Rolling Bay Farm will be ramping down our business over the winter and eventually closing the farm. Mark and I have had MUCH discussion and angst over this. It is a heavy decision for us.
We started farming on Bainbridge on 2 acres in 2006 and have had the pure joy of expanding it to our current 8.5 acres. We’ve done numerous things that others were skeptical about; making a small farm profitable, doing everything ourselves, having an honor stand that was, well, honorable. We believe we have been so successful because of our enthusiasm for what we have done, the quality of what we have produced and warm welcome that Bainbridge Islanders and surrounding counties have given us. We truly appreciate our customers and island life and this wonderful area.
So why stop farming? Part of it is a “stop while you are on top and like it” mentality. Part of it is the long term sustainability of the work on us (especially Mark). Another is the size and complexity of our property as a whole. Running a small business and most importantly time NOT spent with our younger kids. They actually still like us at this age and we’d like to monopolize on this time.
Honestly, I’ve cried about this every day since we decided. Most likely we will sell this property later in the winter and move to a smaller house still here on Bainbridge. As I said to someone recently, “it will be nice to not have a bin the size of a two car garage full of the dead fall, brush trimming and brambles that we picked up by hand.”
We’ll be here for MANY more months. We have Thanksgiving Day turkeys to harvest, chickens a layin’ eggs, the December and January market hogs to butcher and sell. The farm stand will be open for business so we hope to still see you around the farm and share some great stories this winter.
Thank you for everything you have helped us to accomplish!