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Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night

Celebrate this fun holiday on August 8!

Established by Pennsylvanian Tom Roy, this day encourages sharing. "Due to the overzealous planting of zucchini, citizens are asked to drop off baskets of the squash on neighbors' doorsteps."


About the Holiday

Inspired by the "Submit an Entry" form in a copy of Chase's Calendar of Events, Roy and his wife, Ruth, have launched several creative holidays.

A few suggestions from Tom Roy's "Top 20 List for successful sneaking of Zucchini or otherwise ridding yourself of unwanted surplus summer squash:"

(Note: Allrecipes does not endorse any of these activities.)

  • Look for out-of-the-way places which have signs posted, "Clean Fill Wanted."
  • Under light of full moon, either stark naked or wearing full army camouflage, carrying a machete or any garden implement, run amuck in your zucchini patch, cutting and slashing. Be sure to thank Mother Nature for her bounty before and after this cathartic experience.
  • Buy a large roll of freezer paper--the kind that sub shops use. Then proceed to wrap each zucchini that has managed to grow to a foot or more in length. Next time your child has a fundraiser, send him or her out supplied with these phony subs. Tell child to drop them off with neighbors or relatives and leave quickly. It's advisable that a responsible adult hover nearby in a get-away car.
  • Gather all available plastic containers and freezer bags. Drink a vat of your favorite caffeinated beverage, in preparation for staying up 'round the clock to purée large quantities of zucchini. This can then be packaged neatly and artistically labeled: "For Zucchini Nut Bread Recipe." These packages can be freely given, along with copies of recipe, to anyone on your Christmas list.


Reprinted with permission from wellcat.com.

    Comments
    Jun. 12, 2009 4:38 pm
    I personally would wear clothes to run amuck in the zucchini patch, and maybe even long sleeves. I love zucchini but hate the plant leaves make me itch.
     
    kkate 
    Jun. 17, 2009 4:59 am
    Amen to that one.
     
    Jun. 25, 2009 4:38 pm
    Maybe clothes for harvesting but naked for delivering? Make sure to smile if caught.
     
    Jun. 29, 2009 7:03 am
    ohhh naked all the way... works even better if you live IN town
     
    Jun. 29, 2009 9:34 am
    Let's get nekked! LOL
     
    Jul. 4, 2009 11:57 am
    Hee Hee.....sounds like a great Holiday plan. I may have to pass this along to all my gardening friends this year so they can get on board and we can celebrate together!
     
    Jul. 15, 2009 7:33 am
    One year I had 8 plants for my small family. I was always trying to share our bounty. My husband said, "If our friends leave their bag of zucchini, don't try and give it to them again. I think its a hint."
     
    phoenixrose 
    Jul. 18, 2009 4:12 pm
    this is my first summer in this house, I don't think that is one of the better ways to introduce myself to the neighbors....bringing zucchini is bad enough, but naked!?! I might have to move!!
     
    Jul. 21, 2009 1:19 pm
    I live in the city. I wish someone would leave a bag of zucchini on my porch (and naked would be even more of a treat!)
     
    Jul. 22, 2009 12:41 pm
    I too, would love for someone to leave zucchini on my porch! I don't have much of a green thumb myself.
     
    Jul. 24, 2009 6:52 am
    This is the first year in about 25 that I haven't had a garden. I miss my daily trip to the zucchini plants.
     
    Jul. 27, 2009 10:32 am
    Harvesting and distributing Zukes in the buff? My husband would like this Roy character. Maybe I'll add notes to the squash when I leave them - needs a good home! Updating my calendar for August 8th!
     
    missmary 
    Jul. 30, 2009 7:16 pm
    this time of year is a great time to remember food banks and other places or put them outside and put up a free sign. my favorite way to use them is to stuff with meatloaf mix and bake with spagetti sauce.
     
    momof4 
    Jul. 31, 2009 6:33 pm
    Everyone around here has so much zukes coming out of our ears that I think I would have to drive miles and miles to give them away.
     
    Cindy 
    Aug. 1, 2009 10:16 am
    I give my oversized Zukes and Crook necks to the local Zoo. They love them for the primates. Every little bit helps. Sometimes I get free tickets. Although my son works there too.
     
    Aug. 3, 2009 9:25 am
    Had to take a cake to a picnic and under the cardboard box bottom I stuck 4 zucchini! I sneak them into things all over the place. I drove down the street and stuck them in other people's mail boxes .... husband drew the line at putting them in the collection plate at church tho ....
     
    Aug. 3, 2009 9:37 am
    Maybe not the collection plate but the food bank or soup kitchen? Ours takes all extra veggies one would care to give.
     
