Month: May 2015

Weekend Update: May Wild History Walking Tour + Picnic

Piedmont Picnic held their second Wild History walking tour and picnic of the spring this past Saturday!  We had a big bunch of friendly, enthusiastic picnickers and a beautiful day along Lake Raleigh – one of our favorite spots so far along the Raleigh greenways during our 100 Miles in 100 Days series.  See full gallery here.

Along the walk, we learned about wild edibles growing right now in this location – wildflowers, green shoots, and even mulberries!

Talking #mulberries at this past Saturday’s #WildHistory #Foraging Tour + #WildFood #Picnic!

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The picnic was one of our more decadent affairs – because eating flowers of course lends itself to sweets! Wild weed salad, Trappist honey bread, and yogurt cheese were accompanied by honeysuckle sodas, wildflower jelly thumbprint cookies, and intoxicating wisteria ice cream!  

Oh, and did we mention we spotted our first ripe blackberries of the season!?

A big THANK YOU to all who came out for the picnic and to everyone that helped to promote it beforehand!  We are always grateful for and humbled by the overwhelming response we get to our wild endeavors!

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100 Miles in 100 Days: Looking back at Week 8

We’ve been making our way north along the Neuse River this week for our 100 Miles in 100 Days series… And not a single section has disappointing, yielding new wildlife and new edible plants!

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We’ve looped around Horseshoe Farm, seeing picturesque riverside farm scenes…

And the winner for most picturesque #RaleighGreenway trail goes to…. #horseshoefarmtrail #neuseriver

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Magnolias are in bloom now – smelling and looking lovely.  We hope to infuse them to capture that scent in a magnolia liqueur.  

Magnolia vs. gardenia aroma–who ya got? #teammagnolia #nocontest #100Miles100Days A photo posted by Piedmont Picnic Project (@piedmontpicnicproject) on

Dragonflies are out and about in abundance.  We try to capture each type in a photo.  😉

Hello friend #100Miles100Days

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We’re always taking note of edibles in all seasons – even when they’re not good to eat, they can still be stunning!  

Wild geraniums look almost alien at this stage! #100Miles100Days A photo posted by Piedmont Picnic Project (@piedmontpicnicproject) on

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Location announced! Wild History Walking Tour + Picnic

Wild History_MAYPiedmont Picnic is excited to host our second Wild History walk of the spring season!  This walk’s theme will be about pollinators and wildflowers.

We’ll teach you about common edible wildflowers (and more!)…

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Give you some local history on bees and honey… 

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And follow it all up with a wildflower & honey themed picnic of homemade cheese, bread, wildflower jellies, and more!  You can get TICKETS HERE!

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IMG_7945For our location, we’ve chosen the lovely shores of Lake Raleigh on NCSU’s Centennial Campus.  This accessible and scenic spot is buzzing with more than just State students!  Many edible wildflowers, berries, and greens are available along its shores, as well as all different kinds of pollinators!  Because it falls along the the Walnut Creek Trail of the Raleigh Greenways, it’s an ideal fit for our 100 Miles in 100 Days campaign.

IMG_7983See our listing on our Events page for full information on the activities, directions, and parking.  Get TICKETS HERE.

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Piedmont Picnic at the Tour d’ Coop Carnival!

Piedmont Picnic Project had a great time at the Tour d’ Coop Carnival this past Saturday teaching about wild edibles and serving up our Black Locust and Honey Tea!  Thanks to Urban Ministries of Wake County for putting on such a great event!

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“this is AWESOME” -Jeff re our #blacklocust & honey tea at @umofwakecounty #tourdcoop

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#cleavercleavage #missforagers2015 @umofwakecounty #tourdcoop!

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100 Miles in 100 Days: Looking back at Week 7

The moment we’ve been working toward has arrived!  This week we hit the Neuse River, and now we are working our way north along it as part of our 100 Miles in 100 Days series!

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Let me tell you, after what seemed like miles of being caged in on boardwalks on the end of the Walnut Creek Trail, it was thrilling to reach the shining waters of the Neuse and freedom to roam!

  So far, the Neuse has not disappointed!  Anderson Point Park was a highlight this week.  As the seasons change, it’s amazing how different the same trail can look from week to week…  The gorgeous fragrant clumps of wisteria and black locust are gone now.  Wild roses climb high into the trees.  You usually smell them before you see them, but they won’t be blooming much longer.  Flowers of summer, like honeysuckle and oxeye daisies are here to stay for a while.  

#oxeyedaisy #dewdrops #nofilter #100miles100days #forage #wildfoodlove A photo posted by Piedmont Picnic Project (@piedmontpicnicproject) on

It won’t be long now until elderflowers, yarrow, and Queen Anne’s lace is in full bloom!

