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.
Ambassador Limousine and Sedan Inc. has been featured on CNN for its dependability and prowess at safely delivering people to their destinations. The chauffer company practices classy professionalism, employing expert drivers and luxury automobiles to fetch riders from their homes and carry them to and fro across their busy schedules. Outstanding customer service rings through the gentle clicking of seat belts and shines through the exquisite wax coating on every available vehicle. Along with three-passenger Cadillac DTS sedans and six-passenger Cadillac SUVs ($55–$65 hourly base rate or $66–$78 hourly all-inclusive rate with minimum use of one hour on weekday nights and three hours on weekends), Ambassador Limousine and Sedan Inc.'s fleet includes limos like the 8- to 10-passenger Mercedes luxury coach limo in black or white ($100 hourly base rate, or $120 hourly all-inclusive rate with minimum use of three hours on weekdays and four hours on weekends). Most limos range from $65 to $180 for an hour or one-way transfer, making it easy for a guest and his or her family, musical ensemble, or traveling euchre team to get to the airport or simply roll around town with the windows down and a double-sided mix tape of Journey's B-side classics.
After purchasing Carlmont Nursery in 1962 with his personal inventory of more than 8,000 plants as collateral, owner Bob Tyler tripled the facility's physical size and has since established the nursery as one of the Bay Area’s premier sources for japanese maple and bamboo. Fast-forward to the present and Tyler's Carlmont Nursery has become a peaceful oasis filled with an extensive selection of flora, gardening supplies, and decorative items, crisscrossed by gravel paths that meander past a waterfall and along a winding creek. Customers benefit from garden consultations and design services, and the nursery’s skilled technicians can install plants, lighting, and hardscapes to enhance the beauty of home gardens. Nursery emissaries can also put in water features to imitate babbling brooks or gargling humans.
The skilled staff at Edible Arrangements artfully adjusts premium berries, melons, and citrus into dazzling fruit bouquets. Ideal for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, and NASA rover launches, nutritional bundles arrive in a variety of vases ranging from footballs to Hello Kitty containers. Each bouquet can be complemented with a box of chocolate-dipped fruit housing strawberries, banana slices, or Granny Smith apple wedges.
Sprawled across 40 acres of coastal foothills flanked by majestic redwood trees, Yerba Buena Nursery’s prismatic fields brim with more than 600 species of flora native to California. Plants such as ferns, perennials, shrubs, and grasses dapple both the alfresco landscape and multiple greenhouses sprinkled throughout the grounds. Elsewhere on the lush acreage, mature plant specimens and natural wildlife line the paths crisscrossing a 2.5-acre demonstration garden, and an idyllic farmhouse dating back to 1905 shelters visitors for classes, events, and traditional tea services. The resident staff of gardening enthusiasts curates a seasonal stash of greenery for sale and can help to enhance patrons’ own yards or ant farms with astute, on-location garden consultations.
After ten hours of slow-cooking, the barbecue ribs at Joe’s American Bar & Grill land on tables tender and ready to fall of the bone. Served with fresh-made coleslaw, these ribs are the centerpiece of a menu overflowing with upscale comfort food. Chefs cut potatoes by hand to accompany bacon cheeseburgers topped with aged cheddar and bread-and-butter pickles made in-house rather than flown in by a talking stork. Grilled pizzas are made fresh to order and never frozen, and hefty sandwiches and hand-cut steaks stack plates with sustenance. On the weekends, brunch dishes come out of hibernation to sate guests with made-to-order omelets and specialties such as eggs benedict and prime-rib hash. Diners enjoy the fresh air on the outdoor patio or cluster around the bar to keep track of sports scores or find out who really got married on Days of Our Lives.