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Last weekend, eight food52ers from the Washington, D.C. area drove, on average, 120 miles to cheese1227's home in Carlisle, PA to spend the day canning. Under the tutelage of avid canner MrsWheelbarrow, they made sour cherry pie filling and apricot halves in vanilla syrup, taking a break for a potluck lunch built around monkeymom’s prize-winning Caramelized Pork Bánh Mì (along with a vegetarian version with marinated tofu).

The day's host cheese1227 (who reported on the event and shared the lovely photos below) had this to say: "Fifty years ago, we would have been mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and grandmothers spending countless hours in steamy kitchens across the country creating this level of intimacy over food -- organizing it, prepping it, talking about it, savoring it and putting it up for the winter.


It’s weird and wonderful that this particular group used an online connection as their catalyst for a day of communal canning."