In the heart of Whidbey Island is the landmark Greenbank Farm, once the largest Loganberry farm in the world. Now the farm with its 151 acres, is publicly owned and home to Whidbey Pies. Every pie we offer contributes to sustaining this precious open space and to bringing back from extinction, the delicious Loganberry. Fragrantly sweet with a lingering tangy essence, berry pies are our specialty and our connection to the land.
Since 1986 we have been dedicated to artisan piemaking. Our pie crew turns out over 1,000 pies a week, all handmade, weaving their lives into the lattice. Dedicated bakers hoist trays weighing fifteen pounds through marathon ten-hour bakes. All for the lost art and the love of pie.
Jan Gunn, Founder
In 1986 Jan Gunn’s family lived across the street from the largest Loganberry farm in the world on the island shores of a thriving fishery of salmon, halibut, shrimp, mussels and clams. Rather than commute to the mainland, her family started Whidbey Fish, a market and cafe featuring smoked salmon, Dungeness crab cakes, fish chowder and…Loganberry pies.
“Rolling out the dough, I spooned in the fresh berries,wove a lattice on top, baked until it browned and bubbled and offered pies to our tourists and neighbors alike. Soon I was making twenty, thirty pies a day. They were flying out the door,” says Jan.
“Between the kid’s soccer games and dance classes, I pedaled pies from the back of my mini van. When I wasn’t in the kitchen, I was on the road making deliveries or in the stores doing pie demos. Just getting people to taste them was the key. The pies would sell themselves. I came to believe that making great pie was a worthy goal. A simple gift of the earth,” she adds.
In 2016 Jan officially retired and sold the business to her son, Joe Gunn who stepped up to keep the business in the family. Today Whidbey Pies Cafe carries on that rich tradition of using locally grown produce, fish, meats and Whidbey Island grown veggies in our entrees, soups, and in our pies. We invite you to stop by and taste for yourself what makes our pies so special.