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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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White or Red?


Prince Edward Island native Lesley Quinn to compete in Canadian National Sommelier Competition Somm. Short for sommelier. Short for wine steward. Short for best job ever. Definitely not a gig my high school guidance counsellor offered up as an option. So when I met Lesley Quinn, I had a lot of questions. Quinn’s the sommelier at Halifax’s Barrington Steakhouse and…

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A Simple Farmhouse


The rustic charm of Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in Orwell, PEI offers a welcome place of respite that will feed the soul and fill the belly. The historical property is best known as the homestead of the Macphail family, headed by the illustrious Canadian scholar, Sir Andrew, who purchased it in 1864. The home remained in…

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Counting Sheep


Pursuing ambitious land stewardship goals through pasture lambing “I am a grass farmer,” Adam MacLean tells me. We’re standing adjacent to an idyllic piece of green pasture in South Melville, tucked away off one of the Island’s many country roads. The field is full of ewes and lambs—282 four-legged ruminators to be precise—happily grazing the land. Pairs of lambs intermittently…

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Sprinting Towards Fall Flavours


Chef Irwin MacKinnon prepares to get really busy as September’s month-long food festival approaches If there’s one thing Islanders like almost as much as food, it’s a good party. At least that’s my theory as to why PEI has no shortage of food-focussed festivals and events. There are celebrations of our most famed products (lobster and potatoes for the un-indoctrinated),…

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From Aquaculture to Kitchen Culture


Chef Stephen Hunter shares his journey through some of PEI’s popular food destinations What got you into cooking? I travelled, tasting cuisines from different countries. Then I found myself in Vancouver with $120 in my pocket. So I got a job in my field, aquaculture (salmon farms). I wanted to enjoy all of the flavours I had tried, and couldn’t…

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Reg Phelan, Carina Phillips and Byron Petrie showcase a table filled with vegetables grown on their farm, Seaspray Organics

An Intergenerational Farming Co-operative


Wisdom of experience and energy of youth unite at Seaspray Organics Four stouts clink together in cheers at the Old Triangle Pub in Charlottetown. It’s the mark of a regular, ceremonious gathering for Byron Petrie, Carina Phillips, and Reg Phelan of Seaspray Organics Cooperative. The three farmers meet here every Saturday after the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market to talk shop and…

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Farmers Helping Farmers volunteer helping a member of the Upendo Women's Self Help Group in the garden

Lending a Helping Hand


PEI NGO working to enhance food security in Kenya On the surface, Kenya and Prince Edward Island may seem worlds apart, but challenges related to farming and food security are a reality for both. PEI’s Farmers Helping Farmers (FHF) has been working with community groups in the African nation to address these issues through education-based projects. Their latest project is…

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PEI Farm Centre exterior

New Night Market Opening at Farm Centre


This summer will see a new farmers’ market opening at the Charlottetown Farm Centre (420 University Ave). It will differentiate itself from the growing number of markets in the city and beyond by operating as a night market. It will run every Thursday from 4pm to 8pm beginning June 15th. The newly envisioned market will be run by the Farm…

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Back to the grind


Kate Lee, the Spice Lady of PEI, adds flavour to the local retail landscape Kate Lee’s obsession with spices began with a fervent search for the perfect shawarma spice mix when she was just 19 and working at the Town & Country restaurant in Charlottetown. While the family that ran the restaurant shared many recipes with her, the concoction of…

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