That's the idea, anyway. In reality, most cucumber varieties (especially the small kinds used for pickles) only take about 60-70 days from germination to harvest, so starting them early means they are ready to pick halfway through summer break and will have finished producing when school starts.
This year is a boom year for cucumbers at Crestwood. We planted a lot of them, and they peaked sometime last week. We always say one of the perks of helping in the summer is harvesting vegetables to take home. We've got more cucumbers was more than one family can possibly eat, however, and not many volunteers have showed up to take them home.
Making mini-greenhouses out of milk jugs and seeing those seeds sprout and grow is such a good lesson for students that it would be a shame to give that up solely for the reason that they ripen too early. Still, perhaps next year we should also have the kids plant seeds in the ground the last week of school so that there will be a second wave of cucumbers ready to harvest later in the summer as well.