Spring is sprung

By From page B13 | March 14, 2014

Amador City DaffodilsIn early spring, more than 15,000 daffodils now bloom in Amador City. The gorgeous display can be seen on both ends of town as well as in planters throughout.

The town sponsored Daffodil Festival is held Saturday, March 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. In its second year, this triumph of spring conceived of by Ashley Putz of Buffalo Chips Emporium includes local produce sold in the street as well as a kitchen porch sale at Andrae’s Bakery with creamy Delta asparagus soup to nourish event goers.

In celebration of daffodils, Buffalo Chips will offer free pie tasting of cherry, apricot, berry, apple and rhubarb pies. Its pies are famous throughout the region.

“I wanted to do something to beautify the town,” said Putz of spearheading the planting of the daffodils. “I grew up here and it is such a great place, I wanted to add color to the charm.“

The annual planting is now part of the community calendar, locals come out and add amendments to the soil and bulbs to the ground. Even the sheriff’s department contributes, sending laborers to clean up the roadside in anticipation of the planting.

The first year’s planting consisted of King Alfred Dutch Masters and this year Ice Follies, Barrett Browning and Golden Harvests were added to provide successive blooming and myriad of hues.

Feist Wines in the heart of California’s smallest incorporated town will join in the festivities with its winemaker, Tony Feist performing live folk and rock music. Feist offers wine tasting of small lot, gold medal-winning wines and wine by the glass and the bottle in a gold rush era saloon.

The historic Imperial Hotel will feature corned beef sandwiches and other Irish fare in honor of the festival’s proximity to St. Patrick’s Day. The hotel has a classic bar, an iconic piece of old west culture.

Amador City plans to add more daffodils each year and the daffodils.

For more information contact Susan Feist at Feist Wines at 209-267-8020.

Amador City

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