trying to make sense of oak park's war on vegetables
oh yeah- the dog story…
the burning question- of the moment
July 22, 2011
Zucchini from our garden
Jul 22, 2011 @ 12:45:47
OOO Zucchini! I love zucchini. Got any brussel sprouts?
Jul 22, 2011 @ 12:47:38
Criminals… :::wink, wink::: Been following your story (and blathering on about it to anyone who will listen) and really enjoy your writing/blogging about this. Good therapy isn’t it? Take care and enjoy your bounty!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 12:48:12
I am SO happy for you!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 12:49:24
Oh Oh, now you’ve done it! Growing zucchini? How much trouble are you going to get into when you have too many and start leaving them in bags on the neighbor’s porches or have to give them to tourists? How many laws would that be violating? The City is going to get you for sure! HA!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 12:50:22
Nice! What are you going to make?
Jul 22, 2011 @ 12:51:36
How cool! Criminal zucchini! You can make subversive zucchini bread now.
Sunny Side Up
Jul 22, 2011 @ 12:57:30
zucchini bread, zucchini slaw, zucchini muffins, zucchini relish, zucchini casserole, zucchini pancakes, zucchini butter, zucchini jam, zucchini fritters, zucchini pancakes, zucchini pie, roasted, toasted, fried, steamed, sautee’d, stuffed, baked, or raw!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 12:57:41
Jul 22, 2011 @ 12:59:45
GOOD one lass. Stick with it.
This just in from your (Hopefully) next mayor.
It’s a joy to respond to your email, Brian. As a matter of fact, it’s tacked proudly on our campaign bulletin board here at the McClellan Compound (small suburban house). I plan to get elected and will endeavor to do “a good, sensible job,” and thank you for cheering me on.
I was squarely in the “green grass and geraniums” camp until my daughter studied Environmental Science at Michigan State University and came home to scold mom for wasting perfectly good soil and water on something you can’t eat. Plus we’re draining Chemlawn chemicals into the nearby stream.
I’ll try to drag the city into the present century.
Jul 22, 2011 @ 13:00:29
Zucchini mugshot…I love it! Just had some grilled the other night. Mmmm!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 13:05:00
Nice veggies, congratulations….
How many of the five zucchinis are you giving to the Oak Park City Council?
I cannot believe the arrogance of Oak Park ‘servants of the public’ deleting
emails from those expressing views without even reading them. Half of those ‘idiots’ need to be ousted from office ASAP or you will possibly have a situation like what happened in AZ (see my previous post).
“Hell, Michigan” made our local TV News yesterday. It is somewhere west of
Oak Park….. I think. Temps were a hellish 100 deg + there. Wonder if
Oak Park will become ‘hellish too’, if not from the weather….but from a mal
functioning, ‘hellish’ city administration……. (just musing)…
Jul 22, 2011 @ 13:08:19
OH! elect this woman immediately if not sooner! (you can’t get rid of the present lineup fast enough) … her viewpoint is outrageously UNcommon in comparison to the typical narrow-minded city official. May she not be surrounded by narrow thinkers once she’s in office. One can have grand intentions as a candidate but become hog-tied by a slow-thinking majority on a council.
Jul 22, 2011 @ 13:09:05
Congratulations!! In time for a lovely dinner this evening! Have a wonderful day!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 13:09:28
hey – just don’t try to talk about how eating those things will improve your health! The FDA will be after you then.
Jul 22, 2011 @ 13:17:10
Good job! They’re beautiful! I’m sure the taste well be that much better when you know the cost it took to put them on your table! Hope you’ll be reaping the benefits for many years to come:)
Jul 22, 2011 @ 13:20:08
Yummy! Let a couple get real big – at least 12″ long. I have a great recipe for stuffed zucchini.
Cut squash in half lengthwise. scoop out center leaving at least 1/2″ wall.
Add to ground meat:
flavored bread crumbs (or plain and flavor to your liking with basil, salt, pepper, etc)
a couple of eggs
minced fresh garlic
locatelli or romano cheese
over stuff squash – piling it high.
Put some oil in bottom of dish. I use a covered corning ware dish to bake. If making a lot – lasagna pan works great! Put in stuffed squash. Cut up some fresh tomatoes and place all around.
Bake covered at 350 for 45 to 60 minutes.
Guaranteed to please!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 13:22:12
Missed your previous post, George. I live in AZ. What happened here?
Jul 22, 2011 @ 13:23:26
btw – this size you can make zucchini bread, stew or just slice them and fry them – yum yum yum!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 13:32:35
Isn’t it fun to grow food! I have the greatest recipe for low fat chocolate zucchini muffins in case you’re interested. Serious heart disease meant a change of diet and a lot more veggies and we found this great site. Look for the Happy Herbivore online and you’ll find her recipe. Seriously, these don’t taste low fat. Meanwhile, as a writer and an editor I agree with previous posts encouraging you to keep writing about everything that interests and inspires you. Your firefly post was poetic.
