The Ohio State University Extension office has been reminding gardeners to share their bounty. The fruit of the zucchini vine is spilling out of many gardens right now. Just in time to celebrate “Sneak a Zucchini on your Neighbor’s Porch Night”, August 8.
Ohio State University Extension Agent, Amy Stone says, “This time of the year, if you grow zucchini, you know that you have a lot of extras and often you will share it with friends and family any way.”
What? You’ve never heard of that holiday? It was was created as a sarcastic joke, by radio host, and actor Tom Roy. He has contributed many crazy made-up holidays to Chase’s official Calendar of Events. Years ago, he and his wife planted some and by the time it was ready, they were giving it to anyone that had two arms and was strong enough to hold one.
“You could have 10, 20, 30, 40 zucchini off from one plant in a season,” says Stone.
It has become a fun way for gardeners to share their bounty. There are no strict rules but Roy suggests to set them on the porch at night and run like heck! Or you can do it during the day and hide. OSU Extension Agent, But Stone says it isn’t as fun. She says, “You can also do it at night and surprise them in the morning.” Stone says she lines to include a recipe or two and a little note inside.
Gardeners all over the country will be trying to get rid of their avalanche of this dark green cousin to the Halloween gourd. And this neighbor is pleasantly surprised.
“I didn’t have a chance to garden this year, so this is really sweet.” Mary Visco lives in a Toledo neighborhood and says she appreciated the surplus. She has visions of fried zucchini, zucchini ratatouille and zucchini bread.
She continues, “We are truly going to enjoy this, stuffed zucchini Greek style.”
This week also starts Ohio Local Foods Week, which highlights Ohio’s number one industry, agriculture and the importance of the producers growing your food.
OSU is kicking off the week with the $10 food challenge. They are encouraging everyone to spend at least $10 on your favorite food grown right here in the Buckeye State.