July 28 – Movies on the Farm Series Part 2: Charlotte’s Web (1973)

For the second of our 3-part series, come out to Raleigh City Farm for a FREE family-friendly screening under the stars.

Piedmont Picnic will be there with our Piedmont Picnic “Pop” Stand with freshly popped popcorn with bar of local and wild toppings to sprinkle on top and wild soda pops flavored with locally foraged syrups.

Movie: Charlotte’s Web (1973), view the trailer here.

->Friday, July 28, 2017 at 7:30pm
->Movie starts at 8:30pm

Follow along for more information and updates on facebook here.

–> We will have concessions for purchase including a Piedmont “Pop” Stand (freshly popped popcorn with bar of local and wild toppings to sprinkle on top), Wild Sodas (flavored with locally harvested syrups), something special from Farmer James, plus beer/wine. Please no outside food or drink.

–> Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome as well as leashed, well-behaved dogs.

–> Parking is limited to street parking. There is a small parking lot in front of the shopping center next to us, but to be fair to our neighbors who run the businesses, we need to leave room for their customers. Consider carpooling, walking or riding your bike. There is parking available along Delway Street (across Blount street from the Farm).

–> Movies on the Farm is ADA accessible. Please message us beforehand for accommodations, we are happy to help.

–> In case of inclement weather, we will do our best to give notice ahead of time. Rain date is set for the Saturday that follows the original screening on Friday.

–> Interested in volunteering? Sign up here.

GRATITUDE FOR OUR EVENT SPONSORS:
Spoonflower | Whole Foods Market | Videri Chocolate Factory

Intro to Veggie Fermentation on July 15 @ The Well Fed Community Garden!

Join us for our upcoming Intro to Veggie Fermentation Class at the Well Fed Community Garden!

We’ve all heard about the benefits of adding probiotic-rich fermented foods to our diets. Buying them at the store can get expensive, but how do you know how to make sure you’re safely getting the most out of these foods when making them at home? Fermentation can seem like a mysterious process, but we’ll make it easy for you and break it down step-by-step by:

  • Providing the story, benefits, and process behind vegetable fermentation
  • Tasting an array of home-fermented veggies
  • Guiding you through a hands-on demonstration of home fermentation using two different methods
  • Sending you home with handouts and a fermentation vessel filled with a prepped veggie of your choice to get started right away at home!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

Blackberry Brigade Competitive Foraging for a Cause!

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July 8, 2016

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE
to enter your team in the Blackberry Brigade blackberry picking competition!

Teams pick blackberries along Raleigh greenways and then bring their berry haul to be weighed in to see who has the most berry poundage!  Winners win prizes, and berries get sold to local chefs to raise money for the Raleigh Food Corridor.  Celebrate afterwards with the Second Saturday Jamboree!  

WHEN: Saturday, July 8.  You can pick all morning, but Weigh-In is from 4-5 PM.

WHO: You! And your team of 1-5 people.

WHERE: Pick berries all around town (we’ll provide you with a map of berry hot spots!). Weigh-In and Jamboree at Raleigh City Farm (800 N Blount St, Raleigh).

HOW: Register your team online ahead of time here.  You can also choose to include official blackberry brigade t-shirts for you and your team members with your registration!

WHAT:

  • The Picking.  Teams pick blackberries along Raleigh greenways throughout the day (don’t worry, we’ll email you a map of berry hot spots 24 hours before the brigade).
  • The Weigh-In.  Teams then bring their berry haul to Raleigh City Farm to be weighed in to see who has the most berry poundage!  Weigh-in deadline is 5 PM.
  • The Prizes.  The winning team and runners up will receive some fantastic prizes from local businesses including Deco Raleigh, Yellow Dog Bread Company, Oak City Cycling, and Kimbap Cafe!  Prizes will be awarded starting at 5:15 PM.
  • The Cause.  You can choose to keep your berries OR –better yet- donate them and package them to be sold to local chefs, with all proceeds going to the Raleigh Food Corridor!
  • The Jamboree.  Various berry-themed activities for teams to enjoy will also take place at the weigh-in site from 4 PM on as part of the Second Saturday Jamboree!  More details coming soon!

