Tag: Foraging (page 1 of 6)

Blackberry Brigade at Horton Grove Nature Preserve on 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 at Mystic Farm & Distillery on 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!


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.


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.


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Berry Jam + Jelly Canning Workshop at 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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Eat the Invasives at Prairie Ridge Eco Station on March 30!

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! 


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.


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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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Fish + Foraging Easter Brunch April 16th!

Fish + Foraging Easter Brunch | April 16, 12 – 3 PM | Fair Game Bev Co, Pittsboro

Join us at the Fair Game Beverage Plant in lovely Pittsboro, NC for a very special one-off Easter Brunch with the highly anticipated local seafood restaurant Postal Fish Co.  We will be crafting unique wild cocktails with Fair Game Beverage spirits to pair with the meal highlighting spring flavors by Postal Fish Co.
We’ll gather together at the Plant for an afternoon outdoors with cocktails, foraging, fresh local seafood and a celebration of the Spring season. Proceeds from the brunch will benefit Abundance NC’s work promoting local food and sustainability right here in Chatham County.
We will begin at noon with a cocktail hour that includes a short foraging walk and discussion, where you will help gather fresh wild greens and flowers for the salad. The meal begins at 1pm, family style, with Chefs James Clark and Bill Hartley preparing an incredible feast that portends downtown Pittsboro’s first sustainable seafood restaurant opening later in 2017, with desserts prepared by pastry chef Marcey Clark.
Fair Game Beverage and Piedmont Picnic Project will collaborate on three seasonally inspired cocktails featuring the wine and spirits crafted right next door.

This is a limited seating event, so grab your tickets early!

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Event is rain or shine.

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The Piedmont Picnic Pantry: Jelly + Pickles Canning Basics

Want to can your own preserves but not sure how to get started?
Join us! We’ll guide you through two of the simplest and safest preserves to start with: jelly and pickles.

Saturday, April 8, 10 AM – 12 PM
Raleigh City Farm (800 N Blount St.)

What to expect:
We’ll tell you tales of the history of canning and of our local area along the way.
You’ll have a chance to customize your own jar of pickles with spring veggies and spices to take home with you.
You’ll get a full overview of the jelly-making process and how to make jelly with spring wildflowers.
You’ll leave with a solid knowledge of the water bath canning method, detailed handouts, and a jar of preserves!

Reserve your spot here.

This workshop is hosted outdoors on site at the lovely Raleigh City Farm in downtown Raleigh (800 N Blount St.).

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Wild History Walk + Wild Food Tasting with TLC!

Wild History Walk + Spring Equinox Celebration:  Spring Greens & Tiny Flowers | Saturday, March 18, 2-4 PM | TLC Walnut Hill Forest

Take a walk on the wild side with us and Triangle Land Conservancy! This beginner level foraging class will cover foraging basics (including rules and etiquette) and provide a solid knowledge of a handful of practical Piedmont plants to enjoy incorporating into your table._MG_5393

The tour will take place at Walnut Hill in Wake County, closed to the public but abounding with plant diversity and a rich wild history just waiting to be explored. The walk will be followed by a complimentary picnic of foraged and hyper local wild edibles!

Reserve your spot through TLC here.

TLC Members receive a $5 discount for this event. Not a TLC Member? Your $30  admission price includes a year long TLC Membership, eligible for future discounts and other benefits!

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Join us for Hot Nuts & Cider!


December 3, 2016

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, including…

+Make-your-own hot spiked cider bar with wild foraged add-ins and spirits fromFair Game Beverage Company and others!

+Crack and roast wild foraged nuts around the fire.

+Holiday breads and pastries for sale on site by Yellow Dog Bread Company.

+Make and take crafts for sale by Ramble Supply Co.

+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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Wild History Walk at Triangle Land Conservancy’s Brumley Forest on Saturday, October 15


Fall is in full force now, and we couldn’t be happier. Wild nuts are falling, and cool-weather greens are sprouting up again. Join us to enjoy a beautiful fall setting this Saturday, October 15 at Triangle Land Conservancy’s Brumley Forest.

We’re hosting a Wild History Walk to teach you foraging basics, how to identify a list of specific edible plants, and a slew of local history to go along with our very special locale. We’ll conclude with a light picnic that showcases the plants we’ve seen in the forest that day.

You can sign up through Triangle Land Conservancy here.

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