CHUCKEY, Tenn. (Sept. 30, 2015) -- Fall always means apple butter, at least to the parishioners at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Chuckey.
Here, beneath a bright blue sky and warm sunshine with just a nip of autumn in the air, they gather each year to prepare the season’s jars of homemade apple butter.
The tradition, established at Lizzie and Walter Erwin’s home nearly 40 years ago, is still going strong as the church’s United Methodist Women’s Group’s main fundraiser.
This year, on Sept. 19, they arrived armed with copper kettles, sugar, apples, cinnamon oil and old-fashioned wooden paddles to stir it all up.
Sallie Fleenor remembers a time when she used to peel and cut apples from her father’s orchard. The apples would then be frozen until they gathered to make apple butter.