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.
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.
Outdoor Davis outfits outdoorsmen and -women in rugged apparel from brands such as Vibram, Patagonia, and prAna. Slip on a pair of glove-like Vibram Five Fingers ($85–$125) to let your feet move more naturally and freely, improving balance and posture, strengthening muscles in the lower feet, and enabling you to pick up pens off the floor without bending over. Alternatively, adorn bodies with light, loose-fitting prAna clothing ($30–$80) or durable Patagonia apparel ($20–$100). A wide variety of children’s clothing and shoes ($30–$70) also prepares younger generations for 10,000-foot ascents during recess or snack-time boulder-climbing competitions; accessories such as sleeping bags ($60–$300), water filters and stoves ($40-$120), and backpacks ($40–$300) help make campsites more comfortable.
Renew Denim’s cadre of sartorial scavengers hunts through designer overstocks to festoon fashion plates with brand name clothing at 40%–70% off retail prices. Men and women can cast aside planetary origin differences as they pore over the boutique’s unique collection of premium jeans ($15–$99) and rifle through troves of designer samples ($30–$49) and artist-embellished “renewed” pants to find the cuts and washes that best flatter each set of skinny, wide, or bell-curved legs. Shoppers can gird stems in the flexible textiles of Zenana yoga pants for kinetic activities ($10–$18), or wrap torsos in graphic Junk Food tees ($15). Layering camis (2 for $15) seamlessly shift from solo performances to supporting roles under beribboned Ann Ferriday lace cardigans ($49–$99); eye-grabbing accessories—including handmade Nyovee leather belts ($49–$199), rubber Havaianas sandals ($10), and one-of-a-kind earrings and bangles ($29–$89)—ensure standout outfits.
Ground Zero Clothing and Boardshop?s adroit staff has been equipping athletes with apparel and gear for skateboarding, snowboarding, and wakeboarding since 1997. Harnessing the style and proven functionality of such top-tier brands as TOMS, Volcom, Nike SB, and Burton, they swathe bodies from head to toe in shoes, jeans, and T-shirts. Their collection of Spy and Electric sunglasses protects peepers from whipping winds, and their skateboard decks by Real and Creature help guests skim across surfaces with the speed of an over-caffeinated Zamboni operator. Though their selection of boards and accessories rotates frequently, they typically have skimboards, wakeboards, and snowboards in stock to help their guests defy gravity in style. Additionally, skilled staff members recalibrate scuffed boards or grant patrons a chance to test pilot new ways to commute to work with their equipment repair and rental services.
Poised briefly on the edge, jump-suit-clad guests gaze down at Northern California's rolling landscape as it sprawls out thousands of feet below. The whir of the 850-horsepower Cessna Grand Caravan drowns out the sound of a deep breath before a small jump transforms the mechanical din into a constant, enveloping whoosh as adventurers rush toward the ground in free fall. Established in 1987, Skydance Skydiving has engineered such peerless adrenaline rushes for thousands of thrill seekers, ensuring safety through training and expertise. Tandem jumps keep newbies in the able hands of attached professionals, who deploy the ’chutes and prevent their charges from realizing that all humans possess the power of flight. Prospective solo jumpers can enroll in classes that gradually work up to an unassisted jump, following thorough classroom training and assisted jumps.