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July 8 Second Saturday

Our events celebrating local food and community are spread around the Raleigh Food Corridor and Downtown Raleigh throughout the day on JULY 8!

This month we are highlighting the intersection of local food and getting outside to move! Getting outside and into the food system is one of the best parts of Second Saturday's workshops, community events, meals, restaurant specials and other local food fun. Join us this weekend for the third annual Blackberry Brigade and Jamboree!

or see full event details below!



936 N Blount St
Blackberry confection
berries sourced from Lewis Farm in Rocky Point, NC

938 N Blount St
11:00am - 2:00pm Brunch!
Blackberry BBQ Pork Ribs, Slaw, Mac + Cheese
alongside Bloody Mary Bar + Blackberry Cocktail

211 E Franklin St
Farmer James blackberries on cheese and charcuterie plates


and more coming soon!



Fertile Ground, Vital Link Center
1214 Lenoir St
10:00am - 2:00pm

This SE Raleigh Food Coop is hosting a popup farmer's market each Saturday from July 1 - August 5!  This is a great opportunity to get to know local producers and vendors, help us provide healthy food to the community and network with our community-owned food cooperative. 

Fertile Ground Food Coop (FGFC) is a Southeast Raleigh-based multi-stakeholder cooperative that highlights the community’s entrepreneurial spirit, helps create pathways to living-wage jobs, increases access to healthy/affordable food, and fosters collective ownership. We are working to open a community owned grocery store in Southeast Raleigh to help our residents obtain healthy and affordable food.

More info on Facebook:

a community bike ride
Oaks and Spokes, East Coast Greenway Alliance
start at Chavis Park, 505 MLK Jr Blvd
end at NC Farmers Market
10 am meetup

Join Oaks and Spokes and East Coast Greenway Alliance for a 4 mile greenway bike ride to the NC Farmers Market. We'll be meeting at Chavis Community Center at 10:00am for this fun ride! This is a ride for all ages and abilities. We encourage participants to wear a helmet.

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a weekly neighborhood market
Rebus Works
301 Kinsey St
10:00am - 1:00pm

Boylan Heights' weekly neighborhood market inside Rebus Works, bringing together farmers, bakers, crafts people, food trucks and craft brewers since 2011. Every Saturday. Bringing our community together to support our local small businesses while providing local, sustainable and organic foods in a fun, family-friendly environment.


a community meal
A Place at the Table Raleigh
at soca, 2130 Clark Ave
10:00am - 1:00pm

Join A Place at the Table for its Second Saturday pop-up lunch with soca!

A Place at the Table is a local non-profit organization providing pay what you can meals to create a place for community and healthy food for all regardless of means. Join them for their pop-up lunch this month. Come have a delicious brunch with us (at a community table!), share in great community, and pay-what-you-can for a meal.

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beer + bees!
Apiopolis and Gardener By Nature
at Big Boss Brewing Co
1249 Wicker Dr
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Love beer? Curious about honeybees and pollinator plants and prairies in progress? We have a special treat for you at this Second Saturday event!

Remember our pollinator prairie? Dale Batchelor and John Thomas from Gardener by Nature will be joining us in Big Boss' Secret Bee Garden to take us on a walk through the prairie and give us a lesson on beneficial plants and invasives in situ. We'll give you a few minutes to belly up to the bar and grab a cold brew and then we'll take a little stroll. If anyone wants to stick around for a hive opening afterward, I'll happily introduce you to some of my bee friends. But y'all, I'm so excited about having Dale and John's company and expertise!

So about this wild little meadow that's been growing in my mind and in real life. Everything I researched about planting a successful prairie said get rid of the weeds... Round Up... competition... Well, I'd already read all the studies on glyphosate and said nope to that immediately and looked at other methods of weed removal like solarization, multiple tilling and natural herbicides. While we were working in the Secret Bee Garden last fall, we scraped the vegetation from the prairie as the first step. Here's what happened. Native milkweed (Asclepias exalta?) popped up, frost asters, something I think is in the Helianthus family, so many beautiful grasses, goldenrod of course. And definitey invasives like Lespedeza and Japanese stilt grass. Eh. I gotta tell ya, I'm beholden to nature as the best designer. And the best engineer. And the best. My dog-eared copy of Ian McHarg's "Design With Nature" begins with this line, "The world is a glorious bounty." Indeed. So here's the revised plan which I think is possible to implement at the scale of our space in Big Boss' backyard. With Dale and John's help, we'll identify the species we should keep for our bee, butterly, bird and beetle friends and those that should go and selectively sow our pollinator seed mix in the in between spaces and watch how things go and grow and seed and change. Yeah. A sort of biomimcry design process.

