THE EDIBLE GARDEN


Finding the right garden spot and starting your planting Ok, we’re getting into the warm weather at last. Ahhh, doesn’t it feel just fabulous? Now we can start to really see where our work is going outdoors. In a future article I will get into long term planning, but for now let’s start with gardening goals for this year. A…

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WTF (What’s That Food?)


Banana Flower Banana flower is, as the name suggests, the blossom of a banana tree. If left on the tree, they would eventually develop into bananas. It is largely considered to be a vegetable in many parts of the world, especially Southeast Asia. Bananas themselves are the 4th largest fruit crop worldwide. Found in many Asian food stores, the flower…

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PEI’S HISTORICAL HOPS


Tracing the roots of this perennial plant Hops have been a part of the landscape for centuries. Whether they are a wild species, or descendants of plants brought into the fields by European settlers, they can be found across PEI. Chris Long, head brewer at the PEI Brewing Company said there are definitely local hops out there in the wild.…

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ICYMI


Well-known fisherman, Norman Peters, of North Rustico passed away in April. The “Bearded Skipper”, Peters was a fixture at the North Rustico harbour, where he fished lobster and ran tours in the off-season. Active in his community, he helped re-launch the Summerside Lobster Festival last year and was instrumental in the development of the fisheries museum in North Rustico. The…

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SIPPING, STRUMMING, AND SINGING


Mary MacGillivray brews up toe-tapping tunes and tea at Brìgh Music & Tea At one point or another, we’ve all attended a coffee house and experienced the magic of sipping a hot beverage while relaxing to softly played acoustics. Switch out the coffee for a hand-selected loose leaf tea and the guitar for an Irish whistle, and you’d be experiencing…

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RENOWNED ANIMAL ADVOCATE VISITS PEI


When small is better: thoughts on niche markets for meat World-renowned author, speaker, and animal welfare advocate Dr Temple Grandin, paid a visit to the Island’s beef processing plant, Atlantic Beef Products Inc. (ABPI). Visiting the Maritimes as the keynote speaker for the Maritime Beef Conference in Moncton, NB, she had just enough time for a whirlwind plant tour and…

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TAKING COOKIES TO THE NEXT LEVEL


The Island’s sandwiches for those who love sweets Grab a glass of milk and get ready to enjoy some of the Island’s greatest cookies. Some may even say they are next level. If you like cookies (who doesn’t?), these delicious treats will fall nothing short of the best sweet sandwich you’ve ever had. Jordan and Ashley Cameron launched their cookie…

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THE LOST LINK IN AGRICULTURE


Reconnecting consumers to producers with Community Supported Agriculture “Eating is an agricultural act,” said great writer, activist, and farmer Wendell Berry. If you consume food you are a participant in agriculture, and so we all are. Not that long ago people grew most, or all, of their food and if they didn’t grow it themselves, they often knew who did.…

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CSA FARMS ON PEI


VEGETABLE CSAs Jen and Derek’s Farm Located in the Wilmot Valley, pick up in Summerside. Produce also available at the Bedeque Village Store and Farmed-Market and Craft Butchery in Summerside, Riverview Market in Charlottetown, and Arlington Orchard farm stands at Stratford, Ellens Creek and Miscouche. Little Victory Microfarms Located in New Glasgow. Pick up in Charlottetown and New Glasgow.  …

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