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Blackberry Brigade@ Horton Grove Nature Preserve June 29th!

Join us for a fun morning foraging blackberries in a beautiful natural location – all for a great cause and a great beer!

The 6th annual Blackberry Brigade will take place at Triangle Land Conservancy’s Horton Grove Nature Preserve on Saturday, June 28th.

Piedmont Picnic Project will be on site to guide you to the best berry picking spots and offer tips on how to nab the best berries with the least scratches. Compete with other pickers on who can get the most berries during the event, and win a prize if you pull in the highest berry poundage! Enjoy cold wild foraged sodas made and served by Piedmont Picnic as you pick.

Reserve your free spot here.

All berries that are picked and donated will be given to Trophy Brewing Co to create a yummy new blackberry beer inspired by this event – with a portion of proceeds going back to TLC! That’s right — your berries will contribute to a delicious beer on tap at Trohpy Brewing — and benefit a great organization!

Join us for this fun and juicy event!

Reserve your free spot here.

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Intro to Veggie Fermentation @ Camden Street Learning Garden on June 8th

Want to enjoy the tang and crunch of your own fermented vegetables in your home kitchen? Curious about the benfits of fermented foods?

Learn simple techniques to turn fresh veggies into tasty and healthy fermented foods. Take home a jar of sauerkraut to ferment and enjoy at home!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Camden Street Learning Garden for this two-hour hands-on fermentation workshop — great for folks new to fermentation or others with more experience looking to pick up new techniques! We’ll use fresh veggies right out of the Camden Street Learning Garden to make salty, sour, pro-biotic-rich fermented vegetables – including sauerkraut, “kraut-chi,” and root veggies! Hear stories about southern ferments… is sauerkraut a southern tradition? Find out! Try samples in class and make and take a jar of your own to ferment at home! We’ll give you all the information you need to know and handouts to take with you.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

Skills you’ll learn:

  • The basics of fermentation, including how the process works, potential benefits, choosing a fermentation vessel, choosing ingredients, and creating the ideal environment for your ferment.
  • Everything you need to know to start fermenting simple pickles and condiments at home, including sauerkraut, “kraut-chi,” and root vegetable pickles.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to ferment your own veggies at home.
  • Recipes and instruction sheets to get you started on your fermentation journey.
  • Lots of fermented veggie samples from class will go with you in your belly!
  • Your very own fermentation vessel with a starter batch of sauerkraut to ferment at home.

We’re excited to be hosting our very first workshop at Camden Street Learning Garden AND our very first “pay what you can” workshop to keep it accessible to all!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

About the instructors & host:

We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.

Elizabeth Weichel has a background in public history and specializes in local history. She’ll help us to remember the ways that everything old is new again – growing, preserving, and fermenting your own food might be trendy now, but it’s nothing new! Learn how it all fits into the larger story of our local history.

Amanda Matson has carved out her own little urban homestead right here in Raleigh – growing, foraging, preserving, and fermenting her own food all on a small lot in the city — working toward total fruit and veggie independence and a nearly all-local table. She’ll teach you all of the hands-on skills you need to have your own little taste of homestead life – whether it’s adding home-fermented goodies to your table or farming your entire yard!

Camden Street Learning Garden is a one-acre garden in downtown Raleigh run by the Interfaith Food Shuttle. The garden provides community members with the opportunity to cultivate new relationships as they find out where their food comes from, how to grow it, and how to turn it into healthy and affordable meals.

Note: This workshop takes place outdoors –please dress comfortably for the weather.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Wild Fermentation Foraged Sodas Workshop @ Mystic Farm & Distillery May 18th

Have you ever wondered what springtime tastes like? Wanted to bottle up a perfect day and save it for later? We can teach you how!

Join us for a FREE foraging walk through the property at Mystic Farm & Distillery. Along the way, we’ll identify edible plants and add them to our jars which we’ll then turn into your very own personalized wild soda! This Wild Fermentation Foraged Sodas Walk + Workshop will conclude our Foragable Durham series started last fall.

Join the local-food educators from Piedmont Picnic Project for this two-hour hands-on wild history walk + picnic — great for folks interested in an introduction to foraging, looking to connect more closely to the Piedmont region of NC, and to learn the almost-magic secrets of wild fermentation!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to ID edible plants in the wild.
  • Instructions on using wild fermentation to create sodas and other beverages & and your very own jar of future soda from plants you’ve picked on the Mystic Farm & Distillery property.
  • New drink experiences made with wild fermentation (and some Mystic spirits!) along with recipes for you to replicate the process at home.

