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    Posted: 02 March 2012 at 11:20
Just thought I would make any Northern gardeners here jealous!

In Texas, we grow veggies year round. This year has been a little hard on roots crops (beets and carrots are practically non-existent) but we've gotten some. Our family farm has a CSA - subscription vegetable baskets. I'm the taste tester of everything so I get a packaged basket just like the customers. I cook from it all week and then post pictures of my creations on the farm blog with some tips on what to do with certain veggies since a lot of people are new to eating seasonally.

So this is the basket that came this week:



PURPLE CAULIFLOWER! It's the first year we've grown it. Outrageous. I'm worried that the color will bleed out if I cook it, so I'm thinking of maybe light steaming and just serving with dip (along with some broccoli, carrots, radishes, etc).

The roots are a skinny type of parsnips - one of my favorite!

The greens just below the parsnips on the left is arugula and on the right is cilantro. Bibb lettuce above the parsnips, along with some broccoli. And the ubiquitous winter green - collards - on the far right.

Anybody else doing any harvesting now?
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>>>Just thought I would make any Northern gardeners here jealous!<<<
and you did! you should have heard the things i was muttering as i saw and opened the post, and then i read the first line! lol
 
really like that picture. the colours there look good enough to eat through the screen. those parsnips would be great in so many stews that i can think of ~
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Yay!  Beautiful harvest.  I bet that cauliflower would make some fine soup!
 
BTW- Northern gardeners need not be jealous.  The saavy gardener is busy harvesting parsnips, beets, turnips, helianthus tubers, carrots, primrose roots, etc now from under the snow!
 
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Originally posted by Aspen Hill Aspen Hill wrote:


BTW- Northern gardeners need not be jealous.  The saavy gardener is busy harvesting parsnips, beets, turnips, helianthus tubers, carrots, primrose roots, etc now from under the snow!
 
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Very true Aspen Hill! But even some Texas gardeners don't know or don't care to produce crops in the winter. My 80 year old neighbor was always eyeing me suspiciously when I'm out planting things in November and December for the first few years I've lived her. Her garden is a thing to behold (and be terribly jealous of!) each summer but she has never grown cold weather crops. She has been shocked at what I've produced! But she says she likes the time off anyway.   
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