    Aug. 3, 2009 10:46 am
    I have 10 zucchini and yellow squash plants. So far I haven't had an overabundance of summer squash to give away but when we do, I'll make sure to send my husband commando under the light of a full moon to gather them. HAHAHAHHAHA! :) Then, my children and I will give them to neighbors the next day.
     
    matt m. 
    Aug. 3, 2009 12:12 pm
    Why do people in low crime, small towns lock their car doors? To keep people from putting zucchini in it.
     
    bonnie 
    Aug. 3, 2009 2:05 pm
    I always grate the big ones in the food processor and freeze to use in vegetable soup all winter. It pretty much disappears, but gives the broth some body. However, I may have to reconsider for Aug. 8.
     
    Dianna 
    Aug. 3, 2009 2:56 pm
    Send me ur addresses and I would be pround to mail you some Zucchini. There are some great recipes on this site for them too. Yummy
     
    Aug. 3, 2009 5:25 pm
    zucchini bread and butter pickles! i wait all year long so i can put them up for the holiday gift baskets and enough for me for another year! the heat in our neck of the woods has had me considering making them in the buff, but it would be my luck to spill something somewhere important other than a canning jar.........
     
    Aug. 3, 2009 5:37 pm
    I love being naked!!! This sounds so fun. I have so much Zucchini this year I am glad to read about this, I will be giving some away for sure, clothing optional
     
    Aug. 3, 2009 10:10 pm
    Lol! Naked zucchini harvesting ftw!
     
    Aug. 4, 2009 5:29 am
    there are far too many mosquitos in my garden to run around naked in it :(
     
    Aug. 4, 2009 10:11 am
    I'm with you Missdrea... and OFF just doesn't belong on certain body parts!
     
    Vanita 
    Aug. 4, 2009 12:30 pm
    I wish I had planted zucchini! I love it!
     
    Quilter61 
    Aug. 4, 2009 1:51 pm
    Thirty-two years ago, my father planted 12 hills of zucchini. It has gone down in history as the "Zucchini Summer". We had zucchini at every meal, people quit comeing to visit us. My sister won an essay contest in college writing about the Zucchini Summer. My brother to this day will not eat zucchini. I am fairly certian that he would leave zucchini in unlocked cars around the city simply to get rid of it.
     
    Caissa 
    Aug. 4, 2009 3:41 pm
    I do send the neighbor kids home with zucchini every time they come to play with my kids. Come to think of it, I haven't seen the neighbor kids in awhile now! Hmm, I may have to try the naked thing next.
     
    Aug. 4, 2009 5:29 pm
    LOL...Can someone give me some zucchini? The only thing I grow blows into my yard on accident... does hacking my weeds in the buff count?
     
    Aug. 5, 2009 6:24 am
    Watch out for the dogs! With no jeans to buffer the bite...OUCH! Too funny! Thanks for the laugh!
     
    Msuew 
    Aug. 5, 2009 5:30 pm
    Um... I think I'll stick to slipping them in car windows, mail boxes, hit and runs, hanging them from roo- DON'T JUDGE ME!
     
    SUZAG 
    Aug. 6, 2009 6:17 am
    If I went into the garden naked...it would ruin the plants for life! And, any unsuspecting neighbors!
     
    Aug. 6, 2009 8:51 am
    So far I only have 1 zuke...I don't think I'll have that problem! :(
     
    Mel K 
    Aug. 6, 2009 1:16 pm
    Thanks for the laughs,I really enjoyed reading the blogs and laughing at some of your ideas. Don't think our pastor would be real pleased if I placed the zucchini's in collection plate...but he sure does not mind me sharing with foodbank at church.Church members know I will be offering up zukes this time of year.I have people calling to see if I am making Zucchini bread or Chocolate Zucchini cake.Always easy to share those items. I have eaten Zucchini Lasagna,think I will print recipe and give it a try. Looking at the recipes and trying to come up with some ideas. Sure would hate to resort to stuffing zukes in the paperboxes in the dead of night............
     
    Aug. 7, 2009 4:47 am
    I think my neighbor read this because yesterday I found 4 zukes, 10 tomatoes and 3 plastic grocery bags full of green beans on my back deck! I don't mind though, this year I was unable to have a garden.
     
    Aug. 7, 2009 9:04 am
    I worked in a nursing home as an activty therapist for over 30 years and we used the "Chase's Calendar of Events" to plan our fun events. When this date came around, we made our own zucchini bread for our afternoon snack. To add more excitement, one of the residents at the home was secretly given zucchini wrapped in paper. The residents were then encouraged to talk with other residents over the week-end and find out who had the zucchini. If someone asked if you had the zucchini and you did, you had to give it up. Residents were given score cards and when they talked with other residents, both signed off on it. If the zuchinni was passed on, both residents signed off. On Monday, the residents who had the most conversations with other residents, the resident who had the zucchini the monst and the resident who had possession of the zuchinni when the game ended won prizes. The prizes were zucchini bread, zucchini seeds and thropies made of plastic zucchinis. I need to add that the
     
    Danny 
    Aug. 7, 2009 10:48 am
    I'd leave zucchini on neighbor porches if my plants had survived TT______TT
     
    Aug. 7, 2009 10:59 am
    What a delight, to dance under the full moon naked picking zucchini! Luckily most of my neighbors are used to it. My favorite zucchini are the "vacation zucchini." The ones that should have been picked but were missed BEFORE I left to go on vacation, and when found upon my return, are the size of pudgy dachshunds, and hard as gourds. "Vacation zucchini" have ended up being carved as jack-o-lanterns, thrown at irritating neighbors (the ones who don't appreciate my midnight garden outings) and of course used to make obscene bulges in clothing, when I'm wearing some. Luckily this year my partner and I have eaten every zucchini grown in our garden as we've gone vegetarian and find zucchini is a multi-talented and versatile vegetable in meals, in addition to its many other talents outside the kitchen.
     
