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A 'Wet' Vacaville During a 'Dry' USA
"STUFF" THAT CAME TO PASS - In the early days of the fruit industry in Vacaville, ranchers took advantage of the virgin soil and planted some of their acreages to vineyards. From these vines came luscious sun-ripened, sugar-sweet grapes which found their way to fresh market. But, many of these ranchers preserved their annual ritual of pressing some of these grapes into a quantity of wine.
Cherry Orchard, apricots and vineyard. Fruit drying. H. A. [...]
Grape vineyard - Montecello
Grizzly Island slowly evolves to preserve
In the 1880s through the 1900s, the industry on Grizzly Island was pretty well given over to dairies. Cows were milked only in the spring and then they were milked by hand. Their fresh milk was separated and fed to the ranchers' calves and pigs. It was Steve Staffane's job to stop at each ranch to collect the cream, which was hauled by barge on the sloughs to Dutton's Landing where, the White Rose Creamery was established [...]
Fruit operations make a mark in Vacaville
The orchards in the Vacaville Township were abuzz with activity and making the farmers plenty of money most seasons. Would-be fruit ranchers were anxious to try their hand at this successful business. For $15,000, one of the best fruit ranches could be had. Located close to town, it boasted grape vines and a large variety of fruit trees.
Roy Mason continues ranching tradition with cattle, grapes
Roy Mason and his wife, Betty, live on a ranch in Green Valley, where he runs cattle and grows grapes. On the same property, his daughter and her family now occupy the house where his grandmother lived. The family, which traces its Solano County heritage to the mid-1800s, also owns and operates a vineyard in neighboring Suisun Valley.
High Winds, Fire, Dry Grass: Black Thursday
A DAY TO REMEMBER - The sun was shining brightly over Vacaville on that September 16th back in 1965, but it was barely visible. It was being blotted out by dense clouds of smoke. The Black Thursday fire was on a rampage, and men and machines were helpless to stop the fiery tongue as it worked its way south toward Vacaville.
Peaches occupy a sweet slice of history
Summer is slowly drawing to an end. I measure the season's progress by the fruit varieties. The last couple of weeks, my family enjoyed Suisun Valley Fay Elberta peaches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; fresh, baked, poached and any other way possible.
Kid Stuff - Cutting Cots, Picking Prunes
THE GREAT SOLANO FACE-LIFT - The annual crop report for Solano County has just been released by the office of Agricultural Commissioner Richard Lawley. Although the gross volume in production for 1978 fell about $2 million below the 1977 figure, the $98.3 million for 1978 was impressive.
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