I think I can
"If you are what you eat and you don't know what you're eating, do you know who you are?" Claude Fiscler
My 80-year old mother asked me why I can produce when I have a grocery store right down the street with a ready supply of anything I could want.
"And"... she says, "isn't it more economical to buy V-8 Juice than to make it yourself?" Hmmmm, she has a point there....
It isn't always cheaper to can your own food but... it is fun! My mother HAD to can so it wasn't fun for her, but I don't HAVE to, I just WANT to. There is something satisfying about preserving your own food for the long year ahead.
Canning local produce supports local farmers who work hard for their money. This keeps all the money circulating right here in the valley with friends and neighbors.
It also helps save the environment by not purchasing food that was shipped for hundreds or thousands of miles. It takes a lot of petroleum to bring us ripe bananas from South America.
Canning is healthier than eating the processed foods from the store with all the additives I can't pronounce.
There used to be a five-acre warehouse in Grand Junction for City Market stores which only held only enough food for one week for local stores. Now, trucks come from Denver daily.
Did you see the store shelves last winter when the trucks couldn't make it over the mountain for a couple of days due to bad weather? If there ever is an emergency, the store shelves will empty in one day. Our Grandparents were always prepared for storms, bad crop years or financial hardships. Isn't it prudent for us to be ready?
But, the biggest reason I can is because it TASTES BETTER. Why do home canned peaches taste soooo much better than the canned peaches from the store? Maybe cause they are our very own Palisade Peaches.
"Go to the ant... consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest."