It’s a great time to share some seasonal treats with your neighbors by Allison Ziefert, Maplewood, NJ Realtor

Whether you are a long time resident or have just moved into a new home in Maplewood, NJ, Millburn, NJ, Short Hills, NJ or South Orange, NJ, doing your part to be enhance your neighborhood and build friendships on your block will increase your personal happiness with your home.

Being a supportive and caring neighbor can be as simple as creating conversation or lending a hand with a garbage can or newspaper.  However, you can also show appreciation with sharing your talents in the garden or kitchen.

Are you aware that August 8th is a national holiday? Officially declared, “Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night,” this is the perfect chance to get to know your neighbors!

Whether you bring over some of your garden’s treasures or some that you got at the local farmer’s market, you definitely have a reason now to open conversation and get to know the people living on your block. If you’d rather share the wealth anonymously, the feelings of goodwill will still remain, but why not adopt this as a chance to make a new friend?  I bet just reading “Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night” made you smile, and it’ll make your neighbors grin, too.

There are a wealth of  zucchini recipes online or you can use your tried and true favorites.  Of course, just dropping off the squash with a note works, too!  I am hosting a casual cocktail party for two new families that just moved in on my block this Saturday. Maybe I should put zucchini on the menu? It’s that time of year! Have fun being a good neighbor and let me know how it goes and how many people you meet!