Black Star Farms in USA Today

Black Star Farms was recently mentioned in USA Today (Friday, Oct.3, 2008). Click here to read the full article, Riesling rising, and more, in Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan.

By |October 5th, 2008|Farm, Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Harvest Stompede Success

Harvest Stompede 2008 was a great success with over 900 runners/walkers and over 900 participants in the wine trail tour. This is the largest onein the LPVA trail’s history!To find out more about the event and how to particpate next year visit

By |September 25th, 2008|Farm, Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

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!

By |September 25th, 2008|Creamery, Farm, Featured, Inn, Media, Other, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Life is just a bowl of cherries

It’s cherry wine time at Black Star Farms on the Old Mission Peninsula. View the photos of fresh cherries are being pressed into the sweet ruby red juice that is soon to become our famous Cherry Wine!

By |July 25th, 2008|Farm, Featured, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Up North Foodies

If you haven’t caught up with Up North Foodies and you celebrate northern Michigan food and drink, you’re in for a treat. Visiting this site will keep you current with the amazing local food scene.

Paula McIntyre wrote about Jen and our Farm Market bakery goodies,

Black Star Farms’ Jen Welty has been experimenting with their new wood-fired oven this season, and the result is delicious! If you’re out on the Leelanau, stop by the farm for pizzas, bread, croissants and fruit tarts.

Ken Scott posts photos of his weekly BSF CSA haul here, as well. Check out his most recent mouth-watering picture.

By |July 23rd, 2008|Farm, Featured, Media|0 Comments

Featured Artist – Noel Skiba

The colorful impressions of noted Michigan artist Noel Skiba are on view – and on sale – in our Farmers Market.

Noel is “committed to producing quality art that captures the spirit of an image. As a colorist, I see beauty in everyday life, a child’s smile, sparkling water, racing cars, or shadows on a building. As a historian, I document a moment. I paint spontaneously on site. Whenever or where the spirit moves me, I am ready.”

Featured in the 2008 Mackinac Living, an insider’s guide to the secret places, special character, and things to see and do on Mackinac Island, Noel can often be found painting on Mackinac or in other scenic spots around Michigan. Black Star Farms has been an inspiration, too You’ll see images of the Inn that Noel painted on site as well as the fruits and vegetables that are on sale in the market…and don’t forget grapes and wine.

Noel is hoping to paint on site again later this year. Watch for upcoming dates.

By |July 23rd, 2008|Farm, Featured, Media|0 Comments

Grand Valley State University Provides Continuing Education Credits

Day-long session held Tuesday, July 22 at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay

Grand Valley State University’s Continuing Education Department has partnered with Film Friendly Michigan to offer .7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participants who complete a day-long professional development course titled “When Hollywood Comes To Town.” The course will be offered on Tuesday, July 22 at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay as part of a two-day Northern Michigan Film Forum.

The two-day program offers an impressive list of speakers and panelists, providing a combination of free information and advanced training for attendees.

“When Hollywood Comes to Town” is aimed at business and community leaders from municipal government, economic development, police and fire units, business owners and others interested in being certified as “Michigan Film Friendly.” The course features film and production experts who will help participants dig deeper into the ins and outs of how local communities and businesses can benefit from the industry on a variety of levels.

Topics such as how film locations are chosen, how to work with location scouts and production crews, what to include in local filming guidelines, and how to develop a photo location package that promotes your community will be covered, as well as an opportunity to start planning for your community’s “Hollywood close-up.”

Michigan film success stories and pitfalls will be shared as well, during a panel discussion with:

• Vicky Michaeu – Delta County Chamber, Escanaba
• Mark Adler – VAI Digital, Detroit
• Brad Van Dommelen – Traverse City CVB
• Tom Jacob – Location Scout & Manager, Detroit
• Karl Butterer – Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge, Grand Rapids

The cost for Tuesday’s course is $99 and includes lunch and all training materials. The course runs from 8am-5pm; space is limited and reservations must be made online at

Monday’s program begins at 2pm, also at Black Star Farms. Two state legislators – Rep. David Palsrok (R) from Manistee and Rep. Bill Huizenga (R) from Zeeland have been invited to open the forum, providing an overview of the Michigan Film Incentive package and giving recommendations on how to work with the Michigan Film Office.

Jerry Zandstra, Vice President of Strategic Planning for America Saga Productions, a television production company with a number of projects slated for production here in Michigan, will be the keynote speaker. He will address the topic, “Put the New Film Incentives to Work for Your Business!”

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion about the film industry in Michigan, moderated by Dianna Stampfler from Promote Michigan. Panelists include:

• Cam DeLong – Warner, Norcross & Judd
• Deb Havens – West Michigan Film Video Alliance
• Sarah Crapo-Hayes – West Michigan Film Office
• Rich Brauer – Brauer Productions

Attendance at the Northern Michigan Film Forum on Monday is free, although seating is limited and online reservations are required at

The Northern Michigan Film Forum is presented by the West Michigan Film Video Alliance, Michigan Production Alliance, West Michigan Tourist Association/West Michigan Film Office, Promote Michigan and Film Friendly Michigan and is made possible by the financial contributions of Warner, Norcross & Judd; America Saga Productions; The Bank of Holland & The Bank of Northern Michigan; Berends, Hendricks & Stuit Insurance Agency; Windemuller; Robert Grooters Development Co. and Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge.

By |July 18th, 2008|Farm, Media, Tasting|0 Comments

CSA Weeks 4 and 5

More photos from Ken Scott. Is your mouth watering yet?

Get on board for the fall season by contacting Nic at 231.944.1298

By |July 9th, 2008|Farm|0 Comments

CSA Week 3

By |June 25th, 2008|Farm|0 Comments

CSA Week 2

CSA week 2

By |June 22nd, 2008|Farm|0 Comments