Pennington Farms

Review by: Maggie Rosenberg & Trevor Hagstrom

The Applegate Valley is a bit of a Southern Oregon secret. Full of rolling forested mountains and family farms, Pennington Farms is tucked away just west of the I-5 corridor between Medford and Grants Pass. It’s . Most of the area’s farms produce wine or dairy products. For something to eat, the best one to stop at is Pennington’s, where excellent baked goods await. The family moved from Colorado to the Applegate in 1994 to farm berries. They bake a mean pie. 

What to eat at Pennington Farms

The selling point for Pennington Farms is that pies are made from Pennington fruits. (The fruit also yields delicious jams.) Remote as it is, the Applegate sells most of what it makes at various Southern Oregon farmers markets. But going to the farm is a special treat.  In an old barn off a country road, its of baked goods is jaw-dropping. They’re so appealing that it is a challenge not to buy too much.

Berry pie is the obvious thing to get, and it is fantastic, with sweet-tart fruit and a flaky bronzed crust. But pear pie is even more memorable. Southern Oregon is famous for pears (thanks to Harry and David holiday baskets), and this pie radiates juicy pear flavor. It tastes like poached pears in buttery pastry.

Try a savory pie!

Savory pies are also worth a taste. They are hand pies with flaky butter crust, perfect for road snacking. The chile relleno turnover has a real salty, spicy Southwestern flavor. The spinach, mushroom & Swiss is a good vegetarian choice with a nice balance of nutty and earthy flavors. We left regretting that we didn’t buy more of these hand-held lunches when visiting Pennington Farms

If you’re full or hurried at least, stop here for some cookies or jams. The chocolate chip one we grabbed was so good that it almost set us back on a u-turn to ask for a recipe, or at least some baking tips.

What To Eat

Berry Pie

Pear Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Chile Relleno Turnover

Mushroom, Spinach and Swiss Turnover


Pennington Farms Recipes


What do you think of Pennington Farms?

One Response to “Pennington Farms”


October 9th, 2022

Omg! This is the Best Bakery. The chocolate cake is so delicious! As everything that I have ever eaten there! Amazing bakery items. Amazing service! So fun!
We are so lucky to have their presence in our Beautiful valley! Wish they were closer to me. About 35 miles. Maybe a good thing though. Although I’m reassured they take the calories out of all goods!!! 💟


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