a neighborhood market
Neuse River Brewing, Nickelpoint Brewing
506 + 518 Pershing Rd
2pm - 5pm

Last year Neuse River Brewing and Nickelpoint Brewing Co. brought you the Pershing Street Market filled with all our favorite local vendors. For 2017, we're changing up the format a bit and partnering with Second Saturday to bring you Pershing Farmers Market!

Focused on local food purveyors, this market is the ideal way to spend your day shopping for the coming week... by drinking a beer at the same time, of course!

Piedmont Picnic Project + Raleigh Food Corridor
at Raleigh City Farm
800 N Blount St

WEIGH-IN 4:00pm - 5:00pm
JAM! 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Enter your team in Raleigh's only annual Blackberry Brigade blackberry picking competition for a cause! 

Teams pick blackberries all around town with the help of Piedmont Picnic Project's foraging hot spot map... Then bring their berry haul to be weighed in to see who has the most berry poundage! Winners win prizes, and berries get sold to local chefs to raise money for the Raleigh Food Corridor. Celebrate afterwards with the Second Saturday Jamboree! 

Stay and sit a spell at the Second Saturday Jamboree featuring great local berry beers from your favorite breweries, beef ribs with a special blackberry powder coffee rub and potato salad from Longleaf Swine, a bluegrass and jazz Jam session open to all musicians and more!

Details and registration on here:

a gardening workshop
Bee Better
3412 Yelverton Circle
5:00pm - 6:00pm

A garden workshop with the one and only Helen Yoast covering topics on Sustainable practices in pollinator gardening. This month is all about getting the most for your money and purchasing your pollinators now! Waterwise. Organic. Pesticide free. Food, Water, Cover, and a place to raise their young.  Refreshments available for a donation. 


spend you're morning helping local gardens create good food.


101 Donald Ross Dr
9:00am - 12:00pm

Come dig in our garden! With nine rows and 20 boxes, there is always work to be done -- planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting! Our Community Garden presents the perfect opportunity for churches, companies, and families to get active and help us produce the fruits and vegetables that are given directly to our patients.

Alliance's Community Garden, built with the help of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, benefits both Alliance patients and community partners who support the garden, including the Boys and Girls Club, local congregations, and area families. All fresh produce grown in our garden is handed directly to patients by their providers, along with a healthy recipe using those fruits and vegetables. Located on two acres adjacent to the AMM clinic at the intersection of New Bern Avenue and Donald Ross Drive, the garden is a productive use of the land and a highly visible reminder that healthy living begins with healthy eating.


Passage Home at The Safety Club
1208 Mangum St
9:00am - 12:00pm

Join Lester Clay and community members for harvesting and pruning of sweet tomatoes growing in the Alpha Garden. Be prepared with small garden tools, gloves, water and clothing for the weather.

By creating the Alpha Garden residents of South Park have an opportunity to learn about how easy and affordable it is to eat healthy. All while receiving the necessary education that comes with adopting this lifestyle. The Urban Farmers Market and the Alpha Garden will engage the community, create jobs, and social enterprise by means of community development.


Inter-Faith Food Shuttle with Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation
315 Camden St
9:00am - 12:00pm

For 2017 Second Saturdays, the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation has partnered with Camden Street Learning Garden! Join us in the garden as we assist with planting, mulching, and harvesting all while learning more about urban gardening and food deserts. Please register in advance.

Part of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Camden Street Learning Garden is a green space in the middle of a city where kids, families, and individuals can be in nature. The Learning Garden features a large community growing area to increase access to fresh food in the neighborhood. This event brings volunteers to a community gardens where we can garden together and get to know one another while supporting this great organization.

Register to volunteer here!



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Earlier Event: June 10
June 10 Second Saturday
Later Event: August 12
August 12 Second Saturday