Food Preservation and Safety

Many people enjoy growing their own fruits and vegetables, others do it out of necessity.  Home food preservation remains an important and popular cultural activity. It is critical that those who practice preserving and processing foods at home have access to the most reliable information available concerning food safety and food quality. This page contains links to information on food preservation, please read this canning fact sheet  before canning.

Tri-County Canning Centers

This page contains a link to information on canning centers. The Washington County Center is located on highway 79 South in Vernon. The Walton County Center is located at 1588 US Highway 331 South in Defuniak Springs.  The Tri-County canning centers will be open from May 1 through September 31. Those with questions or wishing to make an appointment should call either Emma Peterson at the Vernon center @ (850) 535-2937 or Bertha Hood at the Defuniak Springs center @ (850) 892-3615.

Blog Posts

Updates to the Florida Cottage Food Law

Under the Cottage Food Law in the state of Florida, individuals can sell certain foods they produce in unlicensed home kitchens, if the food has a low risk of foodborne illness, as outlined in READ MORE |  RELATED INFORMATION

Are Your Hands Clean?

It’s something we all hopefully learned as children and carry with us now into adulthood: washing our hands often and properly. But I’m sorry to say that we’ve probably all witnessed numerous instances of people leaving the restroom,...


UF/IFAS-Leon County Extension Center is offering the public another opportunity for a FREE Demo Water Bath Canning Workshop for those unable to attend the one held in July.  This class is for the general...