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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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Weekend Update: May Wild History Walking Tour + Picnic

Piedmont Picnic held their second Wild History walking tour and picnic of the spring this past Saturday!  We had a big bunch of friendly, enthusiastic picnickers and a beautiful day along Lake Raleigh – one of our favorite spots so far along the Raleigh greenways during our 100 Miles in 100 Days series.  See full gallery here.

Along the walk, we learned about wild edibles growing right now in this location – wildflowers, green shoots, and even mulberries!

Talking #mulberries at this past Saturday’s #WildHistory #Foraging Tour + #WildFood #Picnic!

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The picnic was one of our more decadent affairs – because eating flowers of course lends itself to sweets! Wild weed salad, Trappist honey bread, and yogurt cheese were accompanied by honeysuckle sodas, wildflower jelly thumbprint cookies, and intoxicating wisteria ice cream!  

Oh, and did we mention we spotted our first ripe blackberries of the season!?

A big THANK YOU to all who came out for the picnic and to everyone that helped to promote it beforehand!  We are always grateful for and humbled by the overwhelming response we get to our wild endeavors!

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Location announced! Wild History Walking Tour + Picnic

Wild History_MAYPiedmont Picnic is excited to host our second Wild History walk of the spring season!  This walk’s theme will be about pollinators and wildflowers.

We’ll teach you about common edible wildflowers (and more!)…

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Give you some local history on bees and honey… 

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And follow it all up with a wildflower & honey themed picnic of homemade cheese, bread, wildflower jellies, and more!  You can get TICKETS HERE!

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IMG_7945For our location, we’ve chosen the lovely shores of Lake Raleigh on NCSU’s Centennial Campus.  This accessible and scenic spot is buzzing with more than just State students!  Many edible wildflowers, berries, and greens are available along its shores, as well as all different kinds of pollinators!  Because it falls along the the Walnut Creek Trail of the Raleigh Greenways, it’s an ideal fit for our 100 Miles in 100 Days campaign.

IMG_7983See our listing on our Events page for full information on the activities, directions, and parking.  Get TICKETS HERE.

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This May: Pollinators in the Piedmont

For the month of May, Piedmont Picnic Project will be focusing on pollinators, all they do for us, and what we can do for them!

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What can you expect from our Pollinators in the Piedmont series?

Pollinator Picnic | Saturday, May 9th, 2-4 PM | 308 Colleton Rd. (parking on street)

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Come have a picnic provided by the bees while we create a picnic for the bees!  Learn how to install a pollinator garden at a personal residence while enjoying a light picnic of wildflower & honey drinks and treats.


Wild History Pollinator Walk | Saturday, May 23, 2-4 PM | Surprise Location TBA

Join Piedmont Picnic on another Wild History walk where we’ll point out wild edibles along the way while we share the history around our topic and location!  This month’s theme will be… what else?  Pollinators!  So we’ll talk bees, stings, pollinator habitat, honey, and wildflowers…  of course!

Our TBA location will be at a surprise location along part of Raleigh’s greenways, as part of our on-going 100 Miles in 100 Days series, walking and foraging all 100 miles of Raleigh’s greenways in the 100 days of spring!

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Blogging Series

Our blogging will also be following our pollinator theme – looking into all things wildflower, bee, and honey!  Topics will include any and all of the following, and more!

  • Get the buzz on Honeygirl Meadery
  • Queen Bee: A history of women and honey
  • Bee keeping and hive removal
  • Baking and preserving with honey
  • Piedmont Picnic tries their hand at mead
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Wild History a Wild Success

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Saturday was our first Wild History Walking Tour of the spring, and it was great way to kick off the spring season and our 100 Miles in 100 Days blogging series – where we’ll be walking and looking for wild edibles all along the 100 miles of Raleigh greenway during 100 days of spring.

100 Miles3We met at Milburnie Park and headed down the Neuse River Trail to Milburnie Dam, taking full advantage of Raleigh’s gorgeous greenways.  We had a sold-out group of very enthusiastic foragers – such a fun group!

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We found lots of great examples of wild spring greens, and learned a little more about the history of the area along the way – including Milburnie dam and bridge.  

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The weather cooperated beautifully – with cool, crisp temps but also abundant sunshine!

The day ended with a delicious spread of hot henbit-ground ivy tea, wild greens pesto, wild greens salad, local cheese, local bread, and hickory nut cookies!  I received one of the best compliments I think I’ve ever had on our wild foods picnic – that it was better than a steak dinner.  Wow!  I’ll take that!

#WildHistory Picnic with foraged greens and maple syrup dressing from locally tapped maple. Oh, and hickory nut sandies!

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If you were one of our attendees, we want to thank you so much for making it such a fun experience!  If you missed us this time, don’t worry, there will be many more opportunities to join in the fun!

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