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Galt capitalizes on Old Town, weekly market

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Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 12:00 am

Twice a week, Northern California residents flock to the Galt Market to buy produce and new products, but just beyond the market grounds is the city’s rehabilitated downtown, known as Old Town. The area boasts new restaurants, an ice cream parlor, cookie company and the soon-to-open first wine tasting room within city limits.

Galt is located approximately 20 miles from Sacramento and likely best known for its twice-a-week market, hailed as one of the largest outdoor flea markets in California. It is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Old Town is an eclectic blend of historical brick buildings that also house the city’s famed Spaans Cookie Company. While the family-operated company ships more than 50 cookie varieties to stores nationwide, it is also the spot locals go for homemade holiday pies.

Just outside city limits, residents and visitors alike enjoy the Cosumnes River Preserve. Whether you want to birdwatch or hike through the over 45,000 acres of open nature area, there’s something for every age. You can also kayak along the banks.

With a population of less than 25,000, the quaint city still has a hometown feel.

It offers annual events including the Strawberry Festival, held each May, and the Winter Bird Festival in January. For Easter, they sponsor an egg hunt. And Santa comes to town every December in the annual holiday parade.

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