Williams Sonoma is pushing the home garden and canning movement. I think it is great. They are selling seed packets, the Beekman Farm included, and twelve different kinds of canning jars. I am not familiar with the Kilner brand from France, but have used the German Weck jars before. Having recently had to look for the regular Ball and Kerr jars, I assume many more people are canning now. If you don't garden, go to your farmer's market and get started. It's a very good thing.