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 […]


#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 […]


#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 […]


#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 […]


#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 […]


#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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]