Day of Caring - Sept. 18, 2015 - Microsoft Crew - 1

Day of Caring – Sept. 18, 2015 – Microsoft Crew – 1

On Friday, September 18th, as part of the “Day of Caring” event organized by United Way, a group of 22 volunteers from Microsoft spent the morning working on clearing the paths and weeding at the Magnuson Community Garden! As you can see from the photos, a lot of fun was had and the weather cooperated.

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On behalf of everyone at the Magnuson Community Garden, thank you!
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Food bank update

tomato plant

As of August 22, 2015, Magnuson’s p-patch program has donated 2,800 lbs. of produce! This high total means that it’s likely we’ll surpass our last year’s end of year total of 3,300 lbs.!

A couple reminders from Chris Budech, Magnuson’s p-patch coordinator:

  • If you need back-up harvesting, contact Chris or your pod leader.
  • If the weather is cooler, it’s ok to put veggies like zucchini, squash, beans and maybe under-ripe tomatoes in the food bank shed a couple of days early if you can’t make the eve before or day of delivery.
  • Deliveries are Mondays and Fridays at 9:30am.

An Ode to Zucchini

yellow zucchini

beautiful yellow zucchini plant

A favorite of many – maybe because it’s so easy to grow! – is the zucchini. Good soil, regular water and plenty of sunshine and with just a couple of zucchini plants, one can end up with plenty throughout the summer. The only challenge is figuring out what to do with them!

Here’s a list of some uses for zucchini.

  • pasta sauce – zucchini seems to go really well in pasta sauce, alongside red onions, mushrooms and peppers
  • pizza
  • stir fry
  • omelets
  • zucchini bread – One of my favorites! Last summer, I started making it gluten-free, with coconut sugar and while it is a little drier (due to the coconut sugar) than normal zucchini bread made with regular sugar, it’s really good!
  • zucchini chocolate cake – yes!
  • zucchini Turkish pancakes with feta, green onions, parsley and walnuts (Original recipe found on the PCC website. Please note that to make the pancakes gluten-free, you can just swap out the flour with an all-purpose gluten-free flour.)

If anything additional comes to mind, please leave a comment!

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