Raising and direct-marketing specialty crops in Kansas involves some challenges other parts of the country don’t normally face. Most markets have a rainy day now and then, but wind is not as universal an issue as it is in the “Land of Oz.”
The Downtown Lawrence Farmers Market–celebrating its 40th anniversary this year–requires that vendors adequately weight their canopies to reduce hazards. A recent gusty day showcased vendors’ ingenuity. Send us your photos of clever canopy weights!
The original canopy was a non-folding one, so the weights were cast directly onto the pipe legs, with an eye bolt to secure the upper part of the frame. When the orignal canopy was retired, a simple bungee attachment allows the weights to be used on other canopies. These weights are old enough to vote!
The battery terminals need shielding, but this canopy isn’t going anywhere unless the rope breaks.
If there’s a handy water source, jugs like this can pack a lot of pounds. Square weights use space efficiently for transport or storage.
Canopy weights mean weight lifting, so might as well use the real deal: Cast-off bench weights get a new career. Compact and non-scratching.
PVC pipe sections. Webbing handles (recycled from an old ratchet strap?) were bolted on, pipes filled with concrete, and bolts embedded in the concrete before it cured. These bolt onto the canopy feet. Easy to grab! A common variation on this theme is wing nuts.
Timesaver: A pin, instead of a nut, to secure the legs. This set of weights was poured into paint cans (handy handles!).
Use what you’ve got…in this case, a heavy chain hooked to the canopy top.