Davis Farmers Market: America’s Favorite

The Davis Farmers Market is a premier destination year-round. Consistently named in the top 10 farmers markets in the U.S., it earned the title of America’s Favorite Farmers Market in 2009 from American Farmland Trust.

Since 1976, the Davis Farmers Market has been a leader in the farm-to-table movement, creating a sustainable, community event that brings people together. It supports local producers, educates patrons about nutrition, and teaches the value of buying locally and directly from growers and artisans. It’s one of the only markets with a dedicated permanent structure that provides shelter from rain and sun.

The market, at 301 C St., is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, and Wednesday afternoons (see times below). Every market has abundant seasonal produce and other food, live music and a true sense of community. (more…)

Historic Winters, Come Stay Awhile!

So you’ve driven to the beautiful heart of Winters on a Friday evening to enjoy a stroll, some wine tasting, and a special dinner. Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy the whole night? Perhaps take in some late night music or participate in karaoke, enjoy a second happy hour? This all becomes possible when it’s just a one block walk to your cozy suite at the Abbey House Inn. (more…)

Living the Davis Life

Davis, with its “friendliest town” moniker and acclaimed UC Davis, has been enticing visitors for more than 100 years. Campus visits are favorable times for new students and families to get an experiential view of the community and college life. Glean what you can through handheld devices and laptops, but take time walk, bike, eat and see your way around Davis. You will quickly succumb to Davis’ small-town charm and eclectic lifestyle. Plan your campus journey and learn more about living the Davis life! (more…)

Olive Oil is the New Wine

March winds sweep across lowlands to undulating hills and valleys, where deep grasses rush like waves to an imaginary Mediterranean shore. In olive orchards, silvery white and green leaves shimmer on the zephyr and on warm autumn days, rich fruit dangles as precious jewels. Throughout Yolo County, they promise a bountiful treasure of liquid gold.

As in ancient times, the ripened fruit delivers a heavenly elixir. Among the oldest cultivated trees in the world, olives spread from Asia Minor (Turkey) to the Mediterranean thousands of years ago. The Mission varietal brought to Mexico as cuttings by Jesuit missionaries was first planted at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá in 1769.

Eventually growing as far north as San Francisco Solano de Sonoma (Sonoma Mission), these same Mission olives made their way to John Wolfskill’s ranch along Putah Creek in what is now Winters, California. Thanks in part to Wolfskill’s horticultural expertise, California’s olive industry flourished. Over time, supply exceeded demand, olive prices fell and so did the olive oil industry. Only in the past few years have producers and consumers renewed their love affair for California olive oil. And today, Yolo County olive oil is gaining a reputation as among the best in the country. It’s time to discover it for yourself. (more…)

Father Paddy’s & The Whiskey Vault

In a striking sandstone building that was constructed in 1903 as the Yolo County Savings Bank, there is an old-style Irish pub.  With its weathered wood paneling and comfy stuffed chairs, it appears to have always been there. In fact, Father Paddy’s Public House on Woodland’s historic Main Street opened in May of 2016 to almost immediate success.

Proud owner Patrick Redmond says he labored to make it feel like the traditional community gathering place that Irish pubs have always been, going so far as to attack the spacious room with power tools to create the illusion of wear. The result is truly impressive. Somehow, the majestic turn-of-the-century bank interior meshes perfectly with the lovingly built pub. Everything from the scuffed wood floor to the Irish blessings on the walls evokes the kind of place where people meet and tell stories while sipping a pint. (more…)

Make Woodland Your Dining Destination

We sent Sacramento writer Barbara L. Steinberg to check out the dining scene in Woodland for Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week – here is her enthusiastic report.

In California, every season is splendiferous and bountiful along back roads of Yolo County. Part of the Central Valley, this agricultural heartland is situated between coastal foothills and the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Rolling hills, verdant valleys and mountains overflow with a profusion of vineyards, orchards, pastured livestock and row crops. All the best, the finest and most delicious ingredients take center stage during Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week, January 22-28, 2017. (more…)

Chris Turkovich: Building A Legacy Through Wine

Drive three short miles northeast of Winters, just beyond the bustling historic downtown, and you’ll come to a barn that overlooks a field of ever-rotating crops, stretching beyond the view of the natural eye, dancing in the evening when the cool Delta Breeze whistles through. Depending on the time of day, the structure can appear a romantic fire hydrant red, bringing to mind the types of farms you see in big budget Hollywood films or in children’s picture books.

Or it can come across as a soft brown, blending in with the dry side of the westward Vaca Mountains, which funnel the Lake Berryessa watershed to farmers all over Yolo County down through Putah Creek. At sunset, light plays a trick on your eyes and the barn emits a sharp yellow as the massive almond tree from a neighboring property casts a shadow over the rustic brown gate that reads: “Turkovich Family Wines.” (more…)

Now Open: The Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

The Manetti Shrem Museum, a visible landmark along Interstate 80 that welcomes visitors on a major gateway to the UC Davis campus, opened its doors this November. It is a magnificent facility, full of eye-popping works of art, and thanks to the generosity of museum donors and partners, admission is free to everyone. (more…)

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