    Aug. 7, 2009 5:52 pm
    I just got done picking 8 zucchini off of one plant!!! I already have 6 on my deck and I don't want to see another one! I make my husband take them to work and pass off to everyone there!
     
    julee 
    Aug. 7, 2009 7:08 pm
    Baby sat a infant neice, and with the dirty clothes to go home I tucked in a Zucchini all wrapped up ;)
     
    tmae67 
    Aug. 8, 2009 6:05 am
    LOL, luved reading this.........yes, dancing naked, picking zucchini...that's a job for my partner ! I'd scare the plants to death. Giving them away is my part........I go to the lower income housing and give alot away there, food pantries, & of course my unsuspecting neighbors...lol. It's fun thinking of different ways to unload my extra's onto them...lol.
     
    BP3 
    Aug. 8, 2009 7:30 am
    I'll pay to have zucchini left on my porch :) seriously.
     
    Aug. 8, 2009 9:19 am
    I've not grown zucchini in probably 8 years, but well remember the large quantity just a few little plants produced. That was the year my whole garden went into making homemade baby food for my son. I too found lots of interesting ways of using up the zucchini. The best still remains just shredding it, letting it sit on some paper towel for a bit and then shoving into freezer bags. Stuff lasted for years!!!! I've not ventured into growing zucchini since, if I do, I think I'll only plant one little plant though. :) Have fun all....loved reading all the comments.
     
    Jo G. 
    Aug. 8, 2009 5:03 pm
    The Zucchini comments had be in stitches. The people who use your site are the smartest, most creative and have the greatest sense of humor. It has been years since we have grown a gsrden but I still recall the over abundance of zucchini that we tried to pawn off on everyone we knew and those we didn't know. Thanks for keeping me laughing.
     
    debran55 
    Aug. 8, 2009 7:03 pm
    All right. The kids had a blast dropping off zucchini on the unsuspecting neighbor's porches. We're making this an annual event. One neighbor even called to say thanks! I took pictures and posted them on Facebook. My family is in stitches!
     
    Aug. 9, 2009 8:04 pm
    This is my first garden I have ever planted this year and my family LOVES zucchini, so i decied to plant 8 plants. Why didnt someone tell me that one or two plants would probably be enough for a family of four??!! I have it coming out of my ears, but I have also found some unbelievable web sites that some amazing recipes and I'm eating zucchini with foods I never have thought of before...... I have also given alot away, there are people I know who ask me for it!
     
    KHarper0082 
    Aug. 9, 2009 9:03 pm
    My mom had a garden when I was growing up and we had our share of zucchini. I make stuffed peppers with them because I can't eat peppers. If you invite unsuspecting friends over for dinner you can get rid of a lot of them that way!
     
    Lisa 
    Aug. 11, 2009 4:13 pm
    Someone said this Sunday, "Lock your car doors while at church - it's zucchini harvest time!"
     
    Aug. 12, 2009 12:04 pm
    I LOVE this idea, and am totally going to do this. Left a huge bag on the door of the gastropub in the village but it was in daylight - not nearly so much fun. Am getting the kids kitted up for some espionage. Great idea, thanks!
     
    Aug. 13, 2009 6:50 pm
    I have one LARGE zucchini plant and can't keep up with it. I harvest once or twice a day. There are many bags of frozen zucchini as well as casseroles and bread in my freezer. I've dried them for soups and stews. The veggie drawer in the fridge is full and so are my neighbors and friends.
     
    Aug. 16, 2009 8:14 am
    would someone please leave some on my porch!
     
    Aug. 16, 2009 10:54 pm
    Ditto! I love zucchini brownies, zucchini baked with meatloaf filling and spaghetti sauce, zucchini bread. No one ever leaves a bag of zucchini on my porch, naked OR clothed. Dang!
     
    ASKAAR 
    Aug. 18, 2009 8:12 am
    Sounds like a zucchini dating service-matching those who have with those who want would be a great benefit!
     
    Cam 
    Aug. 19, 2009 4:24 pm
    Would the people who WANT zucchini please show your city/town! I would gladly pass along some! My brother doesn't want to see me, my neighbors tie the dogs out on the porch and lock the doors if they see me coming (and leave a dog there at night~). Even my boss who said there was no such thing as too much zucchini is threatening to lock the door when I come to work!
     
