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Postponed: Apples 3 Ways Preserving Workshop

Apples 3 Ways: Preserving Workshop | Raleigh City Farm  | POSTPONED to: Saturday, November 12, 9-11 AM

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Our October workshop has been postponed do to weather.  It is rescheduled for November.  Our November workshop in our Fall Class Series at Raleigh City Farm is Apples 3 Ways: Preserving Workshop! 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 three different ways — including “snitzing”! Techniques generalize easily to other fruits! You will leave with a solid overview of how to use the water-bath canning method. We’ll send you home with a jar of apple preserves that you help make!

Reserve your spot here. 

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Dishtory Dessert Potluck THIS Saturday 10/1!

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Share your favorite family dessert and its story!

Saturday, October 1, 7-9 PM

Raleigh City Farm

Every dish has a story.  What’s your Dishtory?

Do you have a favorite dessert that you love to make for your family or friends?  How about a dessert you ate growing up that is weird or delicious that you’d love to share?  Maybe a dish that generations of your family has made, and you’d love to tell us its story?  

Let us know what you’re bringing on our event page wall!

Join us for an evening on the farm to celebrate our best family dessert traditions and record them for posterity!  Bring your dish, and we’ll take your portrait with the dish and then (if you want!) we’ll record the story behind the dish in our Dishtory Story Booth.

We’ll have vintage inspired cocktails for sale that you can sip while we all sit down to a big dessert potluck with each other on the farm!

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Stretching the Season: 4 Season Gardening Workshop @ Raleigh City Farm

Stretching the Season: 4 Season Gardening Workshop@ Raleigh City Farm | Saturday, September 10, 9-11 AM

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Reserve your spot here for a place in our Stretching the Season: 4 Season Vegetable Gardening Workshop at Raleigh City Farm!

Saturday, September 10, 9-11 AM
800 S Blount St.

Stretch the harvest and get the most out of your garden by growing in all four seasons!  Learn lessons from a time in history when stretching the harvest was critical – WWII victory gardens.  Go home with everything you need to know to grow for fall and into winter AND with a free September planting guide and container garden to get you started.

Reserve your spot here!

Be sure to check out the Raleigh City Farm Stand (open 9-12) before you go!

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Location Announced! Wild History Wild Berry Ice Cream Social

Wild History Walk  – Wild Berry Ice Cream Social | Lake Raleigh, Raleigh, NC | June 26, 2-4 PM

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Want to feel more connected to a little piece of your Raleigh landscape? Maybe you’ve been curious about foraging wild edibles in the past, but didn’t know how to get started? Or maybe you’re just a history buff, a foodie, or like taking walks through lovely natural settings! We’ve got the perfect Sunday afternoon activity for any or all of these reasons!  Reserve your spot today.  

Piedmont Picnic Project will host a Wild History Wild Berry Walk + Ice Cream Social on Sunday, June 26, 2-4 PM. We’ll learn more about edible wild plants growing along a stretch of Raleigh greenway, hear stories about Raleigh’s local history, and then slurp down some wild berry ice cream together!

Our walk location is on Lake Raleigh – a lovely natural setting full of interesting historical tidbits and wild delights!

Purchase your ticket here.  

Notes:
lake raleigh map+Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the walk to check in. The walk departs at 2 PM.
+Parking is available at the Lake Raleigh Fishing Pier at 2298 Main Campus Drive as well as along Main Campus Drive (see red star on map on left).
+Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walking outdoors [insert weather-specific advice here].
+Your confirmation email serves as your ticket, but no need to bring it along – we’ll have a list of pre-sale ticket holders.
+Walks are rain or shine.
+Any persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
+All participants will be asked to sign a Raleigh Parks and Recreation liability waiver for the event.
+By purchasing your ticket, you also agree to the following: “By purchasing my ticket, I release Piedmont Picnic Project and its staff of any responsibility, liability, or claim arising from any injury of any nature incurred during or as a result of a Piedmont Picnic Project activity or event. I also agree to allow Piedmont Picnic Project to use photographs where I am pictured in their promotional materials.”

