UNION CREEK, Ore. -- For generations travelers up Highway 62 have taken time to stop at Becky's Café in Union Creek to sample the pie. This time of the year, most people look forward to huckleberry pies made right here every day. Vallory Crittal first started making pies with her mother when she was just five years old. Now she carries on an 80-year-old tradition.
“I love it I really love it. I mean you think about it, the first baker up here was a guy, the owner the original owner. So it's passed on down and just to take him, do stuff that they did, be a part of history I mean, it's amazing,” says Vallory.
The berries come from locals who sale what they pick here and from others who pick in Montana. But fires in Montana this year dried-up much of that source. Even so, Vallory makes dozens of huckleberry and other fruit and berry pies a day.
“Her crust using real lard and real butter is her own secret recipe,” she says. “The berry recipe is hers. The crust recipe is mine. And no one gets that.”
Huckleberry pie at Becky's Café has become a tradition for many Southern Oregon families and tourists passing through this area. But for nearly a hundred years, picking of huckleberries has also been a tradition that draws people to the Upper Rogue country along about the end of August or Labor Day weekend.