We’re all with you on this, Julie. You’re in my morning and evening prayers, along with the wrong-headed leaders of your community. Hoping all find a way to settle this peacefully. There’s a big shift going on around how we work together to make local food more available, and more and more ordinary people like you are running into local ordinances based on outdated ideas of beauty and some strange desire to see everyone conform to one way of thinking. As unpleasant as this is for you, I have to congratulate you for being willing to resist and to fight for freedom. You’re part of a big movement.
I imagine your council members are reading this blog. I’m sure they consider themselves patriots and some may have served in the military or have family members who did. I bet their dads and some of their mothers served in World War II. I’d just like to remind them that it was freedom that they fought for. And freedom sometimes means simply allowing for different points of view. I’d encourage someone to host a public forum, and not one where people attack each other personally, but one where people have a chance to express their points of view and perhaps begin a dialogue that will lead to change, helping to pull the community together rather than fracture it.
Meanwhile, I hope that if city leaders are targeting Julie, trying to catch her in petty infractions, they step back and take a deep breath and stop. Those soldiers who fought for freedom and are still fighting even as I write, would be appalled at the abuse of power. Remember the golden rule. It works in all areas of life.
My nephew is an attorney and we were discussing your situation and others yesterday, discussing whether or not these laws and zoning ordinances are constitutional. And he said something interesting, that our system gives strong preference to people being able to make rules and laws to govern themselves, so it’s hard to mount constitutional cases against these sorts of local laws. The recourse is always the ballot box.
Meanwhile, enjoy those zucchinis! With heartfelt best wishes to you and your family. Have a great weekend. CW
Jul 22, 2011 @ 14:04:55
My first batch of zucchini is done and I’ve planted more for a second crop (Texas…gotta love it!) I have enough squash to last till winter. Just trying to get through winter now…and that’s with me giving away some of it!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 14:06:14
Darn vine borers got all mine again 😦
Jul 22, 2011 @ 14:21:20
soon you’ll have enough to give to all those curious people coming by in their cars
Jul 22, 2011 @ 14:31:40
I’m tempted to suggest that you have them bronzed, hang four of them on your front door as a permanent reminder that your home is YOUR home. The fifth bronzed zucchini could be turned into a trophy, awarded annually to the most ridiculous bureaucratic decision of the year, and the trophy could ‘float’ from ‘winner’ to ‘winner’. Let me know when you want to start the nomination process!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 14:32:11
I slice these in quarters lengthwise, drizzle with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and put them on the grill. Yum!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:24:22
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:25:53
how hilarious!! we have also been told we should auction them on ebay, but for now the first batch has been distributed into our soup pot and to several neighbors. yay!!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:26:41
i hope so- that would be awesome!! but i should probably check into the legality of giving out produce… (only half kidding!) 😉
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:27:07
awwwwwww- if you live close to us, i’m happy to share!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:27:27
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:36:21
And they say crime doesn’t pay…
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:43:51
thank you- can’t wait to try that recipe!!! chocolate zucchini muffins- how yum! 🙂
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:46:03
yep- i’m all over it!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:47:03
how funny- my mother just gave me literally almost the same recipe- i’m am getting so hungry just thinking about it! 🙂
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:47:33
thank you- me too! and my neighbors are prettty excited too. very win-win, i think…
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:48:05
oh dear- wouldn’t want any other government body on my case just now… 😉
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:48:18
thanks- you too!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:49:58
number of veggies going to local officials: 0
number of veggies being shared with the neighbors: all except 1
pride in my garden: priceless 🙂
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:50:53
oh i totally should have made a photo of them with jail bars in front.., maybe i will do that when the tomatoes come ripe… such mischief afoot!! 😉
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:51:34
that’s great- see i told you she was one of the good ones! 🙂 -julie
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:51:45
me too!! 🙂
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:53:54
for tonight it goes in the soup. i am looking very forward to zucchini bread, and someone suggested a recipe for chocolate zucchini muffins. i am sooooooooo excited just thinking about it!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:54:37
it is theraputic to write and theraputic to garden- soon i should be one of the most well-adjusted people i know!! wish me luck on that… 😉
Jul 22, 2011 @ 16:27:13
I’ve made chocolate zucchini cake. The grated zucchini makes it SOOOO moist. Mmmm! Why didn’t I grow zucchini this year! 😉
Jul 22, 2011 @ 16:30:16
That recipe sounded so good – and quick & easy – that I did a quick copy/paste into word processing program. Will try soonest! Thanks for putting it out there!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 16:34:31
Looks delish.. wish I was your neighbor! lol okay maybe not… but you can come and be my neighbor anyday!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 16:40:20
How appropriate…now you can tell city officials where to stick them! 😉
Jul 22, 2011 @ 17:29:29
not me- but i am fairly sure that at least some of them read this blog! 😉
Jul 22, 2011 @ 17:30:08
cuz you wanted to support a local farmers’ market? 😉
Jul 22, 2011 @ 17:48:43
Beautiful first bounty! The first year we had our garden here when we moved back to Michigan, my eight or more zucchini plants grew so large, I couldn’t see under all the leaves to pick them all. Some grew so big, they became seed-counting and graphing data for the elementary class I was teaching. I think one was 2-1/2 feet long!
