TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - The Tift County Food Processing Center opened this week at the Agriscience Building behind Tift County High School.
At the Tift County Canning Plant, foods like green beans, squash, and tomatoes are being processed for home use.
Volunteers at the plant offer services like peeling, blanching, corn creaming, and even cooking.
Tift County High agriculture teachers operate the plant and said it's the preservation that makes this service important.
"Food preservation is probably almost a lost art form. People find now that they can go to the grocery store and probably buy it a little bit cheaper than they could bringing it through our whole process but the difference is you don't know what the quality is, you don't know where the produce came from and you cannot control what's inside of it," said Lynne Cook, an Agriculture Professor at Tift County High School.
The plant is open from Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through July 5, and by appointment only.
Here is more information on their services:
- Wet-pack canning, dry-pack canning, blanching, peeling, cooking, corn creaming, and pea shelling
- Blanching for freezing costs $1 per blanching tray
- Only costs are for metal quart cans and glass jars (glass jars are not provided). Costs are subject to fluctuations
Foods that can be processed include apples, asparagus, beans, berries, boiled peanuts, cabbage, carrots, corn, greens, peaches, pears, peas, potatoes, tomatoes, and dry products such as flour and sugar.
For more information you can call 229-387-2480 or 229-387-2475.