The Spirit of Seattle’s Harvest

May 1st, 2019

By lisa

The Spirit of Seattle’s Harvest


Thoreau long ago reflected that wild apples only taste good out in the wild, preferably as you delight in discovering them on a saunter through the woods. He asserted that once you bring them back into your home, they lose part of their essence and, as a result, their flavor.


That inspires me to consider what essence Seattle’s fruit embodies. To me, the flavor of our harvest is unique and captures so much of the often hidden or forgotten Seattle experience:


  • The diversity of flavors from cherries, to plums and apples, pears, persimmons, quince and figs.
  • The realization that many of these trees were planted for us, many decades ago, by folks who cared enough to provide for future generations
  • The discovery of a tree full of fruit in an unlikely corner of the city
  • The sometimes tart, though always juicy, tastes that remind us of a simpler time
  • The peace and connection the trees offer amidst a busy urban life, if we are lucky enough to remember to savor them
  • The excitement in seeing our city erupt in color and blooms
  • The connection that sharing offers in a changing city


This fruit is generous, kind, collective, and alive….and that is certainly the spirit we seek to protect and promote every day in our work at City Fruit.


Please join us in ensuring that, this year, more neighbors are able to share in the value, joy, and spirit of Seattle's fruit.


Next Wednesday, May 8 is GiveBIG, a one-day online giving campaign to raise funds for Washington's nonprofits. This year, we have a BIG goal to raise $15,000 and bring in an additional 50 new donors. Pre-giving has already started, which is a crucial time – last year’s pre-giving effort helped propel us past our fundraising goal! To help drive the campaign, Seattle Cider has generously offered to match the first $1500 donated during pre-giving!

As an additional thank you, they will provide a special thank you gift to all those who give during pre-giving.



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