Port Austin Farm Market Opens with Few Vendors, Sparse Crowds

The Memorial Weekend opening of the Port Austin Farm market was greeted with a chilly fog coming in off Lake Huron. The Port Austin market is one of the state’s largest outdoor sites in this little town at the tip of Michigan’s Thumb. The city is trying to make a good showing with welcome signs along the main street and fresh spring window displays. However, some of the gift shops and galleries looked to be still closed

Port Austin Welcome Sign

While the Port Austin Farm market was open, the difference from prior years was a bit startling. The few vendors that set up were spread out across the market area. The music stage and hubbub of hawking the 50-50 jackpot tickets were notably absent.

Port Austin Farmers Market Flowers
Limited flower vendors at the market today

Missing was the vast traditional crowd of shoppers who typically trek and stay in the Upper Thumb during the regular opening to the summer season. Many of the shoppers wore masks; some didn’t. However, most folks kept their distance.

Port Austin Farmers Market Covid-19

Coivid-19 Will Impact the Summer of 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan’s stay at home order until June 12 to respond to the continued level of infection with the Covid-19 virus. The executive order means that public venues such as theaters, gyms, and casinos would remain closed.

Market Rules for 2020 Covid-19

In the middle of the Thumb, the town of Ubly has canceled it’s hosting of their farmers market for the season. Harbor Beach has canceled it’s Memorial Day parade. Various organizations in Caseville have canceled or postponed events during the holiday. These include Trash and Treasure Days – Cancelled, Market On Main – on hold until further notice, and the Caseville historical Societies Ice Cream Social – Cancelled due to COVID19.

Hand Sanitizer at Port Austins Farmers Market

Events taking place in Caseville on Monday, May 25 include the 19th Annual Blessing of the Fleet at Caseville Municipal Harbor and the Veteran’s Memorial Service by American Legion Jean Post #543a the Caseville Cemetery

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