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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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It’s almost time for Hot Nuts & Cider!

Hot Nuts & Cider | Raleigh City Farm, 800 N Blount St. | December 5, 2015, 4-8 PM

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Join us for an evening of nut cracking and cider sipping around the fire at Raleigh City Farm!

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?  That time can be now!  

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Come sit around the fire with us and enjoy:

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!

TICKETS available here!  

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Get Cultured: Intro to Dairy Fermentation Class

Upcoming Class Schedule - Fall 2015

Join us for our upcoming class on dairy fermentation at Raleigh City Farm!

Location: Raleigh City Farm, 800 S Blount St., Raleigh

Time:  9-11 AM

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

 

Get cultured: Intro to Dairy Fermentation + Fall Veggie Smoothies

Reserve your spot HERE for a place in our Intro to Dairy Fermentation class at Raleigh City Farm!

Learn some of the easiest dairy fermentation products to try yourself at home – including kefir, buttermilk, and creme fraiche! Receive kefir grains to take with you to try fermenting it yourself at home. Hear stories of Raleigh’s famous dairy history and how it affected what we drink today.  Enjoy smoothies made from kefir and fresh farm fall veggies while you learn.

And don’t forget to reserve your spot for our next class in November…

Ferment all the things: Intro to Veggie Fermentation + Pickle Bar

Reserve your spot HERE for a place in our Intro to Veggie Fermentation class at Raleigh City Farm!

Learn how to ferment your own vegetables at home! Hear stories about southern ferments…  is sauerkraut a southern tradition?  Find out!  We’ll use fresh farm fall veggies to make salty, sour, pro-biotic-rich fermented vegetables. Leave with a jar of your own to let ferment at home!

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Family Reunion: A Cocktails & Mayonnaise Event!

Have you bought your tickets yet??  How about entered your favorite mayo dish (potato salad? chocolate-mayonnaise cake? deviled eggs?) into our Mayo Dish Cook-Off?  The prizes are from some great local businesses!  Don’t wait!  It’s time…  and we can’t wait!

Learn to make wild cocktails, listen to music from a 100-year-old Victrola, and eat mayo delights all while hanging out on a farm in the middle of downtown Raleigh.  What better way to spend your Saturday afternoon?

See details below.

Family Reunion | Raleigh City Farm, 800 S Blount St | September 19, 2-4 PM

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GET TICKETS HERE.  In celebration of Piedmont Picnic’s first ever event and launch party one year ago – Cocktails & Mayonnaise – we’ll be hosting another cocktails and mayonnaise event as our one year anniversary party!  What can you expect?
  • Wild Cocktail Bar with DIY Mix-Ins
  • Mayo & Cocktail Demos (but not mayo cocktails)
  • Favorite Mayo Dish Cook-Off – Entry is $10, with all entry fees benefiting Raleigh City Farm!  Prizes from Wine Authorities, Brew Coffee Bar, and more!
    • ENTER HERE.
    • Competition Categories:
      • Mayo-based salad
      • Mayo-based dessert
      • Deviled Eggs
  • Special musical guest Marshall Wyatt of Old Hat Records and his 100-year-old hand-cranked Victrola will provide the records and the old-time vibes perfect for any Family Reunion!

TICKETS are on sale now!

  • Pre-Sale – $10 (includes 1 cocktail ticket)
  • On-Site – $15 (includes 1 cocktail ticket)
  • Additional drink tickets available on-site for $5 each (cash and credit accepted).

Come enjoy a lovely afternoon on the farm, participate in creating your own unique foraged cocktails, and chow down on your neighbors’ best mayo recipes!

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Piedmont Picnic in the News!

Thanks to everyone who joined our August Wild History Foraging Tour + Light Picnic this past Saturday!  We had a great tour learning about three different approaches to urban foraging and then chowing down on delicious brunch fare made with all of the plants we had talked about that day.  See our full gallery here.

We also had a couple of special visitors with us this week – reporters from the Raleigh News and Observer!  You can find a great piece on our tour and on what we do here at Piedmont Picnic Project on the front page of the local section in this past Sunday’s paper or online here.

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Our tour started and ended at Raleigh City Farm – which gives us a great example of how to incorporate traditionally wild edible plants into our decorative or edible landscape – providing beauty to our gardens, shelter and food to wildlife and pollinators, and interesting new foods to us!

We’ll be having several more events and classes at Raleigh City Farm this fall – including our Family Reunion One-Year Anniversary Party and our Fall Veggies: It ain’t over till it’s over class series – so stay tuned to our Events page to learn more!

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