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.

By |June 12th, 2008|Creamery, Farm, Featured, Inn, Media, Stables, Tasting, Winery|1 Comment

Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award

Black Star Farms management has successfully created a workplace that does more than just improve productivity; it has also built a strong organizational culture that supports the company itself. The recently awarded Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award is designed to recognize organizations for their efforts to foster employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance.

Don Coe with Dr. Terry BraciszewskiPsychologically Healthy Workplace Awards have been presented to organizations by state, provincial and territorial psychological associations with support from the American Psychological Association. The award program highlights a variety of workplaces, large and small, profit and non-profit, in diverse geographical settings. Applicants are evaluated on their efforts in these five areas: employee involvement work-life balance, employee growth, health and safety, and employee recognition. The state-level award program has been extremely successful, with participation growing to 51 associations across the U.S. and Canada. Collectively, more than more than 350 organizations have been recognized at the state level.




By |April 11th, 2008|Featured, Inn, Media, Stables, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Wheel of Fortune

After being named one of‘s Top Ten Eco-Friendly Inns, we were invited to provide a prize for Wheel of Fortune’s Green Week. We’re told that the show will air on April 11th and that a contestant did win the prize. We’re waiting to see who won, and ready to make their visit spectacular…just like we do for all our guests.

Click here to read more….

By |April 10th, 2008|Farm, Featured, Inn, Media|3 Comments

BSF-One of's Top 10 Eco-Friendly Inns

Just in time for Earth Day…The editors of, the largest online B&B directory and reservation network worldwide, applaud eco-friendly inns and B&Bs throughout the US, and Black Star Farms ranks in the Top 10. This spring and summer, “carbon footprint” your next getaway by visiting an eco-friendly B&B… to read more, click here.

By |March 20th, 2008|Farm, Inn|1 Comment

BSF Alums Open Cook's House

eric-11.JPG Chef Eric at the Farm

Congratulations Jen and Eric! Jen worked in the Suttons Bay tasting room and Eric did cooking demonstrations at our Farmer’s Market last summer and fall.

(from TC Business News) —The Cooks’ House is slated to open April 1 at the former home of Patisserie Amie at 439 E. Front Street, Traverse City . Eric Patterson and Jennifer Blakeslee are partners in the new restaurant and will share chef duties, said Patterson. Combining decades of cooking and chef experience, the duo’s last joint venture was running Andre’s, a French restaurant in Las Vegas.Most recently, Blakeslee was a sous chef for Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools and Patterson cooked at Ciao Bella, a downtown Italian restaurant. “We are very excited about opening a restaurant in Traverse City because of all the agriculture and other artisan producers that surround the area,” said Patterson. “We are a restaurant that believes strongly in buying local and sustainable products,” and will offer a menu comprised almost entirely of local foods. Describing the menu as “seasonally-inspired New American,” Patterson said the food is simple and uncomplicated with dishes that celebrate singular, intense flavors. The Cooks’ House will be open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The lunch menu will offer salads, soups, sandwiches and a few entrees, ranging from $6 to $11 and dinner entrees running between $15 and $23.

You can make your reservation at their tiny spot by calling 231.946.8700

By |March 14th, 2008|Farm, Inn, Tasting|3 Comments

Weekends at the Inn

Our Innkeepers report that there may be a few single-night stays available on weekends during our low season – before Memorial Day weekend. Please call 231.944.1251 or click here to check on availability. And hurry…these will go quickly!

By |March 14th, 2008|Inn|0 Comments

Inn Endorsement from September's Bride

“If you are looking for a place to have a destination wedding, spend a night or two of your honeymoon, or relax for an anniversary celebration, be sure to consider Black Star Farms.”
Click on the link to read the entire post and the nice comments.

By |February 27th, 2008|Event Planning, Inn|0 Comments

Video tour of Black Star Farms

Click below to watch a new video tour of Black Star Farms!

By |January 15th, 2008|Event Planning, Featured, Inn, Media|1 Comment

Up, Up and Away

Suttons Bay hometown hero, astronaut Dr. Jerry Linnenger gave an interview to a British Discovery Channel crew yesterday at the Inn. His Suttons Bay office is so small that there is no room for even a crew of two, let alone the five who were in attendance, so our library made a cozy venue for his interview. The film crew found their two-night stay at the Inn “smashing.”

Dr. Linnenger and his family moved to Suttons Bay shortly after his time on Space Station Mir. He had spotted our “beautiful peninsula” from space and decided that this was the place to settle.

By |December 5th, 2007|Inn|0 Comments

Inc. 5000

Black Star Farms is honored to be listed in the Inc. 5000 fasteset growing private companies in America.

By |August 28th, 2007|Inn, Winery|0 Comments