Fruit We Can Accept

While City Fruit can harvest and accept a wide variety of fruit we look at key factors including: fruit type, quality, size, ripeness, and pest damage. We work closely with food banks and meals programs to identify fruit varieties they can store and distribute with dignity. Please review the following to learn about fruit we can harvest and accept. Have questions? Contact us at harvest@cityfruit.org.  

What types of fruit can we accept?

City Fruit’s priority is to harvest pest-free, market quality (USDA Size 1 or 2) fruit to share with neighbors. We can accept a wide variety of fruit types, including but not limited to apricots, Asian and European pears, apples, cherries, figs, grapes, kiwis, quince, pawpaws, persimmons, plums, pluots. We no longer accept crabapples due community partners not accepting them.

The two Asian pears on the left side of the photo are USDA Size 1/2. The two pears on the right side of the photo are USDA Size 3+ fruit. The rightmost fruit cannot be donated to a food bank, and would likely be composted.

A note on apples: Our food bank partners only accept apples from netted fruit trees.  We have limited capacity to harvest pest damaged fruit and encourage tree owners to U-pick these fruit. For more information on pest prevention, check out our resources on bagging fruitlets and netting fruit trees.

 

Can we take fruit that is undersized, bruised, or buggy?

That depends. If you know that your fruit is undersized (Size 3+) or pest-damaged, consider harvesting your fruit through our U-Pick program.  We may be able to redirect it to partners who can process the fruit into sauces, jams, ciders, and more!  While we can accept fruit with mild bruising for immediate processing, we CANNOT accept any fruit that has broken skin or large soft spots, as these fruits will mold quickly and contaminate other fruits in storage.   

The entry holes from common pests like the apple maggot fly or codling moth can be small and sometimes difficult to notice. However, they can cause immense damage to the inside flesh of the fruit. Always check near the stem and bottom of your fruit for holes and frass (insect poop that looks like sticky sawdust).

How ripe should the fruit be?

Fruit should be ripe or just a couple days from ripeness. Overripe fruit will contaminate other fruit and we do not have the storage facilities to properly ripen fruit. Below shows the months fruit generally become ripe. Please review our City Fruit Ripening Guide to learn more.