This is the fourth and final in the Foragable Durham series of events and workshops at Mystic Farm & Distillery designed to teach important skills that connect you more with your local food community and environment! Foragable Durham is part of the Foragable Communities initiative.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

About the Partners:

We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.

                  

Piedmont Picnic Project seeks to connect people to their food through hands-on programming that builds skills and builds community. Learn how to produce your favorite food and drink while at the same time being rooted in the relevant history behind our local food traditions, people, and place.

Mystic Farm & Distillery is located in the heart of the Research Triangle on a 22-acre site. They transform local grains and botanicals into finely-crafted spirits, including bourbon liquour, bourbon, and gin.

Note: This workshop takes place rain or shine. The walk will include walking outside through some potentially uneven, forested, or grassy terrain. We recommend that you come dressed for the weather and for walking, including closed toe shoes and long pants, a hat/sunglasses/sunscreen and/or rain gear, and a water bottle.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Berry Jam + Jelly Canning Workshop @ Raleigh City Farm on May 11th

Want to preserve the taste of delicious spring berries to enjoy all year long?

Learn to make jelly and jam from spring berries and then preserve them using the simple water bath canning method! Take home a jar of berry jam you help make!

Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Raleigh City Farm for this two-hour hands-on preserving workshop — great for beginners looking for an introduction to preserving or those familiar with canning looking to learn to make a new preserve!

We’ll learn everything you need to know about turning spring berries into glossy, chunky jams or glowing jellies – the jewels of the pantry! You’ll get a thorough overview of the water-bath canning method – a way you can seal and keep jars of preserves on the shelf without needing special kitchen equipment. Enjoy samples of each of the products we learn about and take home your very own berry jam you help make in class. As we taste and try our hand at preserving on this farm in the city, we’ll also learn more about the history and traditions around preserving food in our local Raleigh community.

Skills you’ll learn:

  • How to make berry jams and jellies, including selecting fruit and other ingredients, choosing recipes, and processing your fruit.
  • The water bath canning method of preserving jars of jelly and jam to make them shelf stable without needing special kitchen eqipment – including selecting jars and other tools, the science of canning, and preserving safety.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to preserve your own jams and jellies at home.
  • Recipes and instruction sheets to get you started on your preserving journey.
  • Lots of berry jam and jelly samples from class will go with you in your belly!
  • Your very own jar of berry jam you help make in class.

This workshop is the third in a monthly series of Piedmont Picnic workshops at Raleigh City Farm this spring designed to each teach an important skill for producing and preserving your own food!

About the instructors:

We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.

Elizabeth Weichel has a background in public history and specializes in local history. She’ll help us to remember the ways that everything old is new again – growing, preserving, and fermenting your own food might be trendy now, but it’s nothing new! Learn how it all fits into the larger story of our local history.

Amanda Matson has carved out her own little urban homestead right here in Raleigh – growing, foraging, preserving, and fermenting her own food all on a small lot in the city — working toward total fruit and veggie independence and a nearly all-local table. She’ll teach you all of the hands-on skills you need to have your own little taste of homestead life – whether it’s adding home-preserved goodies to your table or farming your entire yard!

Note: This workshop takes place outdoors at the beautiful Raleigh City Farm – a working farm right in downtown Raleigh! Please dress comfortably for the weather.

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Pollinators in the Piedmont: Picnic + Planting @ Mystic Farm + Distillery April 13th

Want to have a picnic BY the bees while you learn to plant a picnic FOR the bees?

Learn how to grow pollinator-friendly plants while helping to install a pollinator habitat at Mystic Farm & Distillery! Sample from a pollinator picnic where you can taste drinks and treats made from honey and flowers along with samples of Mystic spirits!

RESERVE YOUR FREE SPOT HERE.

Join the local-food educators from Piedmont Picnic Project and the bee-loving expert of Apiopolis at Mystic Farm & Distillery for this two-hour hands-on pollinator gardening workshop and picnic — great for folks looking to learn new gardening skills, learn more about pollinator-friendly practices, or just taste and learn about food and drink you can make with honey and wildflowers! As we get our hands dirty and taste these goodies, we’ll also learn more about the history of bees & beekeeping and their importance in our world today.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to grow pollinator plants along with seeds for pollinator-friendly plants to get you started at home.
  • New experiences of food and drink made with honey and wildflowers (and spirits!) as well as recipes for you to replicate the same treats on your own.

RESERVE YOUR FREE SPOT HERE.

