Author Archives : Jessica Fritz

Marzipan – what?


Reality check for our business idea So here we are, my husband Mike and I, planning to make and sell marzipan. But will anybody but us want to eat it, let alone buy it? The two challenges ahead: 1) We had never made marzipan 2) Would people know what it is and/ or like it? The easiest answer to both…

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The Do Gooders


Upstreet Craft Brewing first Island company to gain B Corp accreditation When you think of a craft brewery, what are the first things that come to mind? High-quality, local beer—yes. A crowd of hop enthusiasts—yes. A hip place to hang out—yes. Now stop right there! Upstreet Craft Brewing is all of these things, and then some. Most recently, the Charlottetown-based…

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A Nutty Food Business


Maritime Marzipan—a German treat inspired by Island life If someone had told me a decade ago that we’d live in Canada one day I would have been surprised. If someone had told me two years ago that we’d have a house by the ocean I would have said they were crazy. If someone had told me six months ago that…

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From Barn to Customer


Isle Saint-Jean Farm opens on-site shop near Rustico Working from home is the day-to-day for every farmer —the barns and fields are their workstations, the livestock their temporary colleagues. But at the end of the day, farmers usually have to venture beyond their farmsteads to reach customers. There are some, however, like Deirdre and Gabriel Mercier of Isle Saint-Jean Farm,…

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Sins Squared


Island Chocolates Hosting Choc-tail Hour in July and August If you’re a chocoholic, a visit to Island Chocolates in the village of Victoria-by-the-Sea is no doubt a pilgrimage you make each summer. If it’s not, it probably should be, especially since the long-established chocolate shop is upping the ante this year. Known for hosting wine and chocolate pairings, Island Chocolates…

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A Place to Relax


Lot 45 establishing itself as year-round pub in Souris It was like a Christmas present when Darin McAree and his partner, Linda Brown, learned late last year that their proposal to take over the vacant premises on 41 Breakwater Street had been accepted by the Souris Harbour Authority. Three months later, on March 10, they opened Lot 45 Pub &…

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Bringing Locals Together


Year-round market opens in Montague With Montague celebrating its 100th birthday this year, it seems a fitting time to try something the town has seen before, but with a targeted concept. On June 11, Caroline Farrell, supported by her husband, Paul, launched a new farmers’ market. Currently located in the rink of the local curling club **, the market is…

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Happy Animals, Tasty Meat


PEI Charcuterie brings 2017 food trend to the Island As food trends go, charcuterie will remain a hot one in 2017 according to a poll of 1,300 US chefs. That’s good news for Island food entrepreneurs and farmers, Karine Arsenault and Jordan Liantzakis. The couple launched PEI Charcuterie last month and are eager to share their ethically-raised, value-added meat product…

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