REGISTER YOUR TEAM TODAY!

FANTASTIC PRIZES YOU SAY?

Special thanks to Deco Raleigh, Yellow Dog Bread Co, Oak City Cycling, and Kimbap Cafe for their prize contributions.  

Wild Berry Mead Making with Honeygirl Meadery June 24!

Join us for an introduction to mead making!  The Honeygirl Mead Maker will show you a step-by-step process for making small-batch meads.  Along the way, Piedmont Picnic will teach you wild edible ingredients – like berries and flowers – to add to your mead batch and some boozy local history!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

All participants will receive hands-on instruction and handouts to get them started on their mead-making journey at home!

You can choose to purchase a ticket with or without an introductory, small-batch mead-making kit.

Kit Included Option: You’ll take your kit and and a portion of the unfermented mead we make in class home with you to finish the fermentation process on your own! Kit includes 2, 32-oz swing-top bottles, 1 airlock with rubber stopper, siphoning cane and tubing.

Pick Up Later Option: You’ll leave your unfermented mead with Honeygirl’s Mead Maker to finish fermenting and pick up your bottle at a later date at the Meadery.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

Downtown Raleigh Wild History Foraging Walk + Wild Food Tasting with the Naturalist Center at the Museum of Natural Sciences on June 17!

Join us at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences for a Wild History Foraging Walk + Wild Food Tasting.

We’ll learn more about edible wild plants growing along downtown Raleigh streets, hear stories about Raleigh’s local history along our trail, and then taste dishes made from the same plants! Class begins in the Naturalist Center at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, from there we will explore the wild places in the surrounding downtown area, and then end at a nearby park for a wild foods tasting. We will review foraging guidelines and safety as well as instruction on plant uses and identification. For the light picnic you can expect wild tea, local bread, wild jams, jellies, and pickles, wild greens, and a wild treat for dessert!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

Know your Roots: Preparing the Summer Garden Workshop on May 25 @ Raleigh City Farm

Know your Roots: Preparing the Summer Garden | Thursday, May 25, 6-7:30 PM | Raleigh City Farm

Join us for the next workshop of our spring Know Your Roots gardening series at Raleigh City Farm — Preparing the Summer Garden Workshop!

Afraid you’re too late to put in a summer garden?  Already planted your summer veggies, but not interested in spending the summer’s hottest months weeding and watering?  Had trouble keeping your garden thriving through the summer heat in the past?

This workshop is for you!  We’ll guide you through everything you need to plant a summer garden and keep it going through the most brutal parts of the summer heat.  We’ll send you home with a planting guide for June and a handout full of tips for a thriving summer garden.

Information will cover:
-What you can still plant now for harvests THIS summer and how to plant them.
-Strategies to conserve water in your garden and plant varieties that will resist drought and thrive in heat.
-Local history about Raleigh’s plant and garden past!

Reserve your spot here!

We are able to provide tickets at this low rate thanks to the generosity of the Oakwood Garden Club.

The Piedmont Picnic Pantry: Intro to Dairy Fermentation on May 6

The Piedmont Picnic Pantry: Intro to Dairy Fermentation | Saturday, May 6, 10 AM – 12 PM | Raleigh City Farm

Want to learn simple techniques to ferment your own dairy products at home? Are you curious about how to reap the benefits of fermented foods but not sure how to get started? Want to make gourmet pantry items without the cost of the store-bought alternative?

Join us by reserving your spot here!

We’ll guide you through three of the simplest, most hands-off, and safest fermented dairy products to start with: kefir, crème fraîche, and buttermilk.

Saturday, May 6, 10 AM – 12 PM
Raleigh City Farm (800 N Blount St.)

