A cannery has existed in Union County since 1947, and was originally operated and maintained by the Union County School System. As many as five family generations, have used the old cannery until recently, when the school budget cuts, caused the old cannery to be shut down.
Fortunately, the County successfully budgeted for a new cannery with new equipment to be opened next to the Union County Farmers Market, on Old Smokey Road.
This new facility has become a ‘pride of joy’ to the local community. When the cannery is open (also known as the Canning Plant), courteous visitors are welcome to come in and see how it works. During production hours, friendly folks are on hand working their craft and often willing to answer your personal inquires.
Situated out in front of the Cannery alongside the roadway, is a lovely colorful garden consisting of domestic flowers, wildflowers, and some herbs. This garden is nurtured and maintained by local volunteers. The Community Garden is a most proper exhibit for both visitors and horticulture enthusiast to observe, enjoy and photograph.