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Taste of the Town: Humble Pie
By Angie Helvey, Contributing Writer | Photos by Malaina Kinne

Not only are pies the ultimate comfort food, but the flavor possibilities are endless; from sweet to savory, there’s something to satisfy every appetite. Humble Pie Baking Company is famous in Washington county and beyond for its delectable handmade pies, and it has lots of exciting news to share, including the launch of a new retail space!

Owner Rick Anderson started Humble Pie during the global pandemic. He’d been working with a blended crew in a shared kitchen, many of whom came from challenged backgrounds or were currently fighting addiction and other issues. Once the resources were there, they started selling pies at farmers’ markets, and the Humble Pie brand was born. Dan the Pie Man and Laura the Pie Lady were in the U-Haul business when they met Rick. They eventually formed a partnership and Dan and Laura took over managing the markets.

Pies are made from scratch and available in sweet and savory 10-inch, 5-inch and handheld varieties. Mouthwatering flavors include everything from lemon-marionberry to Philly cheese, brisket & corn and more! The chorizo con papas pie features local Don Felipe chorizo. Holiday flavors are available seasonally, like turkey & mashed potatoes with gravy for Thanksgiving. Humble Pie is committed to using only the finest fresh ingredients, and everything is done by hand, including hand-crimping the crust. “Our crust is so delicious and flaky because we use cold chunks of real butter with specialty flour, and we only freeze our dough right before we use it,” Dan explains. “We like purity in our ingredients and no preservatives ever.”

This philosophy means they never sacrifice quality for convenience or price. “Our recipes are very specific. We’re not likely to go down to the local grocery store to pick up supplies if we run out because the pies won’t taste right. If we can’t get that ingredient, we don’t make that pie,” Dan says. Humble Pie also bakes a fantastic selection of cakes, cookies, breads and pizza bombs, which are fresh dough stuffed with combinations of pepperoni and cheese with a vegetarian option. Everything will soon be packaged in cardboard and recyclable for a better future.

Humble Pie started out slinging pies at local farmers’ markets and they’ve been selling out at the Beaverton Farmers’ Market every Saturday for quite some time. The pies have gotten so popular the business is expanding, including opening a brick-and-mortar storefront! The space is the kitchen where Rick originally started and they welcomed their first customers on May 15th of this year. “People can come by anytime during the week except Sundays and pick up lunch or dinner, and Doordash, Instacart – all that is available as well,” says Dan. It’s at the very front of the industrial park near Tigard High School in a clean, comfortable location with plenty
of parking.

Specific requests can be called in or submitted by email and are typically ready for pick-up in 1-2 days. They also do catered events, so order some pies for your next party—they’re guaranteed to delight your guests! You’ll find pies this summer at various events at Bethany Village, and they’ll soon be available at a major event center in Portland. In addition, the company has recently partnered with a store chain in Idaho that now carries their specialty 10-inch beef, chicken, and shepherd’s pot pies.

Humble Pie is forever in the business of giving second chances. They work with individuals who may have done jail time or struggle with addiction, and they provide them with the opportunity to work, learn and make a living. “We’ll give anybody a chance to change their life,” Dan says. Humble Pie has a talented crew of bakers and executive chefs, and Rick’s right-hand man Lou has been with him through thick and thin since the beginning.

As part of the local community, Humble Pie loves building customer relationships. “It’s not about us; it’s about the people,” says Dan. “We love seeing the smiles on their faces.” As is their model, the team is always in the business of helping others. “We donate pies we don’t sell and take them to churches with refrigerators to help feed everyone. We’re also working with a women’s shelter in Tigard, giving them a hand. It’s fun to help people, and that’s what Humble Pie is all about. Thank you, Lord!”

Humble Pie Baking Company is located at 16285 SW 85th Ave. Suite 100 & 101 in Tigard. Please give them a call at 971-413-1750 or visit their website at