That’s where I met Yvonne’s husband Jesse. After photographing an enthusiastic group of Bernie Sanders supporters Jesse and I began to talk.
At the Cannery
Canneries in rural Virginia were created to serve the need of small farmers, gardeners, and home canning hobbyists. At one time there were dozens through the state. But as society changed the need for local canneries began to disappear. Today there is only a handful in the state.
The cannery has the facilities that meet food processing regulations and sanitation guidelines. Even more important, it provides the expertise and commercial equipment for large batches.
Because they were scheduled to make a double batch this time it would be a two-day process. On the first day, they chopped the ingredients – by hand. Then on day two, they planned to cook and bottle the product.
Although they make hundreds of gallons of product at a time, progress is still measured by taste. The same method Nona taught Yvonne years ago. Throughout the cooking process, Yvonne tastes the product at regular intervals. When it’s ready she gives the word, the three of them fill each bottle by hand.
Conversation with Yvonne
Yvonne encountered obstacles that would have stopped most aspiring entrepreneurs in their tracks. But she dug in, found solutions and moved forward.
Final Market Day of the Season
The cold morning kept the large crowds at bay. But Yvonne remained upbeat. Having sold an entire case to a woman who planned to use as a centerpiece of her annual holiday baskets she was on fire.