In the early 1880s, a new industry quickly took root in Prince Edward County, the canning of fruits and vegetables. Within a decade, canned produce from this tiny Ontario place was shipped all over the world earning the area its title as The Garden County of Canada. But by the 1970s, increasing competition from other regions in Canada, imported produce, and new regulations forced local canners to close their plants. The canning era was over.
Video courtesy of History Lives Here
- The Canning Industry video is available at Books & Company in Picton
- County Canners book by Douglas Crawford, available at County Magazine
- Canning Industry Exhibit at Wellington Heritage Museum
- Farm markets in The County