Just at the east of Napa County, Yolo County has been silently fueling and supplying the food revolution of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1970s, when its local pioneer organic farmers and growers started planting and growing local produce and fresh market crops to be delivered to the restaurants in the Bay Area as well as to sell seasonal produce to emerging farmers’ markets. Today, Yolo County has started claiming its very own distinct place in the stratosphere of wine, food, and good life in the Northern California!
Yolo County has been long popular for its range of commodity crops such as processing alfalfa, tomatoes, and seed crops; however these days, almonds, wine grapes, and walnuts are becoming the county’s top crops as well. Truly, a drive through this county is nothing but a wonderful rural experience, with a great sprinkling of cities and towns. Surrounded by Coast Range, the Yolo land flattens out to the westernmost territory of the Great Central Valley of California down to the Sacramento River. You will also find olive groves, almond orchards, bucolic Capay Valley, and grazing cattle, making the county the country’s premier organic grower!
The cities and towns in Yolo County are few. Davis, the largest city, is a proud home of the world-famous, first-class University of California, where over 30,000 students head to the campus during the school season. You will find every kind of ethnic restaurant, coffee shops, Wednesday’s evening farmers’ market, a lively Saturday morning’s farmers’ market and first-class boutiques.
Situated on the southwestern part of the county just against the foothills, are where you will find the county’s slightly counterculture and quirky town. It has been a farming center and orchard since it was founded in 1850s. Here, you will discover the well-known Palms Theatre, situated in the newly renovated and restructured Winters Opera House. You will also find an award-winning steakhouse, cafes and restaurants that serve locally grown foods, Mexican restaurants, and taco trucks that will surely give you a wonderful experience.
Woodland, the center of Yolo County’s farming community and the county seat boasts of several agricultural infrastructures that supplies and boosts the county’s economy including tomato processing plants, rice mills, farm equipment sales, and seed companies. This town also has different restaurants that feature locally grown food, a coffee shop, vibrant bookstore, live music and barbecue, white tablecloth restaurants, and a farmers’ market. It is also the home to the well-known Yolo County Fair and California Olive Oil Competition.