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The Best Gourmet Foods Produced in Yolo County

The Best Gourmet Foods Produced in Yolo County

It’s no secret that Yolo County is a farm-to-table paradise. An agricultural powerhouse, Yolo County produces just about every fruit and veggie under the sun, as well as nuts, olives, honey and much more! The county also turns out dozens of gourmet food products made from those crops, making it a great place to visit to enjoy all the land has to offer. And if you have a foodie on your holiday shopping list, Yolo County is a great place to visit for unique, delicious gifts produced right in your backyard. Following are some of the best gourmet foods produced in Yolo County.

Seka Hills Olive Oil-best gourmet food products made in Yolo County

Olive Oil

Seka Hills. Located in Capay Valley, Seka Hills is known for its estate-grown olive oil. They offer numerous varietals, including Arbequina (sweet and mild), Picual (herbaceous), Taggiasca (herbaceous and nutty), and Frantoio (bright and peppery). They also produce vinegars, honey, nuts, wine and other amazing products.

 

Bondolio. This Winters-based olive oil producer specializes in Sicilian olives. In fact, their olives, grassy Nocellara, peppery Cerasuola, and buttery Biancolilla, are cultivated using Old-World methods. You can schedule a tour of their facilities and taste their products right at the source.

 

Yolo Press. Yolo Press is a family-run sustainable farm that produces small-batch, organic, extra-virgin olive oil. They offer varietals (including Taggiasca, Leccino and Mission) as well as blends and flavored oil using yuzu fruit, a type of citrus. They also produce jams, jellies and marmalades.

 

Grumpy Goats Farm. Capay-based Grumpy Goats Farm is another producer of organic olive oil, including varietals such as Picual, Frantoio, Coratina (robust and grassy), and Pendolino (nutty and spicy). They also produce an award-winning Italian blend with hints of pepper, arugula and almond.

 

Capay Valley Ranches. Extra-virgin, cold-pressed olive oil is the specialty at Capay Valley Ranches. They grow numerous varieties of olives, including the full-bodied Greek Koroneiki and the Spanish Arbosana. They’re known for their infused blends, with flavors including Meyer lemon, Persian lime, blood orange, and rosemary, among others. They also offer infused balsamic vinegars with flavors such as cranberry, pear and fig.

 

Steady Eddy Coffee-Gourmet Food Made in Yolo County

Coffee

Pachamama. Based in Davis, this farmer-first coffee collective offers single-origin beans from Central America, South America, Mexico, Ethiopia and beyond. They also offer blends and unroasted beans for those who like to DIY. All of their coffee is certified organic and the cooperative has received awards for its sustainable practices.

 

Steady Eddy’s. Steady Eddy’s is a popular coffee shop in central Winters. In addition to espresso drinks, they also offer their house-roasted coffee beans to go. They have several single-origin options (including Oaxaca, Sumatra, Brazil and Guatemala) as well as house blends. Can’t decide? Sign up for the coffee club, where various beans are shipped to you monthly.

 

Mishkas. Mishkas is a popular coffee shop in downtown Davis that roasts all of its coffee in-house. You can also buy their beans to go (or online), with propriety blends including light roast, medium roast, dark roast and decaf. All of their coffee beans are fair-trade and organic, roasted in small batches almost every day.

 

Pure Honey-Gourmet Food Made In Yolo County

Honey

Pure. Raw, all-natural honey is the focus at Pure honey in Winters. Produced by the family-run Henry’s Bullfrog Bees Apiary, their orange blossom honey and wildflower honey have subtle hints of blossoms, while infused flavors include ginger, habanero and cinnamon. They also produce a honey caramel sauce, perfect for drizzling over ice cream.

 

Sola Bee. Sola Bee in Woodland offers pure, raw, seasonal honey from happy hives! Varietals run the gamut, and include wildflower, black button sage, yellow star thistle and classic clover. You can also purchase a sampler set or mix and match light and darker varieties.

 

Z Specialty Food. Z Specialty Food in Woodland offers honey from across the region. In fact, they offer more than 30 different honey varietals from various producers. Varietals include California eucalyptus, Southwestern mesquite, local wildflower and orange blossom, among many others. They also have honey tasting kits, honey straws and comb honey, as well as nut butters and fruit spreads.

 

Jam and jelly

Jams & Jellies

Good Humus. Located in Capay Valley, Good Humus is a CSA that delivers farm-fresh produce to its members. But it also produces a number of jams, jellies and syrups made from Yolo County fruits. Offerings include triple citrus marmalade, nectarine ginger jam and pomegranate syrup. They also have dried fruit, spice mixes and house-blended teas.

 

Cloverleaf Farm. Davis-based Cloverleaf Farm has eight acres of certified organic peaches, nectarines, apricots, figs and plums. But you can enjoy their produce year-round with their selection of jams, with offerings including apricot and peach. They also make several syrups, such as elderberry and wild berry, and cocktail mixers such as elderflower cordial.

 

Almonds from Winters Fruit Tree farm stand

Nuts & Nut Butter

Yolo Farmstand. Nuts are big business in Yolo County. A one-stop shop for nuts is Yolo Farmstand in Davis, which sells its organic walnuts and almonds by the pound. They also offer sun-dried peaches and red flame raisins, which they mix with nuts for a house-made trail mix.  

 

Winters Fruit Tree. This old-timey roadside stop sells seasonal produce and other foods like eggs and honey as well as nuts and nut butters. Offerings include almonds, pistachios, walnuts and pecans, some with unique flavors such as chili lemon, tamari and cinnamon. Nut butters go beyond just peanut; they also have pistachio butter and walnut butter, as well as unique products such as banana nut butter, snickerdoodle almond butter and sweet sriracha almond butter dip. They also have seasonal jams and jellies. 

 

Yolo Land and Cattle Beef Jerky

Beef Jerky 

Yolo Land & Cattle. Beef may be what’s for dinner, but it also makes a great snack, especially in the form of beef jerky. Yolo Land & Cattle produces beef jerky and beef sticks made from all-natural, grass-fed beef. They offer classic flavors such as black pepper and teriyaki, as well as honey glazed, pineapple pepper and blazing hot. You can also order a variety pack.

 

Patio 29 Craft Spirits on table 

Spirits/Beverages

Patio 29. As the only craft distillery in Yolo County, Patio 29 in Winters produces whiskey, gin, vodka, rum and other spirits. They also have a line of infused whiskeys, Harmon’s Hot Pix, with flavors such as cinnamon, black cherry and orange.

 

L’Apéro Les Trois. Inspired by French farmhouse-style apéritifs, L’Apéro Les Trois produces small-batch, low-alcohol infused wine beverages. Flavors include apricot, Meyer lemon, black mission fig, green walnut, quince and rosemary orange, all made from local produce and wine from Berryessa Gap Vineyards.

 

If you’re looking for food-related gifts for that special someone on your list, you’re sure to find it in Yolo County. From olive oil to honey, nuts to coffee, there are plenty of gourmet gifts to please every foodie. A visit to Yolo County’s small, family-run farms is a unique way to spend an afternoon. There are also plenty of lodging specials to take advantage of if you’d like to make a shopping trip into an overnight getaway.

 

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