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Jul29

Food Waste Makes National Headlines

This month, John Oliver highlighted the issue of food waste in his weekly show, Last Week Tonight. Check out of the full segment here (warning: contains some explicit language). He highlighted the outrageous amount of food we waste in America — 40 percent! Research in Seattle shows that young professionals and families with small children […]

Jul23

Meet Your 2015 Harvesters

Pictured from left to right, Dusty Towler, Luke Jesperson, and Yvonne Socolar comprise City Fruit’s 2015 harvest crew! Going into his fourth summer as a harvester with City Fruit, Dusty is focusing on West Seattle. Luke, City Fruit’s Harvest Manager, will be working in South Seattle including the neighborhoods of Beacon Hill, Mt. Baker, Rainier […]

Jul13

Get to know Seattle’s Early Season Apples (and how to turn them into butter!)

As July rolls around each year, you may notice a certain type of apple that seems to already be fully sized and ready for harvesting while most apples are just beginning to grow. These apples are called transparent apples and on sight, can be distinguished by their extremely light (shall we say, transparent?) green skin. Last […]

Jul08

Meet City Fruit’s Summer VISTA and Interns!

Pictured from left to right, Sam Maylor, Ethan Davis, and Allie Andrade have joined the City Fruit office this summer, focusing on a variety of projects to help build City Fruit’s capacity. Both Environmental Studies majors at the University of Washington, Sam and Allie will be working with City Fruit as part of their senior […]

Jun25

Harvest is here!

After a 239 day hiatus, the harvest has officially begun! Our first harvest this year came 12 days earlier than our first harvest last year and resulted in 30 pounds of delicious Bing Cherries donated to the El Centro Food Bank (I do have to admit, I couldn’t resist treating myself to a few as […]

Jun19

Happy National Pollinator Week!

During National Pollinator Week, we wanted to reflect on and celebrate the insects that make City Fruit’s annual harvest possible! One out of every three bites we eat (including fruit from fruit trees) is courtesy of a pollinator, i.e. bees, wasps, moths, flies, and bats. While there are many different pollinators that contribute to pollination, […]

Jun12

Linden Orchard is Ready for Summer

The trees are looking good at Linden Orchard. Five out of six trees have apples! Only one tree that produced last year did not develop blooms or apples this year. Let us know if you’re seeing the same thing in your yard. Thanks to support from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, City Fruit is […]

May29

Wealthy: Heirloom Apple

by Don Ricks, lead orchard steward at Piper’s Orchard, Amy Yee Tennis Center Orchard, and Good Shepherd Center orchard           Probably the most historic orchard in Seattle is Piper’s Orchard in Carkeek Park. Some apple and pear trees there were planted over 120 years ago. www.pipersorchard.org These trees were planted by […]

May26

Cultivars in Seattle Public Orchards

Visit Seattle’s public orchards to discover apples that were commonly grown in the 1900s, 1800s, or even earlier. The word “cultivar” refers to a specific plant variety. Below is a list of 52 apple cultivars  that can be found in orchards stewarded by City Fruit. Most of the varieties listed below are heritage apples, no […]

May22

Baby Apples Arrive at Linden Orchard

Baby apples have arrived at Linden Orchard! Small apples, about a dime in size are starting to appear on some of the orchard’s six apple trees. It’s very normal for apple trees to bloom and develop fruit at varying times, depending on the variety. The impact of our thinning work is evident on the trees. […]

May04

Teens for Trees

On a sunny day in Wallingford, Meridian Park is buzzing with frisbees, dogs, and people enjoying the gardens and open spaces. It’s easy to miss that many of the trees supplying the shade are edible fruit trees! On Wednesdays, a group of students from the Boys and Girls Club of Wallingford wander over to learn […]

Apr23

Feeling a Connection with the Past

I consider myself to be a bit of a history enthusiast (read in the most literal sense-I don’t claim to know much but I am enthusiastic when doing so.) As such, I personally find it important to learn a bit about the story of my surroundings; grounding myself and connecting me with what came before […]

Apr16

Bloom Watch at Linden Orchard

We’re on bloom watch here at City Fruit! I often have the pleasure of running through Linden Orchard in the Phinney neighborhood. This small plot of land was formerly home to an orchard, and six apple trees remain today. As the season progresses, I’ll continue to document the blooms, apple growth, and pest prevention activities at […]

Apr10

City Fruit Launches Save Seattle’s Apples Campaign!

  Spring is springing, and along with the warmer weather and new buds on the trees, we are excited to announce the launch of our first ever Spring 2015 Save Seattle’s Apples Campaign! In partnership with Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Recology, Greater Good Granola, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, […]

Mar05

A non-fiction fable of my first time fig affair

As I think about our last Prune-a-thon event, which is happening this Saturday and will focus on pruning fig trees, I can’t help but reminisce about my first time harvesting figs last summer. The reason I remember it so well is because it was also my first time ever eating a fresh fig. I was […]

Feb17

Hip Hop Group Dead Prez and Eating Healthy

In honor of President’s Day, all of us at City Fruit wanted to write about an American president who had a known affinity for eating or growing fruit. While it is true that some presidents are forever linked with a certain type of fruit (as the rest of my coworkers have wonderfully written about) my […]

Feb16

Fresh Fruit from the White House

Many of our nation’s presidents have loved and cultivated their own garden of fresh fruits and vegetables on the White House lawn. So here are a couple of fun facts this President’s Day about the White House and its history in edible landscaping.       Over the years, 1600 pounds of food have been […]

Feb14

George Washington and the Cherry Tree

I chose to write my President’s Day blog about our nation’s first president and the ubiquitous cherry tree myth. I studied U.S. history in college so I love a good presidential anecdote, but I also grew up with a cherry tree in my backyard, lending a certain significance to this particular story for me. Written […]

Feb13

Favorite Fruit of the Presidents – Thomas Jefferson

We begin our President’s Day series of blogs by City Fruit staff members with a focus on Thomas Jefferson and his favorite fruit. My husband is a long-time admirer of Thomas Jefferson so we have had plenty of conversations about our third president and his personally designed Virginia home, Monticello. When investigating the Monticello orchards, […]

Feb12

City People’s Sale and the Many Cultivars of Blueberries

City People’s bare root tree sale is beginning now and going through March (and with part of the proceeds being given to City Fruit!) So I decided to head over to CP after hearing tales of endless varieties of figs, kiwis, apples, and more. I was especially intrigued by the large selection of blueberry varieties […]