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 […]


Fruit-Filled Recipe: Pumpkin-Ginger Crumb Cake

For today’s holiday recipe post, we are venturing from fruit a bit and focusing on another seasonal ingredient: the pumpkin! Enjoy! This is a great addition to your pumpkin repertoire! Share with your friends on Twitter.    PUMPKIN-GINGER CRUMB CAKE Fresh ginger adds special flavor to this moist and spicy cake.  Serve plain or with whipped […]


Fruit-Filled Recipe: Ilva’s Danish Apple Cake

Ingredients Apples – 4 cups sliced or cubed Sugar – approximately 1/2 cup Vanilla Sugar – 1 teaspoon Bread – about a quarter loaf, enough to make 2 cups of bread crumbs Butter – 4 tablespoons Heavy Cream (for whipping) – 1 cup Cook apples in a small pot over medium heat with approximately 1/2 cup water, […]


Fruit-Filled Recipe: Seville Orange Tart

Winter is the perfect time to prepare citrus desserts! This Seville Orange Tart looks lovely, tastes divine, and is quite easy. Share with your friends on Twitter.  Ingredients The pastry can be made well in advance. Serves up to eight. The pastry: 120g unsalted butter 100g light brown caster sugar 2 egg yolks 140g plain […]



Greetings City Fruit Supporters, This time last year, I was en route to Seattle (er, stuck on the side of the road in Western Nebraska) to begin a yearlong journey with City Fruit as their first AmeriCorps VISTA. Now that my time with City Fruit is almost at an end, I can reflect back on what […]


Fruit-Filled Recipe: Pumpkin Flan with Candied Seeds

For today’s holiday recipe post, we are venturing from fruit a bit and focusing on another seasonal ingredient: the pumpkin! Enjoy!    Pumpkin Flan with candied seeds 10 servings For the caramel: 1 cup sugar For the flan: 2 cups canned or baked pumpkin or (preferably) squash 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk 2 tablespoons (packed) […]


Fruit-Filled Recipe: Two Apple Shrub Recipes

This recipe shows a cold process, but some shrubs are cooked (see this recipe from Amy Pennington for a cooked Concord Grape and Lavender Shrub on our site) and some undergo additional fermentation. Again, the field for experimentation is wide! For more ideas, see Slow Food’s Ark of Taste pinterest page, or consider checking out […]


Fruit-Filled Recipe: Introduction to Shrubs

City Fruit continues our holiday recipe blog series with a focus on shrubs! Our partner, Slow Food Seattle, shares our mission of preserving and protecting local foods. Make use of your apples this season with shrubs and share with your friends on Facebook!  Shrubs, or drinking vinegars, might not seem immediately appealing to the unfamiliar, […]


A Summary of a Successful 2014

2014 was a record breaking year for City Fruit. In total we harvested over 27,948 pounds of fruit and donated 22,056 pounds to Seattle’s emergency food system. Thanks to 53 work parties and over 1,357 volunteer hours, 5,892 pounds came from 12 public orchards which City Fruit stewards. City Fruit also hosted 25 residential harvests; […]


Fruit-Filled Recipe: Polenta and Pear Tart

Pears are still in season! Any pears can be used in this recipe.       Ingredients 7 large pears 200g sugar 1 lemon For the pastry: 250g cold butter 310g flour 135g polenta 100g sugar ½tsp salt 3 egg yolks 2-3tbs water Egg for glazing Note: 100g=3.5 ounces ● Peel the pears, cut them […]


#GivingTuesday: Why We Partner with City Fruit

We love City Fruit! We each seek to give back to the Seattle community by making our members better gardeners and stewards of their edibles. Each year, City People’s Garden Store and City Fruit cohost the “Second Sunday & Some Saturdays Series” of workshops, which we offer free to the public. City Fruit finds instructors passionate about fruit trees and […]