If you visit Silicon Valley today, it’s hard to imagine, that not so long ago, this was fertile farmland where peaches, apricots, almonds and strawberries grew. Where schoolkids worked as pickers in orchards all summer long.
In Los Gatos stands a little wooden fruit stand. Cornucopia Fruit Stand stood by a farm house and was once surrounded by apricot orchards. Today, busy Winchester Avenue and the freeway run right next to it, and Netflix’s new headquarters stand where fruit trees once stood. Lily Falcone planted an oak tree right in front of the stand in 1936. The current owners of the stand and Los Gatos residents got together and petitioned the city to NOT have the oak cut down. And now that little fruit stand and grand oak tree stand defiantly by the ever-broadening road, a reminder to a slower, gentler time.
I sat below the oak tree on a warm summer morning and sketched the fruit stand.
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