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Shop local this holiday season

Grown or Made in California by Barbara L. Steinberg

Brannigans Woodland1My continued quests to shop local and only Made in the USA has continued. Other then a few odds and ends, my entire retail experience has included products only from these American shores. As I contemplated my Thanksgiving feast, there was never any question that my turkey would be local. This year I decided it really would be farm fresh. Branigan's Turkey Farm in Woodland, California. The drive would include some of my favorite back roads -- so score on both counts. Even the rain didn't dampen my locavore spirit.

 Berryessa Gap Winery & Tasting Room tugs from Highway 128.  Berryessa Brewing Company at the same location makes this a double-hitter. The destination is extremely popular with bicyclists who love to brave the hills and curves of Yolo and Solano counties along Highway 128. The winery also has a tasting room in downtown Winters.

Locavore cravings have one last destination pegged at Ikeda's just off Interstate 80 at Mace Boulevard in Davis. Anyone who has ever shopped Ikeda's knows it is lcoavore Heaven on earth. Fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade tamales, pies, fresh-roasted coffee, salsas, tortillas, coffee cakes, cheeses, meats, poultry. You always buy something more than you intended. It's all so freaking delicious.

A speck of sunshine is breaking through the clouds. But more wet weather is ahead. I turned my Subaru east and headed up the road. An excellent day and happy for the contributions made to local economies.

This Local Locavore Shops Yolo & Solano Counties Slideshow: Barbara’s trip to 3 cities including and Davis was created with TripAdvisor TripWow!