We talk a lot about Columbus' great food scene, but usually from the perspective of eating great food. At Glass Rooster Cannery in Sunbury, about 30 minutes northeast of downtown, you can learn how to actually make some delicious, traditional, wholesome local foods!
The property is a sprawling farm, that includes an eclectic antique shop, vegetable gardens, fruit trees and a soon-to-open rustic rehabbed barn for hosting events. The owner, Jeannie Seabrook, is not only a welcoming, friendly person - she has serious cooking chops and a true gift for teaching! Whether you want to learn how to make jam, home baked bread, from-scratch pasta or salsa, you'll find a class to suit you. If you have a group, you can also arrange a cooking class where you pick the dishes, learn how to make them together, then have a delicious meal right in the cannery.
A group of coworkers and I visited on a beautiful spring day, and we decided to try our hand at making jam. Jeannie let us pick the fruits we wanted to use (my team made strawberry-peach and the other group made blackberry-chardonnay.) The ingredients she uses come mostly from the farm (frozen at the peak of ripeness.) She made the process easy, and dispelled our fears about home-preserving. At the end of the day, we tasted our fresh jams with some bread Jeannie had baked that same morning.
Best of all, Glass Rooster Cannery has a huge selection of jams, jellies, sauces, dehydrated foods, pickled veggies and more, all made on-site. I found some amazing tomato sauce, and best of all, took home a jar of that delicious jam we made. I'd be lying if I said it lasted more than a week before the jar was empty!