Butcher & Butcher is a source for PEI meats //photo credit: Cheryl Young/Salty

WHEN LOCAL IS BEST


Small scale butcheries and meat producers finding markets beyond PEI FOREWORD: The following article was written and submitted to Salty back in March when it was still possible to walk into any shop without regarding every other human being and touchable surface as a potential disease vector. If the pandemic has any silver lining, it’s that it has made visible…

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Kate Mumford stands behind a giant pumpkin she grew //photo credit: Rob Mumford

THE EDIBLE GARDEN


Some vegetables can be more than food In addition to providing nutritious healthy food, veggies can provide other things to you. Some people like to try different things and after a few years of gardening, there are always more options to try. One gardening option is giant vegetables. This is just a fascinating speciality within the gardening “family”. Producing these…

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photo credit: Cheryl Young/Salty

SCOOPS FOR ALL


Kiwanis Dairy Bar Celebrates Anniversary In 1955 you could get an ice cream for about 25 cents. While the prices have changed over the past 65 years, the cold dessert and hot grill offerings are pretty much the same at the Kiwanis Dairy Bar. “People come back again and again,” Basil Hambly, president of the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown, said.…

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Vaughn Murphy prepares to load groceries into a customer's trunk //photo credit: Cheryl Young/Salty

A RETURN OF DELIVERY


COVID-19 spurs a shift in how we buy our food Decades ago, before large national grocery store chains became commonplace in Prince Edward Island, Islanders got their groceries at the small ‘Mom and Pop’ general stores in their town (or village) or with door-to-door delivery services. Though I don’t consider myself ‘old’, I do recall my mother placing our milk…

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ICYMI


In Case You Missed It It’s been over a month since COVID-19 put us all into lockdown mode, but as expected, Islanders have risen to the challenge of social/physical distancing and are doing their best to keep themselves and their communities safe. We here at Salty have been noticing how many of our food producers, chefs, restaurants, and farmers are…

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London Fog Cake Photo credit: Cordell Wells

SALTY CHEF – EASTER TREATS


With social/physical distancing rules in place, this Easter may prove to be a little different for many. Typically a time for families to gather around tables, plans will no doubt be adapted and changed as we do our part to keep the spread of COVID-19 down and to ‘flatten the curve’. BUT that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy delicious treats!…

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l-r: Marc, Krista, and Ben Schurman (and Zoey the dog) in front of one of the new boilers Photo credit: Cheryl Young/Salty

NEW BIOMASS BOILERS FOR LOCAL GREENHOUSE


Finding ways to save at Schurman Family Farm Imagine if you could save 100,000 litres of furnace oil a year? Yes, you read that right. One hundred thousand litres. That was approximately the number of litres of oil burned to heat the greenhouses at Atlantic Grown Organics in Kensington, PEI last year. The organic farm has over 4 acres of…

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A variety of seeds available at a Seedy Saturday seed exchange Photo credit: Brian McInnis

GROWING A FOOD SOVEREIGN ISLAND


Island farmers save seed to assert local ownership over food production Food sovereignty: the central element of a food system in which communities control the production and consumption of their food. It prioritizes local, affordable, sustainable, and culturally appropriate food. On PEI, farmers believe that the Island can become food sovereign. The movement begins with a network of farmers saving…

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