October 17, 2017
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(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - October 16, 2017) The Government of Prince Edward Island and the PEI Potato industry are once again teaming up to provide a tractor trailer load of fresh potatoes to those affected by a hurricane in the United States. A truck carrying over 42,000 pounds of fresh potatoes left PEI yesterday en route to help feed those in need in Puerto Rico as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane
September 28, 2017
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - September 28, 2017) Harvest time has arrived for Prince Edward Island potato farmers! It’s a busy and exciting time of year, when farmers put in long hours to harvest their crop after working hard throughout the growing season to nurture and protect their world famous PEI Potatoes. This is in addition to the other field crops grown as part of the potato rotation, being harvested in an increasingly diverse agriculture
September 1, 2017
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - August 31, 2017) The Toe Taps & Taters Signature Culinary Event is returning for the fifth year in a row as part of the PEI Fall Flavours month long culinary festival. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, September 8th, beginning at 5:30 pm.
This year brings some big changes to Toe Taps & Taters, moving locations from the Canadian Potato Museum in O’Leary, PEI to another potato-centric venue: Sherwood
August 31, 2017
(Charlottetown, PEI - August 3, 2017) New potatoes have been hitting Island grocery stores, and roadside stands are popping up across Prince Edward Island. Locals and tourists alike savour this taste of Island summer.
Prince Edward Island potato producers, market gardeners, and students employ all sorts of methods to meet this demand for early potatoes. The first step is green sprouting the seed to ensure that when it goes in the
July 18, 2017
(Charlottetown, PEI - July 18, 2017) An area of increased attention for agricultural research and changes in production practices globally is soil health. Through new technology and a better understanding of the microbial communities in soil, farmers are making changes in crop rotation, tillage, and nutrient management to foster the health of their soil.
Prince Edward Island potato producers are also making changes to their
June 6, 2017
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - June 6, 2017) As Islanders, we know that Fries with the Works is a legendary local dish featuring PEI French Fries. However, when you talk to Islanders about Fries With The Works, or when you see them listed on a local menu, there can be many variations in ingredients! As a result, the PEI Potato Board is launching a survey to ask Islanders “just what IS Fries With The Works" to you?
“There’s no tastier way to
December 15, 2016
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - December 15th, 2016) The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive as a result of its December 14th Board of Directors meeting.
Rodney Dingwell of Morell was elected as the new Chairman of the Board. Rodney and his family own and operate Mo Dhaicdh Farms Ltd., growing processing and tablestock potatoes. Rodney represents the processing sector for the Montague-Souris District on the Board
November 14, 2016
Prince Edward Island potato growers are very happy to congratulate Fresh Media of Charlottetown, PEI on winning the award for the best agricultural social media marketing program in Canada in the last year at the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association’s Best of CAMA 2016 Awards on November 4th in Calgary, Alberta.
Fresh Media was awarded with the “Best of CAMA 2016 Social Media” award for their ongoing content marketing and social
November 7, 2016
(Charlottetown, PEI. November 4, 2016.) At the November 2, 2016 PEI Potato Board meeting, Chairman Alex Docherty was pleased to take time to present donations of over $2,100 to two worthy PEI organizations. The money for the donations was raised through baked potato and fry sales during Farm Day in the City 2016.
“This was our first year as title sponsor of the event,” said Docherty “and we were blown away by the interest and support
September 22, 2016
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - September 22, 2016) Harvest time has arrived for Prince Edward Island potato farmers! It’s a busy and exciting time of year, when farmers put in long hours to harvest their crop after working hard throughout the growing season to nurture and protect their world famous PEI Potatoes.
As farmers and their employees head to the fields to bring in the potato crop this fall, the industry wishes to thank the
September 13, 2016
(Charlottetown – September 13, 2016) PEI Open Farm Day is this Sunday, September 18th, with thirty farms across the province opening their doors to welcome the public to learn more about where their food comes from, as well as highlighting the value of agriculture to our economy and our culture. A full list of participating farms is available at www.peiagsc.ca/openfarmday
Three potato farms are welcoming visitors this year as part
August 23, 2016
(Charlottetown – August 9, 2016) The Prince Edward Island Potato Board, Cavendish Farms, and the PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are excited to announce the creation of the Enhanced Agronomy Initiative. This Initiative has a goal of improving marketable yields of processing potatoes and profitability of potato growers in PEI while also improving environmental sustainability of the industry.
