By March 30th, eighty years ago, strawberry plants were already in bloom on the island farms that had made Bainbridge berries famous. It would be a bumper crop that year, but many of the Island’s farmers were not there to harvest it. Removed from their farms, homes, and livelihoods and taken to inland concentration camps, Japanese Americans endured an extra cruelty that year, forced to lament the loss of the great harvest of 1942.
BIMA, in partnership with local berry farms, commemorates the lost harvest of 1942, the island’s Japanese American Community, and Bainbridge Island strawberries with Berry Days. Featuring an island history of Japanese American farms and the popularization of the Marshall strawberry, visitors will have the opportunity to sample delicious, locally grown fresh berries.
Free servings of strawberry pound cake will be available until the berries run out.