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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!


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.


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.


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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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Fall Workshop Schedule

Check out our full list of Fall Workshops below!  Click the link to access the ticketing website for each class.


9/8 (Saturday, 10 AM – 12 PM)  – The Piedmont Picnic Pantry: End of Summer Preserving Workshop @ Raleigh City Farm

9/20  (Thursday, 6 – 7:30 PM) – Know your Roots: Fall into Winter Gardening  @ Raleigh City Farm

9/22 (Saturday, 10 AM – 12 PM) – Fermented Sodas Workshop @ Well Fed Community Garden

9/30 (Saturday, 10 AM – 12 PM) – Beers from Here Foraging Walk @ TLC’s Walnut Hill


10/13  (Saturday, 10 AM – 12 PM)  – Piedmont Picnic Pantry: Intro to Veggie Fermentation  @ Raleigh City Farm

10/13 (Saturday, 2 PM – 4 PM) – Intro to Dairy Fermentation @ NC Museum of History

10/18  (Thursday, 6 – 7:30 PM) – Know your Roots: Soil Building + Composting  @ Raleigh City Farm

10/20 (Saturday, 11-1:30 PM) – Foragable Durham Wild Cocktail Workshop @ Mystic Distillery


11/3 (Saturday, 1 PM – 3 PM) – Intro to Veggie Fermentation @ NC Museum of History

11/10 (Saturday, 10 AM – 12 PM)  – Piedmont Picnic Pantry: Yogurt + Yogurt Cheese  @ Raleigh City Farm


12/15 (Saturday, 11 AM – 1:30 PM) – Foragable Durham: All-Local Cookie Baking Workshop @ Mystic Distillery

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Join us! Strawberry Jam Making Workshop May 5

Want to preserve that spring berry taste all year long?

Join Piedmont Picnic Project for this Strawberry Jam Workshop with guest instructors from Allis Farm on Saturday, May 5 at Raleigh City Farm! Learn to make your own strawberry jam from the season’s best fruit! Learn to can your jam using the water bath canning method.

Taste samples and take home a jar of jam you helped make!

Reserve your spot here.  

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Join us! Intro to Pasta Making Workshop on March 10

Join Piedmont Picnic Project and guest instructor, Chef Ryan McGuire, for an Intro to Pasta Making workshop at Raleigh City Farm on Saturday, March 10!

Have you ever wondered how to make your own pasta? You’ll learn various methods to roll your own at our upcoming workshop.

Taste samples of the pastas we make together and then take home pasta you made yourself!

Reserve your spot here.

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Piedmont Pantry: Introduction to Yogurt + Yogurt Cheese | Saturday, November 11, 10 AM-12 PM | Raleigh City Farm


Join us for our Intro to Yogurt + Yogurt Cheese Making workshop at Raleigh City Farm on Saturday, November 11.

Interested in learning to make your own yogurt at home? Want to know how to make extra-thick Greek-style yogurt? How about how to turn your yogurt into creamy yogurt cheese or labneh? We’ve got you covered!

Information will cover how to make make yogurt at home with no special equipment and then turn it into Greek-style yogurt and labneh yogurt cheese. We’ll provide handouts and various samples of different variations on yogurt and yogurt cheese.


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The Piedmont Picnic Pantry: Preserving Apples 3 Ways | Saturday, October 14, 10 AM-12 PM | Raleigh City Farm


Join us for our Preserving Apples 3 Ways workshop at Raleigh City Farm on Saturday, October 14.

It’s apple season! Interested in learning to preserve the fall bounty of apples all year long?

We’ll show you three delicious ways and teach you the history behind these methods and some of your favorite apple varieties!

Information will cover how to preserve apples using the water bath canning method to make fruit butter and applesauce as well as the historical method of “snitzing”! Techniques generalize easily to other fruits! You will leave with a solid overview of how to use the water-bath canning method, handouts, and a jar of apple preserves that you help make!


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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.


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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.

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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!


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