Vegetables that resemble peopleSometimes vegetables have a little fun. These shots were sent from Colorado gardener Carole Poysti, who entered our Harvest Photo Contest,

Carole preserves a lot of her harvest, so she titled the tomato shot, “Our Lady of Perpetual Canning.” The lady is part of her crop of San Marzanos, which she preserves by drying. “When I need a little tomato paste in the winter, I reconstitute them just a bit,” Carole says.

Basket of quinoa

Carole with a harvest of quinoa

As for the eggplant with the bob hairdo, its called Listada de Gandia. “A wonderfully mild and plump eggplant, so it fills up a ratatouille quickly. It’s fabulous for eggplant parmesan as well.”

“I’m not a master gardener but I’m experienced in the back yard. I have three raised beds and a few others on the property. I’m really into bio-intensive companion planting and take classes when I can from the Colorado State Extension Office. I make my own compost and plant vegetables that I can freeze, can or dry for winter. I planted seven varieties of tomatoes this year — from seed — and had quite a harvest. All heirlooms.”

Next season: “I’m experimenting with lavender and quinoa as crops.”