Browsing Category : Food Skills

Grandma Phoebe’s Mustard Pickles


With any good preserve, the devil is in the details. And as usual, a recipe that’s been followed for this many years comes written with fewer directions than actually needed to accomplish the task ahead. In family kitchens, there was an expectation that you had done this project many times under the supervision of someone who already knew the ropes,…

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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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Cultivating a Forest of Food


Borden family growing East Asian mushrooms in PEI Julie and Dale Hamilton of Borden are eagerly awaiting their first crop of shiitake mushrooms. They are one step closer to their dream of creating a permaculture forest on their Augustine Cove woodlot by cultivating this Asian mushroom. Shiitake mushrooms, or Lentinula edodes, are brown, meaty mushrooms grown in eastern Asia, particularly…

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Under Pressure


Modern pressure-canning extends shelf life of meats Raising a multitude of animals for food at Hope River Farm can mean an abundance of frozen meats for owner Nancy Sanderson. Despite a thriving CSA program, sometimes the freezers need to be cleared of excess meat. “I’ve got ten deep freezers that are mostly customer meat, however, anything that doesn’t sell over…

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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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Wartime Meals


What were meals like in times of war? On the home front during the First and Second World Wars, Canadians were asked to make do with less, to allow more resources to be sent to troops overseas. Food was one of the things that people were asked to conserve. One of the ways this was done was through rationing—limiting the…

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Seed for Thought


Brian and Lorna McMaster, The Taco Farmers, want you to save your seeds The Taco Farmers. The name is pretty spot on when you consider that Lorna and Brian McMaster grow nearly 100 per cent of the ingredients for the menu of their taco-centric booth at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market. However, what you may not realize is that your tortilla…

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Stepping Up to the Plate


Planting the seeds for better food security on PEI The PEI Food Exchange is graduating its fourth cohort of Community Food Mentors this fall. This iteration of the program focused on providing participants with knowledge and skills in gardening. It marks just one of the many activities this grassroots organization has undertaken to address food insecurity on the Island. A…

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Experience PEI


PEI Island food at the heart of experiential tourism business “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly without fear for richer and newer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt For many Islanders, the prospect of doing farm chores or tonging for oysters is likely to conjure up some choice thoughts…

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