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Harvesting carrots with ski lift-style ‘toplift’ machines

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Watch organic carrots rise from the dirt and swing from the conveyor belt of a Dewulf carrot toplift harvester. Chop, chop, chop to their tops before they ride up an elevator for collection in crates. This machine demo video out of Sweden is astonishing for its endless, ski lift-style, bulk picking. Here’s another example — a 4 row top-lifting carrot harvester:

But what of those discarded tops? Do they compost? Or might they be delicious in a soup stock, a salad, or in tacos? At The Kitchn: Yes, You Can Eat Carrot Tops and Not Just Rabbit Food: 5 Tasty Ways to Eat Carrot Tops.

Related harvesting videos: a carrot peeling machine full of mesmerizing blades & rollers and cherry harvesting with a hydraulic tree shaker.

h/t @capndesign.

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