You’d better watch out! The Zucchinis are coming! Those clone-growing pods in the “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” weren’t nearly as fearsome as the annual onslaught of the zucchini. There are those of you who love it, and that’s a good thing, but even Zuke lovers get overloaded with the stuff! Everywhere you go, people ask in a hopeful way “Do you like zucchini?” Say yes and they’ll hand you two or three with a smile…while an accomplice is loading three bushels full into your trunk!! Zucchini is probably the only food you see diners taking INTO a restaurant, trying to unload it on someone who cooks mass quantities of everything. No one wants to waste it, heaven forbid, but who eats all that stuff???
Seriously, August 8th was “Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night.” 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.” Some of the suggestions for disposing of the vagrant veggie are just hysterical. Check it out at http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Sneak-Some-Zucchini-Onto-Your-Neighbors-Porch-Night/Detail.aspx
Every week during Farmer’s Market season I put together a recipe sheet featuring fresh farm produce. For all those Zuke lovers it is time to get those new recipes. if you’re running out of ideas. After all, how much zucchini bread can you bake? For recipe inspiration I have to rely on those who actually consume the Zuke squash, because only if I’m tricked into it do I eat it. I will admit it lends a moistness to zucchini bread and enough cinnamon can cover anything, but just to eat it as a vegetable? Sorry…not anytime soon.
The recipe sheet for tomorrow’s market includes Zucchini Brownies, and how can anything chocolate taste bad? In fact, the recipe for Chocolate Chip Orange Zucchini bread is one I’ve eaten and enjoyed, mostly because the little Zuke buggers are ground to a pulp so I can’t notice their texture (the part that makes me dislike them). Fear not, there are non-dessert zucchini recipes as well. It also contains some recipes using fresh herbs, also available at our market, so others who refrain from Zucchini still have something to try!
Just a reminder that there will be NO Thursday Barker Farmer’s Market on August 21, because it all moves to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for day one of our Barker Centennial “Summer Splendor!” (It returns to it’s regular thursday night on the 28th)