Since it’s Thursday, it’s only fitting that I do a Throwback Thursday…. Way back to this past Monday. Monday was a BIG day. I turned the big 3-0, but more importantly, I discovered all the greatness that is the Willamette Valley Pie Company! You guys– this place is SO. STINKIN’. CUTE! I’m not sure how I’ve lived in Oregon for over 10 years and am just now discovering it, all thanks to our chapter of Oregon Women for Ag!
If you don’t know what Oregon Women for Ag is (OWA for short), it’s a statewide organization of women from all walks of life who have a common interest– Agriculture. The ladies of OWA help to tell the story of Oregon agriculture. They educate, promote and rally around all things ag.
It was almost three years ago when I was approached to join OWA. For a few years I felt unsure about joining. I didn’t grow up in an “ag world” and quite frankly I was worried about looking silly or being a “wannabe” (See what I did there? Hah!). Finally, about 10 months ago I decided, what the heck, I’m going to join. I may not have grown up farming or with an ag background, but today, I am a woman of ag. I married a man who is all things ag, I work in the ag industry and I support the development and continuation of Oregon farms and ranches. Like all the other ladies in the organization, I believe support of the agricultural industry is a necessity. Without our farmers and ranchers, what the heck would we do?!
In January, our local chapter had the responsibility of hosting the OWA State Convention. It went off well thanks to the guidance and leadership of our chapter officers and all those who helped. Seriously, it’s such a great group of wonderful ladies! As a “thank you” for everyone’s work the group got together for lunch on Monday at the Willamette Valley Pie Company.
Located in NE Salem, it’s tucked away outside of the city in the middle of some gorgeous farm ground. Across the street sits a huge, nicely manicured hazelnut orchard. As you pull into their gravel lot there is a sweet old Farmall tractor that adds to the ambiance. The outside has a nice sized grass lawn with some picnic tables and play set. It reminds me of a smaller version of the Rogue Brewery in Independence, OR where you can spread out on the lawn and just enjoy the space.
Inside is to die for! Featuring a cooler full of pies that looks like a barn, tons of locally made product, home decor, fresh cut blooms and a modern farm house look for the seating area this place has Joanna Gaines written all over it! It is all things Oregon in that building and I love it. There is a small menu to order some quick lunches– hot dogs, chili, soup…..and PIE of course!
We ordered outside and went back in to eat (did I mention it’s mid June and gloomy and cold here in Oregon this week? What the heck?!) with our chapter. We chatted and got caught up with each other as we ooh’d and aah’d about this place. Before we left, a friend and I perused their very cute barn like pie coolers. As stuffed as we were, she didn’t have to twist my arm too hard! I typically don’t resist an offer for a good piece of pie! We settled on their Marionberry Dream Pie. All I have to say is it was so tasty (once it was thawed). We’ve been nibbling on this pie all week and I don’t feel once ounce of regret, haha! Ok, maybe I do just a little!
Check out some pictures here of this cute space and stop in the next time you’re in the Salem area. You will enjoy this nice little get away from the hustle and bustle of town.