Useful Links

Canning (National Center for Home Food Preservation)

The National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP) receives funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide research-based instructions and recipes for many methods of food preservation. This site sets the highest standards for quality and safety of home canned foods. (State Extension Food Safety Contacts)

Partners like those from the Cooperative Extension System help to fulfill the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food safety and nutrition goals at the community level. You can access publications and contact experts in your state from this site. (Commonly Used Measurements & Equivalents)

Allrecipes is the largest food-focused social network created for cooks by cooks. This is the place where sharing information and inspiration resides. Measurement equivalents and conversions for dry and liquid ingredients and metric conversions are listed here.

USDA (for canning process guidelines) (Cooperative Extension System Office Locator)

Farmers Market
Preserve food at its peak flavor from your local farmers’ market

Connect with locally grown and artisan foods right in your home town. Whether you prefer to shop at a weekly farmers market or want to subscribe to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, you can find it on this Local Harvest website.

Learn about the regulations, grades & standards, services, processes, and business funding for successful marketing and distributing of locally and regionally grown foods.

Farmers Market Coalition is a nonprofit organization serving communities across the United States in an advocacy role to the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities. It ensures farmers earn a fair price for their harvest, consumers have access to fresh produce, and the heart of the community known as the town square is sustained for future generations.


Shop Burpee online for a wide selection of fruit, vegetable, and herb plants and seeds. You can even select from their Heirloom Collection. This site is filled with helpful resources such as the Grow Zone, How-To Videos and garden supplies for all your needs.

Weather Updates
Check the forecast for planting, growing, and harvesting

Be weather-ready with up to the minute weather forecasts from the National Weather Service. Know the best time to plant and the best time to harvest with customized weather reports for your area.

The United States Drought Monitor gathers input from multiple sources. After thorough analysis of the data, a drought summary of current conditions for all key regions across the U.S. is released.

Healthy Lifestyle

The USDA rolled out MyPlate as a visual tool to aid Americans in developing a healthy eating style that can be sustained throughout their lifetime. It follows the 2015-2020 dietary guidelines put forth as the dietary standard for most Americans.

Fruits & Veggies – More Matters® is an initiative focused on helping Americans increase their daily intake of fruits and vegetables. The goal is to improve health and wellness through healthier meal choices.

Collecting Jars (Search for Antique Jars)

Since the first release of Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles annual price guide, it’s been the go-to resource for antiques and collectibles information. Today Kovels has made it even easier to get information about your Ball jar collectible. Just go online to do a price search, submit a question, register for weekly updates, or join a collector’s forum. (Learn about the Ball Family Legacy)

Minnetrista is the home of the Ball Jar. This museum and cultural center lives on a forty-acre campus that showcases the Ball family’s historic homes and beautiful gardens along the White River Green Way in Muncie, Indiana. The jar museum once showcased at the Ball Corporate office in Muncie is now cataloged and maintained at Minnetrista. Search the Heritage Collection’s online database for details about your Ball collectibles.

Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club is an organization of fruit jar and bottle collectors. The organization offers monthly meetings and a monthly newsletter. Its annual show and sale is an opportunity to meet enthusiasts as well as to buy that one elusive jar you need to complete your collection.

Brand Interest

PLEASE NOTE: Ball Corporation sold its home canning business in 1991, and no longer sells these products. Direct your questions about home canning products to Newell Brands at or call 1-800-240-3340.

Newell Brands is a transformative consumer goods company with a rich heritage spanning over 115 years. In 2016 Newell Rubbermaid combined with Jarden Corporation to create a new company – Newell Brands. Visit our corporate site for more information about our brands and business opportunities.

The Ball branded home canning business spun off from its founding company in 1991. While it wore several corporate names since then, it remains the preferred home canning brand in the U.S. In 2016 this iconic brand moved to Newell Brands’ food division. (Canada)

Bernardin brand continues to be Canada’s most trusted leader in home canning products. As part of Newell Brands’ international business, Bernardin delivers the expertise consumers want. Their team is ready to answer your questions. Simply click on Contact Us or call 1-888-430-4231.