Suttons Bay’s Black Star Farms has launched its own line of branded food products.

The small-batch foods are made at the farm and without preservatives. 

The farm used its tasting rooms for a soft launch of the line during the holiday season, then decided to roll it out statewide. Products include Hard Apple Cider Granola, Leelanau Coffee Granola, Sweet Potato Cashew Crackers and Lentil Sea Salt Crackers.

Black Star worked with Cherry Capital Foods and Michigan State University Product Center to develop and launch the product line, which is available on its website as well as in retail locations. 

Options for unconventional seasonal gatherings abound across the state. 

From cities teeming with bright lights to snowy small towns, Michigan is a winter wonderland. If you’re looking for a way to make your event or post-event outing more festive, consider these unique holiday offerings. 

Peacock Road Family Farm 

Laingsburg

 

After 36 years as director of the CVB, Peter Fitzsimons is retiring. By Shelley Levitt

In 1985, Peter Fitzsimons, a former hotel general manager, became the executive director of the newly formed Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. He never left. In June, the 73-year-old Detroit native announced that he’d be stepping down from the role at the end of the year. 

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The Winery at Black Star Farms is widely admired for the award-winning wines produced from its 160-acre vineyards on both the Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas. Now, the Black Star Farms is gaining kudos for its fruit-based brandies, too. At the 15th Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, held in Grand Rapids on July 28-30, Black Farm’s Spirit of Pear earned first place in the “spirits” division of the competition while its Spirit of Apple took third place.