Re-Established 2011

This lovely, mid-size winter squash has been documented for over  200 years. Legend has it that it was a vegetable given by the Native Americans of what is now the upstate New York area to European settlers.  In 1831, the seeds were passed on to Salem, Massachusetts, where it aquired its name and was popularized by Mr. J. M. Ives.  Because it grows well in cool and short season regions, it has spread throughout the United States. However, today, the plants are only grown by a small number of farmers across the country.

The Boston Marrow has a striking reddish-orange skin, with a buttery smooth flavor.  Although it grows well in short summer regions, it can grown anywhere in the United States. Plant seeds 2-3 weeks after last frost. They require well-drained soil with a lot of organic matter, but can tolerate partial sun. Keep well watered. Ripe squash weigh on average 10-20 pounds, but can grow larger with optimal conditions. It stores very well, often lasting until spring.


Seed Saving - squash: Seed propagation is the same as cucumbers. Seeds are ready to be harvested when the fruit is ready to be eaten. Remove the seeds, rinse with water and dry. Store seeds in a cool dry area.