At this point in your summer you likely have vegetables coming out your ears. If you're trying to figure out how to keep them all from going bad, think refrigerator pickles! They're ridiculously easy to make and will last a few months in your fridge, without the hassle of dragging out all your canning equipment.
Housing a set of refrigerator drawers in an island extends the amount of cold storage without carving out space for a second full-size fridge. Install the unit at island's end to make it possible for both kids and adults to help themselves without getting in the way of the cook.