Established by Sarah Cousins and Hannah Garry in 2020, Blazing Star was born out of a desire to see more vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free dining options in Decorah that celebrated the amazing food growers & producers in the region. What started off as a small event catering business soon expanded to weekly pop-ups featuring rotating seasonal rice bowls, salads and simple house-made dessert options. They opened their cafe in Downtown Decorah in June 2022, offering hours Thursdays - Sundays.
Empty Nest Winery is family owned and operated. Set in beautiful rural Northeast Iowa located between Decorah and Waukon.
We make handcrafted wines the old fashioned way by fermenting the whole berries/fruit not just the juice.
Our berry wines are just the berries fermented not grape or apple based with just some berries or berry flavor added as many other wineries do.
We make our wine in small batches using many varieties of berries handpicked predominantly on our family farm or from the surrounding local area.
We never filter our wines as that can strip away their natural color and flavor so some bottles may have sediment on the bottom but that is completely natural and will not affect the amazing ?True to the Fruit Flavorâ?™!
Sample up to 18 different & unique wines (click on ?Our Wines? page to see tasting notes) in our tasting room on Saturdays from 10-5 and Sundays from 1-5, Closed in January.
Call ahead for private group tastings or large groups. We host private wine tastings and parties so call to book a time to come and taste our wine.
We are a third wave coffee bar & roaster featuring our own custom roasted coffee, pour overs, espresso-based drinks, loose leaf teas & Nitro Cold Brew Coffee on Tap!
Our coffee is roasted right here in Decorah!
470 million years ago an asteroid, as big as a city block, burst through the Earth’s atmosphere smashing into northeast Iowa leaving behind a crater that would later become Decorah, Iowa.
Fast forward a few years to the year 2014. Decorah was impacted by another blast as Impact Coffee burst into northeast Iowa.
Local business owners, Jeff, and Anja Brown had been operating their custom frame shop, The Perfect Edge, for over 25 years, when they were struck with the idea of opening a coffee bar and roastery. With the help of many fantastic friends and family members the coffee bar now shares it’s space with The Perfect Edge, while the roaster has taken over their two-stall garage.
Jeff and Anja hope their coffee bar and roaster will leave a lasting impact on the town of Decorah, just as the asteroid left it impacts 470 million years ago.
We get a little excited about good food and community.
Because of that passion, we are now cooking up some of the tastiest pizzas around in our wood fired oven right here on the farm, using ingredients that we’ve lovingly grown in our beautiful valley or sourced from other local farms. Pizza nights at Luna Valley Farm offer delicious, homegrown food in a tucked-away setting. Come wander the field roads, relax and reconnect over our artisan pizza.
We invite you to linger a little longer by booking one of our platform tents nestled on our oak savanna valley side so you can wake up to the sights and sounds of life on the farm.
Pick up some pasture-raised meats from our freezer to take a taste of our farm home with you.
Come out to the farm. Congregate. Connect. Indulge in good food and community.