With assistance from the Yolo County Department of Agriculture and a USDA grant, Yolo County is now home to Preserve Farm Kitchens, a small batch, private label co-pack facility that helps farms of all sizes take raw product and turn it into shelf-stable, value-added foods.
Preserve Farm Kitchens is the brainchild of Merrilee Olson, a long-time food entrepreneur. She recognized farms could be more profitable if they had the means to sell the whole field and all grades of product. To do so, farms would need a home for the less-than-perfect products (not fit for the shelf as is) that could be made into other products, i.e. jams, jellies, salsas, hummus, shrubs, etc.