By late summer we have used zucchinis in lots of different ways. We've grilled them, stuffed them, grated them for zucchini bread, turned them into "noodles" for pasta dishes and sneaked them into soups, hot dishes and even chocolate cake. Zucchinis have been brought to work, fed to chickens and pigs, and perhaps left anonymously on a neighbor's doorstep.

The Carlton County Farmers Market has one more use for these ubiquitous vegetables. This Saturday, Sept. 16, kids can race a zucchini at our Harvest Festival. The Market will provide free wheels, axles and racing ramps. Kids can bring their own zucchinis or choose one grown by our farmers. Our coaches will help them make their own roadster.

The Harvest Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Premiere Theatres, 904 Highway 33 South in Cloquet. Other activities include free pumpkin painting, a tomato taste test, an "Ask the Farmer" Scavenger Hunt, and an update on Carlton County's "One Vegetable, One Community" bean project.

Local farmers will offer a bounty of fall produce, including apples, potatoes, carrots, onions, beets and tomatoes. Eggs and meat from pastured animals, home-baked breads and sweet treats, pickles, jams and jellies, and artisan crafts will be available during the extended hours.

So put the top down on your "courgette" convertible, and join your neighbors at the races this Saturday!