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The club will be canning 750lbs of tomaotoes and 200lbs of peaches this coming week.
Albums: Pensacola Can Can Club
Location: Pensacola Florida
The New York Times should do a piece about you and the Can Can Club. In fact, I know a guy........maybe I'll write him. Really, this is a great model. So equitable and reasoned.
As always, mad respect.
It's like a quilting bee or a barn raising...the idea is not to make a profit but to provide a social community event where folks get to socialize without spending money (other than the cost of what they take home). That kind of event results in a fun day out with a bunch of folks and something worthwhile to take home at the end of the day. Most folks pay good money to have a fun day out with a bunch of folks and go home with nothing more than an empty wallet. Its a Win Win for everyone who participates (including me). It does take a little coordination by me but eventually we may be able to share that work as well. So at the end of the day folks come to realize thay can't afford to not have fun at (miss) one of our events!
Between last Monday and Saturday we canned 1050lbs of tomaotes and 200lbs of peaches. On September 3rd we will can "Green Peanuts" (to make boiled peanuts in a jar). They are big here in the south and I already have enough commitments to do a couple 50lb bags and will likely end up with at least double that amount. Figuring out the cost of propane is the only wild card. We simple sell the excess (uncommited jars) at cost to anyone who wants them. If no one at the event wants them we sell them to the members who didn't can them (Who wouldn't want them at cost with no labor).
Buddy, I contacted the fellow from the N.Y. Times about you and copied you on the message. Should he be interested you can follow up on your own. I'm out of it but I am so impressed with this model that I think it should be A) reproduced and B) give credit were credit is due. It takes a special person to organize this particularly with the spirit of generosity you have shown. Which is why I always yammer on about you. I'm a much more private person. I occasionally invite folks into my home and garden kitchen, teach my neighbors or give away excess produce but I am so deep into producing and provisioning for my family (and writing, always writing) that I don't rise to the opportunities that you are showing us. This is not a time thing alone, this is a personality thing, a heart thing a spirit thing. And as much as I would like to be Just Like Pat, I know my cranky self - likely not going to happen.
Which is my way of saying I hope they do contact you. Not because you want the recognition (not like you either) but that we need these stories of hope, heart and hard work. Just keep the story about the kool-aid jelly, nitrites and the unfinished deck out of it. It might make you look less saint like. Of course, if you ever get too big for your britches I'm hauling them out. Oh you know I will.
NEVER to be forgotten. But I didn't mean to mention it.
Tell Deb I say hey.
The great thing Pat that I think you are doing is teaching and also giving it a community. I have been processing peaches for awhile and I am usually only here with my toddler. I get lonely and wish for someone to share the work and conversation with. I do have my husband when he comes home but he usually does child duty so I can work at the stove.
I want a canning community too!
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