It’s National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day!

Honest to goodness!

I left a fresh-picked cucumber on my neighbor’s patio last night. Today, after coming home from running some errands, my neighbor’s grown daughter was out back playing with their dog.

“Hey, Clarissa! Did you get the cucumber I left for you guys?” I asked.

She looked at me kind of funny as she said yes, thanks. “Did you know it’s National Give your neighbor some zucchini day?” she asked, thinking that was why I left the cuc.

“You’re kidding, right?” I laughed out loud at the appropriateness of such a holiday. For backyard gardeners  in zone 4/5 areas,  this is the time of the season when most of us have zucchini coming out of our ears! You can’t GIVE it away! And really, how much zucchini bread can a person eat?

After exchanging pleasantries with my neighbor I went inside and immediately googled this funny-sounding holiday. You know what? It’s even better than I thought!

It’s actually called National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day! and a couple of the sites I found say the ritual actually consists of stealing over to your neighbor’s porch or patio under the cover of NIGHT and leaving all the zucchini you can get away with, including the ones that grew way too large and aren’t good for much other than as a receptacle for cucumber dip, or something like that. The following link provides the back story about how this holiday came to be AND a recipe for zucchini chocolate cake! Sounds yummy!

15 Responses to “It’s National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day!”

  1. 1 cityslipper (food dryer home) August 8, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    This is my very favorite thing to do with zucchini, though eating it in zucchini bread is right up there. Strangest use I’ve seen for the stuff: I ran a bunch through the food processor and mixed it with ground beef, ground pork, breading, and seasonings to make sausage. The sausage links were notably green, but still quite sausagey.

    I hope National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day brings you just as much joy as you give to your neighbors!

  2. 2 Patsy Bell Hobson August 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    How could I be so lucky? Why it’s practically patriotic to share the zukes. What a selfless act, I will be forever grateful to you for having posted this public service announcement.

  3. 3 Planning Plants to Plant September 24, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    How seriously cute and funny…I only wish I had some zukes that survived the rain and slugs this year…

  4. 5 Gardener Jack March 15, 2010 at 5:08 am

    What a great thing to do!!!

  5. 6 Robert Fogarty March 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    What a great story!!!

  6. 7 LED Grow Lights Man May 24, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Fun story! Thanks for the great pictures too!

  7. 8 Plant Cover Guru May 24, 2011 at 4:43 am

    My zukes always get killed by slugs! They’re so fun to grow though! Great story!

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