Monthly Archives : May 2018

Organic Consumer Buying Guide: Summer 2018


What does ‘Certified Organic’ mean? On PEI, ‘certified organic’ means food grown on a farm according to specific organic practices as defined by the Canadian Organic Standards and regulated nationally by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Each farm is inspected annually by a qualified third party inspector and each inspected farm is issued a certificate. General principles of organic…

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In the Can


Montague brewery launches product in liquor stores You certainly can’t accuse the brains behind Copper Bottom Brewing of not planning ahead. Just before opening last November, Ken Spears and Ashley Condon bought a canning system from Nova Scotia’s Tatamagouche Brewing. In May, a mere seven months later, the brewery released its first canned products. 473 ml cans of Centennial Stock…

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WTF?


(what’s that food?) Looking at a jackfruit you may wonder what exactly you can do with such a monster. Its greenish-yellow bumpy exterior hides a sweet inside with edible seeds and flesh that can be used in many ways. Commonly enjoyed in South and Southeast Asian cuisines, the jackfruit tree is widely cultivated throughout the tropical regions of the world.…

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Island Farmers Using the Alternative Land Use Service


Government program focuses on environment Charles Murphy is no stranger to agriculture. For 50 years he has been growing seed potatoes, wheat, and non-GMO soybeans in China Point, east of Stratford. Since the arrival of the first Murphy family ancestors from Ireland in the early 1800s, six generations have farmed this land. Charles and his wife, Wilhelmena, purchased the family…

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Congratulations!


A big congratulations to Dr Katherine Bell on being given the Award of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians for Prince Edward Island. You may recall that Dr Bell has written numerous articles for Salty, something she manages to do in the little spare time she has! The Awards of Excellence recognize CFPC members who, in the past 12…

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ICYMI


(In case you missed it) Caron Prins, aka “The Queen of Fries” is moving her Chip Shack from Prince St in Charlottetown to the waters of the Charlottetown Harbour. The Chip Shack will be placed on a barge and then permanently docked at the Charlottetown Marina as a floating restaurant. Farmers across the Island have been frustrated by vehicles driving…

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GROWING VEGAN OPTIONS ON PEI


Kevin and Aurora MacLean build success around plant-based eating If you’ve been looking at the menus at many of Charlottetown’s restaurants you’ve probably noticed more plant-based options. Last year saw the opening of PEI’s first largely-vegan restaurant, followed by the opening of PEI’s first fully vegan cafe earlier this year. The steady growth in veganism on PEI is undeniable—more people are…

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SEARCHING FOR CHOICE IN ISLAND STORES


PEI’s liquor laws in need of overhaul De gustibus non est disputandum. There is no accounting for taste. A common saying when it comes to all kinds of matters of taste: food, politics, religion, fashion, and so much more. So what about alcohol? Or more specifically, liquor laws and their implications? In a country that is on the cusp of…

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FILLING THE FARM LABOUR GAP


A glimpse at agricultural labour shortages in PEI After meeting with Laurie Loane, executive director of the PEI Agriculture Sector Council, the take-home message was this: labour shortage in agriculture is a complex topic. Family farms without successors, increasing use of automated systems, erratic employment for labourers, and barriers for minority groups to enter the sector are a few of…

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THE BITTER TRUTH ABOUT HOPS


The International Herb Association has named hops as the herb of 2018 Without hops modern-day beer would be a very different drink. For even the most mild lagers available, brewers still use hops in the recipe. But with the craft brew market still growing and going strong there is a lot more interest in beers that have stronger flavours and…

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