Apple Butter Days - October 22 & 23, 2016


At Batesville’s premier fall event we cut wood for the fires, hauled tents and chairs, peeled and sliced 55 (!) bushels of apples, stirred, fixed breakfast, canned, labelled, and cleaned up – and every other task. This year we used a new 100 gallon kettle - and added to our 75 gallon kettle - we produced 145 gallons of butter.

Many long-time regulars participated as did newer locals and “greater Batesvillians” – from near and far. The apple peelers and grinding team met the 4:00 pm deadline despite the wind-blown tent challenges.  The evening and early morning stirrers were many and productive.  The breakfast was served to over 230  volunteers and hungry locals - who were treated to live music by parents and children. The canning and jarring production was exemplary - all done by noon with 95 cases of pints sold in the field by 2:00 pm.  All sold out for 2016.

All monies raised from the event go to support local groups.

Many thanks to Crown Orchard for donating the apples.  The apple butter wouldn't be what it is without the special spices provided by Parkway Pharmacy. Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie came through with nighttime pizzas for the stirrers.  Twin Oaks Community Foods provided wonderful veggie sausage for breakfast. The Batesville Market provided much support (and the coffee!)  And we are SO appreciative of Charlie Page’s and Leslie Andrus’ generous use of their field year after year.

Join us October 21 and 22, 2017 - we’ll do it again and it will be fabulous.

Batesville residents have been making apple butter as a fundraising endeavor since 1975. It is the community’s premier fall event.

Dan Johnson 2012

Diane Lewis 2011

Diane Lewis 2013