Author Archives : Shannon Courtney

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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Chef Mitchell Jackson Takes First Place


Claddagh Oyster House chef wins 2017 PEI Potato Chowder Competition at PEI International Shellfish Festival If you think the PEI International Shellfish Festival is about gorging on oysters and mussels, while listening to some of the biggest talents on the East Coast, you wouldn’t be wrong, but you’d only be partially right. The Festival, which celebrated its 22nd anniversary this…

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Family Hog Farm


Porktoberfest features local producers Porktoberfest is here! In celebration of the farmers that contribute to PEI’s hog industry, Salty paid a visit to D & E Pork Inc. in Albany. D & E Pork is a multi-generational hog farm that was established in 1982. It is owned and operated by Patrick and Lisa Murray, who manage the farm alongside its…

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A Chef’s Island


Bejewelled acrobats and seaweed crisp. Love Junkies and braised cow’s cheek.  Chef whites and ice carvings.  The unexpected and the spectacular loomed large at A Chef’s Island, the final Signature Event of The PEI Fall Flavours Festival. Arriving at The Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown’s stunning waterfront hotel and conference centre, I take in the scene that greets me. Streams of…

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