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May 12, 2021Best In Tents

How To Choose The Best Farmers Market Tent

Your farmer's market booth isn’t complete without the coverage of a high-quality farmer's market canopy tent, but choosing the right tent for your needs can be difficult. When searching for your farmer's market tent, there are a few key things to keep in mind that can help you find the perfect tent to accommodate your farmer's market set-up and attract customers.

Here at American Tent, our customers use our pop-up canopies, pagodas, and frame tents at a variety of farmer's markets and trade shows, and these are our tips on finding the perfect tent for your vendor booth.

Why Do You Need a Tent?

No farmer's market booth is complete without a farmer's market canopy! If you’re a vendor, keep reading to learn more about choosing the right farmer’s market tent for your goods.

Customized Tent Will Make You Stand Out

Stand out among plain white tents with your custom canopy tent. Whether you print your custom logo on your canopy or choose a unique color and fabric from our array of choices, we can help you create a completely custom market tent that will stand out from the market crowd and draw in customers everywhere you go.

Don’t know how to design your canopy? Don’t worry! Our team is here to help you design the perfect custom farmer's market tent for your needs. Learn more about American Tent custom tent services here.

Shelter from the Elements

You never know what the weather will do on market day. If you want your customers to flock to your space rain or shine, you had better be sure that you have a farmer's market canopy. Farmer’s market attendees probably won’t let a little rain or blazing sun keep them at home, but unless you offer them some protection, they probably won’t linger very long at your space before moving on to a vendor with a market tent. An outdoor market tent will also protect your items on display - and you - from the elements.

More Selling Space

Without a market tent, you would probably just have a single table and a basically one dimensional space at your farmer’s market booth. A market tent creates your own personal store so that you can use your goods’ display tables as “walls” - enabling multiple customers to browse simultaneously. A tent also allows you to separate and label your goods, so customers can locate the items they desire easily. If you have a special sale, you can put those items front and center in your tent store.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Vendor Tent for a Farmer's Market

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Don’t skimp on quality! Be sure to look for the best canopy tent for the farmer's market that money can buy.

Good Quality Materials Will Make Your Tent Live Longer

Pop-up farmer's market tents get far more use than large event tents used for weddings and other more occasional events and gatherings. Ensure you are getting the most out of your investment in your outdoor market tent by getting a tent with high-quality materials.

The life of your street market tent depends on how it holds up to constant wear and tear, both from setup and from withstanding the elements. At American Tent, we pride ourselves on using the highest quality materials to manufacture our pop-up tents. Featuring lightweight, anodized steel frames that withstand rust and water damage and 100% waterproof and fire-resistant coated vinyl canopies, our market tents are long-lasting and look great after every use.

Tent Should Be Easy to Set Up

As well as being extremely easy to transport, the American Tent 10x10 farmer's market pop-up tent is designed and manufactured with an easy setup in mind. With velcro closures, auto-release pins, and a light-but-sturdy frame, you can easily set this farmer's market tent up on your own in 20 minutes or less. When you are setting up and tearing down your farmer's market tent day in and day out, you’ll be thankful for this simple setup process!

Size Should Be Appropriate for The Markets

Unless you want to pay hefty fees for a larger lot to rent, most farmer's markets give fairly small spaces for vendors to sell their products. When it comes to getting the most out of a small space, the best canopy for farmer's market booths tends to be the 10x10 pop-up tent or the 10x10 frame tent.

This is the optimal amount of space for a tent, as you can comfortably fit around 5 people inside. Canopy tent space of this size can be used for employees to prepare food, covering tables featuring fresh produce and cash registers, or displays with art and other goods that customers can look through. Whatever your vision is, you should be able to accomplish it with this farmer's market tent size.

If you happen to have a farmer's market selling area of a unique size or shape, you may benefit from custom market tents in a customized design perfect for your unique circumstance. Our tent manufacturers offer custom tents and are always eager to help you design the perfect tent for your needs.

Easy Transportation Is a Key

Keep it simple when you begin your search for your outdoor market tent and think of plain logistics before launching into how you want your tent to look and feel. If you frequent farmer's markets and festivals, you’re likely going to be transporting, setting up, and tearing down your tent almost every day.

