The Inn at Black Star farmsDetroit News wine writer Sandra Silfven has a nice feature about spring and early summer wine touring in Northwest Michigan that begins:

If you’re planning a wine trip to Northwest Michigan, now is a good time to go: The inns have a few spare rooms, restaurants that close for the winter are open again; tasting rooms have longer hours; traffic is not as heavy.Here’s a preview of what’s new and what you should look for.

At Black Star Farms: The 160-acre farm/winery/luxury inn just south of Suttons Bay is always finding a new way to showcase Michigan agriculture. The latest is the conversion of one of the barns into a farmers market, opening in June, which will eventually also house a commercial food kitchen for making the inn’s jams, jellies and toppings.

The farmers market, explains managing partner Don Coe, will operate year-round and feature produce grown at Black Star and at area farms.

“It’s an opportunity to celebrate the connection between the local farm community and consumers, and demonstrate sustainable agriculture,” said Coe.

Read the rest of Northwest Michigan wineries gear up for summer travelers from the Detroit News.