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Jan27

New compact berry bushes from Raintree – great for small urban spaces!

Recent news from one of our favorite local nurseries: Gorgeous four-season edible ornamentals for small spaces Fruit gardeners with limited space and an eye for beauty will love the BrazelBerries®. They are new dwarf blueberries and raspberries bred to thrive in containers. True edible ornamentals, they are beautiful in all seasons and produce lots of delicious […]

Jan10

City Fruit welcomes Melanie Peters!

Greetings City Fruit Supporters, My name is Melanie Peters, the new AmeriCorps VISTA at City Fruit. I’m part of Rotary First Harvest’s “Harvest Against Hunger” program that has connected farmers, food banks, volunteers, and truckers to make sure no crop gets wasted, especially when food insecurity very much exists in our community. I’m thrilled to […]

Dec23

Paul Towers: Bees can’t wait 5 more years

The following is excerpted from Paul Tower’s blog in Civil Eats.  Inaction? Intransigence? Negligence? Whatever the right word, we’re reminded that the U.S. is behind the curve when it comes to protecting bees.  This month Europe’s restrictions on bee-harming pesticides went into effect.  In early December  in a full-page advertisement in the New York Times […]

Nov05

City Fruit Silent Auction Catalog

  We are excited to announce that this year’s Hard Cider Tasting will feature an food-tastic silent auction. Highlights: -Signed copy of The Photography of Modernist Cuisine -FinnRiver Cidery Tasting and Tour -EcoBeauty Spa Package -Hard Cider Making Kit from Sound Homebrew -Dinner for two at Tom Douglas restaurant, Cuoco -much much more! Click here […]

Oct17

John (Appleseed) Chapman’s Fruitful Eccentricity

This post is excerpted from a longer article by Don Ricks published in the Seattle Tree Fruit Society’s Urban Scion Post: John Chapman (the original and real Johnny Appleseed) roamed Ohio in the early 1800′s and helped pave the way for the future western migration and colonization of settlers into what was then the frontiers […]

Oct11

Recipe: Apple Crisp

  October is all about apples! Check out this awesome recipe from our very own Betsy Moyer. Apple Crisp Ingredients 5 cups peeled & sliced apples (the apples I use are the Gravenstein from our front yard, but any sweet/tart cooking apples will be good.  Don’t use Red Delicious, they get a little mushy and […]

Oct02

Support Seattle’s Fresh Bucks Program!

Seattle’s Got Green?, a local grassroots organization that works to make sure  low-income people and communities of color have access to the benefits of the green economy, is issuing a call to action for more access to healthy food.  Got Green? was instrumental in launching Seattle’s Fresh Bucks Program in July 2012.  Under this program, […]

Aug16

Recipe: Crab Apple Pie

Do you have a crab apple tree that is bursting with fruit but you don’t know what to do with it? There aren’t that many crab apple recipes out there but this one, submitted to us by Tom Douglas Pastry Chef Stacy Fortner, sounds so delicious it makes me sad this unique fruit so often […]

Aug09

City Fruit-Cycle: Drop off your fruit every Wednesday at Bike Works

City Fruit is kicking off a new initiative in which we encourage homeowners to harvest their own fruit, drop it off with us, and we’ll make sure it gets to one of our many food banks partners. We are so psyched to be partnering with Bike Works to provide this community resource. Bike Works has […]

Jul31

City Fruit Cocktail Class @ Cuoco

PRICE: $40 all inclusive Purchase Tickets DATE: 08/15/2013 TIME: at Cuoco LOCATION: Cuoco’s Sophia Room VIEW MAP Cost: $40 for one class All proceeds of this event will benefit City Fruit Cuoco is proud to team up with *City Fruit for a 3 month series of cocktail classes.  These cocktail classes will focus on the […]

Jul26

Guest Bartender Night at 50 North to Benefit City Fruit

50 North Restaurant, located in the University Village neighborhood, has invited City Fruit to be their Guest Bartenders on Wednesday , August 21st. This is the restaurant’s way of creating a fun night for customers while raising money for a charity or cause. 50 North is a family-friendly neighborhood place with an excellent bar and […]

Jul19

Orchard Stewards Attend Fruit Tree Biology Class

What is a branch collar? Where does the scion meet the rootstock? Last Saturday morning, representatives from 9 different urban orchards learned the answers to those questions and more at Fruit Tree Biology class at Bradner Gardens Park.   City Fruit director, Gail Savina, explained the parts of a tree and how to select varieties […]

Jun14

Recipe: Cherry Apricot Almond Tart

Cherries are almost here!! Check out this delicious recipe from Hazel Singer Buttery, crumbly tart crust ¼ cup toasted almonds 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1-⅓ cups all-purpose flour ⅔ cup whole-wheat pastry flour ½ cup butter, chilled and cut into small pieces ¾ teaspoon sea salt 1 large egg + 1 yolk, beaten 3 tablespoons […]

May16

mid-May report

The exceptionally warm and sunny weather has increased fruit set on some trees, hastened the time in which the fruit will come into bearing, and (unfortunately) has increased the bug activity. Codling moths are flying now. If you are applying foot sox, they should be applied as soon as you see an evident apple upon […]

May14

Recipe: Strawberry Pie Filling

Did you know that May is National Strawberry Month? To celebrate we’re posting Betsy Moyer’s delicious recipe for strawberry pie filling. Filling: 2  cups  ripe strawberries 1/2  cup  water 2/3  cup  sugar 2  tablespoons  cornstarch 1  tablespoon  fresh lemon juice 6  cups  small ripe strawberries 1  cup  whipped cream   Preparation To prepare filling, mash […]

Apr09

Recipe: Whiskey-Apple Crumble Pie

Check out this delicious recipe from City Fruit’s own Hazel Singer….. Adapted from “Bubby’s Homemade Pies” by Ronald M. Silver and Jen Bervin (John Wiley & Sons, 2007)         Photo by Emily Barney on Flickr   Time: 2 hours Dough for a 9-inch single-crust pie 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup, packed, […]

Apr02

City Fruit Presents: Deborah Madison

 

Mar12

Ethan Russo Lecture: New Strategies to Tackle Urban Orchard Pests

Ethan Russo will present the results of his personal experience using an organic spray regimen to prevent apple maggot fly and codling moth on Saturday, March 16, from 10:00 to noon at Seattle University. Don Ricks will join Ethan to discuss his experience with pheremones, traps and GF120.  This event is presented by Seattle University […]

Feb22

Exceptions to the Rules: Topping and Heading Trees

Excerpt from Cass Turnball’s article published in Plant Amnesty‘s Winter 2013 newsletter. I’ve spent a life-time trying to convince people not to top their fruit trees. Such treatment does not increase the amount of fruit down low–there just won’t be that wasted fruit up high where it can’t be reached. Instead, Plant Amnesty classes demonstrate […]

Feb04

A conversation with Barb Burrill, Burke-Gilman Trail Orchard Steward

Note:  Two weeks after Lori interviewed Barb Burrill for this post, Barb was named a national finalish for Volunteer of the Year, an award organized by the Alliance for Community Trees in Boston.  Barb and I met at Mosaic Coffeehouse in Wallingford, which she recommended. This sprawling space, below a church, has lots of big […]