About the Partners:

We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.

                  

This workshop is the third in a four-part series of Foragable Durham events and workshops at Mystic Farm & Distillery designed to teach important skills that connect you more with your local food community and environment! Foragable Durham is a part of the Foragable Communities initiative.

Piedmont Picnic Project seeks to connect people to their food through hands-on programming that builds skills and builds community. Learn how to produce your favorite food and drink while at the same time being rooted in the relevant history behind our local food traditions, people, and place.

Apiopolis is a non-profit urban bee sanctuary in Raleigh. Their mission is to improve the health and habitat of honeybees and native pollinators, and to form dynamic collaborations that promote the well being of our entire community in a holistic, inclusive, and joyful manner.

Mystic Farm & Distillery is located in the heart of the Research Triangle on a 22-acre site. They transform local grains and botanicals into finely crafted spirits, including bourbon liqueur, bourbon, and gin.

Note: This workshop takes place rain or shine. Weather-permitting, we will be outdoors working in the soil. Please dress comfortably for the weather and ready to get your hands dirty.

RESERVE YOUR FREE SPOT HERE.

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Cultured Dairy Fermentation Workshop @ Raleigh City Farm April 6th!

Want to enjoy the yummy tang and probiotic benefits of making your own cultured dairy products at home?

Learn several simple techniques to have a continuous supply of healthy, tasty fermented dairy at home for just a portion of the cost of their store-bought versions!

Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Raleigh City Farm for this two-hour hands-on fermentation workshop — great for beginners looking for an introduction to fermentation or experienced fermenters looking to learn new methods! We’ll learn everything you need to know about milk kefir, buttermilk, crème fraîche, and cultured butter. Enjoy samples of each of the products we learn about and take home your very own milk kefir starter grains in a fermentation vessel to get you started fermenting at home. As we taste and try our hand at fermentation on this farm in the city, we’ll also learn more about the history and traditions around dairy in our local Raleigh community.

Eventbrite - Cultured Dairy Fermentation Workshop

Skills you’ll learn:

  • The basics of fermentation, including how the process works, potential benefits, choosing a fermentation vessel, choosing ingredients, and creating the ideal environment for your ferment.
  • Everything you need to know to start fermenting simple cultured dairy products at home, including milk kefir, buttermilk, crème fraîche, and cultured butter.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to ferment your own dairy at home.
  • Recipes and instruction sheets to get you started on your fermentation journey.
  • Lots of fermented dairy samples from class will go with you in your belly!
  • Your very own fermentation vessel with milk kefir starter grains to grow your own milk kefir at home.

This workshop is the second in a monthly series of Piedmont Picnic workshops at Raleigh City Farm this spring designed to each teach an important skill for producing and preserving your own food!

Eventbrite - Cultured Dairy Fermentation Workshop

About the instructors:

We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.

Elizabeth Weichel has a background in public history and specializes in local history. She’ll help us to remember the ways that everything old is new again – growing, preserving, and fermenting your own food might be trendy now, but it’s nothing new! Learn how it all fits into the larger story of our local history.

Amanda Matson has carved out her own little urban homestead right here in Raleigh – growing, foraging, and preserving her own food all on a small lot in the city and working toward total fruit and veggie independence. She’ll teach you all of the hands-on skills you need to have your own little homestead – whether it’s the size of a single container garden or an entire yard!

Note: This workshop takes place outdoors at the beautiful Raleigh City Farm – a working farm right in downtown Raleigh! Please dress comfortably for the weather.

Eventbrite - Cultured Dairy Fermentation Workshop

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Eat the Invasives March 30 at Prairie Ridge!

Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Prairie Ridge for a hands-on “Eat the Invasives” workshop on March 30th, 9:30 AM – 12 PM. Remove invasive plants from the grounds of Prairie Ridge and learn to eat, drink, and pickle what you pick! 

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

We’ll be targeting blackberry shoots and leaves in this workshop – that’s right – more than just the berries are edible! After removing the plants, we’ll teach you how to make pickled blackberry shoots and blackberry leaf tea. You can apply this same process to many other kinds of wild and domestic plants!

Enjoy a sampling of many kinds of wild pickles and wild tea. Take home your own jar of pickled blackberry shoots that you help make at the workshop as well as recipes to make your own wild pickles at home.

Pre-registration is required, and closes at midnight, Thursday, March 28.

You can RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.  

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Bottomless Salad Gardening Workshop March 9th

Want to grow a continuous supply of your very own fresh, nutritious, and tasty salad greens all spring long?

