners typically plant summer squashes in early June and start harvesting vegetables later in July. Farmers get an earlier start, and begin harvesting zucchini, yellow squash, and patty pan squashes in June. These soft-skinned vegetables are perfect for summer dining: affordable, easy to prepare, and lightly flavored, summer squash goes with all your favorite summer dishes. Cut a few into slabs, add oil and seasoning, and cook them on the grill along side your main course. Grilled squash makes a tasty side dish, and can also form the basis for a light salad or grain bowl for lunch. Summer squash also makes a tasty addition to stir fries, or cut in chunks and lightly steamed. Find a wide variety of these summer vegetables at farmers’ markets, farm stands, and your local co-op.