CFWF Discovers PEI Products

Cindy Zimmerman Audio, CFWF, specialty crops

cfwf-14-pei-preservesCheese, mussels, potatoes and preserves were just a few of the many Prince Edward Island products that Canadian Farm Writers learned more about during the 2014 CFWF conference.

Bruce MacNaughton and his wife operate the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, located in an old butter factory, which uses local produce to make a variety of tasty preserves, marmalades, jellies, honeys, syrups and more. “It’s been a priority from day one to buy as much local fruit as we possibly can,” said MacNaughton. “We go through about 40 tons of berries a year and over half come from Prince Edward Island, including wild blueberries, rhubarb and black current, strawberries.”

In 2004, MacNaughton says they started the Gardens of Hope, which includes a Respite Cottage just finished last fall. He explains more in this interview with Trudy Kelly Forsythe of Cultivating Communications. Interview with Bruce MacNaughton, Prince Edward Island Preserve Company

cfwf-14-rileyWayne Riley was one of the tour organizers for this year’s CFWF conference. “We were really looking for farms that were distinctly PEI,” said Riley. “The theme of our conference was also “Dig Deep” so we took that to the tours as well.”

Riley explained that meant getting into the food side as well as industries that support agriculture, such as Veseys Seeds and the Culinary Institute of Canada. Interview with Wayne Riley, CFWF

Enjoy the fabulous photos from the CFWF annual meeting thanks to our Canadian correspondent Trudy Kelly Forsythe of Cultivating Communications!
2014 Canadian Farm Writers Federation conference photo album

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