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I'm not a veg grower but I am a veg eater and I reckon to eat sprouting brocoli before I see the colour of the flowers. You're not expecting it to look like that stuff they sell as brocoli in the supermarkets are you? What I know as sprouting brocoli is in my neighbours plot now and he'll be harvesting after the winter.
Is this what you've got? Delicious Purple Sprouting Broccoli?
Not the same thing as the big heads of comparatively bland supermarket broccoli originally known as Calabrese http://www.allotment.org.uk/media/9591/calabrese.jpg
I much prefer Purple Sprouting, or it's slightly more delicate flavoured cousin the White Sprouting Broccoli http://camel-csa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/white-sprouting-broccoli1.jpg
It should be picked and enjoyed before the little yellow flowers open (the sprouting heads of all broccoli are little flower buds, as are the heads of cauliflower). but if a few little flowers are open its still edible.
Harvest the top/main sprouts first, and the plant will grow more lovely sprouts at the sides for you throughout the winter. If you get too much just blanch it in boiling water for a couple of minutes, chill it, bag it up and freeze it.
It does appear that your plants are cropping early, and goodness knows why that is - the whole season has been odd - maybe they had a bit of transplant shock earlier on - but if you harvest the spouts as they develop they should go on producing throughout the winter.