There are many days the weather can make farming pretty uncomfortable. But the right gear really goes a long way to making it much easier. Here’s some of our tried and true gear selections:
Our favorite raingear:
Stormline! This New Zealand company makes very high quality commercial fishing gear that is made to endure through the harshest conditions all the while allowing you freedom of movement. We have found other brands wear out in the seat or knees since we are on the ground a lot of the time harvesting. Still other brands are overly large in the legs for bib overalls, especially for women, and they catch around your legs as you try to carry a bin of carrots through the mud.
Stormline bib overalls are sized well so they fit your legs without extra material. Their rain jackets with neoprene cuffs allow you to bunch kale in the rain without all that water dripping down your sleeve. If you’re in farming for the long haul, this gear is worth the investment. Some of us have been using the same stormline gear for three plus years!
Our favorite cold weather washing gloves:
You cannot wash veggies in the cold without the Atlas Vinylglove 460 Insulated gloves. They are a must have for winter farming, whether you’re in the wash station or doing some really wet, cold projects like late season root harvests.
Our favorite cold weather gloves:
We love the North by Honeywell NFD11HD/8M Northflex Cold Grip ¾ dipped palm-coated gloves , total finger dipped glove. Fleece-lined and waterproof around your fingers is key. They are durable and mostly waterproof for all the winter tasks.
Our favorite kneepads:
We are using the NoCry professional gel/hard surface kneepads more and more often on the farm for all the tasks, whether its construction, harvesting on muddy ground, long harvest days, or weeding on a hot afternoon on sun-baked soil.
Our favorite shoes:
It’s good to have lots of shoes for all kinds of conditions. In the summer, we are a big sneakers farm! They give the support you need for being on your feet all day, but are very lightweight and cool in the summer. Chaco or other kind of supportive sandals are a great option, but not always the safest for certain jobs. We like lightweight rain boots for dewy or rainy mornings, like Mudruckers or Muck Boot Co. If you have unsupportive rubber boots, look into getting a good orthotic, like SuperFeet Green, to gain the support you need. For colder days, the Sorel Winter Carnival boots will keep your feet warm and dry.