We take the safety of visitors, volunteers and vendors in the Market pretty seriously, trying to control as much as we can to avoid harmful incidents. However, the weather is one thing out of our control and, as everyone who lives here knows, it’s Michigan. Weather can change rapidly from a sunny day to a downpour, sometimes with wind and lightning.
If it is raining, bring your umbrella and stroll between the raindrops, the Market will be open! Our produce vendors work rain or shine and so do we. However, if the rain is coming along with a good dose of thunder and lightning, our first priority is to make sure everyone is safe. If you are planning out your visit and severe weather is in the forecast, make sure you to check our Twitter feed and Facebook page frequently. We will post any weather announcements there.
If you are in the Market when weather is an issue, please follow these guidelines:
For the threat of lightning, people in the Market will be asked to move to shelter in the church basement or directed to their vehicles until 30 minutes have passed lightning/thunder free.
If more than 60 minutes have passed and the storm continues or the Market Master can verify an extended storm cell’s presence exceeding the remaining open hours of the Market, the Market will be closed for the day.
Hopefully these safety steps will be rarely used. In the event they are, your attention to the guidelines will help get everything into order quickly, so once the weather passes, we can pick up where we left off.