James Sink: My name is James Sink and I attend Rocky Gap United Methodist Church [Rocky Gap, Virginia].
And I started making apple butter when I was high school for 50 cents a quart.
We sold it for $5.50 this year but it goes for has high as $8 a quart.
You put the sugar in when you begin cooking the sauce and the sugar helps turn it.
Our apple butter making has been a ministry of the United Methodist Men. We keep enough in our treasury to take care of our ministry for the year. If we have more than we need, we put it in the building fund for the church.
Our United Methodist Men group worked 3,120 pounds of apples in 2019. That would be a little over a ton and a half. We made applesauce and apple butter and a few chunk apples.
When I was in the 4th grade, I was called to be a teacher. I had spent 32 years teaching and I said, “Well, I’ve got to talk to the Lord about retiring because He called me to be a teacher.” So His answer to me was “Go ahead and retire, but I’ve got work for you to do.” And the apple butter ministry was one thing that developed from that.
I just enjoy making apple butter.
This video was created by United Methodist Communications and posted on November 12, 2021. Media contact is Joe Iovino.