May 5, 2012

Try out this Springtime Apple ‘Slaw, perfect for picnics!

apple recipe

If you attended one of our community film screenings last month, then you had the distinct pleasure of trying our refreshing apple coleslaw.  This wonderful, tangy ‘slaw is great for picnics or anytime you want to transport food; since there’s no mayonnaise, it’s fine to leave out at room temperature for extended periods.

This recipe comes from “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” by Mark Bittman. For more inspiration on cooking with apples, check out our recipe page.



    • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, or to taste
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 1 small clove garlic, minced or grated
    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • pinch of red pepper flakes
    • 1/3 cup diced scallion, more or less
    • 1/4 cup minced parsley leaves
    • 1/4 cup minced dill leaves
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper


    • 1/2 large head cabbage (Napa, Savoy, green and/or red cabbage), shredded
    • 2 large tart, crisp apples, cut into small chunks
    • 2 medium carrots, grated


    1. Add all the dressing ingredients to a large jar with a secure lid and shake well until combined. Or whisk together in a bowl.
    2. Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss with the dressing, adding only enough to coat all the vegetables. Chill until ready to serve / transport.


It’s best to let this rest for an hour or so after mixing together to allow the flavors to mellow; the cabbage will also soften a bit and exude some juice. Or let it sit for up to 24 hours if you like. Mix again before serving.

Sunflower seeds or walnuts would add a wonderful extra crunch and creaminess to this salad, but add them at the last minute so they don’t get soggy.

May 1, 2012

Join us at the first ever Food Book Fair in NYC this Friday

This Friday, our founder Lisa Gross will be taking part in a panel discussion at NYC’s Food Book Fair. The event will highlight cookbooks, memoirs, magazines, and books about science, food systems, agriculture, urban design, and food art and culture. The Fair takes place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and will serve as a meeting place for food enthusiasts from all food disciplines.


Friday May 4th, 10:30am-11:30am

A  panel discussion moderated by Nicole Caruth. Panelists include:

This panel asks the questions: Can art be eaten? Is eating an art? Food is an inspirational medium becoming increasingly more prevalent in art and performance. Food is a medium that crosses the boundaries between the mundane and the avant-garde. How are food artists using edible inspiration to change the definition of art and the definition of eating?

Tickets can be purchased on EventBrite at a discounted rate using this special promo code: FBF_ARTIST

We hope to see you there!

April 25, 2012

“Growing Civic Fruit” symposium videos now online!

Last month, we co-sponsored a symposium entitled “Growing Civic Fruit” in partnership with Artists in Context and the Gastronomy program at Boston University.  This cross-disciplinary discussion focused on the intersection of art, urban agriculture, and civic engagement.

The event included presentations by Rachel Black, professor of Gastronomy at Boston University, and art critic Nicole Caruth, along with an engaging panel discussion moderated by curator Judith Hoos Fox. For a brief recap of the event, please visit:

April 19, 2012

Volunteers needed for tree plantings & clean-up in Allston!

Come get your hands dirty in Ringer Park next weekend! One of our Delegations, the Parents and Community Build Group, is hosting the Annual Spring Clean-Up of Ringer Park on Saturday, April 28 (in collaboration with Boston Shines).

Breakfast, lunch, refreshments, work gloves, and tools all provided! What more could you ask for?

The two heirloom apple trees that Ringer Park planted with us last year did not survive, so volunteers will assist in re-planting a pair of young apple trees. There are also plenty of flowers to get in the ground, as well as re-mulching and general clean-up of the 12 acre park.

The Annual Spring Clean-Up of Ringer Park

Saturday April 28, 2012
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ringer Park in Allston

Sign-up to volunteer by emailing Joan Pasquale at


Ringer Park is MBTA accessible by Bus #57 from Kenmore Station, #66 from Harvard and Dudley Stations to the Cambridge St./Union Square Stop, and the Boston College Green Line Trolley to the Allston Street Stop – Just follow Ringer Park’s gray stone wall to the side entrance and look for the Registration Table balloons behind the Softball Field. Free Parking is also available.

April 18, 2012

The Boston Tree Party documentary is now available online!

In case you missed our community film screenings this month, we’ve uploaded our documentary to youtube!

If you would like to screen this film at a community event, or even in the classroom, please let us know and we can provide a high quality version for screenings. Contact us at

Enjoy the film, and please share it widely with your friends and family!


April 13, 2012

Sharing the new film and growing the Boston Tree Party community!

Existing Delegations and new Delegations came together at our Roxbury Community College film screening in support of Civic Fruit.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the recent screening parties for the Boston Tree Party documentary film!

Each party was hosted by a different Delegation in a different part of town.  A big thank you to Southie Trees / Tech Networks, Tufts Friedman AFE / Josiah Quincy School, Groundwork Somerville / Somerville Climate Action, and Roxbury Community College!

The parties were a lot of fun, and it was great to see so many current Delegations, potential Delegations, and interested community members come together in support of Civic Fruit. The Boston Tree Party is about more than just planting apple trees – it’s about using these trees to bring people and communities together.

Laura Held of Tufts Friedman School & Lai Lai Sheung of Quincy Elementary School - a beautiful partnership in Chinatown.

We screened the new film and shared sparkling apple cider and delicious apple treats made by our Project Coordinator Beth Nollner.  Thanks to Jennifer Kelley for doing such a great job on the film.  We’ll be posting the film online next week–stay tuned!

For all the Delegates who were able to pick up your plaques at these events – we sincerely hope you enjoy them! Both Earth Day and Arbor Day are coming up at the end of this month – why not schedule an event around either of these two special days to bring your community members together to install your plaques?

A plaque to commemorate an apple tree planted last year with one of our Somerville Delegations. Each Delegation had the opportunity to customize their plaques. This particular Delegation chose to honor a teacher from their community who had recently passed.

Lastly, many of you asked for recipes for the food served at the events. We’ve added them to our recipes page – hope you enjoy!