Find Out How Applecreek Specialty Foods Got Its Start

Applecreek Specialty Foods got it's start with an orchard founded by Buddy Hall nearly four decades ago. Over the years we have tried new things and moved on to new adventures, finally settling on a business providing high-quality bourbon food products, marinade and barbeque sauces, dessert sauces, salsas, jams and fruit butters. 

Keep reading to see how we made the Applecreek Specialty Foods dream come true. 

It All Started With the Orchard

When Buddy founded Applecreek Orchards, his goal was to provide the public with tasty fruits and vegetables. The entire Hall family worked on the Scott County, Kentucky orchard. At the time, the orchard generated primarily you-pick strawberries, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, select apples and vegetables. Applecreek Orchards was one of the only Kentucky orchards open to the public in the late 1970s. 

Crafting Fruit Butters and Preserves

After selling the orchard in the 1990's, Buddy moved on to try his hand at crafting preserves and fruit butters. The business took on a new name, Applecreek Farms, and focused on selling specialty foods. He leaned on Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill to get the job done right. Buddy's research of Shaker cooking added to his intense personal drive and resulted in a scrumptious line of preserves and fruit butters. Buddy was a real foodie and also loved to perfect his own Kentucky barbeque, creating his own marinade and barbeque sauces as well. Wanting to try something new, he worked with a friend from Nestle to create a brand new line of chocolate and caramel dessert toppings.

Expanding Our Products

There is a reason Buddy got his nickname. He earned his stripes by developing relationships with customers, food companies, vendors and other businessmen in the industry. Buddy was one of the early members of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), and he established a partnership with our friends at Buffalo Trace. The result was a notable line of bourbon products, including our Kentucky Bourbon marinade, barbeque sauce, and delicious bourbon caramel and chocolate dessert sauces.

A New Generation 

Eventually Buddy found that his true desire was to open his own restaurant. So he launched the Applecreek Barbeque restaurant in Lexington in the mid 2000's.  His customers devoured Buddy's famous barbeque and fried apple pies. In 2009 Buddy retired from the restaurant after a successful stint as a heavily involved owner. Unfortunately, Buddy passed away shortly after retiring from the restaurant in 2009.

But Buddy's son, Chip, stepped in to continue his father's specialty food line. He partnered with friends Mike and Tammy Leal, who have been able to keep the family business going thanks to the demand for it's high-quality products. Today, the company sells fruit butters, jams and preserves, chutney, marinade, salsas, barbeque sauces, dessert sauces, gift baskets and more. Be sure to try Applecreek's tasty products to get a true sense of the brand's signature flavors.