Minutes from the Vacaville Premium Outlets, small farms dot the countryside, and local farmers tend the land. Their labor produces a bounty of fruits, vegetables and herbs; bundles of lavender and flowers; olive oil; wine; yarn spun from alpaca fleece; raw honey; and fresh eggs.
Sean Favero wipes beads of sweat from his brow as he drives his tractor and attached hay baler in a field at his farm in Dixon. The machine gathers dried alfalfa, forms it into squares and catapults them into a wagon behind the baler.
Since its founding in the 1800s, Vacaville has been known for its rich soil and agricultural production. But another kind of production has made Vacaville an internationally recognized hot spot in recent decades: biotechnology.
Overshadowed by the Nut Tree road stop and retail center, downtown Vacaville doesn’t always get as much attention by tourists and locals. However, it only took one visit to convince Leslie Silver that it was the perfect spot to start her new business.