Food Canning

By: Bill Pearson
By: Bill Pearson

There is some quality trained help available for small time farmers who want to store some of their crops for the next year, and almost every a crop can be preserved just like the professionals do.

"We can shell peas, and butter beans, we can blanche different vegetables crops, we can put products up in cans and seal them," says Andy Harrison, Lowndes High Ag teacher.

Andy Harrison is an Ag teacher at Lowndes High, and for the next two months he will be helping people preserve the food they've been growing all year.

"A lot of people see it as a way to stay close to their roots, we have a lot of people who have been doing this processing for multiple generations."

Just like Nina Bamblett and her two daughters, Janet and Gail, who are preparing to store some fresh corn.

"For family, we've got a big extended family, and I like to keep food, like when company comes and it’s better than what you buy in the store," says Nina.

And while some people have been taking advantage of this canning program for many years, others were pleasantly surprised to learn it was available.

"I think it’s wonderful, I didn't know they had such a super place where you could put vegetables in the freezer or in cans," says Alice Carter-Peeples.

And while this service is available to everyone, organizers say it’s best for people who have a lot of food to store.

"Coming down here to do it for two or three cans is not really feasible, but if you are going to do 15, 20, 30 cans or quarts, that becomes very feasible then."

And for families who like to store large amounts of home grown food, it really makes a difference.

"I appreciate it, I appreciate it a lot, it’s a life saver for me, because I work, and if it wasn't for this, I couldn't get my vegetables put up."

This canning facility is on the backside of Lowndes High School. It’s one of 35 canning operations around the Peach State this summer. It’s going to last through July 19. The service will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting at 7 a.m., and organizers say it really gets busy in late June and early July.


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