Spring is finally here. The morning air’s a little less crisp, the sun feels warmer on your skin and best of all there are flowers blooming everywhere in California. Saratoga, a small town on San Francisco’s peninsula, celebrates as it’s done since 1900 – with a fair.
If Lorelai and Rory Gilmore lived in California, Saratoga would be their Stars Hollow. Surrounding the public library, council chambers and theatre is the town’s “historic orchard”, filled with all kinds of fruit trees.
If you lived in a town built on historic orchards, and that town was a bit like Stars Hollow, what would you do? Of course you’d plant an orchard on a 13.9 acre plot of land with cherry, apricot, peach and nectarine trees. I didn’t find Taylor Dosee, but there’s no doubt that his double had a hand in this!
The orchard is built on part of the Quito Rancho, which dates back to the 1880s. The festival began in 1900 after a two year drought broke. Edwin Sidney Williams wanted to everyone to be able to see the flowers and be able to enjoy a watery spring.
Today it’s a celebration of blossoms as well as the 30’s and 40’s, with bands, vintage cars and machinery, stalls, food trucks and tours of the orchard. I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I thought I’d share my day in pictures with you.