Looking for optimal convenience? We recommend the classic 10x10 pop-up canopy tent. This tent is large enough to comfortably fit tables under, as well as a variety of set-ups for your produce, products, or services. Best of all, this small pop-up market canopy tent is lightweight without sacrificing its frame or structure, so you can carry it from your vehicle to your booth site with ease and know that you will be well-covered in most weather.

Straight Legs Are the Key

When choosing your pop-up market tent, look for tents with straight legs. You may find some pop-up tents with splayed or angled legs that will not only just away from the tent and take up more surface area but will cut off some of the vertical space of the tent and make it impossible to add sidewalls to your booth.

Do You Need Sidewalls?

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Sidewalls easily attach to a 10x10 pop-up canopy tent and offer more protection from the elements while also adding additional style to custom farmer's market tents. If your area is subject to spontaneous weather changes like most of the world, sidewalls can be the perfect addition to your farmer's market pop-up tent.

Sidewall Benefits

  • Additional protection from weather - You’ll be thankful for your sidewalls when it’s raining, and when other vendors are trying desperately to keep their goods from flying away in strong winds.
  • Added style - Sidewalls can be made in various styles, with or without windows, and can make your farmer's market tent even more enticing for potential customers. You can even use your sidewalls as extra display space, and make the most of your farmer's market vendor booth.
  • Climate control - If you’re in an extremely warm or cold climate, sidewalls mean you can heat or cool your space more efficiently and keep everyone more comfortable.

Don't Forget about Vents While Using Sidewalls

Vents are vital if you do use sidewalls, as your tent will quickly become stuffy without them, and can even be swept away in a gust of wind if too much wind pressure builds inside the canopy without a vent to offset it.

Remember that You Need to Weigh Down Your Tent

It is important to properly secure your tent at every farmer's market and outdoor event, which includes weighing down your tent with market tent weights. This is fairly easy for a 10x10 pop-up tent, as you only need 40lb weights at each corner. For a more thorough guide on properly weighing down your tent with a farmer's market tent weight, read our guide here.

Think about Price

While you may be thinking about investing in a tent for use at only this season’s farmer's market, if you buy a quality tent, you can use it at different markets year after year. You also might be surprised by how useful your tent will be all year round. Your canopy also can be repurposed for special family events, like birthday and graduation parties, family reunions, camping trips, or even a day at the beach!

Best Farmer's Market Tents

When shopping for a farmer's market tent, the number of options can be overwhelming. Here’s a few of our favorites for market day.

Pop-up Tents Frame Tents

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The best canopy tent for a farmer's market is a pop-up tent. Reasons to choose a farmer's market pop up tent include:

  • Portable
  • Fast and simple to set up and take down
  • Easy to store

Frame Tents

Also a practical choice, frame tents provide you with unobstructed space that is perfect for displays and browsing customers. The advantages of frame tents include:

  • Usable, open square footage
  • Durability
  • Multi-surface use

Pagoda Tents

Again, this type of tent works best in an open space market. But, if you’ve got the room, pagoda tents are farmer's market showstoppers. Advantages of a pagoda tent include:

  • Whimsical appearance
  • Keder walls fit perfectly
  • Curtain opening capabilities


Don't Be Afraid to Invest In Tent

Investing in an outdoor market tent is an investment in yourself and your business. It is far more beneficial to have your own tent in the long run, compared to renting a tent or trying to spend long hours selling to customers without a tent at all. To get the most return on your investment, find a farmer's market tent with durable, high-quality materials that will last long in a variety of elements and withstand daily use.

If you are ready to invest in a high-quality farmer's market pop-up tent, American Tent can help. Search our inventory or contact us to create your custom market tent today. 

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Tony Ehrbar

Owner & CEO

Tony's entrepreneurial spirit is woven into the fabric of American Tent (an Inc 5000 company), shaped by his experience running a successful event venue & tent rental service. His recognition as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 is a testament to his impact & dedication to his community. As the Co-founder and CEO of Renegade Plastics, Tony is leading initiatives in the tent industry to integrate eco-friendly, recyclable materials. Contributing as a board member for the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) & the Green Bay Area Public Schools Foundation and being featured by Entrepreneur, Oracle, & Modern Weddings, Tony plays a pivotal role in enhancing the growth and success of the textile industry.

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