Greenville Business Competing in Martha Stewart Contest 

Abby Freethy is a regular cooking guest on the TV 5 Morning show.Now, the Greenville business owner is in the running for some national recognition by Martha Stewart.Joy Hollowell tells us more about the Northwoods Gourmet Girl.=====When Abby Freethy was pregnant with her son Dustin, all she could stomach was catsup.”So I thought, I should be making catsup,” says Freethy. “I’m a chef, let’s see how this goes.”She began giving it away to others at the restaurant in Greenville where she worked. Then, came another inspiration.”I can do interesting catsup, like charred onion and jalapeno and now campfire.”Freethy decided it was time to go into business for herself. In 2006, she created Northwoods Gourmet Girl.”I started soliciting businesses locally and they started carrying a little bit of the product,” explains Freethy.In less than a year, she had enough business to open a commercial kitchen and cafĂ© on Depot Street.”And we were there for six years.”Freethy’s product line of condiments, dessert sauces and preserves continued to expand. Earlier this year, Northwoods Gourmet girl moved into an even larger space, just up the street in Greenville. Her pantry items can be found in stores all around Maine as well as other states.”From the beginning, it was just me in the kitchen with some ideas about how to make it here in Greenville,” explains Freethy. “There’s not an enormous amount of job opportunities here and especially with an occupation like mine as a chef. Either you go to work for someone else, or you find your own way. So that’s what I did.”Now, Freethy is hoping to find her way on stage with Martha Stewart. She’s a contestant in the American Made contest. The finalists are chosen by Internet voters and will be showcased in New York City in October. The grand prize winner gets $10,000 dollars.”It would mean that we would create more jobs, we’d have to, our product would be in bigger demand not only in retail, but in a wholesale realm,” says Freethy. “It would put Greenville on the map a little bit more than it is already.”+++You can vote for Abby or any of the other Maine contestants up to six times a day. The first round of the contest ends Friday, September 13th.Log onto Martha Stewart dot com and look for the “Vote for your favorite american maker” icon.There’s also a link on the Northwoods Gourmet girl Facebook page.