Chili Infused Raw Honey from Forty Six° North in Murray Harbour. Available at Riverview Country Market (if there’s a business that deserves the 46° in its name, it’s this one: the latitude line runs 300 m south of their kitchen). The honey packs a delightful wallop, but it’s not overpowering. While you’re at Riverview, check out their expanded selection of items for the vegetarian in the cooler, including several varieties of tempeh.
Fox Tea Cosy from Lady Baker’s Tea. Available from their stand at the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market, or from their tea studio in the basement of the Kirk of St. James Hall. They also sell very good tea.
Speaking of tea, I became quite fond this summer of the PEI Preserve Company’s Fitness Tea, a Rooibos tea with verbena, lemongrass, blackberry leaves, balm herb, sunflower blossoms, liquorice root, and cornflower petals. The shop in New Glasgow is open until December 22.
Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen from The Bookmark. In inexpensive entrée into the world of writing as it was meant to be, the Preppy is one of my favourite pens. It’s available with a variety of ink colours and nibs.
Brìgh Music & Tea is, sadly, closing in January. They have a big sale on right now, with prices up to 60% off. Ukuleles and other instruments, books, CDs. And a hot cup of good tea and a chat while you shop.
My friend Perry Williams told me the story of how ADL butter is made by a small multi-skilled team at the dairy in O’Leary; I was a fan of the butter before and I’m even more so now. If you cannot conscience giving someone butter for Christmas, Purity Dairy here in Charlottetown has lovely hats with the Purity logo embroidered on them, perfect for the dairy lover in your family. And they also sell ADL butter.