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Rowan Jacobsen & Clare Barboza with Langdon Cook: The Apples You Never Knew About
Sep 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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There are thousands of apple varieties in North America, but only a few are offered in grocery stores. In Apples of Uncommon Character, James Beard Award-winner Rowan Jacobsen takes readers beyond the Red Delicious and Granny Smiths of the world, offering a look at 123 varieties of this most “uncommon” fruit. Part-cookbook, part-scientific study, Jacobsen’s book explores these apples — from the D’Arcy Spice to the Hidden Rose — giving historical anecdotes, descriptive characteristics, and popular recipe ideas. He’ll be joined by Clare Barboza — the documentary food photographer behind the book’s stunning imagery — and journalist Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters. Jacobsen is also the author of A Geography of Oysters.

Presented by: Town Hall, Book Larder, and the Northwest Cider Association, as part of Washington Cider Week and Town Hall’s Arts & Culture series. Sponsored by City Arts.
Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales.
Tickets: $5.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Learn more: About Jacobsenabout Barbozaabout Cook.

Seattle Tilth: Basic Canning 101
Sep 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Basic Canning 101

  • Thursday, September 116:30-8:30 p.m.

Learn everything you need to know to safely can fresh food at home. This class provides an introduction to water bath canning, including food safety, necessary equipment and expert tips. Learn the best types of food to preserve through canning and get a chance to experience the process in class. You’ll leave with the skills you need to can jams, tomatoes, chutneys, quick pickles and more. Enjoy the taste of your summer harvest all winter long! This class includes hands-on canning in the kitchen, so prepare to get messy.


4649 Sunnyside Avenue N

Contact Mellissa Dison: 633-0451 x 128

Piper’s Orchard Festival of Fruit
Sep 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Identify Apples – Make Cider – Eat Pie – Visit Heritage Orchard

Pipers orchard during festivalCome to the 8th annual Festival of Fruit! Events include cider pressing and tasting, live music, activities for kids, guided tours of the historic orchard and more.

Experts including the renowned Dr. Bob Norton, retired research scientist from WSU Extension in Mt. Vernon, and Shaun Shepherd from Portland’s Home Orchard Society, will give talks on apple varieties and identification.

Girls with press 6Try making cider the old-fashioned way, with a hand cranked cider press! Little ones will enjoy turning the crank of the press as well as arts and crafts activities.

If you like to bake, donate a fruit pie. Fresh cider and slices of homemade pie will be available at a nominal cost, with proceeds to support ongoing maintenance of the orchard.

After the talks, expert volunteers who have painstakingly restored the orchard will lead tours, pointing out the heirloom varieties that are going strong as well as younger trees and newly planted grape vines. You will be able to taste apple varieties that are grown in the orchard.

In addition to the regular festival, we’re excited to host a presentation on making cider from 2:30PM to 4:00PM in the Environmental Learning Center.

Growing Specialty Fruits: Kiwi, Quince, Figs
Sep 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Many desirable fruits – including figs – do well in Western Washington.

Learn which varieties are best, the basics of growing these fruits and how to harvest and use them.

Desert King FigsInstructor Tracey Bernal is a professional gardener and former pastry chef, and she comes from a family of gardeners and fruit lovers. A member of Seattle Tree Fruit Society and lifelong resident of the Puget Sound area, she knows that nothing compares to the flavor of fruit just picked from your own backyard. She grows, harvests, preserves, and consumes pears, apples, figs, Asian pears, berries, and many unusual fruits in an over-planted garden south of West Seattle.

This class is part of the Second Sunday Series of fruit tree classes, a collaboration between City People’s Garden Store and City Fruit.

Call City People’s at 206-324-0737 to register.


Celebrate National Public Lands Day with City Fruit!
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


City Fruit works neighborhood by neighborhood to help residential tree owners to grow healthy fruit, harvest and use what they can, and share what they don’t need. In addition to residential fruit tree harvests, we also steward many Seattle “urban orchards.” Over 90% of the fruit that we harvest is donated to neighborhood food banks, meals programs, youth programs, and homeless shelters.

City Fruit is excited to celebrate National Public Lands Day on on September 27, 2014 at one of the urban orchards we steward year-round in Seattle. Come join in the fun with us from 10am-2pm where we’ll be harvesting many of the 30 historic fruit trees (mostly apple) on the property at Amy Yee Tennis Center in South Seattle.

In addition to harvesting, we want to celebrate this wonderful holiday in City Fruit fashion, so there will also be a cider press on site to press apples that aren’t good enough to donate. Tastings are free, but if you want to take home a jug of your own please bring your own containers and a small donation to cover the costs.

To sign up to volunteer, please RSVP to City Fruit’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Melanie, at

Cider and Apple Juice Basics
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cider and apple juice are fast becoming the ‘new’ thing.

The delicate flavor of ciders pairs well with a variety of foods, especially Asian, and the abundance of apples and pears makes apple juice and cider natural beverages for the Pacific Northwest.  This class covers which apples to use, the basics of pressing juice, making apple juice and moving on to cider.

Girls with press 6This class is part of the Second Sunday Series of fruit tree classes, a collaboration between City People’s Garden Store and City Fruit.

Call City People’s at 206-324-0737 to register.