Author Archives : Shannon Courtney

Constructing a Food Island


How PEI is building a name for itself in culinary tourism “You have to taste a culture to understand it.” – Deborah Carter “Canada’s Food Island.” Did you smirk when you first heard Prince Edward Island bestowed with such a grand proclamation? Did you wonder who came up with such ambitious branding? Or did it strike as merely the latest…

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Never a Dull Moment


Adam Sweet of The Cook’s Edge showcases Japanese knives and shares tips on blade selection, care, and sharpening. “The Santoku translates to three virtues or three problems,” Adam Sweet of The Cook’s Edge tells me as he pulls a Japanese knife with a short blade out of a display case. “And the three problems you usually have in a kitchen…

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Accessorize Your Cutlery


PEI-based company hopes to solve plate-licking woes the world over As firsts go, creating the world’s first fork accessory may not guarantee you’ll end up in the annals of history, but as Oliver Sauvé and Josh Lindsay can attest to, it’s guaranteed to be a fun ride. The co-creators of the Forktula are the first to acknowledge that their invention…

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A Salty Christmas Shopping Guide


It’s the season of gift giving – what better time to support those that make our lives tasty all year round? Salty’s put together a handy list of gift ideas for everyone on your list that loves the good things in life. Some of our suggestions were inspired by those we’ve featured in past issues of Salty, while others are…

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Whatever Floats Your Goat


Em Zember is living her dream of operating a goat dairy “I started with two in 2000,” says Em Zember, as we watch eight attention-seeking goats waiting to be milked. We’re standing in an airy barn situated on the property best known by Islanders as the headquarters of the Great Canadian Soap Company. Zember is hopeful that in time it’ll…

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Spirited Endeavours


“It was just by chance,” Mike Beamish says of how he discovered he could use the ground apples from his u-pick orchard if he fermented and distilled the juice. Having stumbled upon an article that outlined how he could transform what had once been destined for the compost into a saleable product, Beamish set out to establish a distillery. Four…

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A Win-Win


Fermentation parties offer value for all involved On the Monday in early October when I visit Heart Beet Organics in Darlington, it’s a drab, overcast day complete with a biting cold wind. The weather, however, has done nothing to dampen the spirits of Heart Beet’s friendly farming duo, Amy Smith and Verena Varga, or the six women and one man…

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Planting the Seeds for Food Literacy


Start with a Seedling program returns to Prince Street School The kindergarten students at Prince Street School in Charlottetown are in for a special treat this school year. The Start with a Seedling program is back after a one-year hiatus. This hands-on, intergenerational, food and garden program is aimed at enhancing food literacy and connecting kids with the food they…

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Let’s Talk Food


One-day summit in Charlottetown focuses on food security initiatives The City of Charlottetown, in partnership with the United Way and PEI Food Security Network, is hosting a one-day food summit on November 9. Let’s Talk Food will provide an opportunity for people from all areas of the food system to come together, share ideas and discuss projects to address food…

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