What We Do

We grow and sell farm fresh food and offer field to table events, cooking classes, 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 People

Tadao Mitsui

Tadao Mitsui

Proprietor & Executive Chef

While growing up on the island I always valued the closeness of the community to local farms.

Having spent most of my cooking life in traditional kitchen settings, coming to work on the farm is a breath of fresh air. As a child I would ask my father for a snack and funny enough I would ask for salad. Now that I have three young children the importance of educating them about the connection of farms to the community is apparent. My children love to eat produce and berries right from the plant like I once did and now I am fortunate to be part of a uniquely beautiful farm to have them learn and grow on.
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Tifanie Mitsui

Tifanie Mitsui

Farm House Beverage Director

I’m an Islander for life. My family moved from Seattle to Bainbridge when I was 5.

When I was 14 a family friend offered me a summer job at their cheese company, which began my work in the food industry. Through island hopping and traveling around the world, I’ve developed a love for good food and wine. I keep coming back to food and service amid all of the other passions I’ve pursued. I’ve been a personal cook and housekeeper, personal assistant for a production company, bartender, food server, preschool teacher, nanny, to now being a mom of four and the Beverage Director at Heyday Farm.  I love what I do here on the farm, in this picturesque setting. Heyday’s sense of farm to table hits home for me. I love simple, clean, local food, and love to share it with my children. It’s amazing to get out in the garden and see the whole circle, seed to plant to compost back to soil.
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Shari Stoddard

Shari Stoddard

Farm House Event Manager

As a native Bainbridge Islander I have had the good fortune of enjoying the Island’s bounty as far back as I can remember.

As a young girl my best friend and I would get dropped off at the strawberry fields, pick and eat ripe berries all day, then go home and turn them into delicious strawberry shortcakes to sell right outside our front door. When I became a mother, my daughters would pick buckets of berries from our driveway to bake into our famous “driveway” pie, a favorite that is still requested when hosting friends and family. I’m so happy to be a part of a farm that has been restored to its former glory. I thoroughly enjoy the role of host and getting to share this special place and delicious food with our guests. See you on the farm…
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Phil Munoz

Phil Munoz

Livestock Manager

Born and raised in Michigan, I have been involved in agriculture and food production since 2009. I moved to Bainbridge Island during the spring of 2015 and have been involved with Heyday Farm ever since including vegetable production, poultry processing, and most recently as Livestock Manager of Heyday Farm’s pasture-raised diversified livestock operation. This position is very rewarding and has afforded me the opportunity to further develop my animal husbandry skills while learning about proper pasture management and rotational grazing. I strive to provide our animals with the best care and attention each and every day, and it is an honour to share the bounty of these efforts with the local community.

Heidi Urish

Farm House Lead Gardener

I’ve always been rooted in the outdoors and being an educator. Growing up in Central Illinois among the farming community and spending my childhood in wide open spaces

helped me establish a deep connection with the natural world and everything I would later pursue. I moved to Colorado to study Natural Resources and Environmental Communication and worked as an outdoor instructor guiding multi-day backpacking trips, furthering my love for the environment.

In 2006, my future husband and I moved to the Pacific Northwest where I earned my master’s degree in education, studying permaculture and integrative skills for sustainable change. During this time, I focused my energy on farm to school curriculum while interning with Educulture Project, located on Bainbridge Island.  I went on to teach at a Seattle middle school that operates a farm on Vashon Island where I realized I was coming full circle back to my roots, and that I was passionate about working with the land and growing food for the community.

That’s how we landed on Bainbridge Island, a beautiful place to raise our children, opportunities to farm, and to bring us back to a simpler way of living. We started our farm, Kaleidoscope, as a family endeavor so that our children can share our love for local food, nature and environmental responsibility.  And now, overseeing the beautiful Heyday Chef’s Garden and sharing what I have learned over the years in workshops is a wonderful extension of my ambition to provide the Bainbridge Island community with fresh, local, naturally grown produce.

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Megan Herndon

Megan Herndon

Farm House Flower Gardener

While growing up in neighboring Poulsbo, I experienced a deep sense of place through playing outside with family and soaking in stories of the history of our community and region.

Through college and travel, food and our systems around it have been central to my line of thinking. Landing back on Bainbridge Island brought the opportunity to tie it all together. I see my involvement at Heyday Farm as an ever-evolving effort to bring people closer to the food they eat, to the people that grew it, and the soil that it came from. Sometimes that means serving at our events and Tuesday Night Community Dinners, other times it’s managing our farm store, but most excitingly, it’s curating our cut flower and raised bed gardens, returning to that deep sense of place through food and land.
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On the Farm

Heyday Farm was founded in 2011, restoring over 25 acres of historic farmland that had been slated for development. In a unique partnership between farmer and landowner and many local and regional contractors, the turn of the century Pederson farmhouse was painstakingly restored and expertly updated harkening back to an era on the Island when farms were “in their heyday.” In 2013, we were honored for this effort by the Bainbridge Island Historic Preservation Commission with a Blakely Award for outstanding historic preservation efforts on the Island.

In the News

December 12, 2017 – Westsound Home and Garden

Heyday Farm Brings Sustainable Food to the People

by Tess Bolosan Haddon and Darren Strenge

The farm strives to return to the “heyday” of Bainbridge Island farms, when much of the food was locally sourced.

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July 21, 2017 – Kitsap Sun

A Once a Week Treat on Bainbridge Island

by Terri Gleich

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August 1, 2015 – Seattle Magazine

11 Perfect Weekend Getaways Near Seattle

by Nicole Meoli Myles

Pottery Barn meets Little House on the Prairie at Bainbridge Island’s Heyday Farm, where the name of the game is connecting people with the source of their food in an authentic and charming setting.

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VIDEO by Tally Black-Brown.