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Pastor Chuck's Apple Butter

Posted Oct 25 2008 4:48pm

_MG_0278 My friend Patty and I were at the Farmers' Market in downtown Portland (Maine) on Wednesday and ran into "Pastor Chuck." Patty quickly recognized his products and started to rave about them. I was shying away at first as I just assumed these products contained sugar (which I don't eat) and that they were probably not organic.

Well, I was so wrong!! Pastor Chuck's apple butter, applesauce and apple salsa are not only locally grown products, they come in both organic and non-organic, and apple butter with AND without sugar. What more could I ask for? Pastor Chuck is also a great guy.

I love apple butter in my beans! And I'm so excited that this product is made locally. I've actually sent away to California for sugarless and organic in the past. I am happy to say that after tasting the samples I was totally sold. Yummy. Everything was good, the apple butter, applesauce and definitely the apple salsa. Buy Maine everyone!

Here is the story of Pastor Chuck's Orchards:

"Beginning in 1985, I started a modest apple orchard in Cushing, on the Mid-Coast of Maine. What to name the orchard? I am an Episcopal Priest who was in private practice as a psychotherapist for 29 years. I am now full time in this wonderful new business. I go by my middle name, Waite, but am named after my great grandfather, Charles Waite. Some time ago my cousin, Gail Weber, as a lark gave me the name, "Pastor Chuck." What a perfect name for the orchard, "Pastor Chuck Orchards."

I began experimenting with various apple products such as apple sauce and apple butter. Given to relatives, friends, and neighbors, much to my pleasant surprise, they were a hit.

The germ of an idea formed. What of the possibility of producing something, commercially? After a number of fits and starts we launched the venture, November 18, 2004.

Today our apple butter and applesauce are sold nationally, and new products are in the works."

Pastor Chuck also donates 1% of his proceeds back to the community.

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