Do you ever notice how the garden seems to kick into gear just when you're planning to go out of town? What do you do about that?
A couple years ago, I decided the harvest needed to join me when I went to visit friends and family back east. I got one of those soft-sided cooler bags, packed it full of ice in ziplocs, tossed in homemade baba ganoush (one of my favorite eggplant preparations), an assortment of tomatoes, a painted serpent cucumber and I don't even remember what else. And then a very shocking thing happened... they let me through security! I definitely thought they would confiscate the ice cubes at least, but they actually let me and my harvest onto the plane without a fuss. A rare moment of sanity from the good people of the TSA.
This year I plan to leave most of the harvest behind either by stuffing it in my face before I leave, giving it to the pet-sitters, or finding a way to preserve it. That means blanching and freezing green beans, shredding and freezing zucchini and hoping the eggplants can hang on the plant until I get back.