I was planning to write about the chickens in the next blog post, but this weekend we had a(n) (un)/pleasant surprise.
They’re baaaaaaaack… Yes, it’s (already) zucchini season.
It shouldn’t have been a surprise. About a week ago Ron said to me, “those look like zucchini.”
Silly me. I thought they were butternut squash. I planted four types of squash this year: one old (zucchini) and three new (patty pan, pumpkin, and butternut squash). But the zucchini wasn’t entirely old. You see, it was a new variety and I forgot this. (You know where this is going, right?)
So, for a week, the mystery squashes have been getting bigger and more numerous. I thought they’d turn into butternut squash any day now. Again, silly me.
Sunday morning, Ron pointed out the mystery squash once again: “they sure look like zucchini to me.” But how could they be zucchini? They aren’t dark green, almost black. They are light green with some darker stripes. And they have a slightly different shape, a gently undulating exterior that makes pretty swooping “rounds” when you slice them. Did I forget to plant the zucchini? (Find Fedco seeds… No, the package was already open…) Did Fedco put the wrong seeds in the package? (That seems unlikely.)
Then I read the label: a variety that does not ring a bell.
Yup, silly me. Mystery solved: new variety, different look, Ron was right. And so we went from zero to a dozen zucchini in one fell swoop. Sigh. At least none are baseball bat size.
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?
If there’s zucchini in the garden but you don’t think it’s zucchini, is it still zucchini?
WWBLS? [What would Bruno Latour say?]
Zucchini bread, here I come!
But because I have to mention the chickens somewhere in this post, there is another piece of good news (other than making and freezing zucchini bread with chocolate chips and walnuts–yum!): the girls like zucchini after all, but it was a bit of a rocky start. More on that another day.