BALANCING CROP AND CARE


Brothers and business partners, Kyle and Bryan Maynard find symmetry with sustainable potato farming practices Potatoes and Prince Edward Island. Impossible to separate one from the other—the famous PEI potato has become a part of our landscape, literally and figuratively. Fields planted in row upon row of potatoes criss-cross the Island, processing plants dot the landscape, and farm machinery lumber…

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EATING WITH ALL YOUR SENSES


Elegant lavender-infused foods from Picnic Girl treat the eyes and tastebuds Hélène Bouchard has a taste for the exquisite. She was on-site for the entire construction of her charming lavender-coloured home in Stanley Bridge, inspecting building details with keen precision. Before moving to PEI in 2014, she and her husband ran a successful, holistic training studio in Montreal; her focus…

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ONE CLAN, ONE PLAN, ONE ORCHARD, ONE CIDER


Prince Edward Island’s first cidery, located in Bonshaw, finds great success with award-winning hard cider When you are a retired police officer and a director of learning at a secondary school in Scotland but you feel “too young to retire”, you move to PEI to make award-winning hard apple cider, right? That’s not quite how Anne and Alex Jamieson’s story…

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THE MAYOR OF TYNE VALLEY, & KING OF OYSTERS


Jeff Noye and Damien Enman want you to come to their kitchen and feel like you’re home Tyne Valley is the perfect place for an oyster business. “This is the centre of the oyster universe,” Jeff Noye, co-owner of Valley Pearl Oysters (and mayor of Tyne Valley) said. “Even the rink here sells fried oysters. It’s on the regular menu.”…

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THE SALTY CHEF-OYSTERS


It’s funny that the sorts of foods rumoured to be aphrodisiacs are things you really don’t need an excuse to eat. Red wine? Drink away. Chocolate? Don’t need to ask me twice! Oysters? Bring them on. This is all just myth. No food is an aphrodisiac, but some foods can certainly set the mood for a romantic evening. And none…

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THE EDIBLE GARDEN


Warmer days are ahead…really they are! It is a balmy -19°C and I just returned from a walk to get some of that fresh, clean, PEI country air. Ahhh. As I heard the crisp and crunch of snow underfoot near that little fishing shack on the river, I observed a very lively squirrel navigate the branches of the trees with…

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FOR THE LOVE OF CHOCOLATE


Handmade botanical chocolates bridge love, indulgence, and health Katlin Doyle is the creator and founder of Nurturing Essence, a botanical chocolate business based in Charlottetown, PEI. Handcrafted with love, Doyle only uses fair trade, organic, raw cacao. Her chocolate is free of dairy, gluten, and refined sugar, and she uses as many local ingredients as possible. “I find if people…

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BEHIND THE LINES


Dining on the Marie Celeste The restaurant industry can be a precarious endeavour for all concerned. Restaurant owners, investors, employees, diners, and landlords can all feel the brunt of a business that can be fleeting and is often only slightly above “spas” (I mean the kind that are open all night and have neon signs in their darkened windows) when…

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WTF?


What’s that food? Look around the root vegetable section of your grocery store and you may come across this versatile vegetable. Jicama is also known as Mexican turnip, sweet turnip, Mexican potato, or Mexican yam bean and is, quite obviously from those names, native to Mexico. The ‘Pachyrhizus erosus’ is from the bean family and the vine grows best in…

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