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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!

Click here to reserve your ticket and see the full menu.

Event is rain or shine.

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

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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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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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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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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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Wild History August Walking Tour + Picnic

Wild History August Walking Tour + Picnic | Raleigh City Farm | August 29, 9-11 AM

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We’ll forage edible wild plants together from the area surrounding Raleigh City Farm and then taste dishes made from the same plants!  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: Foraging Three Ways.  We’ll talk about three ways to forage in the urban environment: (1) finding edible wild plants in public spaces, (2) borrowing excess edible plants from your neighbors, or (3) planting wild foods at home.  For the light picnic you can expect wild drink teas, local bread, local cheese, homemade wild jams and jellies, wild greens, and a wild treat for dessert!

This month’s location – Raleigh City Farm – provides a great example of growing wild edibles in and amongst your other edible and decorative plants!  Stick around after the picnic to check out their farm stand if you want some more cultivated veggies (open till 12 PM).

Notes:

+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.

 

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Summer, 100 Miles, and Wild Berry Ice Cream!

This past Sunday, Piedmont Picnic Project had a lot to celebrate – and a dedicated group of picnickers braved the heat to come out and help us do it up right!  We held our third Wild History Walking Tour + Picnic of the year – a Wild Berry Ice Cream Social.  See full gallery here.

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The first day of summer for us meant the end of our 100 Miles in 100 Days series – we had officially walked 100 miles of Raleigh’s greenways in the 100 days from the first day of spring to the first day of summer, cataloging over 70 edible plants growing along the way!  You can see all of our finds on our instagram account.

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For our location, we chose Dorothea Dix [future] Park in downtown Raleigh.  We thought this spot was ideal for this celebration for a number of reasons…  This was the first spot I ever foraged berries in Raleigh, so it had special meaning to me.  The history of Dorothea Dix the person as well as the place is a rich one, and the place is in transition yet again with its purchase by the City of Raleigh for a park.

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It also is a place from where you can connect to several of Raleigh’s greenways…  Continue east to connect to the Walnut Creek Trail all the way to the Neuse River.  Continue west on the Rocky Branch Trail to connect to the Reedy Creek Trail to the NC Museum of Art all the way to Umstead Park.  Continue south to take the Centennial Bikeway Connector to the NC State Farmers Market and on to Lake Johnson.  Continue north connect to the House Creek Trail, Shelley Lake, and beyond all the way to the Raleigh city limits!  How connected we are!

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Another thing that made Dorothea Dix ideal for this day and this walk was that the entire Dix campus is rimmed with the perfect foraging environment – the intersection of grassy field with forest – resulting in a tangled mass of wild things brimming with edibles.  The edges of Dorothea Dix campus look like many of the Raleigh greenway edges we have seen in our 100 Miles in 100 Days walks.

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For the foraging walk, we focused on berries – mulberries finishing their season, blackberries beginning their season, and berries to come later this summer – muscadines and elderberries.

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Surprisingly, the plant that may have out shown all of these berry jewels was the easily-missed sassafras tree!

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We put our picnickers to work making their own ice cream for the first course!

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But at the end, we laid out a full spread for them – brandy-vanilla ice cream, “sassy snaps” sassafras cookies to make ice cream sandwiches…

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and a full wild soda bar for mix-and-match ice cream floats.

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We can’t think of a better way for us to have celebrated the first day of summer and the culmination of our 100 Miles in 100 Days journey, and we are grateful to those who chose to spend their Father’s Day with us!

So what will we do now that our 100 Miles in 100 Days challenge is over, and summer has begun?  Stay tuned for our upcoming events, especially coming up in July – the Blackberry Brigade – blackberry picking competition for a cause!

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Also, our theme for summer will be “Put it up!” – where we’ll focus on how to put up and preserve the summer’s bounty so that you can continue to taste summer all year long out of your pantry and freezer.

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