I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
Farm & Bakery
In 2008, Nic and Jen Welty began their second season of Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) farming at Black Star Farms, just south of Suttons Bay, MI. They installed a wood-fired pizza oven in the Black Star Farms market (the Hearth and Vine cafe) and added artisan breads to their line up of produce. That fall, they started their own small farm in Omena (north of Suttons Bay) and called it 9 Bean Rows. Their mission was to create greater availability and diversity of fresh, local foods for our community 52 weeks of the year.
The farm, while modest in size, is filled with wild and cultivated edibles. There are ramps, blackberries, red raspberries, apple trees, choke cherries, asparagus, rhubarb, table grapes, garlic, walnut trees, sugar maples, and a forest full of edible wild mushrooms. The use of hoop houses allows for a year-round harvest.
Jen and her crew of bakers are now producing her delicious artisan breads and pastries in the old Covered Wagon market on M204 between Suttons Bay and Lake Leelanau. In addition to baking at this new location, Jen also runs the retail bakery and farm stand on the property.
The 9 Bean Rows restaurant opened in 2013 and is located in the Historic Firehouse in Suttons Bay, Michigan. Nic and Jen wanted to create a gathering place with a warm, communal atmosphere, good food, and good drinks. With Chef Mickey Humpula at the helm, the restaurant offers a menu that is truly farm-to-table, with fruits and vegetables directly from the 9 Bean Rows farm, as well as other farms in the area; bread, desserts, and pastries from our bakery; and Michigan-raised meats. The food is simple, flavorful, and – because it uses what’s available locally each season – ever-changing.