To meet these goals,
July 7, 2016
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - July 4, 2016) The Prince Edward Island Potato industry is proud to add its support to those affected by the devastating wild fires in Fort McMurray. A full tractor trailer load of fresh Island potatoes will be leaving PEI on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 to make the trip out west that’s been made by many Islanders and other Atlantic Canadians for decades.
The load will contain 20 pallets, which is approximately 50,
May 10, 2016
Potato Planting Time on PEI!
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - May 10th, 2016) Prince Edward Island potato growers are beginning one of the busiest times of their year...planting season. Potato growers are excited to get on the land earlier than last year and plant the Island’s famous crop. Planting marks the beginning of a new season and with it renewed optimism for a healthy, productive crop.
Only 15% of Prince Edward
April 20, 2016
(Charlottetown, PEI – April 20, 2016) This week (April 17th to 23rd) is National Soil Conservation Week in Canada, and as potato farmers across Prince Edward Island are gearing up for spring planting, they are making soil conservation a priority on their farms.
According to the Prince Edward Island Soil and Crop Improvement Association, 2016 is the thirtieth year of concentrated efforts by farmers and government to protect our
February 5, 2016
February is Potato Lovers Month in Canada, and Prince Edward Island potato growers are celebrating by offering consumers a chance to win a potato-packed trip to Prince Edward Island! To enter the Spudtastic Sweepstakes, consumers can visit www.spudtastic.ca.
On the contest site, visitors will learn about the trip for four to PEI, which includes transportation, hotel, car rental, and a number of potato-related tourist and
January 15, 2016
In recent weeks, there have been several news stories mentioning the highest cost of vegetables and fruits in the national media. The softening Canadian dollar has in many cases driven up the cost of imported produce, and this is being reflected in grocery store prices. However, one staple vegetable that has not experienced the same jump in prices is Prince Edward Island Potatoes. That’s good news for Canadian families trying to make the
December 22, 2015
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI - December 21st, 2015) The Prince Edward Island Potato Board is pleased to announce a new plan for potato disinfection on Prince Edward Island. This revised program was formed through collaboration with industry members and the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, as well as independent scientific consultation. Additionally, the Board believes that this plan meets the needs of potato farmers and
December 18, 2015
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - December 17th, 2015) The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive as a result of its December 16th Board of Directors meeting.
Alex Docherty of Elmwood was re-elected for a second year as Chairman of the Board. Alex and his family own and operate Skyeview Farms Ltd., growing seed and tablestock potatoes. Alex also represents the seed sector for the Charlottetown District on the Board.
November 10, 2015
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - November 10, 2015) The Prince Edward Island Potato Board is very disappointed by the decision of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to completely discontinue disinfection services effective December 31st, 2015. The Board was notified of this decision in a phone call late in the afternoon on Monday, November 9th. This decision puts the health of the potato industry in Prince Edward Island at risk.
November 6, 2015
Agenda for the 2015 Annual General Meeting on November 20th, 2015.
November 5, 2015
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - November 5, 2015) The Prince Edward Island Potato Board extends congratulations to Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, MP for Cardigan, who was yesterday named the new Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Minister MacAulay is a veteran representative of the concerns of Islanders in Ottawa and his most recent ministerial appointment no doubt recognizes his commitment to our province and
November 5, 2015
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - November 5, 2015) Following significant market research and rounds of development and consultation, the Prince Edward Island Potato Board is proud to share a new logo and new packaging designs aimed at further strengthening the Prince Edward Island Potatoes brand.
The new logo blends historic brand identity cues, such as the shape of the Island and the red and blue colours, with a modern look. This new
September 22, 2015
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - September 22, 2015) Harvest time has arrived for Prince Edward Island potato farmers! It’s a busy and exciting time of year, when farmers put in long hours to harvest their crop after working hard throughout the growing season to nurture and protect their world famous PEI Potatoes.
As farmers and their employees head to the fields to bring in the potato crop this fall, the industry wishes to thank the
August 11, 2015
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - August 11, 2015) The Prince Edward Island potato industry and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police wish to remind members of the public that the deadline for tips eligible for up to $500,000 ends this Saturday, August 15th! Tips related to recent incidences of tampering with Prince Edward Island potatoes received on or before August 15th are eligible for up to $500,000 upon the arrest and conviction of those responsible
June 29, 2015
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - June 29, 2015) There have been no arrests to-date in the case of food tampering involving the deliberate insertion of metal objects into potatoes. The potatoes were destined for human consumption and the local industry remains concerned about the effect cowardly acts such as this have on the confidence of consumers in the food supply.
