Choose your fork wisely

Final farmers’ market harvest for 2007

Today’s harvest was the last scheduled one of the season—tomorrow is the final farmers’ market day. Heading out alone felt a little strange, after all the help this summer, but certainly familiar. It’s a completely different…mindset when it’s all entirely up to you! Carrots were featured. There’s lots still in the ground, and some customers at the market will want to double up on the last day. I pulled about 200 lbs (91 kg), not exactly a bulk, root cellaring quantity, but that’s 100 x 2 lb bunches, quite a lot for one market day. That took a little over an hour of digging and pulling, and it’s amazing what a difference the right tool can make. Here, it was a choice between two seemingly similar digging forks. Most of the season, I like the Blue One, with flatter, wider tines that make lifting the soil easy when the ground is fairly dry and loose. BUT, when the ground is cold and wet and dense as it was today—our clay-loam is good at getting that way—the slick stainless steel option, with narrower, pointier tines, simply slides in, where it takes twice the effort to drive down the blue one. No comparison! If the difference sounds slight as described, a few minutes of actual digging and you’d be convinced. It’s the not-so-little things!! It’s in the details… So, lots of carrots, lots of beets, a good haul of cauliflower, bok choi, spinach, kale, plus garlic and onions from storage. A nice cool season selection. Not bad!

3 thoughts on “Choose your fork wisely”

  1. May you have a beautiful winter, and many happy seasons. Such a pleasure to follow the farm from halfway across the world. Post on!

  2. Wow. I never knew what the difference was between the two forks, although I’ve see what they look like. I have the blue one, and now I know why I’m glad I’ve got it. I have sandy loam soil, and the thicker tines can really get in there and turn the soil over. If I had the skinnier one, the soil would just slide right through!

    Thanks for the info!


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