As the snow slowly melts away the landscape begins to change from winter to early spring.  The intermittent sunshine is welcomed and brings excitement for the beginning of the “busy” season at Black Star Farms.

Around the farm we are busy implementing the “off-season” plans and are eager to share many of them with our guests this spring, summer and fall.  The recent boom of agricultural and culinary tourism has been essential for our planning and we are looking forward to providing new or perhaps even more memorable experiences in 2013.

Curious about what we have in store? Take a look at a few of the items below…

New Mural in our Suttons Bay Tasting Room 

Last summer we welcomed artist Dan Nearing back to Northern Michigan.  Absorbing all of the beauty of the area, Dan was inspired to create a new set of paintings to replace his existing ones. The current paintings have adorned the high walls and have also been made into labels for two of our red wines, Vintner’s Select and Artisan Red. The new pieces capture the essence of our agricultural destination and we are excited to see them completed this summer.  Take a sneak peek at them below…

Harvest Dinner Series

For all of the foodies out there these dinners are for you! What started as an annual event to celebrate the elusive morel mushroom has evolved into a series of dinners hosted each month from April to November (see dates below). Offered at the Inn the second Wednesday of every month dinners include a five course meal that features the best of what’s in season from the farm at Black Star Farms as well as from other local area providers.  Cost is $75 per person, reservations can be made by calling the innkeeper at 231.944.1251.

Harvest Dinner Series Dates:

April 10th

May 8th

June 6th

July 11th

August 8th

September 12th

October 10th

November 13th

Learn more about the dinners and our Executive Chef Jonathan Dayton in this Edible Grand Traverse article by Patty Lanoue Stearns.

Video Postcards

Later this month we will be launching the first in a three part series of videos showcasing the seasons at Black Star Farms.  Many of you have a favorite time of the year to visit and it is likely it will be featured in one of these videos.  If you have never been to Black Star Farms the imagery in this series might just persuade you to plan your next vacation…. Stay tuned for more to come! (photos courtesy of Kris Riley from My North Media and Jon-Paul Allgaier from the Greyscale Group).