Author Archives : Cheryl Young

WHEELS OF FORTUNE


Jeff McCourt brings Glasgow Glen Farm back after disheartening fire in November 2017 It only takes a few moments of chatting with cheesemaker Jeff McCourt to sense his passion for both his Gouda cheese business and the local food movement that continues to gain momentum in PEI. Now in his fourth year of business in New Glasgow, the Glasgow Glen…

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PROMOTING PEI’S FOOD


Local food advocates prepare for September’s food festivals It sounds like a true recipe for success, take 12 Islanders from all walks of life, who are scattered across PEI, make sure that they have a deep love for PEI, and in particular, our local food, and set them loose on social media as ‘local food advocates’. A new initiative this…

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SMALL TOWNS, BIG GAINS


How Fall Flavours Festival boosts small town profiles in PEI Georgetown, population 555; Victoria, population 74; North Rustico, population 607; Alberton, population 1,100; Abram-Village, population 272: PEI is dotted with small towns and villages from tip to tip. Now just imagine the swell of activity and people that a typical Fall Flavours event brings to these picturesque yet minimally-populated spots.…

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FARMERS PARTICIPATING IN ORGANIC PLANT BREEDING


Using science to create better organic crops for farmers to grow Standing at the edge of a field of wheat, oats, and peas, Roger Henry, a research technician in soil and water at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, discussed the methods used to research organic plant hardiness, yield, and weed control at the Agriculture Canada research farm in Harrington, PEI. Organized…

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LOCAL CHEF PAIRS WITH ‘FROM-AWAYS’ for FALL FLAVOURS


Two exclusive events at Red Shores’ restaurant added to festival lineup September is a month full of expectation. From children heading to school, businesses ramping up for the last quarter of the year, to food lovers finding opportunities to explore new tastes or rub elbows with celebrity chefs from across Canada, the end of summer is always bittersweet yet exhilarating.…

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SHELLFISH TAKE CENTRE STAGE


International Shellfish Festival lineup announced for competition Lobster, oysters, mussels, clams, scallops, quahogs, crab, shrimp: the list of shellfish that our tiny Island willingly gives us from the sea is a delicious and extensive one. Many of those delectable choices will be available to sample at the PEI International Shellfish Festival. What started out in 1996 as a one-day event…

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WTF?


What’s that food?   Molasses is a pantry item that most people are familiar with. Its uses are versatile, from baking cookies and cakes, to amping up sauces and marinades. Blackstrap molasses, made from sugar beets is most common in Atlantic Canadians’ kitchens and it’s often used to add a sharp-yet-sweet flavour to dishes. Carob molasses is different in that…

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FUNDRAISER FILLING BELLIES AND HEARTS


Sadat’s Cuisine raising funds to bring refugee family members to PEI Food and fundraising go hand-in-hand in PEI, from lobster suppers, pancake breakfasts, organic veggie boxes, and the classic chocolate bar sales. Often times the goal is to raise money for a building or program, and sometimes as a community measure to help a family in need. The monthly fundraising…

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RESEARCHING FOR CANADA’S AGRICULTURAL FUTURE


Agriculture Canada’s research farm in Harrington opens its doors to the public this month We can often think of government institutions as giant cogs in a wheel with no real relevance to our day-to-day lives, but for the scientists who work at the Agriculture Canada Research Farm in Harrington, PEI, every bit of data they collect and every piece of…

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PLANTING HOPE AT ROSS’ PLACE


Kensington garden truly becomes a community effort in its launch June 9 was a busy Saturday morning in Kensington as gardeners of all ages came together to christen Ross’ Place. The brainchild of Jamie MacKay, the new community garden was conceived and birthed within months, showing that sometimes passion and persistence is all you need to bring an idea to…

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