The Mother of Invention

They say necessity is the mother of invention, but I say so is frugalness.  Over the last couple weeks I have ramped up production with an additional weekly restaurant account and increased sales at the farm market.  As a result, I have found myself with more trays than I have lights for.  Since I grow to order, that is a very good thing.  However, I’m not quite ready to invest in a third set of shelves and lights.

I was contemplating this dilemma when I realized I wasn’t using the top shelves.  I was storing random stuff up there, but between my two racks that was potentially room to light 8 more trays.

My first thought was to hang lights from the ceiling.  That seemed a bit precarious.  In the meantime I posted a photo on Instagram of my racks running at full capacity and someone said he had used PVC to hang lights for the top shelf.  Ingenious!

I ordered 4 more lights from Amazon.  When those showed up I ran to Ace and eyeballed which size PVC would fit the posts.  Of course my husband was out of town with the truck, so I had to have it cut in half to fit in my car.  Four elbows for each rack, a few cuts on the chop saw, and voila!  Room for 8 more trays.

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Fancy PVC light holder

Hopefully I will need to bite the bullet and outfit a third rack to accommodate more business soon, but for now this will do.

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