It was a clear crisp Saturday morning in Port Austin Michigan. A fresh northeast breeze greeted the crowds visiting the Port Austin Farmers Market. Folks were happy to get out and check out the craft booths and prospect for a great deal on a unique work of art. Masks were optional on this first day of the 2021 summer season.
Huron County is at the tip of Michigan’s “Thumb”. With over 90 miles of shoreline on the big lake and some of the richest farmland in the entire state. Each Saturday morning during the summer season Port Austin plays host to 150 vendors at Port Austin Farmers Market, one of the largest regional open-air markets in the Great Lakes.
Farm to Table in Port Austin Michigan
The Port Austin Farmers Market has a series of small stalls for craftsmen and vendors to sell their products even in inclement weather. The vendor stalls are reminiscent of Germany’s Christmas-time markets in Europe. Besides farm-fresh produce and vegetables, local crafts and unique object d’art can be found. Many of these small stalls highlight the best of Michigan Art, Metalwork, and Woodcraft.
Browse among fresh seasonal produce from local farms and orchards. Pick among the local artists in woodworking, pottery, painting, textiles, and photography. Sample delicious baked goods, homemade jams, sauces, and pickles. Fresh and smoked fish is available from several fisheries operating out of the Great Lakes.
If your tired of shopping have a seat in the market center and enjoy live music or take a chance at winning in the weekly 50/50 raffle. The people-watching and sites and smells of the Port Austin Farmers Market are worth spending a few minutes to enjoy on a Saturday morning.
150 Local Craftsmen and Farmers at the Market
Some folks come to the outdoor market after a kayak trip to the famous Turnip Rock. Many tourists from outside Michigan look for themed gifts of the mitten. Even looking for mineral, gemstone, and crystal vendors is a great way to spend a morning in a small lakeside town.
Besides the produce, flowers, homemade pastry, and loaves of bread, there is also a great selection of artisanal flea market items such as antiques and crafted wood products. Some vendors sell vintage items that are always work-checking out.
Port Austin Farmers Market Events & Entertainment
There is a main stage near the north entrance to the market that provides shoppers with live entertainment. However, it’s also a common sight to see excellent street entertainment too. It creates a festive and inviting atmosphere in town.
The Port Austin Chamber of Commerce maintains the Port Austin Farmers Market 2021 schedule. An event page for the farm market can be accessed here.
Hours and Parking at the Port Austin Farmers Market
The Port Austin Farmers Market is open each Saturday morning from 9 am to 1 pm during the summer season. Its located right in town so you can park anywhere and take a short stroll in. If you find parking is tight, head toward the water tower. There is ample parking at the Port Austin Butterfly House and Gardens.
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- Fun in Port Austin – This budding artist colony nestled between farms and pasture land to its south and the expanse of Lake Huron to its north. As a result of this unique position, the town offers breathtaking sunrise and sunset views over the big lake.
- Swim and Play in Port Austin – Bird Creek County Park Beach in Port Austin is a seven-acre day-use park located at the tip of Michigan’s Thumb. Bird Creek features a 350-foot boardwalk along its one-acre beach with roofed picnic shelters overlooking the beach and the water.
- History of the Port Austin Air Force Radar Station – Port Austin Air Force Station was one of twenty-eight stations built as part of the second segment of the Air Defense Command permanent radar network. Prompted by the start of the Korean War, on July 11, 1950, the Secretary of the Air Force asked the Secretary of Defense for approval to expedite the construction of the permanent network.
- Official Site of the Port Austin Farmers Market