September 08, 2011 17:00 ET Supports America's "Canvolution" With New Tips, Tricks and Customized Labels for Home Canned Fruits

2011 Stone Fruit Crop Boasts Optimal Flavor Thanks to Northwest's Cool Spring and Delayed Summer Weather

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Sep 8, 2011) - Canning is one of the fastest growing food trends, shown by the boom of canning jar sales, up more than 40 percent over the past three years.1 Keeping up with the country's renewed penchant for putting up, or "preserving" food, the Washington State Fruit Commission and Northwest Cherry Growers have just launched new additions to their engaging canning resource site, The website, dedicated to promoting preservation of Northwest stone fruit, offers an online tool kit for canning beginners and experts alike, stocked with how-to basics, recipe inspiration, preservation party ideas and popular free downloadable labels to put a personal signature on the finished jars.

"The cooler spring and late arrival of summer in the Northwest have translated to longer time on the tree for our stone fruits and we're looking at one of the best crops, both in terms of flavor and appearance, that I've seen in years," said James Michael, Promotion Director for the Washington State Fruit Commission and Northwest Cherry Growers. "The higher sugar content and exceptional ripeness that we're seeing through September makes this the ideal window to preserve that sweetness, and our website is a great resource for both beginners and advanced canners to do just that."

With the canning trend still at a steady incline Sweet Preservation serves as a guide to eating summer harvest year round and reaping the notable health benefits of stone fruits. The traditional method of canning enables consumers to store the best of summer's fresh bounty at in-season cost, and also gives them complete control over the ingredients going into their preserves, a rising issue amongst consumers. The flavorful and vibrant supply of Northwest stone fruit, including apricots, nectarines, cherries, peaches, prunes and plums, are ideal for canning and readily available throughout late summer and early fall.

The popular website has expanded its host of resources and crafts with the addition of:

  • Eight new custom label designs are available to add special flourish to jars of homemade jams, relishes and chutneys. The free downloadable labels were created exclusively for visitors of in a variety of styles -- from holiday and spring-themed to art deco and retro patterns, there's a design for every occasion.
  • Throw a special preservation party using suggestions from, complete with invitation ideas and a playlist of "jams."
  • Use the comprehensive 'How-To' guide and links to external resources to learn the basics to safe and effective home canning.
  • Browse the delicious recipe collection starring Northwest stone fruit, such as Peach, Cherry and Apple Compote, Apricot Jam with Honey and Lemon Verbena and Brandied Cherries.
  • Download and add a custom "Of Course I Canned!"badge to personal websites and blogs to display active participation in the preservation movement.

To start canning, or learn more about the preservation resource, visit

About Northwest Cherries and Washington State Fruit Commission
Washington State Fruit Commission is a grower's organization funded by fruit assessments to increase awareness and consumption of regional stone fruits. The organization is dedicated to the promotion, education, market development, and research of stone fruits from Northwest orchards. It began in 1947 and has since grown to include growers in five states -- Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Montana. For more information, visit or

Editor's Note: High-res images and recipes available upon request.

1 Figures courtesy of Jarden Corporation's Ball glass canning jars. 2010 sales increased 10 percent after a 2009 increase of 30 percent over 2008.

Contact Information

  • For more information, media only:
    Jamie Hinz
    Duo PR for Northwest Cherries