Robin Chapman has written a good book (California Apricots) similar to Yvonne Jacobson’s book “Passing Farms: Enduring Values”. Chapman recalls the seaon when the Santa Clara Valley was the largest apricot producer in the world and recounts the stories of Silicon Valley’s now lost orchards. From the Spaniards in the eighteenth century who first planted apricots in the Mission Santa Clara to the post-World War II families who built their homes among the subdivided orchards, relive the long summer days ripe with bumper crops of this much anticipated delicacy.
Chapman grew up in Los Altos which is a few miles to the west of me.
Title: Califonia Apricots
Author: Robin Chapman
Publisher: American Palate