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.
At Woodland Sewing and Vacuum Center, you can get a sewing machine to create DIY projects and a vacuum to clean up the scraps. The shop, which has been in business for more than four decades, sells high-quality machines, including Miele vacuums and Janome sewing machines. It also provides crafters with sewing classes that teach how to make everything from baby dresses to quilts. Once machines start to age or become sentient, patrons can bring them back to the shop for necessary repairs.
Deluxe Heating and Air Conditioning's HVAC technicians are dedicated to fast service, but their main preoccupation is quality. They demonstrate this commitment by backing up all of their tune-ups and installations with an iron-clad guarantee read aloud to customers by James Earl Jones.