For this reason, the potato industry in Prince Edward Island has
February 9, 2015
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - February 9, 2015) It’s time to celebrate Prince Edward Island Potatoes this winter, because February is PEI Potato Lovers Month in Canada! Nutritious and tasty PEI Potatoes are available from grocery stores across Canada and can feature in all meals of the day. Potatoes are the most consumed vegetable in Canada, providing essential nutrients for a balanced diet.
February is also Heart Month in Canada, so it
December 12, 2014
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - December 10th, 2014) On November 10, 2014, the PEI Potato Board offered a reward of up to $50,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for inserting sewing needles into potatoes of Linkletter Farms Ltd. which were destined for human consumption. The local industry was concerned about the effect this cowardly act would have on that family farm and on the
December 11, 2014
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - December 11th, 2014) The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive as a result of its December 10th Board of Directors meeting. Alex Docherty of Elmwood was elected the new Chairman of the Board, succeeding Gary Linkletter, who completed four years as Chairman. Alex and his family own and operate Skyeview Farms Ltd., growing seed and tablestock potatoes. Alex also represents the seed sector for the
November 13, 2014
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - November 10th, 2014) Over the past number of years, the potato industry has been actively adopting Food Safety and Traceability Programs knowing that they are now part of doing business and to ensure our customers of a safe, quality food supply. The recent food tampering case with needles put in potatoes at Linkletter Farms has left our industry feeling shocked, and is unacceptable for ourselves and the general public.
October 31, 2014
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - October 31st, 2014) It was a beautiful morning to harvest potatoes in Prince Edward Island today, but Hans Wilting and family of Linden Lee Farms in Meadowbank needed some extra help to get their world-famous spuds out of the ground. While some may say that digging potatoes isn’t rocket science, they called in an astronaut anyway!
September 8, 2014
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - September 8th, 2014) Like most Islanders, Prince Edward Island potato growers, as individuals, feel a responsibility to be involved in their local communities, as it is our collective sense of community action and pride that makes our province a great place to live. The Prince Edward Island Potato Board, on behalf of all Island potato growers, is also proud to be rooted in our community through support of a number of
August 21, 2014
(O’Leary, PE - August 20th, 2014) Prince Edward Island potato growers are proud of the trail blazers and industry builders who have established PEI as a world leader in potato production and expertise. Consequently, the Prince Edward Island Potato Board and the Canadian Potato Museum felt that it was important to record and share first-hand accounts from those who helped to build the seed, tablestock and processing potato sectors in the 20th
August 8, 2014
(Charlottetown, PEI - August 7, 2014) - The Island potato industry is reeling today from the announcement that McCain Foods will close its Borden-Carleton French fry facility as of October 31, 2014. Many Island farm families have worked hard to deliver high quality potatoes to McCain Foods over the years, and growing for McCain was a major component of their farming operations.
McCain has been an important player in the Prince
August 7, 2014
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - August 7th, 2014) A number of Island potato growers and agricultural businesses alike are showing their love for Prince Edward Island Potatoes by displaying a number of round bales wrapped with signs promoting PEI Potatoes around the province this summer.
This initiative by the PEI Potato Board started last year and has grown in scale this summer. Near several of the major highways across Prince Edward Island
June 10, 2014
There have been a number of letters to the editor in recent weeks which express concern regarding the application of pesticides in Prince Edward Island, including pesticide use by PEI potato growers. I would like to take this opportunity to try and dispel some of the myths relating to agricultural pesticides as well as to ensure that Islanders have accurate information on how pesticides are responsibly used. Pesticides are generally defined
May 15, 2014
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - May 14th, 2014) The Prince Edward Island Potato Board is proud to sign on as a partner in Farm Credit Canada’s successful Agriculture More Than Ever program. Agriculture More Than Ever is an industry-led initiative to improve perceptions and create positive dialogue about Canadian agriculture with the public. A large number of national and provincial agricultural organizations and farms have signed
April 3, 2014
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - April 3rd, 2014) Everyone knows that burgers and fries are best friends, making it an easy decision for the Prince Edward Island Potato Board to be a partner in the 2014 edition of PEI Burger Love, a month-long celebration of PEI beef. 54 Island restaurants have created unique and mouth-watering burgers using 100% Prince Edward Island beef, and PEI Potatoes are excited to continue as a partner in this promotion for
March 25, 2014
The PEI Potato Board says it’s time for the public to move past the history and look at what today’s potato growers are doing to protect the environment. Gary Linkletter, Chairman of the PEI Potato Board, emphasizes that “potato farmers of today have learned a lot from past challenges and are making tangible changes in production practices in order to farm in a more environmentally sustainable fashion.”
