The Cannery

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Bonny’s Big Catch!

Every year I start looking for stocking stuffers on January  1st.  It can get expensive when you are filling 16 stockings!  I saw some Chinook Salmon that I thought the boys might enjoy but it was $14 a can at the museum store.  My quest……..to locate this item at a more reasonable price.  This led us to this small cannery on the Skipanon River.  It is referred to as a micro- cannery.   These are quickly disappearing from the coast.  Josh, the manager,  greeted us and gave us a great personalized tour.  Fridays are busy for them as they get ready to go to Portland for Saturday Market. The canning machine they use was built in 1917.  He says it works perfectly but he is finding it difficult to get parts and a mechanic that can actually work on it.  I think he said he has to fly in a mechanic from the mid-west.  Besides learning about the hand packing and smoking process, I was fascinated by their best butcher ( is that what you call someone that filets fish?).  She is 81 years old.   She is also the chief  sharpener of all the knives.

I saved a little at $9.50 a can.  Merry Christmas boys.  Please don’t feed it to the dogs.

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81 and still working!
81 and still working!
Won a State Award!
Won a State Award!
Made in 1917 and still running daily!
Made in 1917 and still running daily!

 

 

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