The Great American Little Town, also known as Galt, in Sacramento County is growing up.
Located approximately 20 miles south of Sacramento, the city once known merely for its sprawling farmland and dairies is drawing home developers building new family residences. New parks have also popped up in recent years.
A Walmart is set to open this year, giving residents more options for shopping.
Its quaint downtown boasts an ice cream shop, cookie factory and bar housed in a historical building that was once the site of the city’s post office and general store.
Stop in for a bite to eat at Brewster’s where you can peek into the wine cellar through a glass floor or relive the city’s past through black and white photos gracing the restaurant’s walls.
Afterward, stroll down the street to watch cookies being made from scratch at Spaans, one of Galt’s original family owned businesses. It’s been baking old-fashioned treats since 1896. They moved the business from Modesto to Galt in 1958 when the population was just 1,200.
Today, Spaan’s offers 50 varieties of cookies and can produce a million cookies a day — all from its local location.
Local groups sponsors a number of community events throughout the year, including an annual Independence Day celebration complete with a parade and pancake breakfast.
In January each year, the city and elementary school district team up to provide a unique look at native birds and offer classes for enthusiasts of all ages.
And, at the annual Strawberry Festival held each May participants can indulge in fair food and watch a festival queen be crowned.
Galt is a city big on pride, as evident from its annual Love Galt event founded by a former mayor. Volunteers from civic organizations and church groups don paintbrushes and push brooms to clean up the city each spring.
Sports and recreation are key to Galt’s quality of life, according to officials.
“Recreation should be an important piece of everyone’s life,” said Monica Lopez, the city’s recreation supervisor.
“Recreation means different things to everyone. One person may look at recreation as a time to work out or place on a sports league. Another person may look at it as a way to express oneself through art or drama.”
Enhanced by its mild seasonal climate and numerous parks, Galt features a variety of activities for youth and adults such as T-ball, baseball, football, soccer, swimming and swim lessons, karate and exercise classes including the newest addition, zumba.
The city, located in the heart of the Delta Recreation Area, is also the site of the state FFA headquarters which houses student officers from up and down the state the year they are elected.
In Galt’s backyard sits the sprawling Cosumnes River Preserve, which features trails and viewing of wildlife. The nearly 48,000 acres of open space offers excellent hiking paths along lush foilage, or maybe you’d rather see it by kayak. You can paddle along flat water and through winding channels.