Fred Manas is a rancher, in the fullest sense of the term. He grows and harvests good things to eat: a variety of fruits on 60 acres around Esparto, almost all of it sold on the premises, and Angus-Hereford cattle run in the fields and foothills of Napa and Yolo counties, which is processed and sold at his namesake meat market near town. He wears what suits him: jeans with a large tarnished buckle, stripped shirt with two pockets, cowboy boots that haven’t polished since he bought them, and a hat no one else in the world could get away with wearing.
Fred Manas is a rancher, in the fullest sense of the term. He is friendly, convivial, warm-hearted, generous. He is intelligent, focused, hard-working, genuine. There is no one who does not like him, and he is widely admired.