All food has a story. We farm so that the story of our food is rich and savory, healthy and satisfying. It’s a historic, environmental, neighborhood and family story that expresses our deep commitment to this place we call home and a healthy future for us all.
We grow and sell farm fresh food and offer authentic farm experiences, cooking classes, field to table events, and professional and family retreats for our island community, and visitors near and far who want to understand, experience and celebrate our region and the food we produce.
Our 25-acre family farm includes a farmhouse, farm kitchen, micro-creamery, gardens, greenhouses, and pastures for animals. We are not an “event center” but rather an authentic working farm that strives to increase the number of people who honor the land and the sustenance it provides.
Heyday eggs, chicken, cheese, yogurt, pork, beef, vegetables and fruit are available for purchase at our Farm Store at Lynwood Center. Our food is also sold at establishments around town including Pane d’ Amore and Restaurant Marche.
We respect the land and its limits and grow food of the highest integrity, taste and quality. Our cutting-edge systems include crop and animal rotation, solar power, biodiesel, water recapture and composting to conserve, reclaim and regenerate resources. Our name comes from our commitment to increase our collective nourishment just as farms did back in their heydays.
BAINBRIDGE’S FARMING “HEYDAY”
Imagine a time when Bainbridge Island grew so many strawberries that it was known as “Strawberry Island.”
It was the early 1900s, and these farms, started largely by Japanese immigrants, followed the 1890s boom era when the Island’s south end boasted the largest sawmill in the world. The logging industry supported a thriving waterfront community, and with the land increasingly deforested, the beginnings of small farmsteads cropped up farther afield.
At the current day site of Heyday Farm’s Old Mill location, Adolph Pederson’s farm was founded. A Scandinavian immigrant, Adolph was employed at the mill from the 1890s to the 1920s. He and his wife, Emma, completed their home entirely from Blakely mill logs in 1897. That home is the restored Heyday Farmhouse.
The family soon had a big red barn, an orchard, a dozen or so cows with some for milk; pigs; and leghorn chickens. The food they produced fed their family and contributed to their livelihood. Neighbors purchased milk and the Port Blakely General Store carried their eggs.
Today, Emma and Adolph and some of their family members reside a short way down a picturesque country lane in the historic Port Blakely Cemetery with many of their contemporaries from that era.
Down the road, at Heyday Farm’s other location on McDonald Ave., the valley looks much as it did around 60 years ago when Horace and Nellie Winney owned the land, haying, running cows and horses and growing vegetables for Town and Country Market.
Horace’s “favorite tree,” a large Douglas fir, still stands in the midst of pasture. The “apple sauce tree” as one of the grandchildren called it, lives on in the orchard. And Nellie’s picture presides over the mantel in what is now our staff housing.
At both the old homesteads, farming continues on much as it did back in the day, not without some innovations like solar panels, the use of biodiesel, movable chicken tractors, the recapturing of water, and composting of nutrients to be used back on the land.