Local residents can generally tell when it’s u-pick season in Brentwood. Traffic slows on the back roads around the farm areas, with more cars visiting and scooping out the best locations to stop and pick their favorite fruit. While some may complain, for the most part, even those who live close by love picking fresh fruit just as much as the tourists who stop by to grab their share.

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Earlier this month, Brentwood’s Barbara Turner was one of the first to share her dismay about drivers’ crazy antics on Marsh Creek Road near Walnut Boulevard.

“It’s a love-hate relationship with me,” she laughs. “I occasionally head out that way to go to work on the weekends, and it can be crazy. But then I wouldn’t live anywhere else because I love being able to drive through the back roads of Brentwood and check out the farms myself.”

Despite it all, Turner spent Mother’s Day with her three girls picking fruit at Diablo Cherries on Sellers Avenue.

“They have the best cherries, and they really helped my kids pick out the ripest cherries,” she said. “Everyone had a blast.”

According to the Brentwood Harvest Time website, there are more than a dozen u-pick cherry farms open this time of year selling cherries. Diablo Cherries sells Coral and Black Pearl varieties. While some may worry about the drought and …read more

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