In 1976, two UC Davis graduate students bought 20 acres of land in the highly arable Capay Valley. One of the students, Kathleen Barsotti, was working toward her master's degree in ecology and was determined to grow vegetables and fruits in an eco-friendly way: organically. The organic-food movement hadn't yet entered the public consciousness, and Kathleen worked overtime to convince restaurants, stores, and consumers of the taste-able merits of her process. Over time, given the possible health and environmental benefits of certified organic food, she succeeded. The farm sprouted to 300 acres to accommodate the increased demand. Today, a second generation runs the farm as well as a shop inside San Francisco's Ferry Building. Dubbed Farm Fresh To You, the store furnishes customers' bags or portable cornucopia horns with all sorts of soil-sprouted goods, including heirloom tomatoes, sweet peas, and fresh asparagus. The farm also teams up with fellow Yolo County and Pacific Northwest farms to deliver boxes of seasonal produce to area homes.
Orange County Mattress ferries dreamers to restful repose with an ample selection of top bedding brands. Weary heads bodies can bask atop a queen-size Simmons Beautyrest Kentish pillow-top set with coil springs for extra support ($749). Allergen- and dust-mite resistant Tempur-Pedic ClassicBed sets ($2,599/california king) mold to the body's exact shape and absorb disturbances produced by bedfellows' dreams of break-dancing fame. Commune with Orange County Mattress's knowledgeable sleep consultants to find the perfect slumber pallet, which, although this Groupon cannot be used toward delivery costs, can be delivered in time for an extra-long bedtime story the same day.
Specializing in event and wedding décor, Creative Floral Designs' talented staff churns out a bevy of centerpieces, bridal bouquets, and boutonnieres as well as customized floral arrangements using fine-tuned gardening shears and imaginations. Cheer up drooping dining room tables with an invigorating arrangement bursting with bright pink roses and pink and white lilies ($80). An attractive assemblage of red roses ($80) can be passed out to prize-winning racehorses, purple dendrobium orchids ($80) peek out from behind greenery to whisper get wells and congratulations, and roses spiked with bamboo ($80) cry out in pain.
George Moore is the third-generation owner of a family business that opened more than 60 years ago. True to its original purpose, the shop still sells sewing machines, cabinets, vacuum cleaners, and ceiling fans, but now aims to acquire equipment that is eco-friendly and ultra-efficient.
Alongside its retail branch, Moore’s nurses the machines it sells back to health and leads crafting classes. Expert stitchers lead hands-on sessions in everything from quilting to correctly taking the measurements of a restless scarecrow.