Canning plant is preserving a Southern tradition

Pictured from left to right in the Seminole County Canning Plant are Carlene Courson, BethAnn Smith, Will Miller, Drew Smith, and Holly Garcia

Can it!

New Seminole County Agriculture Extension Agent Cody H Bowling was recently given a tour of the Seminole County Canning Plant by Seminole County Middle High School Ag teacher Dusty Smith – and Bowling was impressed.

One of only 50 or so canning plant facilities operating like Seminole County’s  in the state, the facility offers the public canning and preserving services that include the standard canning of vegetables, blanching vegetables, and the process of creaming corn – all in one facility. 

Seminole County FFA students help out and run the vegetables all the way through the process. 

“I even got my hands in there to help out canning some local green beans,” commented Bowling.

The cans are packed, sterilized and sealed all in the same building and will last for years stored in a pantry. 

“This is a Southern tradition I hope Seminole County keeps alive for a long, long time. Passing on the tradition to the next generation of preserving and storing farm fresh foods is so important and we have a unique opportunity to do that here,” added Bowling.

Currently the canning plant operates by appointment only, Scheduling an appointment is easy and can be done by calling Wes Pace at 229-220-1233 or Dusty Smith at 229-493-0553. 

The cost to use the facility is $1 per quart can to can vegetables, and $2 a quart for already processed and canned green beans. 

The current hours of the Seminole County Canning Plant available to schedule an appointment are 8 a.m. -12 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

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