December 7, 2020
What a year it has been… and for so many reasons. We started 2020 with a plan to change our business model, focusing on our hops and letting go of crops that we had also historically grown (grains and turf). It’s been challenging and rewarding and bittersweet all at the same time.
And today is the day that we put the final piece of our plan into action; formally closing our turf operation. It is with a tremendous amount of gratitude for your support over the years that we close this chapter and focus on our hop-portunities for the future.
We look forward to seeing what the new year brings.
The L’Etoile Family
October 16, 2020
As we work our way towards winter it’s a good reminder that once the ground has frozen, our final turf season will come to a close. Turf is the crop that started our farm and we thank you for the many wonderful years in this business. 2020 has been a year of big changes for our farm/family and we look forward to focusing on our hops and farm brewery in the coming years.
June 16, 2020
Thank you for making our grains and flour operations a successful and a key component of our farm for more than 10 years! It has been such a delight seeing our products everywhere from local store shelves to home kitchens to some of the best bakeries and restaurants in the world. What a ride it has been!
While it feels strange to not be milling we’re settling into a new routine, focusing our attention on our hops production and building/designing a true farm to glass brewery experience for you to enjoy.
We’re eager to share these next steps with you and will be sure to keep you posted as we go along!
The L’Etoile Family
February 28, 2020
I once read that ?to make an end is to make a beginning.? While bittersweet, the time has come for our family to set an end date for our grain/flour business and we?ve recently decided our last order cycle will close on Sunday June 7, 2020.
We?re also looking to sell our milling, storage, and cleaning equipment related to the business. If you?d like more information about what is available and when, please contact Jacob (Jacob.Letoile@gmail.com) or Gene (Eugene.Letoile@gmail.com).
Throughout the years you have not only contributed profoundly to the success of our farm but those of a regional grain movement, of which we are so proud to be a part of. We thank you for your continued support as we?ve slowly transitioned our focus and look forward to continuing our work together through the end of April.
In the vein of new beginnings, please stay tuned for more information about an exciting venture to open at the farm later this summer: a brewery & taproom offering a true farm to glass experience.
As always, thank you for your time and please don?t hesitate to call or email me with any questions.
July 5, 2019
We are writing with an important update about our farm operations (grains, flour, turf and hops) as there are some important changes that will occur over the next few months. These changes will mean a lot to us and how we operate our farm but will also affect you, our customer, a great deal as well. We ask that you please read this note thoughtfully and know that we?re happy to answer any questions you may have.
This time of year we?d typically be planning our plantings of grains and turf. This season, however, we have made the hard decision to not plant either. This has come after much reflection on our processes and the long-term sustainability of these operations for our family and our farm. By not planting this fall we?re taking the first major step in phasing out both our flour and turf operations over time so that we can narrow our focus to expanding our work with hops.
The grains/flour and turf portions of our business will continue to operate, for the foreseeable future, for our wholesale commercial customers as our inventory allows. However, we will be discontinuing sales of grain and flour through our online store with the last date to order being July 22, 2019 (a notice will be placed on our website). Hops will continue to be available for purchase via our online storefront.
Evolution and innovation have always been an integral component of our model here at Four Star and while deciding to shift gears like this is very difficult for us, we?re excited about the wonderful opportunities that lie ahead for our hops and our farm.
It has truly been a pleasure to work with all of you along this journey and we thank you for your support.
The L’Etoile Family