By Chelsea Hall
In the country, farm-to-table isn’t a marketing buzz phrase; it’s a way of life and deep-held belief in pure, whole food. Glass Rooster Cannery in Sunbury, Ohio, is bringing back the simple life one jar of green beans at a time.
Visitors to this working farm, cannery and country store will be romanced by the gardens growing masses of fresh herbs, over 100 varieties of tomatoes, and virtually every other fruit and vegetable the Ohio soil can bear.
Owner Jeannie Seabrook uses the farm’s bounty, picked at the peak of ripeness, in cooking classes, farm dinners and of course, canning.
“About 80 percent of what goes into our jars and is sold in our country store comes from our gardens, or local farms and neighbors,” said Seabrook. “We have about 200 varieties of canned goods to choose from, and recipe development is ongoing.”
Fresh produce is the star in a farm-to-fork lunch or cooking with herbs session, where participants whip up their own meal.
“The group eats together in our restored, rustic barn or as a picnic around the farm,” Seabrook said.
Jam and jelly making, canning, soap-making and fresh bread classes also are available, as well as learning to dehydrate or ferment foods. Classes are easily converted to demonstrations for guests with limited mobility.
The cannery is situated on Seabrook’s sister’s Susie Schmidhammer’s land, which provides the artist with plenty of eye candy to stay inspired. The historic corn crib-turned antique and art shop will wow group members with upcycled art, furniture, jewelry and antiques.
An afternoon enjoying a simpler way of life at a slower pace is an experience Seabrook and Schmidhammer are happy to provide.
“Seeing where food comes from, touching and tasting new flavors, and being able to experience the freshness of the vine creates unique long-lasting memories,” Seabrook said.
For more information, call 614-499-2958 or visit glassroostercannery.com.