Our Thanks To:

Who is Eligible?

  • Because of limited space, time and funding, we can only offer this service, by appointment only, to residents of Bradley County, Tennessee.

Location & Hours:

  • The facility is located at the William Hale Agricultural Center, behind the Farmers Market and the Recycling Center on 1055 Peerless Crossing NW in Cleveland, Tennessee.
  • The cannery building is open Tuesday - Saturday, 5:30 am – 1:30 pm, from the first week of June through the last week of October.  Equipment reservations start at 6:00 am, by appointment only.

No Charge for Service::

  • Tax dollars at work for you.


Your Responsibilities:

  • You are responsible for cleaning any area where you have worked, including equipment, appliances, vessels, pots and pans and the floors.
  • Be sure to compete a visit card fully and accurately.  At the end of the season, the facility keeps track of the number of families served as well as the quantity of jars canned.
  • Canned goods are to be taken home as soon as they are processed.  CAUTION:  Canned jars are extremely HOT to handle when they come out of the canning equipment.

The Bradley County Cannery, located in Cleveland, Tennessee is available as a resource for residents of Bradley County.  Guidelines for using the facility are outlined below. 

Canning Supervisor: Mary Lou Woods

(423) 728-7031

What is Available & What You Need to Bring:

  • All the equipment necessary for canning will be provided. Canning supervisor, Mary Lou Woods, is available for consultation and guidance regarding food preparation and canning.
  • Individuals using the facility need to bring jars, lids, produce and any ingredients (spices, vinegar, sugar, etc.) required for their canning recipe(s).   Don't have all the produce you need?  Consider shopping at the Bradley County Farmers Market, located in front of the cannery.
  • Once the canning jars are ready pressure cooking, an experienced staff member will complete the task for you.  Items must be placed in the pressure cookers correctly to ensure products are properly canned.

Questions:

  • Please call the cannery at (423) 728-7031.  We will be glad to share information about canning food preservation and use of the facility.  The "Contact Us" link at the top right portion of this web page is intended for Master Gardener inquiries.

Guidelines:

Appointments:

  • To make an appointment, call (423) 728 7031 during cannery building hours.  When making the appointment, be as precise as possible about what will be canned as well as the quantities.  Depending on the canning requirements, the small or large kettle (or both) will be reserved.
  • Only bring the quantities that were communicated when making the appointment.  If larger quantities are brought, the necessary equipment to complete all the canning may not be available.
  • Be on time for your appointment and have the food prepared for the kettle at that time.  If you need food preparation time, communicate that when making the appointment so the equipment can be properly scheduled.  Preparation time is for peeling, chopping, breaking or whatever else needs to be done for your appointment time.  Please ask if you need assistance regarding preparation methods.    

- ​When: Friday, November 2nd, 2018 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. 

- Where: Bradley County Cannery

- Why: We want to say a big THANK YOU to all our customers, past and present for making this a fantastic year!

- Who's Invited: Our customers, their family and friends.  Children are welcome.

- What's Planned:

       o We'll have lots of jams & jellies along with tasting stations.

​       o There will be canned goodies and pie fillings (including apple & peach in limited quantities).

       o Try our salsa though we may need to call the firemen.....there will be mild, hot and really, really hot.

       o Our famous jar ring pumpkins & apples will be available as well as a new item. 

       o We'll be featuring a Christmas in November tree with handmade ornaments and will have several new                         products for your perusal.  Most items can be made to order so you will have them before the holidays.

       o Rada Cutlery can be for purchased through the remainder of the year and we'll have their dips and cheese ball            mixes for only $4 each.......be sure to check out the tasting station. 

       o “Mary Lou’s Guide to the Cannery” will be available.  Upon request, your copy can be autographed!

       o Door prizes will be given away every half-hour beginning at 3:30 pm. You must be present to win.

PLEASE NOTE:   All proceeds will go to the Cannery.  Your donations are used to purchase jars, rings and lids, sugar, clear gel, paper products and cleaning supplies.  Because of our generous patrons, this year we were able to purchase a potato cutter, faucets and though too late for some, two new motors for the applesauce machines.

End of Season Special Event:     Christmas in November

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