Lomantos Meyer Lemons is on a mission to keep family farming relevant in the U.S. The business operates from a local, 21-acre ranch, where it employs some 30 Meyer trees to bear heaps of organically sprayed and fertilized lemons. Once the certified naturally grown lemons are ready, Lomantos makes sure they find homes by shipping them directly to customers, selling them at neighborhood farmers' markets, and putting them in boxes marked “Free Puppies.”
While spring flowers dramatically burst from the ground once a year, skydivers usurp daisies and tulips by dramatically bounding from the cloud tops. Each Skydive Hollister staff member has earned the highest ratings from the United States Parachute Association, and all crew members have a minimum of 1,000 jumps under their wind-resistant belts. Extremely safe equipment accompanies proper training instruction before boarding the Cessna for the nearly two-mile climb. Upon reaching jump altitude, divers leap from the plane for 20–30 seconds of freefall while confidently connected to their tandem master. Speeds reach upwards of 120 miles per hour before the parachute is pulled, signaling the start of a picturesque float to earth that lasts a few minutes.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand—despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase—is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
The vineyard at Kirigin Cellars, located in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley wine region, has been cultivated since 1916, making it one of California's oldest wineries. Kirigin Cellars is home to several varieties of whites, reds, and sparkling wines. Its most popular grape nectar is the dessert wine Vino de Mocca ($19.90), which is sweetly infused with coffee, chocolate, and a hint of orange to form a tincture that some dub "The Kissing Wine" and others call "The Cootie Spreader." The 2006 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.90), like beloved entrepreneur Bruce Wayne, is ultra rich, ultra smooth, and flavored with the finest grapes and oak. The Malvasia Bianca ($17.90) diffuses a flowery and grapey aroma with a slightly sweet flavor that delights the senses and often precipitates auditory hallucinations of tinkling chimes. Cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, and zinfandel are painstakingly shepherded from pasture to barrel and combined to form the Estate Red ($14.90).