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Apple Butter Days

A MANCHESTER UMC TRADITION SINCE 1957

For over sixty years, the Manchester UMC volunteers gather together to make and sell apple butter by hand.  The apples are sliced on Friday morning and then cook them Saturday in large copper kettles over wood fires. There are plenty of opportunities to help! You can also stop by to watch, or just stir a kettle. The parking lot will be filled with a great aroma on Saturday morning!

This year, all sales go towards the Early Response Team ministry.   This ministry participates in the early stages of recovery in partnership with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR); in previous years, this ministry has provided critical help with flood relief and tornado relief in the region, as well as hurricane relief on the East Coast.

Apple Butter will be sold on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2024, for cash or check made payable to MUMC.

Apple Butter days 2024 timeline

Wednesday, October 2, 2024

  • Pick Up Apples from vendor

Thursday, October 3, 2024

  • 8am – Noon: Set Up #1
  • Noon – 3pm: Move Inventory, Wash Jars
  • Noon-4pm: Set up #2

Friday, October 4, 2024

  • 7:30am-Noon: Peel Apples
  • 8am-Noon: Cut Apples
  • 8am – 1pm: Runners
  • 1-2:30pm: Takedown & Clean Up

Saturday, October 5, 2024

  • 5:30am-9am: Stir Kettles – Part #1
  • 8am-1pm: Canning Prep
  • 9am-1pm: Stir Kettles – Part #2
  • 11am-3pm: Canning Line and Tighten Jar Lids
  • 3-4pm: Takedown and Clean Kitchen

Sunday, October 6, 2024

  • 7-9am: Attach Jar Covers and Labels
  • 8:30-10:30am: Apple Butter Sales Shift #1
  • 10:30am-12:30pm: Apple Butter Sales Shift #26

To learn more about Apple Butter Days, please email the Apple Butter Ministry Leader, Karen Yeomans.

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