The Gardeners of the Forest City recently spent October 3 and October 4 making apple butter at Huffman’s Flowers of the Field to sell at local St. James businesses.
The sale of the apple butter is used to fund some of our activities and projects that we do throughout the year, including a $1,000 scholarship to a St. James School District student attending college and studying horticulture or related field, and the many flowers planted and maintained in beds and planters throughout St. James.
The process of making apple butter starts with coring and cutting the Missouri Jonathon apples and then cooking them over a wood fire in copper kettles. Then the apples are ground twice in Squezzo machines, which removes the peel. Then back to the kettles for more cooking. Sugar and cinnamon oil are added using the delicious recipe of Beda Dillon. Cooking continues until the apple butter “can stand on a biscuit.” The apple butter is then canned and labeled. The work was shared by over 20 volunteers and a luncheon was provided to feed the hungry crew.
Get your pint of locally made apple butter for $6 at the following businesses: Stanley’s Garden Center, Huffman’s Flowers of the Field, Forest City Health Mart and St. James Tourist Information Center. The apple butter is great to enjoy yourself or to give as gifts and the funds support the work of the Gardeners of the Forest City.
The Gardeners of the Forest City have served the St. James community for 57 years. Throughout those 57 years we have cared for the plaza beds downtown and we hope to continue in that tradition. The motto of The Gardeners of the Forest City is “Our City’s Beauty-Our Civic Duty.” Appreciation goes to the many volunteers who helped in this endeavor and for Judi Raymond’s wonderful expertise and dedication.