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Who dropped off all that zuchinni?!

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  • melly Jul 12, 2006 09:20 PM

Or..how to spot a zuchinni smuggler.

My husband brought home two huge bags from work a few days ago. He said he came back from lunch and there they were with this note attached: Dave, we know how much you love fresh vegetables. No signature.

I opened my front door today, to get the mail, and there it was...a grocery bag filled with zuchinni. I tried to "smuggle it" next door (my in-laws) but she admitted to dropping it on my doorstep after someone had dropped on hers. I could feel my blood pressure spike.

Anyone else have this type of thing happen lately?

I've posted a sign next to the "no soliciting" sign which reads.. No zuchinni..household highly allergic.

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  1. Okay. Strange... I remember my parents grew zuchinni in their garden one year and it about took over the house... those things multiply like rabbits and can grow to the size of a fiat. The next year, though none were planted and the garden tilled, they still came back! A fiat-sized zuchinni, by the way, gets pretty good miles to the gallon...

    1. How funny, do you have a compost bin? Those huge overgrown things deserve to find a home there.

      1. BSTIG...that is so funny! Fiat eh? We have some big ones.

        I'll be making lots of zuchinni stuff..and stuff not usually made from zuchinni. I have two grills going now and am going out to grill up lots of it.

        A friend tried to take a bunch to the homeless shelter and they don't want it either.

        1. In Minnesota, we learn not to leave our cars unlocked while we're at the office during zucchini season, lest one of our sneaky co-workers leaves the "gift" of a bag of zucchini in the front passenger seat.

          ~TDQ

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          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            I remember a bit that Garrison Keillor did on PHC about people sneaking around in the night leaving tomatoes and zucchini on other peoples porches. What a hoot!

          2. I grilled lots of "fiats" today and made baba zughanooj, some roasted zuchinni soup, and saved some to slice on sandwiches with crunchy veggies and other stuff. I don't want to see another zuchinni for a long time.

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            1. re: melly

              This suggestions is probably too late to be useful this year, but next year all of you "blessed" with an overabundance of zucchini can stop the problem before it starts by eating the flowers! And if you are chronic recipient of a neighbor's "largess", ask them for the flowers before they become Fiats.

              Zucchini blossoms sell for a fortune in farmers' markets out here in the Los Angeles area (and dishes made with them in trendoid restaurants sell for even more). I've had them stuffed with cheese and fried; as well as chopped, sauteed, and stuffed into quesadillas. Good stuff! If you can get them for free AND prevent zucchini glut, all the better!

              1. re: Piglet

                Yeah, they have to eat the female flowers. The males don't bear fruit, they just look pretty and attract bees.

            2. Are there food banks in your community that would be happy to take zukes? At least the food would be going to those who need it?

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              1. re: Zengarden

                I'll call the food banks..I know the homeless shelter didn't want them. Good idea!

                1. re: melly

                  You know you folks can stop rubbing it in because here in NYC the green squash is around $1.29/lb. And it's now IN SEASON! Meanwhile, you guys are trying to get rid of it for free. We just love hearing that as we pay five bucks for maybe, say, three zucchini.

              2. What's your address? I'll send you some for free. No kidding.

                1. Melly and all who have responded --

                  This is a very entertaining post about abundant harvests! We are all SO fortunate!

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                  1. re: liu

                    Reminds me of summers as a kid. We lived in an agricultural area where it wasn't unusual to find a flat of ripe pears (or apricots, or peaches or green beans) on the porch in the morning. Zucchini, however were NOT passed around among friends or good neighbors! Mmmm, I miss the pears, though.

                    1. re: liu

                      Liu--Indeed, it is a happy "problem" to have...

                      ~TDQ

                    2. Some people I know who live in a rural part of Virginia say that you have to be sure to lock your car doors when you go to town in the summer...otherwise you'll return to find it full of zucchini!!

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                      1. re: MsDiPesto

                        We are so very fortunate. I am still waiting for cheeseboys address! I still have several zukes left...and I am sure Dave will be getting more at work. He did leave a note on his desk to this effect: we love tomatoes and cukes as well.

                        In the little town I grew up in..people would leave extra harvest in a crate in the hardware store. Take what you need...it was great! I hope they are doing a farmers market there nowdays.

                        1. re: melly

                          Melly that's a really nice gesture but I can't do that to you. Those darlings are too heavy, and it would be too expensive to ship them to NYC. Not to mention they're perishable. I love them! I've seen them for $1.49/lb recently too. I still love the fact you folks get them free. That's great...!!! Too bad shipping isn't free.

                      2. They would still be good by the time they got to NYC. They last a long, long time.

                        Anyway...do you have farmers markets in NYC? We are going Sunday morning and I can't wait to see what the produce costs!

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                        1. re: melly

                          Ah yes, 14th Street Union Square Farmer's Market is the best in NYC. Very reasonable prices. If you want to be shocked, stop into any of the city's many supermarkets and have a look at their prices on produce. Matter of fact, there's a Food Emporium by the southeast end of the park opposite the Walgreen's. Have a look there. Whoa!

                          There's also Trader Joe's on 14th just passed PC Richard's before 3rd Avenue walking east.

                          Here's a few links: http://www.unionsquarejournal.com/gre...

                          Also updated daily is: http://www.echonyc.com/~lwollin/green...

                          NOTE: There's NO Farmer's Market on Sunday as far as I know. Union Square is still a very interesting part of town anyways.

                          1. re: Cheese Boy

                            I have never been to NYC but I want to visit so badly. My sis lives near Philly..next time I see her, we WILL hit NYC.

                            I do live near San Francisco..and love going there. But I digress..this is the Zuke thread.

                        2. I live in a rural area, and just put extra stuff (plant divisions as well as produce) in a FREE! box up by the mailboxes. Someone always picks them up.

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                          1. re: toodie jane

                            I want to know what you put in the box toodie jane!

                            We are hitting the farmers market in downtown Sacramento tomorrow..under the freeway. I know, I already said that before. I can hardly wait!