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Cannery & Commercial Kitchen

Prince Edward County Cannery & Commercial Kitchen
7916 Abilene Road
Farmville, VA 23901

 Managed by Prince Edward County and Virginia Food Works, serving Home Users and Commercial Businesses


Questions about Home Use? Call the Cannery at (434) 223-8664
Commercial Businesses should call (434) 960-8958


Email Inquiries can be directed to



2017 Hours of Operation 

(Processing for Personal Consumption)
June through December
Monday - Wednesday - Saturday
Open at 7 a.m.


Users must arrive before 10 a.m.


(Processing Foods for Resale)
Advance Reservations must be made
January through May
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June through December
Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Scheduling prioritized on a first come, first served basis.


Fees are posted on their respective pages, Home User and Commercial Business


The Prince Edward County Cannery has been in operation for home canning since 1975 and is located at 7916  Abilene Road near Hampden-Sydney College. Effective 2010, and with grant funding from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, the Prince Edward Cannery has been retrofitted to become the Prince Edward Cannery and Commercial Kitchen.   This allows Commercial Businesses access to the facility, ultimately promoting local food processing in the region. Virginia Food Works manages the Cannery, providing information and supervision to whatever extent that a client may need.

What is a "Cannery"?

A Cannery is a facility equipped for preparing and heat processing food into shelf-stable containers.  The equipment of the Prince Edward Cannery is uniquely designed to be an efficient and inexpensive means of preserving large amounts of food in metal cans.

What is a "Commercial Kitchen"?

Our Cannery is also a Commercial Kitchen.  It is an FDA registered Food Canning Establishment which allows certified producers to process value-added food products for commercial resale. Clients can also freeze or refrigerate products although “flash freezing” is not available. The Cannery is inspected as a commercial kitchen by VDACS (Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services).  

Our equipment is very versatile and can be used for a variety for products in addition to shelf-stable foods.

Are you a “Home User” or a “Commercial Business ”?

Home Users may preserve a variety of foods in metal cans for future personal consumption. Fruits, vegetables, and meats are all options for the home user to process into cans. Home users may also process non-USDA certified meats at the Cannery.

The County is researching the feasibility of allowing home users to use glass jars for home canning. This will provide our residents with additional processing options. Examples include the glass Mason and Ball-type quart and pint jars. Additional information concerning glass jars will be distributed once the County completes testing.
Home users can see more information, including fees by clicking here.

Commercial Businesses may undergo inspection and process shelf-stable, refrigerated, frozen, or dry products in order to sell it directly to a consumer or to third parties such as restaurants, grocers, co-ops, and institutions. Unlike home users, commercial clients cannot process into metal cans or use meat products. Shelf-stable products must be acidified or high acid foods such as fruits, jams, salsas, sauces, etc.
Commercial Businesses can see more information here .

Peach preserves receiving “hot-fill-hold” heat treatment