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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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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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#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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Winter Wild History Walk + Tasting at Historic Oakwood Cemetery on Feb. 11!

Join us at Historic Oakwood Cemetery for a Wild History Foraging Walk + Wild Food Tasting. We’ll learn more about edible wild plants that grow even in the winter environment in North Carolina, hear stories about local Raleigh history related to the cemetery’s residents, and then taste dishes made from the same plants we learn about that day! The picnic will include pre-foraged plants of the same kind seen on site. 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 preserves and pickles, and a wild treat for dessert!

Pre registration is required. To register sign up here.

Registrants will receive a confirmation detail with additional information.

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Join us! Hot Nuts & Cider on Dec. 2


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…

4-5 PM – Crack-Off Nut Cracking Competition:  fun, family-friendly competition with proceeds donated to Raleigh City Farm

5-8 PM – The Main Event:  

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

+Crack and roast wild foraged nuts around the fire.

+Live, fireside music by the Chatham Rabbits and Dwight Hawkins.

+Market tables with local baked goods and crafts for sale, including Yellow Dog Bread Co and more.

+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!

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Reserve your tickets here.

Special thanks to our Partners & Sponsors.

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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

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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

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