Born & raised in Oak Park, Michigan
Jul 22, 2011 @ 17:50:46
And of course it’s zucchini! The most prolific produce ever.
Jul 22, 2011 @ 17:52:38
Hey, Julie-trade you some cucumbers for some zucchini.
Jul 22, 2011 @ 18:39:30
hahahaha- we have about 200 cucumber flowers, so i’m thinking we will be knee deep in pickling operations pretty soon. how did you get your cucumbers so early??? also, you are welcome to have some of our zucchini any time- no trade necessary! 🙂
Jul 22, 2011 @ 20:00:55
Yay! Evidence! LOL… I mean …. send some to Kevin R, explain that this is fooood… Good job, they look good.
Jul 22, 2011 @ 20:03:32
Oh! I love her!!!!
Jul 22, 2011 @ 20:07:18
I can see it now… “voters bribed with produce”.. lol
Jul 22, 2011 @ 20:08:43
Hope you like it. Sorry for the missing exact measurements. I always wing it! Just found my Moms zucchini bread recipe. Will post it when I get home.
Jul 22, 2011 @ 21:34:16
And now she’s proudly displaying the evil spawn of her illicit garden?
Julie, I am shocked and sorry to hear about what you’re going through. I heard about it in one of John Kohler’s videos. I had not even thought that a city could or would limit a homeowner’s right to grow vegetables or whatever they wanted to in their front yard. I mean, it’s not like it’s kudzu… Being minutes away from planting an edible cottage garden in my front yard, in the center of the town I live in, directly behind the main post office, I suppose I should check with the city. I hope that your lawyer and and a sympathetic jury clear the way for you to do what you should by all means be entitled to do.
Jul 22, 2011 @ 21:41:54
Truly a victory garden! Congratulations on your harvest. See you all soon.
Jul 23, 2011 @ 02:00:46
My husband and I lived in a house where the back yards backed up to a main street.
To separate us from the street was a tall wooden fence. My husband planted a small but prolific garden next to that fence.
We had a problem with tomatoes disapearing at first, foiling our plan to share with out neighbors at first. Eventually the tomatoe plants went bonkers with tomatoes aplenty to share.
My husband planted only one zucchini plant. But this plant had designs on our back yard, house, neighborhood…city?
Part of it grew under the fence and all along the sidewalk like Kudzu.
So my husband put up a sign that said “Please steal the zucchini”…
I’ve always wondered what was in that soil…we also found some Indian pottery shards and sharp obsidian fragments in the soil…
I’m guessing the soil was blessed.
I love zucchini bread!
Lucie in Yucatan
Jul 23, 2011 @ 02:23:03
About the 30″ rule: does that count out TREES?!? Hopefully not, though many feel they are ‘dirty’ and shouldn’t be around people, streets, sidewalks, houses. With the specter of Climate Change already on our backs, the planting of trees is something we can ALL do NOW! Cooling our walkways, streets, yards and houses, less E needed for AC in home and car, encouraging more outdoor walking, biking, playing outdoors ; converting CO2 to O2-yes, yes, yes!; providing habitat and food for thousands of animals that are part of THE (our) Web of Life. Trees and veggies go well together, the trees providing some protection from storms, excess heat and creating micro-climates for lettuces, spinach, whatall. Go plant a tree today, if for no other reason than that a hot and tired bird can stop, rest and maybe even give us a song: ‘thanks’!
Lisa Louise Brown
Jul 23, 2011 @ 08:15:28
You wouldn’t want the sprouts until fall. They only taste super yummy when they have been hit by a few frosts.
Jul 23, 2011 @ 12:26:50
Hooray for zucchini!
Jul 23, 2011 @ 14:15:50
When the zucchini really get going, and you have them coming out your ears: you can grate them up, squeeze out the liquid, and store the bags of gratings in the freezer. I did this the last time I grew zucchini, and had enough for breads and muffins all through the winter.
Jul 23, 2011 @ 23:32:02
hurray!! we’ve tried to leave you alone while you were away, but it will be so nice to have you back again!! 🙂 -julie
Jul 23, 2011 @ 23:33:28
thanks, claudine. and you don’t think the city will check this blog and notice the “fruits” of my law-breaking labor, do you?? hahahahahaha- thanks for the blessing, though- i’ll take all i can get 🙂 -julie
Jul 24, 2011 @ 08:40:22
Enjoy – I’m sure you will! No zucchini here, but we do have 1.5-foot long Japanese cucumbers (seeds from Renee’s Garden.) I’m thinking it will only take one for a pint of pickles! They stopped producing female blossoms during our recent heat wave, but hopefully now that it’s cooled down (relatively speaking,) we’ll have more baby cukes soon. I start mine inside about a month before it’s time to put them out. I’ve had problems with robins eating the seedlings once they emerge from the soil, so that was the main reason. The side benefit is extra-early cukes. I’ve been picking them for at least a couple of weeks already.
Jul 24, 2011 @ 14:23:15
Your “own” always feel so good to pick & eat! ENJOY! It is worth your fight to be able to do something as normal as growing your own food 🙂 There are many kindred spirits out here cheering!
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