It feels like this issue should say winter instead of fall, but winter isn’t technically here till Dec. 22. Once we finish with the turkeys on the farm, it feels like winter. This winter in particular we are navigating an exciting transition here at Heyday that we want to share with you.
For nearly five years we (Farmer Craig and Farmer Alice) have been working in partnership with the landowners, Ty and Steve, to make Heyday Farm into a very special business in our community. This work and our shared vision has grown into something we are all very proud of. This year’s turkey pickup day was a testament to many lessons learned and all the wonderful folks in our community who support our farm–going as far as to follow elaborate email instructions come pick up day which resulted this year in zero wait times and what one person called “one hell of an efficient operation.”
At any rate, we are very proud to be able to offer the food and celebratory experiences that we do in this wonderful community. That said, we feel that Heyday has the potential to be even better. As farm managers, Craig and I have helped to lay a foundation and we are now seeking to provide opportunities to others.
We feel that it is the right time to pass the baton and transition away from Heyday Farm in order for the farm to achieve greater sustainability and success. Heyday’s enterprises (the farm store; farm kitchen; dairy; layer chickens, pigs, beef and broilers; and the garden) will be leased and run by individual entities. These enterprises will continue to collaborate in order to uphold Heyday’s commitment to safety, quality and food grown ethically and sustainably but will not operate under single management. We anticipate much interest in these business opportunities.
We will ensure that the ‘hand-off’ is seamless and that there are no interruptions in goods or services. Our dedicated and talented staff will continue to provide the food, lodging and events that people have come to expect.
As for Craig and myself, we are deeply attached to Bainbridge Island. Bainbridge Island is our community and home and we are here to stay. We plan to move off the farm in the coming months and will be seeking a place to rent on the south end of the Island. Our love of food and the environment brought us here and that will continue after our direct involvement with Heyday. Please let us know if you want to talk about this news with us. We feel blessed to have put our hearts and souls into this project and place and look forward to seeing and supporting Heyday Farm as it evolves.
Let us know if you want a Christmas turkey. We have a few delicious birds left. Our Farm Store at Lynwood Center on Bainbridge Island is open year-round, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Join us for an upcoming event or schedule your own. We also have lovely rooms for rent both on the farm and at Lynwood Center above our Farm Store. We offer a stunning location and the freshest, local and seasonal food around. See all our offerings here.