What to expect:
Hear stories of Raleigh’s famous dairy history and how it affected what we drink today.
Gain a thorough knowledge of some of the easiest dairy fermentation products to try yourself at home – including kefir, buttermilk, and creme fraiche!
Take home handouts and your own kefir grains to start fermenting it yourself!

Reserve your spot here.

We are so excited to be able to use Carolina Farmhouse Dairy milk for this class!  Check them out for a source of milk made from their farm’s friendly herd of Jersey cows grazed on a variety of grasses year-round and supplemented with organic, locally-milled feed.

This workshop is hosted outdoors on site at the lovely Raleigh City Farm in downtown Raleigh (800 N Blount St.).

Know your Roots: Building Raised Bed + Soil Building 101 on April 27!

SOLD OUT: Know your Roots: Building Raised Bed + Soil Building 101 | Thursday, April 27, 6-7:30 PM | Raleigh City Farm

This class is now SOLD OUT!  Thanks to all those who signed up!  If you want to reserve a spot in one of our other upcoming classes, check out our online store here.

Join us for the next workshop of our spring Know Your Roots gardening series at Raleigh City Farm — Raised Bed + Soil Building 101 Workshop!

Want to put in a garden bed without a lot of expense or hassle? Maybe you’re looking for simple raised bed plans or an easy way to create good garden soil?

We’ll show you how to do both and send you home with plans and a handout to get you started!

Information will cover:
-How to construct a simple raised bed design using wood and galvanized metal. We’ll practice on site and send you home with plans.
-How to create soil easily and inexpensively for any garden bed using the lasagna gardening method of soil creation. We’ll give you a handout to take home.
-We’ll also show you how to plant finished beds with summer transplants and direct sow summer seeds.

We are able to provide tickets at this low rate thanks to the generosity of the Oakwood Garden Club.

Fish + Foraging Easter Brunch April 16th!

Fish + Foraging Easter Brunch | April 16, 12 – 3 PM | Fair Game Bev Co, Pittsboro

Join us at the Fair Game Beverage Plant in lovely Pittsboro, NC for a very special one-off Easter Brunch with the highly anticipated local seafood restaurant Postal Fish Co.  We will be crafting unique wild cocktails with Fair Game Beverage spirits to pair with the meal highlighting spring flavors by Postal Fish Co.
We’ll gather together at the Plant for an afternoon outdoors with cocktails, foraging, fresh local seafood and a celebration of the Spring season. Proceeds from the brunch will benefit Abundance NC’s work promoting local food and sustainability right here in Chatham County.
We will begin at noon with a cocktail hour that includes a short foraging walk and discussion, where you will help gather fresh wild greens and flowers for the salad. The meal begins at 1pm, family style, with Chefs James Clark and Bill Hartley preparing an incredible feast that portends downtown Pittsboro’s first sustainable seafood restaurant opening later in 2017, with desserts prepared by pastry chef Marcey Clark.
Fair Game Beverage and Piedmont Picnic Project will collaborate on three seasonally inspired cocktails featuring the wine and spirits crafted right next door.

This is a limited seating event, so grab your tickets early!

Click here to reserve your ticket and see the full menu.

Event is rain or shine.

The Piedmont Picnic Pantry: Jelly + Pickles Canning Basics

Want to can your own preserves but not sure how to get started?
Join us! We’ll guide you through two of the simplest and safest preserves to start with: jelly and pickles.

Saturday, April 8, 10 AM – 12 PM
Raleigh City Farm (800 N Blount St.)

What to expect:
We’ll tell you tales of the history of canning and of our local area along the way.
You’ll have a chance to customize your own jar of pickles with spring veggies and spices to take home with you.
You’ll get a full overview of the jelly-making process and how to make jelly with spring wildflowers.
You’ll leave with a solid knowledge of the water bath canning method, detailed handouts, and a jar of preserves!

Reserve your spot here.

This workshop is hosted outdoors on site at the lovely Raleigh City Farm in downtown Raleigh (800 N Blount St.).

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