    Aug. 20, 2009 8:42 pm
    I love the zukes! Even in this time of abundance 99 cents a pound... Rest of the year $1.99 a pound... I mean really can you imagine? I wish I had planted some for this would have been a perfect summer for them.
     
    Aug. 21, 2009 12:15 am
    You guys are great! My mind's awash: Z tacos; z pizza; z custard.....but lets get creative: how about Zucchini chip ice cream or Zucchini Meringue Pie? I'm game....
     
    Lynn 
    Aug. 25, 2009 5:46 am
    Funny! I hope someone leaves a couple on my porch. Someone did last year ago, and I was really happy about it.
     
    Aug. 25, 2009 2:53 pm
    Leave some at my house. I usually head to the Amish farms to get my produce. They grow the best and is by far cheaper than anywhere you can get produce. I eat zucchini almost daily. YUMMY. Please don't do it naked tho, my hubby would probably want to help" naked" too! lol
     
    Debinth 
    Aug. 25, 2009 5:04 pm
    I usually have so many zucchini I make the zucchini bread by the dishpan full. Figure the amounts needed for multiple batches & put all the ingredients in the dishpan (clean of course), take off your jewlery & mix it all with your hands. Talk about getting into your zucchini bread. I also have made pickle relish out of zucchini, that is really good. I enjoyed all the comments & I can hardly wait to check out what was written about cucumbers. As for naked gardening, it might be fun if there were no bugs. I wish I had thought about dropping on the porch & leaving. very cool idea.
     
    pamala 
    Aug. 29, 2009 6:50 pm
    I can the zucchini! yes it is mushy, but i add it to all my sauce for pasta, and the kids never know it is there!
     
    jeanne 
    Sep. 18, 2009 8:24 am
    SO ENJOYED YOUR IDEAS--AM GOING TO MAKE RATTOUILLE WITH SOME TODAY-IT FREEZES WELL AND TASTE GREAT WITH MEATLOAF. KEEP YOR SENSE OF HUMOR!!
     
    Sep. 25, 2009 11:21 am
    oh my gosh, what funny vegie people ! Our northeastern summer was barely that, so I have finally gotten just a couple of small yellow squash from my plants...hardly any tomatoes due to the so-called "late blight" Maybe next year will be better. Cheers !
     
    lilspicy01 
    Oct. 16, 2009 12:19 pm
    For those who have picky eaters try shredding the zucchini in Lasagna or for those with gluten allergies cut the larger zucchinis in to slices in exchange for the noodles. Other ways in serving is dipped into egg and fried.... Leaving for the food bank is good if the people that receive know what to do with it. Better if you leave recipes or if you love to bake make up tons of muffins or bread. easier to freeze and pass out. It also helps out the soup kitchens, less work for them and easier to pass out to the people. As for placing them in the collection plates that's funny naked in the garden nope the plants are itchy and I heard in some places the window are rolled up and doors locked since it is very easy to get your car filled with the zucchini and other veggies.
     
    lilspicy01 
    Oct. 16, 2009 12:26 pm
    PS to the last post our zucchini did not do so well this year between the wacky weather, squirrels and slugs we got very little. How ever one of our neighbors and had better luck. When we plant we are out there everyday picking them for salads and fried zucchini we planted the yellow butter sticks and regualar the butter stick tasted the same as the green and they out grew the crook necks.
     
    Jan. 12, 2010 1:27 pm
    this is a beautiful custom! where i live (israel) no one grows zucchini as far as i know, and they certainly don't leave it at doorsteps... i wish that would happen to me! squash muffins, squash soup, zucchini parmesan...
     
    Jan. 18, 2010 11:40 am
    Another idea for sharing at church which will spare the collection plate and free people from locking their cars: Our church sets up a free produce table in the lobby where anyone can leave excess veggies for others to take. The older members and apartment dwellers without gardens love it and it always seems that someone has more of one veggie and less of another. We just take what we want and can leave a cash donation for the world hunger fund to "pay" for the food we take.
     
    mbsellshomes 
    Feb. 13, 2010 12:26 pm
    Last year we had an abundance of zucchini & summer squash, and not enough time to deal with it all. So I brought a large basket of both with me to an open house I was holding, with a sign saying "Please help yourself". Put it right next to the property brochures, and actually managed to give a few away . . . even if I did get some funny looks from buyers!
     
    Egies 
    Mar. 24, 2010 1:42 pm
    I love zucchini! If anyone in Kamloops has an abundance this summer, I would love some!
     
