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Canned Memories of a Season – Sow The Heart: One Story at a Time
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Canned Memories of a Season

Every weekend a farm stand conveniently pops up on the corner right up the street from where I have been living. The past few weekends I’ve noticed how the tomatoes are stacked high; and not even to mention all the other all the fruits and veggies. In not too many weeks farm stands will wrap up the season because plants will no longer be producing.

A high premium is always placed on eating fresh fruit and veggies. They have the very best nutritional value. The thought of an over-abundance of perfectly good produce going to waste when it could be harvested and canned to stock the shelves of food pantries all winter is disturbing. Maybe we need more food processing in the U.S.?

Common sense tells me we’d need to rely less on imports and pay fewer tariffs which makes the idea of canning right here in the U.S.A. attractive. More canneries could also employ people.  However, the costs of U.S. labor probably challenges the thought and sinks the whole idea right into the waste basket.

Is there any truth to the adage that “going back to the basics strengthens your foundation?” Being the eternal optimist, I certainly hope so.



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  1. I agree with you 100%! All of these products that are in abundance from our local fields and gardens could be canned, frozen and saved, feeding so many hungry and disadvantaged people in local areas across the country. Our country is so wasteful and with creative thinking so much could be put to use.

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