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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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. These trees were planted by […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


Fruit-Filled Recipe: Walnut Date Torte

Walnut Date Torte   Active time: 30 min Start to finish: 1 1/2 hr Servings: Makes 8 servings Ingredients 1/4 cup boiling water 1 1/2 cups pitted dates (1/2 pound), finely chopped 1 1/2 cups walnuts (5 ounces), toasted and cooled 3/4 cups sugar, divided 2/3 cups matzo meal or equivalent amount of country-style bread 1 […]


Grateful for a day of service and a ton of hard work!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” It was one week ago today that we hosted a large event for Martin Luther King Jr Day. We are so excited to share the success of our MLK day of service–it was one of […]


Reflections on Equal Rights in Our Time

As we head into Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend, I have been thinking about the man and, more broadly, the movement this holiday seeks to recognize. Whenever I think about the Civil Rights Movement, I find myself oscillating between the macro, “arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice” perspective that […]


New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! As we kick off 2015 here at City Fruit, we’d like to share a few of our New Year’s resolutions. You won’t find any related to getting more exercise or reading more non-fiction literature (though those are perfectly adequate resolutions). We fruitheads are all about the produce! Without further ado… “I resolve […]