After having worked in restaurants for years, Chelsea Madison and Nick Barr knew they wanted to start their own business. Inspired by the abundance of delicious ingredients coming out of the Asheville area, they vowed to represent their hometown by incorporating at least 60% local ingredients in their condiments. They founded Crooked Condiments and started with mustard; they worked Asheville's famous local beers into their recipes, replacing all of the water in normal mustard recipes with brew.
This mission is also reflected in their Autumn Night Apple Butter, which you can find in our Longleaf Box. Based on a family recipe, the apple butter is made from Stayman-Winesap apples that are harvested by hand in nearby Henderson County. The preserve is cooked for a long time in small batches, yielding deep, complex flavor that has the perfect balance of tart and sweet.
Apple butter is representative of the NC mountains and was typically made during the apple harvest. Women would mix up the preserve in copper kettles over an open fire, lending a hint of smokiness to the butter. Here at NC MADE, we know from apple butter, and we love Crooked Condiments' version. Try it on a warm biscuit with butter, in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or as a condiment for your breakfast sausage. Trust us -- it's delicious!