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Join us! Tart & Tangy Yogurt Workshop

Tart & Tangy Yogurt Workshop | Raleigh City Farm | Saturday, June 11, 9-11 AM

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Reserve your spot here for our upcoming Tart & Tangy Yogurt Workshop!

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 – 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 or labneh yogurt cheese. We’ll provide a variety of mix-ins for you to choose from to make your very own ball of yogurt cheese to take home with you.

Reserve your spot here.

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Free Program! Fermentation History & How To

Join us for a FREE presentation on fermentation brought to you by Wake County Public Libraries!  We’ll give a general overview of fermentation history and methods as well as an in-depth demonstration on how to make your own sauerkraut.

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May Wild History Walk! Berries & Blooms

Wild History Walk  – Blooms & Berries | Surprise Location TBA, Raleigh, NC | May 22, 2-4 PM

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Piedmont Picnic Project will host a Wild History Foraging Walk + Wild Food Tasting on Sunday, May 22, 2-4 PM. We’ll forage edible wild plants together, learn more about the local history, and then taste dishes made from the same plants!

Reserve your spot here!

Our walk will take place at a surprise location within a 20-minute drive of downtown Raleigh.  The location will be a lovely natural setting with abundant wild edibles and a unique connection to Raleigh’s history.

We will review foraging guidelines and safety as well as instruction on plant uses and identification. Along the way, we’ll share history about the local area and this month’s theme: Berries & Blooms.

For the light picnic you can expect wild teas, local bread, local cheese, homemade wild jams and jellies, wild greens, and a wild treat for dessert!

Tickets available here.  

Notes:

+Parking for the walk is in a lot on Crabtree Blvd at the Southwestern corner of the intersection of Raleigh Blvd and Crabtree Blvd. The nearest address is 2321 Crabtree Blvd – go just east of this on on Crabtree Blvd to access the lot.
+Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the walk to check in. The walk departs at 2 PM.
+Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walking outdoors. [weather-specific advice].
+All participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver for the event.
+Any persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
+Your confirmation email serves as your ticket, but no need to bring it along – we’ll have a list of pre-sale ticket holders.
+Walks are rain or shine, but in the event of storms, our make-up date for this walk is Sunday, May 1, 2-4 PM. Please check your email the morning of the walk for notice if there is a chance of storms.

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Location Announced! Shoots & Flowers Wild History Walk

Wild History Walk  – Shoots & Flowers | Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh, NC | April 24, 2-4 PM

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Piedmont Picnic Project will host a Wild History Foraging Walk + Wild Food Tasting on Sunday, April 24, 2-4 PM. We’ll forage edible wild plants together, learn more about the local history, and then taste dishes made from the same plants!  Reserve your spot here!

Our walk will take place at lovely Dorothea Dix Park!  It’s right in downtown, right along the greenway, and it’s got history and wild edibles galore.

We will review foraging guidelines and safety as well as instruction on plant uses and identification. Along the way, we’ll share history about the local area and this month’s theme: Shoots & Flowers.

For the light picnic you can expect wild teas, local bread, local cheese, homemade wild jams and jellies, wild greens, and a wild treat for dessert!

Reserve your spot here!

Notes:

+Park in the lot to the left of the Tate Dr. and Boylan Ave. intersection.
+Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the walk to check in. The walk departs at 2 PM.
+Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walking outdoors. [weather-specific advice].
+All participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver for the event.
+Any persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
+Your confirmation email serves as your ticket, but no need to bring it along – we’ll have a list of pre-sale ticket holders.
+Walks are rain or shine, but in the event of storms, our make-up date for this walk is Sunday, May 1, 2-4 PM. Please check your email the morning of the walk for notice if there is a chance of storms.

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What better way to spend the Spring Equinox?

