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, use code 'gardener10' for a 10% discount.
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...
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 at Dry Your Greens.
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