Why Start Canning?

• Canning is the ideal way to preserve the LOCAL harvest and savor the flavors all year long! Purchasing from local farmers during peak season is just one small way we can all help build a strong local food system!

• It’s easy! Plus, the co-op makes it even easier with canning classes, step by step instructions and all the supplies you need.

• Canning is not only economical but its environmentally friendly. When you buy LOCAL produce in bulk and pack it away in reusable glass jars the benefits of canning start racking up!

Canning Basics

The majority of popular home-canned foods – jam and jellies, pickles, fruits, tomatoes, etc. – can be prepared and preserved using utensils you are likely to already to have in your kitchen.

  • Boiling Water Canner
  • Jar Rack
  • Canning Jars 
  • Lids and Screw Bands
  • Jar Lifter
  • Wide-Mouth Funnel
  • Magnetic Wand
  • Nonmetallic Spatula

Once you have your supplies you are almost ready to get started. Read on for the rest of your canning basics!

Virtual Canning Classes

We’ll be holding virtual canning classes online through Zoom for $10, just $7 for owners. Take a peek inside our master canning teacher Kathy Manley’s home kitchen â€” she’ll demonstrate canning recipes (using the local bounty!) that you can recreate after class.

We’ll send you the recipes in advance so you can gather ingredients, review the steps and prepare questions to ask the instructor. Afterward, we’ll share a recorded version of the class for you to reference anytime you want.  Check out what we have coming up!

Space in each class is limited – register today!

2020 Virtual Canning Class Dates:

click on the class below to join

Strawberry Jam

Thu, Jun 25, 2020 6:00 PM-7:45 PM

Blueberry Jam

RESCHEDULED: Wed, Jul 22, 2020 6:00 PM-7:45 PM

Bread & Butter Pickles

Thu, Jul 23, 2020 6:00 PM-7:45 PM


Thu, Aug 20, 2020 6:00 PM-7:30 PM


Wed, Sep 16, 2020 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Canning Recipes

Here’s the stuff you really want! Lexi’s cache of canning recipes developed alongside our very own Master Canner, Kathy Manley.

Click on each picture for the recipe and step-by-step instructions. Happy canning!