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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 […]

Feb09

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 […]

Jan26

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 […]

Jan15

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 […]

Jan15

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 […]

Dec22

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 […]

Dec19

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, […]

Dec17

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 […]

Dec16

Farewell!

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 […]