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Cold Weather Farming Outerwear

A photo of Lisa RichardsI had a hard time figuring out a really warm and farming friendly coat that would work well in cold and snowy weather. I mean, I know there are lots of great coats out there by Carhartt and companies like them, but I've never been able to afford that. I lust after some of the stuff from Rosie's Workwear, too, but again, too expensive for me.

I think I've really become a cheap Yankee, finally, after only 20 years of living in New Hampshire. Farmers are a pretty frugal bunch, though, aren't we?

My criteria were that it had to be waterproof, warm, and I didn't want hay to stick to it. I spend a lot of time kneeling in hay, hauling hay, and petting critters who are covered in hay.  It also must be really, really cheap. Those are some stiff requirements!

Lisa and a Tamworth hogI finally figured out that really a high quality ski suit was the answer.  How is that cheap, you might ask? Ebay and thrift shops. I find that the type of women who can afford those suits change them often to follow the current fashion trends and improvements in form or style, and they like to try out different colors and fabrics. I can often get one for $20.

The one I'm using right now I bought four years ago, and, despite heavy use, it's still in great shape. Ski suits are meant to be used! I've lost enough weight after farming full time for four years that it'll  now slip easily over jeans and a sweater. I love how easy it is to put on and dash out quickly. The leggings are meant to go over ski boots, so cover up my work boots just fine.



reg klubeck
3/1/2011 10:19:02 AM

Thanks, Lisa! ALWAYS looking for cheaper ways to do things. Ironically, I'm currently working at a ski resort. Reg

lisa richards
2/28/2011 1:29:01 PM

That's Minnie, who was a bottle baby three years ago. She gets lots of hugs and kisses every day. We raise Tamworth pigs and like them very much. Good rooters, good foragers, good parents, very hardy. We have 10 sows and a boar, so lots of piglets all the time. Good luck finding some nice ski outfits! I love purple, and no one makes much farm clothing in purple, heh.

2/28/2011 11:41:47 AM

Well I know what to look for the next time I go to goodwill! That is a good looking Pig/hog, what kind is it?

cindy murphy
2/25/2011 7:37:38 PM

I'm right there with you, Lisa! I don't own a farm, but I work at a nursery, and need warm, weatherproof, sturdy, and washable outerwear that fits my budget....and something I won't mind if it gets trashed. I did slurge on my knee high Muck Boots, because it's miserable working 8 hours a day with cold, wet feet - and I'm so glad I spent the extra on them. But other than boots and gloves, all other work outerwear comes from Ebay. Best buy I'd say was a Columbia boy's jacket - it was large enough to be roomy for me, covers my behind, and has plenty of pockets for pruners and other tools. $13.00! Can't beat that, and it's lasted three years now looking none the worse for wear than when I bought it used...and that's saying a lot; I'm pretty hard on my work clothes. I'm all for saving money. Great post.

nebraska dave
2/25/2011 4:55:00 PM

@Lisa, what a novel idea for cold weather farm gear. I have a pair of insulated coveralls but the outer layer is made from cotton based fabric and attracts everything. Have a great snowski suit winter day.