    JAnnetteW 
    May 2, 2010 5:11 pm
    I live in Mississippi and I wish y'all would state what state you're from because I would like an informal survey of the country's regions where zucchini is popularly grown. I have been around gardeners all of my life, but the locals only grow yellow squash. Is this a yankee phenomenon, or have Alabama folks heard of this? I am growing six zucchini plants this year because the people who sold them to me only had them available in bunches of six. However, I do buy them at the grocery store. I am also trying out another yankee phenomenon this year. I have over 200 sugar baby watermelon vines on my property to sell at roadside markets. If I get tired of the zukes, I will sell the extras together with the melons.
     
    blucero2008 
    Jun. 1, 2010 1:01 pm
    What a wonderful idea! Naked though would be tough because the plants make me itch. Also I live in an apartment building in eureka california and can't grow anything, so i would really love it if someone would leave some by my front door...I love making zucchini bread,but I haven't been able to do it for years now...I have been promising my hubby and my dad that I'd make them some.
     
    cathy 
    Jun. 13, 2010 5:51 am
    definitely not a yankee phenom. Been growing them in VA since my dad put the first garden (that I remember) in back in the early 70s
     
    MBAMom 
    Jun. 15, 2010 6:03 pm
    The zucchini brownies on this site are sooo good.
     
    BP 
    Jun. 23, 2010 6:54 am
    You can eat the squash blossoms if you have a plentiful crop. Wash and chop them finely, adding to any soup, casserole, omelete, etc. I like to make a scrambled egg, put it in the blossom like a wrap and fry it in a pan. -yum
     
    Jun. 27, 2010 3:12 pm
    This is so funny. My daughter has her first garden this year...2 zucchini plants and she is already zucchinid out. She just fed her 2 yr old zucchini sticks and he loved them (he thought they were french fries). Now she's trying to give them to me and I have my own. I think her hubby put too much miricle gro on them. lol
     
    'nother gardener 
    Jun. 28, 2010 2:37 pm
    My Mom and Dad had a huge garden in Nebraska and had similar issues with too much zucchini and now I have the joy of distributing it as well. Texas has a great crop so far this year with the abundance to peak in two to three weeks. Wheee! Watch out, here I come!
     
    vintage gardens 
    Jun. 29, 2010 3:25 pm
    WHY would anyone grow 12 zucchini plants?! TWELVE plants?!!! well, we did and we had to bring lots of it to church. we were the pastors so the people did take it home....
     
    Melody 
    Jun. 30, 2010 5:29 pm
    OMG I just planted my first vegetable garden this year and it looks radioactive. 2 Zucchini plants I already have like 4 zucchini, The cucumbers are hugh they are hard to differentiate from the zucchini on the counter...LOL Next year maybe 1 zucchine plant. I love all the humor and of course the recipes I will be having my fill of zucchini and so will my family this year.
     
    Judy55 
    Jul. 8, 2010 6:58 pm
    I would LOVE it if someone would drop zucchini on my doorstep! I had a large garden when I lived in NY, and that is about all I miss about living on LI!
     
    ToniW 
    Jul. 11, 2010 2:46 pm
    I would love to harvest my Zukes naked at midnight. The problem is, my garden is so big and overgrown I might get lost or attacked by the massive pumpkin vines and still be there in the morning=)
     
    Jul. 13, 2010 8:15 pm
    I love these people! So, definitely clothing in the garden...they can stick ya! plus who knows what bugs are out there...ooh spiders yick! But to deliver, come on gang...gotta try it naked! and grinning ear to ear!! omg Kathy and Gary my darling neighbors, best not peak outside tonite!!
     
    Jul. 14, 2010 11:18 am
    Enjoyed all the zucchini tales. I love to make zucchini bread - it makes the whole house smell like cinnamon. I also make a corn -zucchini casserole that is delish! Slice the squash, bring to a boil until slightly tender, fry some sliced onions and green peppers, take a can of cream style corn, add three beaten eggs, a can of whole kernel corn - drained - combine all ingredients, put into greased 2 quart casserole dish, top with shredded sharp cheddar cheese and bake at 350 F until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Usually about 45 -50 minutes. This is delishous. Even people who don't like zucchini love this.
     
    Bonnie 
    Jul. 14, 2010 5:37 pm
    i'm laughing, laughing...isn't gardening great???? so many great friends and memories and stories to share....and zucchini
     
    Tina 
    Jul. 14, 2010 7:58 pm
    Yay! I'm still chuckling over all the stories and comments. I, too, have had produce in excess. Altough it has always been cucumbers I've had to deal with...last year I went up and down the halls in my office bldg. and considered myself the "produce fairy"! But alas, I was most certainly NOT naked! Ha ha! Have fun, everyone!
     
    Jul. 15, 2010 2:06 am
    One thing I've learned-never leave your windows down on your vehicle while at church! If you are not the last one in for service and the first one out when the service is over, your vehicle will be stuffed with veggies! Hubby and I can only eat so much and the freezer still has shredded zucchini from last year's bounty in it! (pre-measured, of course.)
     
    Kitty 
    Jul. 20, 2010 10:00 am
    WE live in Balsam Lake WI... Rural Area My sister got a large one in her mailbox....
     
    Jul. 22, 2010 10:16 am
    The only problem I see with this scenario is thanking Mother nature? Thank God people.
     
