Milepost 8-8-15 Ortonville, Michigan.
I love the activities of summer and the pleasant weather that makes them so enjoyable. Summer is definitely my favorite season of the year. Life is easy. The sweaters are in storage and t-shirts and flip flops are the standard uniform.
Kaye and I are parked in a small town campground for the summer and we have a virtual smorgasbord of events to choose from in the mitten of lower Michigan.
Every town is having its annual summer festival and the air is filled with the aroma of cotton candy and corndogs. Carnivals are buzzing and whirring everywhere as the Tilt-a-Whirl makes its frenzied spin. Food trucks offer gastrointestinal delight (or disaster) at every midway. What fun!
Here are some photos of summer festivals that we have enjoyed in lower Michigan over the last couple of years.
Dog Daze at Marlette, Michigan.
The Thumb Octagon Barn Festival, Gagetown, Michigan.
The River of Time, Bay City, Michigan.
This annual encampment re-enacts a complete timeline of American military history from the native Americans to World War II and Vietnam.
Blues on the Mall, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Creekside Days, Ortonville, Michigan.
Farm Markets everywhere!
I am loving the growing popularity of the local farm markets. They are springing up in every little town and city and offer locally produced health and organic foods in bulk.
Not only that, but some permanent bulk food stores are popping up here and there. In our old neighborhood in Michigan’s thumb (the lower peninsula being shaped like a mitten), Country View Bulk Food store is owned and operated by a Mennonite family and offers a plethora of farm products in bulk. It is growing so fast that the owners are adding space to the building every summer!
There are only a few weeks of summer left and then fall arrives and the weather changes. And our opportunities to take advantage of the summer farm markets and festivals will end for another season. Better get out there right now and make hay while the sun shines, as it were. Soon enough the snow will fly and the outdoor markets will be gone.
Maybe this photo will provide the virtual kick in the pants that you may need to get out to the local festivals and farm markets pronto!