Maine mustard presented to White House

Posted June 16, 2009, at 11:04 a.m.

EASTPORT — The owners of a Down East Maine mustard mill are celebrating delivery of their award-winning product to the White House.

Sen. Olympia Snowe served as the middleman, shipping over a gift pack of Raye’s Mustard in the wake of news reports on a burger run by President Obama and the chief executive’s expressed preference for mustard.

What’s described as the last remaining authentic stone-ground mustard mill in North America is owned and operated by Snowe’s former chief of staff, Maine Senate Minority Leader Kevin Raye, and his wife, Karen.

They are the fourth generation of the Raye family to own and operate the Eastport mill, which was established in 1900 to supply Maine’s once-thriving sardine industry.