Local canner: Spreading sweetness since 1828

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Posted: March 2, 2013

The Winchester Star

Shawnee Springs Canning Co. employees Eusebio Ramirez (from left), Jose Grandos and Jane Gleason help move apples onto a conveyor that starts the apple butter-making process. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
This is the finished product, ready for store shelves.
David Omps and Lisa Johnson discuss their operations in the production area at Shawnee Canning Co. in Cross Junction. Omps is a long-time employee and Johnson is one of the owners of the company. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Apple butter simmers in two large copper kettles.
The jars are filled automatically with cooked apple butter.
The filled jars are sealed mechanically.
The packed, filled jars are packed into cartons by workers Eusebio Ramirez (left) and Jose Grandos.

CROSS JUNCTION — While the equipment has changed over the years, a local family-owned business continues to churn out apple butter that tastes close to homemade.

“We start with the whole apple,” said…

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