Maybe the only one of its kind still around

Chicken and beef, of course, along with bear meat, tuna fish from the ocean and even rhubarb chili. Those are some of the items still being processed at the Franklin County Cannery, a facility manager Kevin Olsen said may be the only one of its kind that is still around.

On <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Monday</a>, Olsen said the Franklin County Cannery began as part of the war effort during World War II. It was owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at first but later taken over by Franklin County. So what kind of products can be canned in Franklin?

“The only thing we can’t really can is dairy products. We try to stay away from dairy products because they have their own problems,” said Olsen. “Pretty much anything else that can go in a can we can process it to take care of that.

“It’s kind of a stone-age processing deal but it seems to work and people enjoy doing it. It’s fun. If you like canning, if you like canning your own fruit and vegetables, canning your own meat so you know what’s in the can this is the way to do it.”

Olsen said the Franklin County Cannery is about ready to close up for another year as it does each year on Halloween, October 31st. There is a nominal fee for those who use the facility which Olsen said goes for keeping up the plant and the equipment.

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