The landscape of Yolo County is dominated by agriculture throughout. At least 83% of the total county acreage of 661,760 acres is devoted to farm production. The diversity of agricultural production can be seen in the top ten list of county crops; a list that includes processing tomatoes, wine grapes, organic production, rice, cattle and calves, almonds, walnuts, alfalfa hay, wheat and field corn. (Photo at right from the 2010 Yolo County Crop Report)
Fresh produce for seasonal consumption is available from the many large and small farms in the county at Yolo County Certified Farmers’ Markets, or through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) – a form of direct sales from farmer to consumer – and from direct on-farm sales. Yolo County farm products can also be found in local and regional restaurants and stores.
Certified Farmers' Markets
Certified Farmers' Markets benefis agricultural producers by offering a direct marketing opportunity for the selling of farm products, while providing a way to connect small farmers directly with consumers.
Click here to read more see a list of certified farmers' markets in Yolo County
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Producers
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal, locally produced food directly from a farmer. Here is how they work: consumers generally buy subscriptions in advance for regular (usually weekly) deliveries of seasonal farm harvests. Regular deliveries of these farm boxes are made to community drop sites, and sometimes to individual addresses. Consumers receive fresh farm produce and products, and participate in directly supporting local farms.
Click here for a partial list of CSA farms in Yolo County
Farm and Produce Stands and Stores
Some Yolo County farms have on-farm stands, or a store, from which farmers sell their fresh harvests of peaches, squash, flowers, nuts, dried herbs - to name a few of the many diverse agricultural products available directly from farms.
Click here for a partial list of Yolo County farm stands and stores
Over 85% of the land in Yolo County is farmed. Large-scale farms, livestock operations and a growing number of diversified small farms dominate the county's overall rural landscape. In 2010, Yolo County ranked 23rd out of California's 58 counties in gross value of agricultural production. Processing tomatoes, rice, wine grapes, vegetables, and alfalfa hay make up the top five county commodities. In 2006, the Yolo County Department of Agriculture became an organic certifying agency - becoming one of only three such governmental agencies in the state. Yolo County continues to be a leader in California agriculture.
Click here for a partial list of Yolo County farms
A number of restaurants around the county serve fresh Yolo County farm products.
Click here for a partial list of these restaurants
The growing of olives for olive oil blossomed in the first decade of the 21st century in Yolo County. In 1939 there were 404 acres of olive trees reported in the county; 67 years later the county had less than 200 acres and in 2011, olive tree acreage had grown to 3,300 acres. Read more about this booming crop in this April, 2012 article from the Sacramento Business Journal. In the fall of 2012, the Séka Hills Olive Mill, being built by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation in the Capay Valley, is expected to be up and running in time for the fall's olive harvest.
Click here for a partial list of the olive oil bottlers in Yolo County
What's In Season
Throughout the year, Yolo County farmers are harvesting fresh farm produce.
Click here to find out what's in season and to find delicious seasonal recipes!
Yolo Food Connect
Building a better farm to fork food system for Yolo County
Click here to learn more about Yolo Food Connect
Agricultural tourism is a commercial enterprise at a working farm, ranch or agricultural plant conducted for the enjoyment or education of visitors.
Click here to find out about Yolo County Agritourism