Our fathers sound similar mags, but my mother also grew up on a farm, so they double-teamed us kids into weeding the garden and harvesting their produce every year. Plus we lived across the street from an apple orchard and we lived ON Peach Orchard Drive, so as you can imagine, us kids were constantly peeling peaches for her to can, shucking corn for her to freeze in freezer bags.
My friends would all be on their way to the swim club and I'd be sitting on the porch shucking corn or out back weeding the garden.
I loved it though and when I grew up I went to college on a working farm and when I got my first house, the first thing I did was plant a vegetable garden.
I used to make relishes and freeze stuff, but I never got totally into canning. I only had two kids so economically it made more sense for us to buy the stuff.
My parents had six kids - so it was more economic to grow or buy the fruits and vegetables in bulk and can them.
My sister still cans though. She's big into it.