Know your Roots: Fall into Winter Gardening | Thursday, September 28, 6-7:30 PM | Raleigh City Farm

Join us for our Fall into Winter Gardening Workshop at Raleigh City Farm on Thursday, September 28.

Wondering if gardening season is over now that fall has come? It’s not!

Stretch the harvest and get the most out of your garden by growing in all four seasons! Learn lessons from a time in history when stretching the harvest was critical – WWII victory gardens. Go home with everything you need to know to grow for fall and into winter, with a free planting guide, AND a fall veggie container garden to get you started.

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

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE TO JOIN US.

The Piedmont Picnic Pantry: Canning the Summer Harvest | Saturday, September 9, 10 AM – 12 PM | Raleigh City Farm

Join us for our Canning the Summer Harvest preserving workshop at Raleigh City Farm on Saturday, September 9.  

Veggies taste best when they’re fresh, local, and in season. Learn how to preserve your yummy garden produce at its peak so you can continue tasting these sweet days of summer all year long!

  • We’ll guide you through the water bath canning method step-by-step using it to preserve tomatoes and other summer veggies.
  • You’ll learn fun local food history along the way!
  • We’ll send you home with handouts and your own bit of “summer in a jar” that we make together in the workshop.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE TO JOIN US.

August 25 – Movies on the Farm Series Part 3: Growing Cities Documentary Film

For the third 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: Growing Cities, 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

Neuse River Float August 19th – SOLD OUT!

Thanks for checking in about this event!  We’re sold out!  See our fall workshop schedule here for what’s next!

When it’s summertime, and all you want to do is lay in water sipping a cold drink, we’ve got the perfect afternoon for you!

First Annual Neuse River Float

Saturday, August 19

WHEN:  Saturday, August 19; Arrive at 1:00 PM, depart for launch at 1:30 PM

WHO:  You!  and all of your lazy-river floating, ice-cream slurping friends!

WHERE:  The Neuse River –> begin at: 9601 Capital Blvd, Wake Forest

WHAT:

✔ ICE CREAM FLOATS – Piedmont Picnic will provide DIY ice cream fixins and a wild soda bar at the launch point to get you started with an ice cream float to sip along the way.

✔FLOATS + BOATS – You can choose to BYO Float (bring along an inner tube like this one!) or to purchase a ticket that includes the rental of a kayak or canoe.

✔ TRANSPORTATION – How do you get to the launch site and back to your car? We’ll meet at the endpoint and leave our cars there.  Paddle Creek will provide transport vans to take us up to the launch site.  You’ll end the float back at your car!

✔ THE RIVER.  You’ll float down 3 miles of the Neuse River, ending back at your vehicle.  This could take anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours depending on just how lazy the river is that day (i.e., the water level).

✔ MUSIC – Along the way we’ll have the Neuse’s first floating DJ – DJ Root Boi – for you to listen to for maximum summertime feels while you make your way down river.

✔ PRIZES + #NCWATERLOVE – We’ll be celebrating one of Raleigh’s (and North Carolina’s) greatest resources along the way — the Neuse River! Triangle Land Conservancy will help us celebrate this waterway with a photo scavenger hunt – snap photos from their list, tag them, and win prizes!

A portion of all proceeds will go to Triangle Land Conservancy to support the important work they do to protect our area land and watersheds.

TICKET OPTIONS:
>>TICKET OPTION #1 – FLOAT MY BOAT: includes event ticket, complimentary ice cream float, transportation to launch point, and ONE BOAT RENTAL of your choice (canoe, single kayak, or tandem kayak).

>>TICKET OPTION #2 – BYO FLOAT: includes event ticket, complimentary ice cream float, and transportation to launch point, but you’ll BRING YOUR OWN FLOAT to ride down the river.

Click one of the fun float options below to buy online!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS:

Triangle Land Conservancy

DJ Root Boi

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Paddle Creek

 

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.

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