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Strawberry fields at SE corner of Finch & High School Road, circa 1930's

Credit: BI Historical Museum De Steiguer Collection

This is now the Bethany Luthern Church, large trees (40+ years), in the distance, Rotary Park (baseball field) and residential homes.

Bainbridge Island has a history of agriculture, many of the farmers were Japanese/American, and many of them specialized in strawberries. Unfortunately many of these farms have been lost, however, Bainbridge has made significant progress toward preserving not only the history, but the actual farms as well. We'd love to have you take a few minutes to read the following essays.

Perennial Vintners essay on Suyematsu Farm, Mike Lempriere 03-Nov-2008

The Japanese Internment, Mike Lempriere 18-Dec-2015 came out to Bainbridge Island summer 2016, and Andy Perdue made an audio recording of myself telling about the Suyematsu family and the Japanese Internment and how it started here on Bainbridge Island. click here for article and to listen, (recording 28mins) Mike Lempriere 22-Jan-2018

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community, Much detail and personal interviews with those Interned

The BI Historical Museum (BIHM) has generously provided a brief essay on this topic: click for BIHM essay -- A Brief History of Farming on Bainbridge Island

Friends of the Farms website

Bainbridge Fair at Island Center Hall, circa 1920's

Credit: BI Historical Society

Island Center Hall is still in active use today, though I believe the building has been moved from it's original location.

Interior of strawberry cannery, Eagle Harbor, circa 1930's

Credit: BI Historical Society De Steiguer Collection

The cannery was gone by the late 1970's.

Strawberry fields at Toby Membrere Farm, 1960

Credit: BI Historical Society Florenda Membrere Perkins

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