Buddy Hall started Applecreek Orchards in the late 1970’s to provide the highest quality fruits and vegetables to the public. The orchard, located in Scott County, Kentucky, was operated by the entire Hall family: Buddy and Betty, daughter Amy and son Chip. The orchard mainly produced U-pick strawberries and various varieties of apples; however they also produced blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches and many other vegetables. In fact, it was one of the few central Kentucky working orchards open to the public.
During the time on the orchard, Buddy, who always had a true entrepreneurial spirit, wanted to try his hand at making preserves and fruit butters. So he turned to the nearby Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill for inspiration. The orchard closed in the early 90’s and Buddy formed a specialty food company: Applecreek Farms. He combined his extensive study of Shaker recipes and cooking techniques with his own exhaustive experimentation to produce a unique and delicious line of home style preserves and fruit butters. Fruit wasn’t the only sweet that Buddy enjoyed! He also worked with a Nestle food specialist to develop a line of caramel and chocolate fudge dessert sauces.
Now Buddy got his nickname for a reason. He developed special relationships with his customers, vendors, and fellow food companies. He was a founding member of Kentucky Proud and one of the first members of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT). He also built a relationship with our friends at Buffalo Trace. Buddy started to experiment with bourbon in his recipes and developed a unique line of Bourbon flavored products. These products include a Kentucky Bourbon Marinade, Barbeque sauce, and delicous Bourbon Caramel and Fudge dessert sauces.
However, Buddy’s real dream was to open a restaurant. In the mid 2000’s he opened Applecreek Barbeque in Lexington, serving his award winning Barbeque Sauce. Unfortunately, Buddy passed away shortly after retiring from the restaurant in 2009. However, his son Chip decided to carry on the Applecreek Orchards tradition with the specialty foods product line that his dad started. Chip was joined by his long-time friends, Mike and Tammy Leal, as they continue to provide high quality products, prepared and packaged by hand in small batches, ensuring their freshness and flavor.
So try a sample of Applecreek Specialty Food’s fruit butters, preserves, marinade, barbeque sauces, salsas, chutney, caramel and chocolate dessert sauces, and you will agree that Buddy’s insistence on quality still works!