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Every gardener who has grown zucchini knows that this time of year vines go crazy producing hundreds of tiny squash. They quickly grow to gargantuan size if not picked. That’s why Pennsylvanian Tom Roy designated August 8 as National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day.
To celebrate it, you simply wait until the dead of night and quietly creep up to your neighbors’ front doors, leaving plenty of zucchini for them to enjoy.
It is a way to rid yourself of the avalanche of long, green squash this time of year. They don’t can or freeze well. You can only bake and consume so much zucchini bread, quiches and cakes. And, friends and relatives have stopped answering their doors when they see you come up their walk with heavy bags of freshly-picked zucchini.
A day’s harvest from a plant or two can easily feed dozens of hungry people.
Consider taking your bounty to a local food pantry or soup kitchen to share with the hungry. Click here to find one near you. If you’re still stuck with a mountain of zucchini, then join the party after dark on Aug. 8 and gift your neighbors with homegrown goodness!
Zucchini Facts and Tips
Not all zucchini are green, cylindrical and elongated. ‘Clairmore Yellow’ is gold, ‘Romanesco’ is beige and green striped and ‘Ronde de Nice’ is a bright green globe. There’re even white zucchini.
‘Ronde de Nice’, a globe zucchini is perfect for slices to add to broccoli and red peppers to create a quick steamed vegetable medley. Photo courtesy of Renee’s Garden Seeds.