Arata Farm

Location: Brentwood, CA

Arata Farms sells cherries, peaches, lemons, persimmons, and figs.

Their farm has been in operation for over 50 years.  Arata's produce is also available at a farm stand on Walnut Boulevard in Brentwood which is open seven days a week.

Mercado Kitchen: Fig-Ginger Chutney

I usually say I don’t like nice things––too much pressure, too fancy, makes me feel like a jerk, etc. But when the nice thing is something that you make for yourself and costs about six dollars, it’s worth it, right? As my first spoonful of this chutney made its way towards my mouth, I felt a little bit nervous. I wasn’t sure about how much ginger I had added, I hadn’t made chutney before, and I felt a lot of …

When farm is family, the fruit is too: farm profile featuring Arata Farms

Ask Nicholas Arata what his favorite peach is and you’ll be rewarded with a family story. “The Reginas [yellow peaches] are my favorite yellow fleshed peach to eat,” he says, noting that the farm has had Regina trees for 30 years. In fact, says Nicholas, “they were planted the spring I was born, or the season before that. When you look off into the backyard, they are the first trees you can see.” Arata has a grove of about 150 …

Mercado Kitchen: miniature peach pies

Happy Belated Memorial Day! While we may not all be apple-eyed, red-and-white-striped patriots, I’d like to believe that everyone has a connection to pie. The flaky bits of crust––the sweetness and warmth of the filling––the possibilities of ice cream melting into the core––pie is celebration. And making a pie can be a celebratory process, too! Last Thursday, Arata Farms returned for the summer season, bringing stone fruits in tow. Arata is an MCM staple––the farm has been in operation for 5 decades, …

Spotted at MCM: Craftsman and Wolves

Chef William and sous chef Connie from nearby Mission patisserie Craftsman and Wolves were spotted shopping at the Mission Community Market last Thursday. They are big fans of the market and can be found shopping at several vendor stalls almost every week. Last week they filled their cart with a variety of seasonal produce: kale and watermelon radishes from Tomatero Farm, apples from Hale Apple Farm, and quince from Arata Farm. Right now as the seasons are changing there are …