Black eyed susans at Black Star FarmsToday’s New York Times has a feature on the “quiet vineyard revolution” that’s taking place on the Leelanau Peninsula and across northern Michigan. One of the reasons:

“The return per acre can be substantially greater from grapes,” said Don Coe, a Michigan agricultural commissioner and co-owner of the nine-year-old Black Star Farms, which includes a winery and distillery in Suttons Bay, on the west shore of the bay. It makes sense for farmers to replant cherry orchards with vineyards, he explained, because cherry trees need to be replaced anyway once they mature. “Because the Grand Traverse Bay area is a significant tourist attraction, it makes the winery tasting room all the more logical,” Mr. Coe added. “It’s a fortuitous confluence.”

Read the rest of Michigan’s Wine Country Grows Where the Cherry Is King in the New York Times.