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Friends of the Farms

18th Annual Harvest Fair

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Johnson Farm, Bainbridge Island

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM




Located at the historic Johnson Farm

Fletcher Bay Road NE and NE Twin Ponds Road
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110


$10 per person, children under two free!
All rides this year are also free

Harvest Fair is a celebration of local farming and community. The fair draws several thousand guests of all ages to historic Johnson Farm for family friendly activities like cider pressing and carriage rides, and to meet the farmers and creators who grow and cook incredible island fare.


Contests

  • Dahlia (NEW!),
  • Largest Zucchini,
  • Pie
-Judging and prizes awarded in all three categories.

Enter by 11:30 at the contest booth.
Judging to take place at 1:00. Winners announced at 2:30.

Activities

  • Live Music hosted by Aunt Mama from 91.3 KBCS
  • Beer and Wine Garden with Hale’s Ales and Bainbridge Vineyards
  • Visit with farm animals from Bainbridge Island 4H
  • Meet and talk with our island’s farmers
  • Carriage rides
  • Cider pressing
  • The Land Slide
  • Local food vendors
  • Kids games with Kiwanis Club
  • Sheep shearing
  • …and MORE!


Thank you to our generous sponsors!


Charter Real Estate • Town and Country Markets • Sound Reprographics •
2Atara Design and Construction • Friends of the Farms


Volunteers

We need you! It takes more than 150 volunteers to make Harvest Fair the amazing event it is. We have several work parties scheduled before and after the fair, as well as plenty of volunteer roles in need of filling the day of. Please sign up to volunteer HERE.
Sign Up!




History of Johnson Farm (130 Years of Farming)

The Johnson family started farming on Bainbridge Island in 1888 after much of the island was logged. Their first crop was trees used to re forest the island after clear cutting. Harvey Johnson, a third-generation islander, expanded the farm after WWI to include grapes as well as fruit and nut trees. Many of the island’s farmers worked with Harvey including Brian MacWhorter of Butler Green Farms who helped plant many of the nut trees still growing on the farm!

In 2000 when Harvey passed away the City of Bainbridge Island, the Trust for Public Land and a group of dedicated neighbors set out to preserve the remaining 14.5 acres of still remaining of the original farm. Thanks to the Open Space Grant passed in the early 2000s the land remains as open space and working farmland to this day.

Johnson Farm Today

Johnson Farm is a 14-acre historic farm off Fletcher Bay Road. It is owned by the City of Bainbridge and has been managed by Friends of the Farms since 2012. The farm is open to the public for walking, picnicking, and foraging. The farm is also the site of an orchard managed by the Bainbridge Island Fruit Club where anyone can come enjoy the literal fruits of their labors each fall when the many apple varieties ripen. It is also the home of Friends of the Farms’ annual Harvest Fair and other community events, like yoga!

Three local farmers also utilize Johnson Farm. Heyday Farm and Butler Green Farm operate the fenced in crop area. Persephone Farm has a CSA pickup location in the green barn. And Vireo Farm is in the process of building the island’s first hydroponic farm, in the lower lot.

Friends of the Farms works with 14 gardeners to run a year-round p-patch at Johnson Farm. Gardeners grow food and flowers for their families and help maintain community areas, equipment and grape vines.

apples ready for juicing