    Jul. 28, 2010 12:36 pm
    I am so thankful to the Jehovah`s hitness people that come to drop off the current issue of Watchtower for my Mom, I give them lots of tomatoes and zuccini.
     
    rene0099 
    Aug. 3, 2010 5:53 am
    Me and the kids did this twice..it was great..but the neighbors were very perplexed the next morning!
     
    Carol 
    Aug. 7, 2010 11:09 am
    This has got to be the cutest idea I have ever heard of to get rid of zucchini. Thanks for the idea!!!!
     
    gmadi 
    Aug. 8, 2010 6:56 pm
    I can't seem to get the whole artitcal. Please reprint or send to me.
     
    Aug. 8, 2010 7:56 pm
    This is sooo funny, I wish I had more zucchini this year just to join in the fun.
     
    zerlina 
    Aug. 8, 2010 8:53 pm
    I've never seen so much squash as this year! I love this tradition and I can't get rid of them fast enough - my counter is full of the buggers - I need to make a trip to town to drop some at the food pantry. What abundance!! Tomorrow, chocolate squash bread - well that will only use 2 or 3... They grow faster than I can pick them.
     
    JacquieG 
    Aug. 9, 2010 7:32 pm
    Our church has a zucchini carving contest every year at our Labor Day picnic. A good way to use up one or two in an artistic way. Last year a zucchini mermaid was the winner with a light house second place and my zucchini pig won third. It was a short round stumpy zucchini, perfect for a pig! Try zucchini carving, it's easier than carving wood!
     
    Aug. 12, 2010 2:33 pm
    When I lived in Sonoma County CA, I planted 'too much' zucchini, and still begged my neighbors to do the 'drop', I love zucchini, and had dozens of recipes for it so I never had to worry about too much! Now, living in Hawaii, my garden has other stuff, and when I buy zucs here, they are such a disappointment... so enjoy them for me!
     
    Aug. 15, 2010 4:48 am
    I'm definitely growing zukes next year! Started my 'bucket' garden for the first time this year. I absolutely fell about laughing at the comments you folks have left. It is my fervent wish that we all end up in the same village or town! You guys are fantastic and your comments have made my day! Yours in peace and love, Charmaine.
     
    Aug. 16, 2010 1:01 am
    Well, for the original poster, how about I look the other way and you just leave it on the doorstep? Ha! Can I move in next to some of you guys? Hubby planted two zucchini plants this year, as we live in a small townhouse now. We all love it no matter how it is fixed. But, we've only had ONE, count 'em ONE zuke so far! We don't think neighbors are taking them, but certainly wouldn't rule it totally out. I sure miss living down the road from friends who had a full size garden, and shared boxes of zucchini with us. Haven't found a bad way to eat it yet! : )
     
    Aug. 16, 2010 1:05 am
    PS - Zucchini makes a great mock apple pie too. I definitely agree that those of you lucky enough to have a big bounty should consider your area food banks. Fresh veggies are not something they get very often, and would surely be appreciated greatly by the recipients.
     
    leahtbug 
    Aug. 18, 2010 1:35 pm
    Please, please leave some on my doorstep in Las Vegas, NV. It is too hot here to grow anything. I have to pay for vegetables! Please come here. Thanks!
     
    luv2playnDirt 
    Aug. 21, 2010 6:49 pm
    I have been zucchini-challenged the last couple years. just couldn't grow 'em for whatever reason! This year I have 7 healthy plants and I am thoroughly enjoying all manner of Zuke! Love all the stories!
     
    Aug. 27, 2010 11:35 am
    Hilarious! I must try dressing them up! Love Scooterpopsnana's nursing home story and b_saldivar's dressed up squash! It is an amazingly adaptive fruit/ vege and can be disguised in many dishes. I will try as soup thickener this winter. Off to the garden!
     
    rocse 
    Aug. 27, 2010 1:12 pm
    People seen at the grocery store buying zucchini dont have any friends. Why would any one buy it.I love these ideas. My daughter keeps giving me zucchini. I have frozen it, made bread and cakes with it. When does it end!
     
    SOBBIEBOO 
    Aug. 28, 2010 10:19 am
    We live in one of the friendliest towns around. If we dont lock our car doors when you come out of the store your car is full of zucchini.
     
    Melanie 42 
    Aug. 30, 2010 9:45 am
    I just joined the web site and I found the blog because a neighbor has twice given me zucchini the size of out-rigger canoes. I got the "Curried Zucchini Soup" recipe off the web site and used it to dispose of the giant and it is fabulose. Really enjoyed all the funny suggestions for zucchini removal.
     
    lazythumb 
    Sep. 3, 2010 10:59 am
    I love to read that others share my plight with zucchini. Still, you have to admire a plant that gives you far TOO MUCH food...it makes me sad to think of children in Haiti eating snacks of dirt patties and starving people in other places, and I simply have too much produce. I wish it shipped well.
     
    sillygurl 
    Sep. 7, 2010 8:45 am
    Chickens and llamas LOVE zukes. And chickens love pumpkin and squash guts.
     
    aquamrene26 
    Sep. 8, 2010 10:45 pm
    OMG! I was a recipient of zucchini this morn from our neighbor across the street!
     
