Old Suisun Valley Fruit Box Labels
Fruit trees, especially those for Bartlett Pears, and to a lesser extent Bing Cherries, were the main crop grown in the Suisun Valley from the late 1880s to the early 1970s when wine grape vineyards began appearing. This was before cardboard boxes were widely used, and fruit packing houses, like the Suisun Valley Fruit Growers Association, would ship their produce in wooden boxes, with labels glued on the ends to identify where the fruit came from. Many of these labels were quite colorful, and they represent a fascinating part of the local history. Shown below are some historic labels from Suisun Valley, and the neighboring Vacaville and Rio Vista areas. Clicking on any of these labels should bring up a more detailed view.