Mr. Linkletter notes that PEI
December 6, 2013
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - December 6th, 2013) The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive as a result of its December 5th Board of Directors meeting. Gary Linkletter, of Summerside, was re-elected as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Linkletter is currently serving his second three year term representing the tablestock sector for the Summerside District. Gary is a partner in Linkletter Farms, a family farm operation which grows seed,
November 14, 2013
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - November 14th, 2013) The potato harvest in Prince Edward Island is complete and world-famous Prince Edward Island Potatoes are appearing on supermarket shelves and restaurant menus across Canada and the northeastern United States. Island potato growers are reporting a good crop of excellent quality potatoes this year.
According to Greg Donald, General Manager of the Prince Edward Island Potato Board, the
November 7, 2013
The Prince Edward Island Potato Board invites all growers, dealers, and industry partners to our Annual Meeting and Banquet on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown, PEI. Below you will find details of our agenda and speakers for the day.
There is no cost to attend the Annual Meeting, including a complimentary lunch and guest speaker. However, we do ask that those
October 17, 2013
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - October 17th, 2013) The potato harvest is nearing completion on Prince Edward Island, as growers have been blessed with favourable weather to harvest their valuable crop. According to Greg Donald, General Manager of the PEI Potato Board, the harvest “is approximately 85% complete across the Island. Yields are generally close to average and the quality of the crop is particularly good this year.”
August 26, 2013
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - August 26th, 2013) September and October are the start of harvest season for Prince Edward Island Potatoes, and to celebrate, the PEI Potato Board is involved in a number of festivals and events on Prince Edward Island in the coming months! Potatoes are not only a major cog in Prince Edward Island’s economic engine, but are also a part of the Island’s cultural identity. The Potato Board is proud to be a sponsor of a
August 14, 2013
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - August 14th, 2013) Potato growers farming in the Trout River Watershed, which includes the Barclay Brook, met on Monday, August 12th, 2013 to discuss recent and recurrent incidences of fish mortality in their local area and to find ways to prevent similar events from occurring in the future. Also in attendance were representatives from the Prince Edward
August 7, 2013
Prince Edward Island has a wealth of festivals and events to experience during the summer months, and the PEI Potato Board is ably represented at many of these events by “Tate,” our mascot!
Tate the Great PEI Potato travels to festivals, events, and tourist attractions across the Island each week during the summer and fall.
July 31, 2013
The Prince Edward Island Potato Board is disappointed and concerned about the fish mortality events that occurred in western PEI. Board members and staff will be working with the Department of Environment, Labour and Justice, the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the local watershed group, and land owners in the area to determine the cause of fish mortality in these events and take any appropriate steps to mitigate further similar
June 20, 2013
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - June 20th, 2013) Potato farming in Prince Edward Island continues to be primarily the domain of family owned and operated farms. 99% of potato farms in PEI are owned by farm families, with some of these families involved in growing potatoes for over 100 years! On many farms, multiple generations work side-by-side in all aspects of the farm operation. These farm families are committed to producing high quality,
May 28, 2013
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - May 23rd, 2013) As the populations of Prince Edward Island, Canada, and the world continue to grow, the need for nutritious, safe food grows as well. With a finite land base available for growing food, much of this increased need for food will have to come from improved yields, necessitating the need for the application of nutrients. While Prince Edward Island is fortunate to be a fertile province with strong
May 10, 2013
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - May 9th, 2013) Prince Edward Island potato growers are in the middle of one of the busiest times of their year...planting season. Just like many home gardeners look forward to working in their gardens and anticipate the growth that spring and summer brings, so too are Island potato growers excited to get on the land and plant the Island’s famous crop.
