My World #31: It’s Cherry Picking Time

08 Jun

When I first moved in the Bay Area, my SIL and brother took to me to cherry picking in Brentwood.  Nope, not the OJ Simpson Brentwood, but the Northern California agricultural town Brentwood.  I had a lot of fun.  At that time, the place was all agricultural lands where miles and miles of orchards can be found.  I’m sure you know what the deal is with fruit picking.  One gets a bucket and enters the orchard, picks fruits and samples the produce, and then picks some more and the yield will be weighed outside the orchard.

That was my one and only time I went to cherry picking, although I thought I would return every year, until two weeks ago when our friends sent us an invite and picked us to go cherry picking.  In the mid 90s with the boom of real estate, many of the farm lands were converted into housing.  I was even expecting to see very little of the orchards to be still around.  There’s quite a few of them, I found out.  We went to a roadside orchard for cherry picking where I took these photos.  I picked enough for us and some for my co-workers, then we moved on to another orchard where peaches, plums, pluots (hybrid of plum and apricots), apricots, blackberries.  Plums were ripe but the other fruits are not yet ready to pick. It’s always nice to see a lot of people going to the farm/orchard and pick their fruits. I especially love to see kids seeing where their fruits actually come from.

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Posted by on June 8, 2009 in My World


33 responses to “My World #31: It’s Cherry Picking Time

  1. Susan at Stony River

    June 8, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Beautiful! We have cherries and apples at our house, but we’re farther north and they’re only just blossoming. I’d love to go to a real orchard, a big one, and have a day out like yours. Enjoy your cherries!

  2. SandyCarlson

    June 8, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I love getting out in the orchards, though they don’t look quite as good as that!

  3. Sylvia Kirkwood

    June 8, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Oh, I love cherries! Love orchards — period! These are terrific shots!

  4. Titania

    June 8, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Yummy cherries. I have not eaten cherries for a long time. Certainly we can buy them here but very, very expensive and nothing tasty like fresh from the tree. We had a few cherry trees in Switzerland. Those cherries look superb.

  5. luizramos2009

    June 8, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Beautiful country World.
    Luiz Ramos

  6. Carver

    June 8, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Great shots and I enjoyed this post so much. I also think it’s so important for children to see where the food comes from.

  7. Guy D

    June 8, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Great selection of photos, looks so beautiful there.

    Have a fantastic week
    Regina In Pictures

  8. James

    June 8, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    That’s cool I didn’t even know they had cherry trees in the Bay area.
    There’s a pick your own fruit farm close to here I should try it.

  9. Fishing Guy

    June 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Ewok: That does look really nice, great captures of the trees. We get the CA cherries here in Ohio.

  10. SusieOfArabia

    June 8, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    That sure sounds like fun. We had a farm we used to be able to pick strawberries at. Great photos!

  11. Janie of Utah

    June 9, 2009 at 12:02 am

    It’s always fun to be able to do your own harvesting. I’d love to go cherry-picking.

  12. 2sweetnsaxy

    June 9, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I’ve never gone to anything like this but I would like to, at least once. I’m not always thrilled with the fruit at the markets. Maybe I’d be more thrilled if I picked them myself.
    🙂 Love the shots.

  13. Alicesg

    June 9, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Wow lovely photos. I always try to visit fruit farms when I am overseas.

  14. Maria

    June 9, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Yummy. I love fresh cherries. My kids are dying to do this one day. I should see what farms in the area are hosting cherry picking. Nice colors.

  15. Lantaw

    June 9, 2009 at 1:31 am

    looks like very beautiful weather! those cherries looked really nice.

  16. Wren

    June 9, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Oh, yum – our fruit is not quite in season yet, but it’s always wonderful when it gets here. It’s the best part of spring, and what better excuse to be outside?

  17. Ebie

    June 9, 2009 at 3:15 am

    I love cherries, locally this time, on sale, it costs $ 0.99/#. This weekend we are scheduled to go cherry picking in Leona Valley.
    BTW, if you have not seen the video, Z and I were able to go on a tethered ride…..

  18. chrome3d

    June 9, 2009 at 3:39 am

    There is always things that you think you can do almost every year. Then 10 years pass and it hasn´t been done. Good that you had the chance now.

  19. Gaelyn

    June 9, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Those cherries look mouth wateringly delicious. It’s always nice to pick your fruit and know that it’s so fresh. Great post. Happy picking.

  20. irenet

    June 9, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I went cherry picking once so this brings back that memory. Nothing like eating fresh cherries straight from the branch. Of course we rinsed it a bit and chomp away in the bus.

  21. Pam

    June 9, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Yum, cherry pie..I can taste it now! It sounds like you and your friends had a delightful day filling your baskets. Its nice to know the farms are still there. Those lands are our fruit bowl, we need to preserve them. Wonderful photo, too.

  22. Wolynski

    June 9, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Gorgeous photos – boy, cherries are expensive once they get to the supermarket, but I love ’em.

  23. maryt/theteach

    June 9, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Ooo, delicious cherries! Love your collage, ewok! 🙂

  24. erin

    June 9, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    yummo…fresh cherries!
    who could ask for anything more.
    i adore cherry preserves….
    lovely mosaic.

    have a wonderful evening.

  25. Christina

    June 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Lovely and tasty I guess
    I sure would like to enter a place like that too

  26. Pacey

    June 10, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Wow, so delectable…love the cherries but haven’t tried the fresh plums yet. Yummy, and am drooling for those fruits.

  27. Indrani

    June 10, 2009 at 4:39 am

    Such a beautiful collage and my mouth is watering seeing those jucilicious fruits. 🙂

  28. Monica A

    June 10, 2009 at 5:57 am

    I like how you did the collage, nicely done and the photos are of course beautiful too. So, are you going to make a cherry pie? 🙂

  29. Dagrun

    June 10, 2009 at 8:53 am

    That would be nice indeed! Great photo.

  30. Marie

    June 10, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Wow! California sounds ike fruit picking heaven!

  31. Karen

    June 10, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Oh yum … I love cherries !!!

    I haven’t been to a pick your own orchard, since I moved to the US. Not many of them around this area. However, I used to go to them all the time, back in New Zealand. Great fun !

  32. aguthrieimages

    June 10, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    I am not one for cherries but you shots are gorgeous, and put together well. I guess I am just South of you and West of Pasadena.

  33. bw

    June 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    nice ! YOu reminded me that we will have to visit the cherry farm soon 🙂


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