Last May, a tiny pattypan squash seed was planted just off Bones Road in Sebastopol.

Over the next few weeks, that seed, along with hundreds of others, was nurtured in the warmth of Chef Natalie Goble’s Two Belly Acres Farm greenhouse, sprouting tiny leaves until it could withstand the unpredictability of June weather in Sonoma. Once replanted in the loamy soil, pesky gophers were kept at bay as blossoms formed, bugs nibbled, the sun shone and summer rolled on.

June turned to July, and miniature versions of the summer squash — pattypan, zucchini and crooknecks — grew by leaps and bounds, waiting patiently among the vines for their closeups at nearby Peter Lowell’s Restaurant, or the forthcoming Handline Restaurant in Sebastopol.

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