The Willamette Valley Pie Company in Salem, Oregon offers a fresh selection of pastries, pies, and good simple food. The flavor, texture, and presentation of the food are constantly being met with positive reviews and the rising recognition of the company has spurred Willamette to expand its organization in 2016, moving to a location in Silverton with more room for production. The building is 67,000 square feet, and Willamette’s baking team has a more linear approach to production, more room to maneuver, and a sense of comfort in their new location.
The humble beginnings of the Willamette Valley Pie Company began in 1999. The Roth family was known for their berry growing operation, which had been carried down through generations, but they went on to make themselves a household name with their quality berries that are fresh and flavorful. They process over 12 million pounds of fruit and work with 20 to 30 local growers who help keep up with demand. The Roth’s berry selection is excellent and includes cranberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberry’s, marionberries, boysenberries, and blackberries. They supply their products to the foreign and domestic markets. The Willamette’s are up to date on social media and cater to people who want to purchase online. They package fruits, pies, cobblers, jams, and syrups that are all 100% fresh. The ingredients to all their recipes are available to read for those with dietary requirements.
The Roths purchased a pie company in 2001 from a neighbor and still use the original recipes, although their pies are made with their own natural ingredients. The food from the Willamette Valley Pie Company is also provided to farm stands, grocery stores, and schools/non-profit fundraisers. The Roth’s also purchased a farm store in 2009 to connect with the local people.
Local Store & Café
The company grew tired of just working with wholesale buyers and wanted to invest in a retail environment, so they opened the store/café in 2009 to bring them closer to the buying customer. The store/café offers field trips and tours at the Silverton production facility, where visitors can get a look at the pie-making process. The store also offers fresh scones, muffins, hot drinks, smoothies, and slices of pie.
The U-pick event offers all the joys of berry picking and the 2016 season took place a ¼ mile south towards Sunnyview Road. They request that participants pick all sizes of berries, and to pick the row clean. The pickings include strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. The prices vary with each category of berry, and when a row is done a flag is simply moved to the end of the picked row.
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2994 82nd Ave NE, Salem, OR 97305, website, Phone: 503-362-8857