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