We have learned a lot since we started growing micro greens in 2016. It took us lots of trial and error to figure out the most efficient and enjoyable way for us to grow, harvest, wash, pack, and distribute our micro greens. Like everything we do, it's always a work in progress and we always strive to improve what we do and optimize our efficiency.
One thing that has remained very similar over the years is how we harvest. We tried several different strategies and the best that works for us is to use battery powered grass and shrub shearers. Our current favorite is one from Makita. With this trimmer we only use the hedge shear blade attachment and only on our shoots (pea, sunflower, buckwheat, etc.). This long hedge trimmer blade quickly harvests a tray of hearty shoots in no time.
We have another grass trimmer and shearer from Ryobi that we exclusively use the grass blade on to harvest our small micro greens. The Ryobi is great because we were able to get a larger battery for longer harvest time and this one has outlasted any other trimmers we have purchased previously.
The great thing about trimmers like these is the rechargeable battery and also the detachable blades. Having the detachable blade allows us to clean and sanitize our blades as much as we need so we are keeping our harvests safe.
Check out our video below to see each of them in action and let us know what you think!