Last Sunday I spent 6 hours alone on the farm harvesting these. By the end, I was covered in sweat and dirt– my skin irritated by the prickles, even through my long sleeve button-up shirt. I also kept inadvertently rubbing prickles from my hands onto my face whenever I tried to wipe away sweat.
I was picking based on size (anything 2 3/4” and up). Shu– soulful farmer and my boss– visited me and found several sizable squash I had neglected to pick. He says to me, “They grow SO FAST!!”