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Gems of the Upper Thumb


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Port Austin Farmers Market


Huron County is at the 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 one of the largest regional open air markets in the Great Lakes.

The videos are part of a promotional campaign produced by Huron County Economic Development Corporation. They are short and highlight the best aspects of our wonderful area. Worth a look. If you think this is pretty good stuff please Like and Share.


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Gibby’s Fries – A Favorite Michigan Comfort Food


 

Gibby-French-friesGibby’s Fresh Cut French Fries can only be found in carnivals, festivals and fairs during the summer months. Their cooking process is simple but a bit unique. Freshly cleaned potatoes are sliced, then plunged into a series of six deep fryers. The last dip is this hottest to brown and crisp the creation. The resulting bit of gastronomic heaven is poured dripping golden brown into a paper boat container Then handed over the counter. Veterans of this process grab this scalding hot bunch of spuds with a paper towel and head to the side of the stand for dressing up.

It’s an important choice, to dress or not to dress. These fries are so good many dive in right away. However I make a beeline to the course ground salt and vinegar.  Never Ketchup. I always use a good malt vinegar at home but at the county fair all that’s available is white vinegar dispensed with a pump on top of a gallon jug. Sparingly used, the tart and salt seems to spring the taste buds into life. The secret is to eat them while still hot and firm. They don’t age well and will turn into a limp sticky mess quickly. 


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Gibby’s is a mainstay throughout Michigan and at the Huron County Fair. I always look forward to sharing an order with the kids. Admittedly imbibing in this comes with a tinge of guilt but gives me an excuse to avoid the Tilt-a-Whirl. When doing a little research I was surprised to find that Gibby’s is headquartered in Traverse City has been in operations since the 1940’s and its own fan page on Facebook.

 

Huron County Beach Time


Huron County is at the the tip of Michigan’s “Thumb”. With over 90 miles of shoreline the Upper Thumb has some of the best sugar sand beaches in the state. From Port Austin west to Caseville families can find numerous parks, waterfront summer rentals and campgrounds. You can even camp right on the beach waterfront at Port Crescent State Park the historical location of a long lost lumbering town

The videos are part of a promotional campaign produced by Huron County Economic Development Corporation. They are short and highlight the best aspects of our wonderful area. Worth a look. If you think this is pretty good stuff please Like and Share.


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