Monthly Archives : October 2018

The Pungent Smell of Success


Al Picketts’ Eureka Garlic is used across Canada Sit down with Al Picketts for a conversation about garlic, it doesn’t take long to discover that his wealth of knowledge about this flavourful vegetable is abundant, and he is more than happy to share it with those who are interested. A beekeeper for 30 years, Picketts started Eureka Garlic out of…

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Honey, I Bought an Apiary


New owners of Honeydew Apiaries busy settling into PEI life In Canoe Cove, overlooking the sparkling waters of Northumberland Strait, sits Honeydew Apiaries. While it has been there for a number of years, the honeybee business was recently purchased by Jennifer and Mickael Jauneau. Jennifer hails from Vancouver, BC while Mickael calls the Loire Valley in France his birthplace. Their…

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More Than an Apple a Day


Freshness is key to produce’s flavour offered at Arlington Orchards’ markets Barry Balsom considers himself to be in the “flavour business.” As far as the co-owner of Arlington Orchards is concerned, there is only one way to ensure that the products you buy at one of his three fresh market locations across the Island have a taste to savour: make…

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The Edible Garden


The last of the harvest Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Wow, what a fantastic season we’ve had. I find it hard to believe October is here. This is the last month to harvest from the garden. There are many things to do now, and more to do to prepare for next year…yes, now is the time to plan. Winter cabbage and turnips…

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THE SALTY Chef with Chef Stephen Hunter


Roasted Goose Goose doesn’t seem as popular as it was in the past, but it is seeing a bit of a comeback. Goose really is tastier than turkey and while it is fattier than either chicken or turkey, the meat itself is quite lean. And for you dark meat lovers out there (and really that is the only meat that…

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Shellfish Venture in Souris


Entrepreneur Johnny Flynn juggles multiple businesses and roles “Keep it simple. Stay calm. Specialization is for insects.” These are all words to live by for PEI shellfish producer and retailer Johnny Flynn. Even under the challenge of running more than one business, and filling multiple roles within those operations, it is apparent that he knows how to enjoy every minute…

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WTF?


What’s that food? Sometimes it is simply enjoyable to grow unique plants in your garden. The cucamelon fits that bill perfectly. Cucamelon seeds produce vines that could be mistaken for English ivy if you don’t look too closely, but the fruits are cute and novel, with their miniature watermelon appearance. The fruit is about the size of a grape when…

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Behind the Lines


Spills both hot and cold, all in the timing Have you ever seen something that years later still makes you cringe? I certainly have. I was maitre’d at a resort restaurant on the Island’s north shore. We had a table of ten or so come in with a little baby, not more than a year old. We put her in…

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ICYMI


In case you missed it September brought a tragic reminder to us all, with the deaths of two lobster fishermen from Tignish. They died when their boat, the Kyla Anne, capsized on its way back to port. A third crew member was able to swim nearly 90 minutes to shore, but Captain Glen DesRoches and Maurice (Moe) Getson did not.…

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Organics on the Menu?


Challenging for many institutions to buy local and organic produce Increasingly we are seeing local, organic products in restaurants and retail shops across PEI. Bistro chalkboards and gourmet grocery shelves featuring Island-grown organics confirm that the ‘buy-local movement’ is happening close to home. Meanwhile institutions providing meals for the elderly, the ill, and the young on PEI, appear to have…

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