Author Archives : Cheryl Young

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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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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Despite being ‘Canada’s Food Island’, PEI faces challenges with food security | photo credit: Cheryl Young/Salty

FOOD INSECURE


Despite being ‘Canada’s Food Island’, PEI faces challenges with food security Food and shelter: two of the most basic needs a person has. Imagine having to choose between them. Unfortunately for a number of Islanders, that is a choice that they sometimes have to make. In a 2014 survey, 8700 households¹ in PEI were deemed food insecure. With 15.1 percent…

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Schurman Family Farm provided fresh produce for the study | photo credit: Cheryl Young/Salty

ACCESS TO FRESH PRODUCE


Local study looks at link between food insecurity and diabetes A recently released medical study has looked at the links between food insecurity and diabetes. Dr Katherine Bell formerly had a medical practice in western PEI and partnered with Dr Shannon Curtis to examine how food, in particular fresh produce, can influence the health of Type 2 diabetics on PEI.…

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Students at Amherst Cove Consolidated in Borden-Carleton wait to sample the new lunch options | submitted photo : PEI Education and Lifelong Learning

POLITICS OF SCHOOL FOOD


Second pilot project moves ahead under new provincial government A recently released medical study has looked at the links between food insecurity and diabetes. In late December 2019, the provincial government announced that a new provincial school lunch program would roll out in several Island schools, offering healthy lunches to students this winter. School food programs have been in the…

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Venison Loin with Leek Ash | submitted photo

GOLDEN WIN


Years of hard work for the Culinary Youth Team Canada culminated in a history-making performance at the highly anticipated IKA/Culinary Olympics last month in Stuttgart, Germany. With two gold medals and fourth place overall, it was a first for a Junior Canadian team to be awarded two gold medals. It was also the highest placing ever for a Junior Canadian…

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WTF?


What’s that food? This month’s WTF is a familiar fruit in Indian cuisine. With its smooth green skin and elongated shape, tindora bears a resemblance to cucumbers, albeit a tiny cucumber. Like cucumber, tindora (Coccinia grandis) belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family and the fruit grow on vigorous climbing vines, native to tropical climes. The plant is commonly found in the…

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Photo credit: PEI Museum & Heritage

FOOD HISTORY CORNER


Rotary Knife Cleaner
 Back in the day, before the invention of stainless steel knives and mechanical dishwashers, knives had to be cleaned and polished on a daily basis to prevent rust or dullness from forming. This tool is known as a rotary knife cleaner. It was patented in 1844 and used until 1912 when stainless steel came about.
 Knives would…

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