Prince Edward Island is home to the largest acreage of
April 18, 2013
(CHARLOTTETOWN - April 18, 2013) - With summer entertaining just around the corner, Olympic Gold Medalist Heather Moyse is urging Canadians to look beyond the traditional potato salad, and get more creative when cooking their spuds - think potato chocolate cake!
In effort to rebrand the humble potato, and have consumers see the simple spud as the newest, oldest superfood, The Prince Edward Island Potato Board and Olympic athlete
April 4, 2013
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - April 4th, 2013) Everyone knows that burgers and fries are best friends, making it an easy decision for the Prince Edward Island Potato Board to be a partner in the 2013 edition of PEI Burger Love, a month-long celebration of PEI beef. Thirty-one Island restaurants have created unique and mouth-watering burgers using 100% Prince Edward Island beef, and PEI
March 15, 2013
January 30, 2013
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - January 30th, 2013) The Prince Edward Island Potato Board recently held a series of district meetings with Island potato growers to discuss making research a greater priority for the producer-controlled organization. Meetings held in Alberton, Summerside, Charlottetown, and Montague in mid-January featured strong attendance from growers and valuable feedback on issues affecting the PEI potato industry.
December 10, 2012
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - December 10th, 2012) The Prince Edward Island Potato Board is proud to announce that Heather Moyse, an Olympic Gold Medalist hailing from Prince Edward Island, will be continuing in her role as Brand Ambassador for Prince Edward Island Potatoes. After a successful first year representing Prince Edward
November 22, 2012
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - November 22nd, 2012) The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive as a result of its November 22nd Board of Directors meeting. Gary Linkletter, of Summerside, was re-elected as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Linkletter re-offered for a second three year term representing the tablestock sector for the Summerside District. Gary is a partner in Linkletter Farms, a family farm operation which grows seed, table
November 19, 2012
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - November 19th, 2012) The Prince Edward Island Potato Board held its Annual General Meeting on Friday, November 16th, 2012 to a full room at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel in Charlottetown. Island potato growers and industry partners were informed by Board Chairman Gary Linkletter that the year ending June 30th, 2012 was a positive one for the industry. Coordinating research efforts between the Board, government, and other
November 2, 2012
(Charlottetown, PE - November 2nd, 2012) The only Prince Edward Island potatoes to enter the winners circle at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto this year were at the top their class!
Lewis Brothers of York, Prince Edward Island took home the Champion Tablestock prize with an entry of Yukon Gem potatoes. “Yukon Gem is a relatively new variety for us,” notes Scott Lewis. “It has a nice round shape, attractive
October 4, 2012
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - October 4, 2012) 1 potato...2 potato...92,500 potato...yes, indeed. 92,500 pounds of PEI potatoes made their way to the world’s largest potato pile-up in Prince Edward Island this week. If you thought your Thanksgiving shopping list was big, take a look at this!
Sobeys has completed construction of their world record-setting display, featuring a final total of 92,500 pounds of Prince Edward Island potatoes, on
July 31, 2012
For many, meal preparation in the summer months is all about grilling on the barbeque, taking advantage of the summer weather as well as embracing quick and easy meal ideas. Prince Edward Island potatoes make the perfect accompaniment to any meal from the grill, as the versatility of the potato allows for a variety of different recipes and preparation techniques while being a very trouble-free food to prepare for even the most novice griller
July 27, 2012
A new action committee representing government, farmers and watershed groups has been formed to develop measures to prevent future fish kills in Prince Edward Island’s waterways, Environment, Labour and Justice Minister Janice Sherry and Agriculture and Forestry Minister George Webster said Monday.
July 27, 2012
Summer has arrived on Prince Edward Island and nothing says summer on the Island better than new PEI Potatoes! With advantageous growing conditions this spring, new potatoes are available earlier this year with good quality and yield reported.
January 25, 2012
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - January 24th, 2012) The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has launched a series of “Tater Talk” videos featuring consumers talking about why they love PEI Potatoes. Members of the public were keen to share their reasons for buying and eating PEI Potatoes and how they choose to prepare them, as well as sharing stories about the importance of Prince Edward Island Potatoes to their family.
January 26, 2011
Prince Edward Island Potato Board is proud to announce that it has partnered with Canada’s most famous chef to showcase the province’s culinary excellence in a new original online web video series, Food Country, through the Culinary Alliance of PEI.