Learn how to plant once and harvest again and again! Take home a “salad bowl” upcycled container garden you planted yourself!

Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Raleigh City Farm for this two-hour hands-on gardening workshop — great for beginners looking to plant their first veggies or experienced gardeners looking to learn new methods! As we get our hands dirty on this farm in the city, we’ll also learn more about the history of how Raleighites have been growing their own food for generations.

Eventbrite - Bottomless Salad Gardening Workshop

Date And Time

Sat, March 9, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Location

Raleigh City Farm
800 North Blount Street
Raleigh, NC 27604

Skills you’ll learn:

  • Everything you need to know to start plants from seeds – in containers or straight into the ground.
  • What plants you can plant when this spring.
  • How to choose the right container, soil, and environment to match your plants.
  • What you need to turn an upcycled container into an attractive and functional pot for your plants.
  • How to grow spring salad greens using the “cut and come again” continuous growing method.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to grow your own veggies at home.
  • A planting guide handout to know what to plant when.
  • Your very own upcycled container garden planted with salad greens to harvest all spring long.

This workshop is the first in a monthly series of Piedmont Picnic workshops at Raleigh City Farm this spring designed to each teach an important skill for producing and preserving your own food!

Eventbrite - Bottomless Salad Gardening Workshop

About the instructors:

We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.

Elizabeth Weichel has a background in public history and specializes in local history. She’ll help us to remember the ways that everything old is new again – growing, preserving, and fermenting your own food might be trendy now, but it’s nothing new! Learn how it all fits into the larger story of our local history.

Amanda Matson has carved out her own little urban homestead right here in Raleigh – growing, foraging, and preserving her own food all on a small lot in the city and working toward total fruit and veggie independence. She’ll teach you all of the hands-on skills you need to have your own little homestead – whether it’s the size of a single container garden or an entire yard!

Note: This workshop takes place outdoors at the beautiful Raleigh City Farm – a working farm right in downtown Raleigh! Please dress comfortably for the weather and ready to get your hands dirty.

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#BakeLocal Cookie Workshop Dec. 15 at Mystic Farm & Distillery

The holidays will soon be here! Have you baked your favorite cookies yet? What if you could make sure your holiday treats really tasted like home?

Butter, eggs, flour, oh my! Pecans, apples, ginger, oh yum! Can we find a way to source everything we need for our favorite holiday cookie recipes from local growers and vendors?

Find out at the second event in the Foragable Durham series – #BakeLocal Cookie Workshop by Piedmont Picnic Project at Mystic Distillery & Farm.

You may have heard of the #shoplocal trend for the holiday season, but what about #bakelocal? Learn how to convert favorite holiday confection recipes to use only local ingredients and showcase unique local and wild flavors. Support local farms and businesses in your kitchen! And of course, because this is at Mystic, expect options to spike some of your favorite holiday treats with local spirits.

This event is free, but you need to RSVP here to attend.  

Taste many samples – both premade and ones you help bake. Take home more samples to inspire you to bake local at home.

RSVP here to save your spot!

Stick around after the workshop for a tour and tasting at Mystic Farm and Distillery free of charge (normally $10)!

RSVP here for your free ticket.

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5th Annual Hot Nuts & Cider December 1st


Was there a time when the end of fall meant sitting around the fire with your family and friends… chatting, telling stories, or listening to someone play music… sipping a hot drink… while you cracked and picked the nuts you gathered all fall long… looking forward to preparing decadent treats with them for the holiday season? We will recreate that time here in downtown Raleigh!

Reserve your ticket here.

The evening around the fire with us includes…

+Make-your-own hot spiked cider bar with wild foraged add-ins and local spirits by TOPO Organic Spirits and Fair Game Beverage Co.

>>>**NEW this year! Purchase a “VIP Bottomless Mug Ticket” for free refills at the bar and a branded campfire mug!  

+Crack and roast wild foraged nuts around the fire.

+Live, fireside music by local musicians.

+Market tables with local baked goods and crafts for sale. Click here if you are a local vendor who is interested.

+Make your own historic decorations for our Christmas tree.

Raleigh City Farm will also have their Christmas Tree Lot open for tree sales from High Country Firs during this time, so you can purchase a sustainably-grown Christmas tree while you’re there!

Special thanks to CompostNow for collecting all of our compostable cider cups and nut shells!

Reserve your tickets here.

Special thanks to our Partners & Sponsors

Click here if you are interested in sponsorship.

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