Creamery

Say Cheese

John and Anne – along with their Leelenau Cheese Raclette – were featured in a recent article in the Washington Post.

Learn Great Foods

Leelanau Cheese Co. will be a stop on the culinary farm tours of Leelanau Peninsula presented by Learn Great Foods on June 3, 10, 17 and 24.  These tours are a great way to get to know the farm producers in our area.

M-22 Omelette

Martha Ryan’s Suttons Bay restaurant, Martha’s Leelanau Table features local products whenever available.   Her M-22 Omelette incorporating Leelanau Cheese Raclette is reported in today’s Traverse City Record Eagle story on this year’s edition of  Taste the Local Difference from the Michigan Land Use Institute.    The guide’s cover sports a photo by Ken Scott of his CSA share from 9 Bean Rows here at Black Star Farms.

The omelette sounds delicious.   Do try this at home!

Ryan has used Leelanau Cheese on her menu since she opened her restaurant in 2008. She recently came up with an “M-22 Omelette” that has potatoes, onions, greens — usually Swiss chard — and a stripe of Leelanau Cheese down the center of the folded omelette.




Aged Raclette Takes Second

The results are in, and Leelanau Cheese Co. Aged Raclette took the silver medal at the 2009 U. S. Championship Cheese Contest with a score of 99.2 out of 100. Their Raclette placed fifth in its class with a score of 99.25. The Green Bay event was the largest cheese competition ever held in the U. S. Another great showing for Anne and John, our artisan cheesemakers!

Video tour of Black Star Farms

We have updated our video – please have a look and tell us what you think!

Edible Grande Traverse

The third edition (Fall 2008) of a terrific new quarterly magazine, Edible Grande Traverse, features a story about our new wood-fired brick oven and the pastries and pizzas that Jen Welty is baking up for sale in our Farm Market.

Her pizzas have been bringing guests back for more. She tops them with the traditional sausage (local) and tomato sauce (homemade) or builds them to order with fromage blanc from Leelanau Cheese Co. and whatever you might want and she has on hand from Nic’s hoop house. She’s also making crusty hearth-baked, French-style breads, scratch-made croissants and scones, and tarts of the season – right now pumpkin, apple and pecan are on the menu.

It’s time to stop by and see what’s new at the Farm.

Always the right size and never the wrong color!

Not sure what kind of wine to buy…why not let them choose? Our new gift cards are great because they can be purchased for any amount and redeemed at all Black Star locations, including the Inn and the Farm Market. Cards are available to purchase at all Black Star properties as well as through our on-line shopping cart. Get a head start on your holiday shopping today!

Michigan Grand Champion

Leelanau Cheese Company’s Raclette was the Grand Champion this year at the Michigan State Fair. Records seem to go back only to the 80′s, so Leelanau Raclette stacks up as the winningest Grand Champion in modern history with six wins in 13 years. But John is sure there must have been a Pinconning that won a “bizillion” times in the past. Congratulations, again!

Hoyts Attend American Cheese Society Conference

Anne and John, producers of the 2007 Best in Show Aged Raclette, are attending this week’s 25th Anniversary American Cheese Society Conference in Chicago.  It’s the first time they have made the time to be at the confenence.  Having trusted assistants in the creamery and the Chicago venue were strong incentives, but Anne said that she’s most looking forward to tasting all the great cheese entries.  Being rock stars at the event might also be a draw!

Don Coe Rewarded for Agritourism Model and Communication Work

Black Star Farms managing partner and sought after national speaker, Don Coe, wins Rueben Brigham Award from The Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences.
The Reuben Brigham Award, established in 1947, is reserved for a communicator, including a public relations or advertising professional, who has made a major contribution in the field of agriculture, natural resources, or life and human sciences at the regional, national or international level.

Coe was nominated for the extensive oral and written communication work he does in the field of agriculture. Over the past year he has presented at numerous Midwest conferences on creating an “agricultural destination” winery, has appeared on a local entrepreneur radio show, as well as, on Michigan Public radio to speak on agricultural issues. His involvement also includes a half dozen authored articles for magazines on wineries and issues pertaining to farming. He is also an active member of the statewide MSU Ag Extension and Horticulture Station Advisory Council and serves as one of Michigan’s five appointed Commissioners to the Michigan Department of Agriculture. In both these positions he is called upon to appear at public hearings, give interviews and attend meeting on behalf of agriculture issues.

Coe graduated in 1962 with a degree in hotel administration from Cornel University. After a long career in the hotel/hospitality industry he was recruited by Hiram Walker to work in the marketing and sales arena of the international marketplace.

According to Eleanor and Ray Heald of Appellation America,“Today, he is a mover and shaker in the farm-to-table movement, advocating fresh, local food and local wines”

The Rueben Brigham Award will be presented to Coe Friday, June 13th at the Haggerty Center.