Late Summer Harvest Recipes

It’s that time of year again! Whether you’ve shopped the Sunday Market or harvested your own plot in the community garden at Bay Meadows’ Persimmon Park, warm weather crops are nearing the end of their season and we’re left with more tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, and other late summer fruit than we know what to do with. Looking for some great ways to put those late summer veggies and your fresh basil to use? Enjoy some delicious recipes that won’t let anything go to waste!

Zucchini Harvest

Zucchini Harvest at Bay Meadows’ Persimmon Park, image: Homestead Design Collective


1) Zucchini Bread – People always ask: “What can I do with all these enormous zucchinis?” The answer, of course, is zucchini bread! Try this incredible zucchini bread recipe with its hints of curry powder.

2) Quick Pickled Zucchini – We promise this is the quickest, tastiest, and most no fuss pickling recipe out there!

3) Zucchini Noodles – Who knew you could make noodles with your oodles of zucchini? This fun recipe is perfect for all the pesto lovers out there.


Cucumbers and more at Bay Meadows Community Garden! image: Homestead Design Collective


1) Simple Cucumber Salad – Cucumber, red onion, and dill. Sometimes it’s best not to overcomplicate things.

2) Cucumber Fizz – We all deserve a cucumber cocktail every now and then.

3) Cucumber Spritzer with Mint – Perfect for those last hot days of September!

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes in Persimmon Park, image” Homestead Design Collective


1) Thai Tomato Salad – The secret ingredient is fish sauce – trust us!

2) Gazpacho – The great thing about this recipe? It uses both your larger heirloom tomatoes and your cherry tomatoes, both of which are in abundance at this time of year. Top it off with some edible viola flowers if you really want to impress your friends.

3) Tomato Puffy – We haven’t actually tried this one before, but it sounds delicious! Extra points because the recipe also includes basil – an herb we’re inundated with in the early fall.

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Darren with basil, image: Homestead Design Collective


And speaking of basil, if for any reason you’ve been intimidated at the thought of making your very own pesto, give this quick and tasty recipe a try. Pine nuts, garlic, parmesan, and lots of basil together in a food processor – it doesn’t get much easier than that.

Get shopping the Sunday Farmers Market and for those lucky enough to have their own plot in the community garden at Bay Meadows, we hope you enjoy making the most of the last of your summer harvest!

There’s a new Farmers Market in town and it’s in the heart of the Bay Meadows community. Visit our seasonal market on Sundays, 9:30 to 1:30 on the corner of Delaware and Franklin Streets. The Farmers Market in our Midurban village offers nutritious California fruits and veggies, handcrafted baked goods, farm-fresh flowers, prepared artisan foods and specialty items. Guests can also enjoy live music, fitness events, entertainment for kids, craft workshops and more, all presented in the welcoming outdoors of this new neighborhood. Located adjacent to the Hillsdale Caltrain station stop and also offering ample parking. Learn more here >