    Val N 
    Sep. 10, 2010 12:02 pm
    I always say:Make sure your car is locked or you will find zucchini in it! I used to do that when I was working. I would go to our employee parking lot and check for unlocked cars and deposit zucchini in them. great way to get rid of your overflowing patch!
     
    carvteach 
    Sep. 21, 2010 8:12 am
    You all are too funny! My husband is the one with the green thumb in our household. Neighbors always stop in front of our house because the mailboxes for the road are there. It's not uncommon for someone to praise his garden and he would reward them with a handful of zucchini, squash, cukes, tomatoes, and/or more zucchini. He's even left green tomatoes in some of the mailboxes. Now I notice mailboxes filled with weeks of mail and neighbors speeding by as fast as possible without stopping, or mailboxes being emptied after midnight. Could it be our overabundance has become their curse? LOL!!
     
    Joie 
    Sep. 21, 2010 9:14 pm
    Fabulously Funny! I swear people do NOT answer their doorbell when being offered something that I truly believe is the basis for Duraflame logs
     
    Windy 
    Sep. 23, 2010 1:39 pm
    Just came back from the garden carrying yet ANOTHER armload of zukes and now my sides are splitting from laughing so hard at all of your wacky and wonderful suggestions! Oooh, I just heard the mail truck pull up- do you think I can sneak some in while the delivery lady is making her rounds?
     
    protheros 
    Sep. 24, 2010 7:59 pm
    I only got one zucchini on my plant. What did I do wrong? I even fertilized with worm juice. Oh well, maybe next year. I love all the comments!! Thanks
     
    Sharen Kingsbury 
    Sep. 24, 2010 8:43 pm
    You know, with more and more people out of work, this all-purpose food might become a lifesaver.
     
    Judy A 
    Sep. 28, 2010 1:44 pm
    Protheros: It's usually a lack of pollination. I always plant more than 1 & have been known to pollinate by hand. We have a saying around here: A person who buys zucchini is a person without friends...lol
     
    Nov. 16, 2010 7:10 am
    I apparently have no friends, at least none that grow zucchini! I have to buy mine but they are usually 10 cents per zuke come fall. Not bad when you don't want to be overwhelmed with them. Funny effin posts - makes me want to attempt growing some (next year) just for the fun of it. Hey, I can get creative using it up or giving it away. What a neat plant that can produce so much.
     
    Nov. 30, 2010 11:35 am
    Send a motivated child (he hates Zucchini) up and down the neighbourhood streets placing the Zucchini in the mailboxes
     
    Donna Jo 
    Dec. 20, 2010 6:59 pm
    I grew zucchini years ago when my kids were small. Then I stopped gardening. My son asked me, "When are you going to make green bread?" My first thought was moldy bread, and I never made that. So I asked him what he meant. He said, "You know, the bread you made from the green vegetables you grew outside!" LOL. He was referring to my zucchini bread, which I made several times a week when the zucchinis were ripe.
     
    May 13, 2011 5:19 pm
    I would love zucchini! People like me who are renting and do not have a place to plant a garden, are people who you could give it to!
     
    May 15, 2011 8:27 pm
    I enjoyed reading all the comments.I used to grow zukes when I was younger and working. At the end of summer I would cut up all the zukes,tomatos,peppers[hot& bell] that were left in the garden & put into a LARGE pot{ about 8 gal}& would add a few cans of mushrooms & onions &garlic. Cook the Veggies until soft but not mushy. I would take the pot to work and any who cared to eat had a bowl of their own and helped themselvs at the 9 o'clock break and again at noon. Bread was fresh Italian brought in by a buddy. About six loaves were used. I took home a empty pot every time. Being 73 and on pension, I dont have the time to grow anything. WHY, have u ever spent a day loafing? Once you start, u can't stop and take a break.TRY IT!! P.S. I used tom juice for the liquid. I called it zucchini stew.
     
    redly 
    Jun. 4, 2011 8:30 pm
    This was so much fun. Fun how so MANY people respond to the zucchini abundance phenomenon. Joy in nature and in us to respond joyfully. Took one of those end of August 2 footers (from a friend's garden) up to my Pa's house. Woke up the next AM to the most delicious smell. He had taken a coupla hot chiles and half the giant zucchini and a coupla spuds and some "Boca Burger" vegy fake hamburg and invented Zucchini Stew. It is good! Even w/ real hamburg. Will give recipe in next comment.
     
