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SOLD OUT: Gettin’ Figgy with It at the NC Museum of History on August 10!

Join Piedmont Picnic Project in this interactive workshop to learn about the history and traditions surrounding figs in North Carolina. You’ll learn several techniques for preserving figs at home, and you’ll sample homemade treats made from fig preserves.

When you leave, you’ll take with you everything you need to get started with figs at home: a jar of fig jam you helped make in class, recipes for jam and for Ocracoke Fig Cake, and cuttings from the museum’s fig tree so you can grow your own!

Support for the museum’s outdoor garden exhibit, History of the Harvest, on Bicentennial Plaza is provided, this year, by the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission and by Logan’s Garden Shop.

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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! 

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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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Pollinators in the Piedmont: Picnic + Planting at Mystic Farm + Distillery on 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!

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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.

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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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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.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE TO JOIN US.

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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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The Piedmont Picnic Pantry: Intro to Veggie Fermentation

The Piedmont Picnic Pantry: Introduction to Veggie Fermentation | Saturday, March 11, 10-12 AM | Raleigh City Farm

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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