Heyday Farm, Bainbridge Island

2002

by Allen Cox / Photo ©  Heyday Farm

There’s something about life on a farm that instills a sense of wholesome goodness in a person, even if it’s for only a day. On Bainbridge Island, just a half-hour ferry ride from Seattle, Heyday Farm has perfected the farm experience for guests who visit for an afternoon or for several days.

The farm is run by Alice and Craig Skipton, a couple who were seized by an irresistible urge to leave life as they knew it behind and farm for a living. The Skiptons, along with their children and farm staff, have created Heyday Farm as an environmentally and economically sustainable enterprise.

When you join them on the farm, you’ll be greeted by farm host Shari Stoddard, who delights in introducing visitors to farm life. While there, you can choose to do nothing at all or sign up to help with farm chores, such as egg gathering, feeding the animals or helping with the harvest. This is an excellent outing with families who want to know more about where wholesome foods come from and what goes into raising it.

If you prefer to realize your potential in the kitchen, you can take one of the farm’s cooking classes, such as Experiential Eggs Benedict or a Whole Hog Butchery and Curing Workshop. Or you can reserve a seat at the table for a real farm meal, where “locally sourced” means only a few feet away. Kitchen manager Kerrie Sanson creates simple yet elevated fare from the farm’s bounty.

The Heyday farmhouse is a restored 1890s four-bedroom home. Staying on the farm means getting a good night’s sleep in one of the farmhouse bedrooms, simple yet comfortable, so you’re refreshed for whatever the day might bring. A stay at Heyday Farm is a good option for group travel, and the farm staff will customize your on-site activities to what your group desires.

During your time on the island, stop by the Heyday Farm Store in Lynnwood Center on the south end of the island. You can buy fresh meat, produce, dairy, honey and more right off the farm. Also pick up a few rustic homemade hand pies to enjoy later, perfect for an island picnic.

To learn more about Heyday Farm and to schedule a day visit or a stay, go online at heydayfarm.com.