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Dec08

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; […]

Dec05

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 […]

Dec02

#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 […]

Dec02

#GivingTuesday: Why I Harvest for City Fruit

I support City Fruit wholeheartedly because they utilize food that would otherwise go to waste and share it with those who are less fortunate. City Fruit brings neighborhoods and communities together, emphasizing proper tree care, food justice, and civic engagement. Our supporters generously donate funds, volunteer hours, and even the fruit they grow on their own property. For me, working […]

Dec02

#GivingTuesday: Why City Fruit Inspires My Work

I first noticed apple blossoms peeking out from blackberry vines along the Burke-Gilman Trail in 2008. I’ve been rehabilitating public fruit trees ever since. I started volunteering with City Fruit around that time, and about a year ago became the organization’s orchard steward coordinator. Now I support volunteer stewards and their fruit tree care efforts […]

Dec02

#GivingTuesday: Why I Give to City Fruit

On this #GivingTuesday, there are so many worthy causes and organizations to support. So why choose City Fruit? As a board member for the past three years, here are my reasons: A little goes a long way. Did you know that even a $10 donation provides a week’s worth a fruit to a family of […]

Dec02

#GivingTuesday: Why I Donate My Time to City Fruit

When I was 19, I did a summer internship on a family-run organic farm outside Bellingham. I worked in the fields all day planting, harvesting, and weeding, and in the evenings ate with the family in the farmhouse. I worked up a serious appetite, and relished the simple yet delicious meals comprised largely of vegetables […]

Dec02

#GivingTuesday: Why I Founded City Fruit

Until May 2014 I was the founding director of City Fruit. But that is not the reason City Fruit is at the top of my list when it comes time to donate. This is why: A few years ago I spoke about City Fruit to a group of English-as-a Second-Language students, all of them immigrants. […]

Nov26

Seattle City Council Renews Support for City Fruit

Funding will support work on public and private land and help the organization expand into Northeast Seattle City Fruit is grateful to the Seattle City Council for including $68,000 in the 2015 City budget for the organization’s gleaning programs. City Fruit recognizes Councilmember Sally Clark for her leadership. The funding will support City Fruit’s harvesting […]

Nov24

Fruit-Filled Recipe: Vegan Apple Pie

My fiancé, Andrew, has been making this pie for years.  On our first date, we wandered a farmer’s market, where he picked out some green apples.  On our second date, he made a version of this pie recipe for me.  It has become my favorite apple pie recipe – its quick and tasty, and has never failed. The sour […]

Nov23

Out in the Orchard: A Good Time to Plant a Tree

It’s November. You’ve harvested the fruit from your trees, cleaned up fallen fruit, raked up diseased leaves, and spread mulch up to the dripline. What to do now? Plant a tree! November is the best month to plant trees in our climate. Plant a tree in the spring, and unless you are really disciplined about […]

Nov20

Getting Started with Mason Bees

In just two hours of your time each year, you can significantly increase the amount of fruit your trees produce. And you’ll have fun doing it. Just add gentle-natured mason bees for amazing pollination. This native bee out-pollinates her honey bee cousin by about 100:1, due to her messy pollen gathering techniques. She is a friendly […]

Nov07

Oh What a Night

When thinking about last night I just keep humming the brief refrain “Oh what a night”. The rest of the Four Season’s song doesn’t really apply but, oh what a night. 250 (Two. Hundred. Fifty) City Fruit members, supporters, and cider fans came out to the Palace Ballroom in Downtown Seattle for City Fruit’s 4th […]

Oct31

Capitol Cider

To this point, we’ve written all about the wonderful craft cideries pouring next week at City Fruit’s 4th Annual Hard Cider Taste fundraiser. Hailing from all over Washington State—the Olympic Peninsula, Yakima, Wenatchee, Olympia, even here in Seattle—these cideries are among the best of the best in the Pacific Northwest. We recommend taking a trip […]

Oct30

Seattle Cider Co.

At a little over a year old, Seattle Cider Co is just a babe compared to some of the more established Washington craft cideries. But despite being the newcomer, it’s the first cidery to open in the City of Seattle since Prohibition, which thankfully ended long ago. Joel Vandenbrink got the idea for starting Seattle […]

Oct28

Wrapping Up the Harvest Season with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound

Two weekends ago, we closed out our largest harvest season to date with a Harvest Celebration and Cider Press event at Amy Yee Tennis Center with City Councilmembers Sally Clark and Tom Rasmussen, City Fruit staff and board, and over 30 hardworking volunteers — many from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. To top […]

Oct28

Alpenfire Cider

When they were young, Nancy and Steve “Bear” Bishop used to head up to Canada to take advantage of the lower drinking age. It was there that they first discovered hard cider. “We’ve been cider enthusiasts for so long, we’ve been learning about it since the 70s,” Nancy recalls. “We started making it as a […]

Oct27

Tieton Cider Works

Of the 355 acres that make up Craig and Sharon Campbell’s Harmony Orchards in the Yakima Valley, which have been in Craig’s family since the 1920s when his grandfather planted the first trees in Tieton, Washington, 55 are dedicated to growing cider-specific fruit. That’s enough to make the Campbell’s the largest producer of cider fruit in Washington […]

Oct23

Snowdrift Cider Co.

Snowdrift Cider, located in the heart of Washington apple country, started commercially producing artisan ciders around 2009. But Peter Ringsrud, who with his wife Mary Ann bought 40 acres in East Wenatchee in the early 1970s, has been working the land for a great deal longer. Peter grew up on an orchard in Cashmere, WA, owned by […]

Oct21

Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Finnriver Farm & Cidery is a 33-acre organic farm and artisan cidery located along a restored salmon stream in the rural Chimacum Valley, a traditionally agricultural region on the Olympic Peninsula, 12 miles south of historic Port Townsend. Keith and Chrystie Kisler form one half of the partnership that purchased what would become Finnriver Farm […]