In 1882, Wellington Boulter established the first successful Canadian fruit and vegetable canning factory in Picton, Ontario.

The industry became the economic mainstay of Prince Edward County – by 1945 The County produced one third of Canadian canned tomatoes and pumpkins and became known as “The Garden County of Canada”.

In the 1950's-1960's the canning industry continued to consolidate heavily into a small number of large corporations, including household names such as H.J. Heinz and Campbell Soups. This era also saw the introduction of frozen food, which shrunk consumer demand for canned food considerably. These, among other factors, caused the County canning industry to all but collapse at the beginning of the 1960's.

Of the 75 historical canneries that once operated in Prince Edward County, Sprague Foods www.spraguefoods.com is the only one that survived. They are proud to keep the canning tradition alive in the Bay of Quinte Region.

Shop Heritage Label canisters, coasters, mugs and other one-of-a-kind housewares commemorating the canning history of Prince Edward County!