UPDATE:  Our March walk is SOLD OUT but please check back for more information about our next walk on April 24!

Wild History Walk + Equinox Celebration – Spring Greens & Tiny Flowers | Anderson Point Park, Raleigh, NC | March 20, 2-4 PM

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Piedmont Picnic Project will host a Wild History Foraging Walk + Wild Food Tasting to celebrate the Spring Equinox. We’ll forage edible wild plants together, learn more about the local history, and then taste dishes made from the same plants!  Reserve your spot here!

Our surprise location has been announced!  We’ll be meeting at Anderson Point Park (20 Anderson Point Drive) and walking to picnic at a lovely spot along the Neuse River.

We will review foraging guidelines and safety as well as instruction on plant uses and identification. Along the way, we’ll share history about the local area and this month’s theme: Spring Greens + Tiny Flowers.

For the light picnic you can expect wild teas, local bread, local cheese, homemade wild jams and jellies, wild greens, and a wild treat for dessert!

Reserve your spot here!

Notes:

+Park in the parking lot to the left off the roundabout at the entrance to Anderson Point Park.
+Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walking outdoors. [weather-specific advice].
+All participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver for the event.
+Any persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
+Your confirmation email serves as your ticket, but no need to bring it along – we’ll have a list of pre-sale ticket holders.
+Walks are rain or shine, but in the event of storms, our make-up date for this walk is Saturday, March 26, 2-4 PM. Please check your email the morning of the walk for notice if there is a chance of storms.

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Thank You! 2nd Annual Hot Nuts & Cider

This year marked our 2nd annual Hot Nuts & Cider gathering at Raleigh City Farm, and we were overwhelmed by the positive response from our partners, sponsors, and the local community.

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Thank you too everyone who helped with the event and to all who came by, cracked nuts, drank cider, made an ornament, made or purchased a wreath, and huddled around the fire listening to some great bluegrass.  See full gallery here.

For those of you who were asking about our candied pecan recipe, here it is!DSC_0931-001

Candied Pecans (on the stovetop or open fire)

-2 tbsp butter

-2 c pecans

-1/4 cup brown sugar

->Melt the butter over medium heat in a heavy-bottomed skillet (preferably cast iron if you are over an open flame).

Once butter is melted, add pecans and toss in butter to cover.  Add brown sugar and stir so that sugar evenly coats pecans.

Once sugar takes on a molten liquid appearance (and no sugar granules are visible), pour pan contents out onto wax paper to cool.  They will harden and candy as they cool.

Well, there it is!  The secret is out!  And if you want a great historical hot cider cocktail as recommended by the evening’s bartender, try this out…

The story goes that the Green Mountain Boys, who included Ethan Allen in their crew, were hanging out at a tavern in Vermont in 1775, drinking hard cider with shots of rum. The name of this not-so-fancy drink is a Stone Fence, and since it was the last thing these Green Mountain Boys did before crossing Lake Champlain to capture Fort Ticonderoga at dawn the next morning, it’s clearly what gave them the strength and American spirit to defeat the British. As we drank it at Hot Nuts & Cider, we used hot cider instead of hard, spiked it with NC-grown and distilled sorghum rum from Fair Game Beverage, and added a dash of Crude bitters to complement the flavors.

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Stone Fence Cocktail

-2 oz. rum (we used Fair Game’s No’Lasses; can substitute whiskey, brandy, or applejack)

-dash of bitters (we used Crude Bitters’ Sycophant with fig & orange notes)

-5 oz. hot apple cider

Pour rum and add bitters in your glass, then top with hot apple cider, preferably heated over an open fire. Can garnish with a foraged bitter orange or rose hips, especially if you’re drinking with Piedmont Picnic Project. Attacks on the British optional.

Special thanks to our partners and sponsors below!  You each made this event more delicious, more fun, and/or more sustainable!

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Thanks to our Sponsors & Partners:

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