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.