Harvest Equipment

Small tools can make a big difference during harvest - here are some of the tools that make our harvest days more efficient & enjoyable.

Two knives that we really like:

 

The Opinel knife is a high-quality knife from France. My favorite on is the #10 which is light and very pleasant to handle. I carry it in a nice leather sheath made by the Robinson company. Available for order online at lacompagnierobinson.com

Mini-machete-type field knife that we use to harvest broccoli, cauliflower and other crops that we cut by hacking.  These generic knives can be bought for cheap from Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.

We sharpen our field knives daily. This job is a lot easier with this ultra-fast sharpener that we  also use it to sharpen the blade of our mesclun harvester. Sold by Farmer's Friend LLC in the USA and Amazon in Canada.

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The garden cart we use to transport our harvest bins from the gardens to our storage area is the Model 26 cart from Carts Vermont. The wheels of the cart align perfectly between the rows of our beds (4 feet from center to center). This tool is durable, ergonomic and indispensable. Sold everywhere by Amazon.com 

When choosing harvest containers,  you're buying a system and its a good idea to get the same kind from the start. This way your crates can all stack within one another for space efficiency. We've now opted for these sturdy life long containers and love them. Sold at Dubois Agrinovation

 Washing Shed Equipment

Overall, we spent about 30% of our farming hours washing and conditioning the vegetables we grow. This gear is our essentials...

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Salad Spinner

Our greens are spin dried by using conventional laundry washing machines. We've followed a Micheal Kilpatrick hack to conform ours to sanitary standards.  His online tutorial is well worth the 60 $ www.dryyourgreens.com

Kilpatrick (who I've hired as a consultant and highly recommend ) also sells the washing machines pre-arrange and ready to ship. 

 

A hand salve? Absolutely essential after long harvests. We’ve tried a lot of them before adopting this one many years ago. Happy to endorse it. Available online at www.3acres.ca