Not long now… Did anyone else used to color these with food coloring as a kid? 😉 #queenanneslace #wildcarrot #childhoodmemories #100miles100days

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And then, you know what’s next as summer nears… BERRY SEASON!

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Pollinator Picnic was all the buzz!

Piedmont Picnic Project hosted our Pollinator Picnic this past Saturday as part of the Second Saturday events in Raleigh and as part of our Pollinators in the Piedmont blog series!    Special thanks to all those who came out for the event!  See full gallery here.

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PapaSpuds_logoSpecial thanks to Papa Spuds for providing all of the honey for the event!  If you’re interested in Papa Spuds local foods delivery service, they’ll waive your enrollment fee and give you $5 off your first order when you use the coupon code PICNIC.  

If you couldn’t make it out, here’s what you missed…

A full bee buffet of honey and wildflower drinks and treats, including Honeygirl Meadery mead and Brothers Vilgalys Spirits krupnikas cocktail!

#yogurtcheese flavored with #honey and #foraged #hickorynuts decorated with more nuts, #nativehoneysuckle and #wildroses at the #PollinatorPicnic!

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#trappist #honeybread at our #PollinatorPicnic! #likethebeesdoit A photo posted by Piedmont Picnic Project (@piedmontpicnicproject) on

A pollinator garden demo including a good dose of bee history and recommendations for pollinator plants.  This berm is stuffed full of BREW coffee grounds and compost from a kindly CompostNow customer!

Our best helpers! #PollinatorBerm #startemyoung #givebeesachance

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Stay tuned to our Pollinators in the Piedmont series to see what’s next – like our upcoming Wild History walking tour – learning more about pollinators, bee history, and forageable wildflowers!

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100 Miles in 100 Days: Looking back at Week 6

This past week we have been really trying hard to finish up most of Raleigh’s southern greenways…  As of this Friday, we’ll have completed all of the Walnut Creek Trail and hit the Neuse River!  This will be a big midway milestone for our 100 Miles in 100 Days series walking and foraging all 100 miles of Raleigh greenways in the 100 days from spring to summer.  As always, be sure to keep tabs on our instagram account for continuous updates!

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The trails around Lake Johnson took up part of our week – completing the eastern-most portion of the southern greenways.  We made some interesting finds there (even if not edible)!

Red spotted #gall. #wasps #crystalgall #100miles100days A photo posted by Piedmont Picnic Project (@piedmontpicnicproject) on

Walnut Creek Trail from Raleigh Blvd to Worthdale Park on to Walnut Creek Amphitheater and beyond…  The wild roses are in full bloom now, and you often smell their intoxicating smell before you see them.  

Not long now till #elderberry blossoms! #100miles100days #wildfoodlove #forage

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Sometimes it’s the #simplethings. #clover #100miles100days #forage

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Can’t get enough of these #wildroses! #intoxicating smell… #nofilter #foraged #wildfoodlove #100miles100days

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This May: Pollinators in the Piedmont

For the month of May, Piedmont Picnic Project will be focusing on pollinators, all they do for us, and what we can do for them!

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What can you expect from our Pollinators in the Piedmont series?

Pollinator Picnic | Saturday, May 9th, 2-4 PM | 308 Colleton Rd. (parking on street)

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Come have a picnic provided by the bees while we create a picnic for the bees!  Learn how to install a pollinator garden at a personal residence while enjoying a light picnic of wildflower & honey drinks and treats.


Wild History Pollinator Walk | Saturday, May 23, 2-4 PM | Surprise Location TBA

Join Piedmont Picnic on another Wild History walk where we’ll point out wild edibles along the way while we share the history around our topic and location!  This month’s theme will be… what else?  Pollinators!  So we’ll talk bees, stings, pollinator habitat, honey, and wildflowers…  of course!

Our TBA location will be at a surprise location along part of Raleigh’s greenways, as part of our on-going 100 Miles in 100 Days series, walking and foraging all 100 miles of Raleigh’s greenways in the 100 days of spring!

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Blogging Series

Our blogging will also be following our pollinator theme – looking into all things wildflower, bee, and honey!  Topics will include any and all of the following, and more!

  • Get the buzz on Honeygirl Meadery
  • Queen Bee: A history of women and honey
  • Bee keeping and hive removal
  • Baking and preserving with honey
  • Piedmont Picnic tries their hand at mead
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Monthly Planting Guide: May in the Piedmont

Check out our latest installment of our Monthly Planting Guides!  May is an exciting month!  It’s too late for most of your spring crops at this point, but summer crops are now all fair game…  including heat-lovers like okra and peanuts!  But be sure to get those in fast – your window is short.

May Planting Guide

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