    karrie 
    Jul. 4, 2011 5:43 am
    When I was growing up my dad got a thrill out of planting a garden. Now that I am older I think it was really about giving and the cheaper expense, thought gardening is far from inexpensive when you add one's time and work to make it perfect. However, there is nothing kinder than sharing fresh goods with anyone! It is personal both in you heart and time let alone in giving whether it's great to 'get rid of the produce - as zucchini can have a mind of it's own and 'show off' out of control sometimes. lol! All the same same, gardening is a great way to give thanks to the Lord, a personal gift to a dear friend or new acquaintance from the heart...even if we teased dad 'he was planting for the community, not our family...' Anything from ones garden - fresh foods or prepared in a jar or freezer is a welcomed treat in this day and age. People don't have time to prepare things, but if you do...there really is no greater gift! :o) Even a dish or dinner as a gift to a person/family is
     
    karrie 
    Jul. 4, 2011 5:52 am
    Love the creative thoughts on zucchini - with this day and age, you can also go to the near by store and purchase plain bags and put a fun decoration on the outside - name, picture, ribbons, etc., and your fresh produce inside and share it also. Dad shared with the neighbors and farmers who were near by. Some had gardens but when you don't have to tend and prepare the food yourself, there is always an extra enjoyment to eating it yourself! Zucchini, though it grows and produces much, has tons of recipes to prepare...all delicious, especially on this site...precious to give indeed! Love your thoughts...precious!
     
    plays in dirt 
    Jul. 12, 2011 5:44 pm
    WOW, what fun I'm going to have with this! Iowa folks always have too many zuccini and this is a fun way to unload them. Thanks for the info...everybody loves them except in mass quantities but chunk them, freeze them and put into soup, priceless!
     
    Kelly 
    Aug. 24, 2011 3:59 pm
    Wow I really love Zuks, but to deliver them naked.... Not so much. I have 11 zucchini on my counter and truly wish I could send to all those who asked. But sadly I'm in Canada! :(
     
    gailwurst 
    Sep. 1, 2011 4:11 am
    They now make zucchini as a spineless vaiety. Does not itch
     
    Sep. 19, 2011 4:39 pm
    I love zucs too. I beg for them at church. i shred, slice, chop, chunk, and freeze for fresh bounty in the winter. I just let it be known that I love to receive them at church. Praise the Lord and pass the zucchini. :)
     
    Sep. 19, 2011 4:39 pm
    I love zucs too. I beg for them at church. i shred, slice, chop, chunk, and freeze for fresh bounty in the winter. I just let it be known that I love to receive them at church. Praise the Lord and pass the zucchini. :)
     
    LitaC 
    May 9, 2012 10:05 am
    this strange zucchini practice must be something that happens where you can actually grow things..I live near Death Valley CA and could never grow anything like that haha. but I'd love to find fresh veggies in my car, or porch.. naked people ..well yes maybe.. if they have food :D
     
    Jun. 25, 2012 11:00 am
    Everyone is more than welcome to leave their unwanted Zucc's on my porch.
     
    Kandy 
    Jul. 8, 2012 2:58 pm
    Oh my goodness - I fondly remember my college friend's mom asking us to do a midnight zucchini run to drop them on neighbor's doorsteps. We felt like secret forces running through our small town dropping our deliveries. I think she would love this concept! This really makes me smile!
     
    Jul. 13, 2012 9:20 am
    I'd much rather find a bag of zucchini on my porch than a bag of flaming dog poo, lol!
     
    Jul. 19, 2012 2:05 pm
    I just moved to a small town called Rye, in East Texas and had to leave my sad little garden down in Houston. If anyone over this way has an overabundance of anything fresh they need to part with, I'd be more than happy to take some off your hands. Hopefully, I'll have an overabundance of fresh produce to share this fall. Luckily for us, we can grow both a Spring and a Fall garden.
     
    pourner 
    Aug. 5, 2012 9:19 am
    well with the drought that hit this year, even with watering the zuccini decided to die back till fall, but I think I'll send the kids on a run with cucumbers: which seem to have taken the place of zuccinies this year. They are sick of seeing them lol. I pick 15-30 a day.I guess more pickles are next.
     
    Miss Kitty 
    Aug. 17, 2012 12:48 pm
    I sure wish someone would drop some zuccinies off on my porch. We didn't plant any this year and I am dying to make some stuffed zuccini with chicken, zuccini bread I could go on an on. You can't buy the good stuff at the store, they are just too small and don't have the same flavor.
     
    Aug. 17, 2012 3:14 pm
    I have the first round of zucchini blueberry bread in the oven as we speak. If anyone is near Madison, WI I will share my bounty. When I have extra, I make hubby take to his work and give it away. We also give to the local food pantry. Although I am up for some late night zucchini ding dong ditch-em. ROFL
     
    jabbg 
    Aug. 18, 2012 7:33 am
    I was searching for zuccini recipes ( as we have an over abbundance of em) and found these great comments!Just might dress in all black & do a stealth zuke delivery tonight!
     
    mona 
    Aug. 22, 2012 1:12 pm
    add shredded zukes to spaghetti sauce, lasagna, chili, soups, stews, almost any baked loafs, muffins. they keep baked goods moist, doesn't change the flavor. eat raw zuke sticks with dip. coat zuke slices with egg wash, bread crumbs, seasoning of your choice & fry. my husband is lucky i haven't found a way to put zukes on his cereal LOL
     
     
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