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Pre-Order Your Thanksgiving Pies

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Make The Pie Barn pies a new part of your Thanksgiving tradition! Each of our pies is handmade from scratch with our signature all-butter crust. Pick up the day before Thanksgiving and enjoy within two days for the best flavor and freshness.
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OUR THANKSGIVING PIES

Salted Caramel Apple Pie
Our twist on this Thanksgiving staple is sticky and sweet with just a touch of crunchy sea salt sprinkled on top. This is our best seller and a sure favorite. 10” pie, Serves 8.

Apple Crumb Pie
A traditional Dutch Apple Pie made with cinnamon-spiced, fall-fresh apples that shine when baked with a crumbly sweet topping. 10” pie, Serves 8.

Classic Pumpkin Pie
We perfected our pumpkin spice blend to make this classic pumpkin pie, with a buttery crust, our specialty. 10” pie, Serves 8.

Bourbon Pecan Pie
We add just a splash of Bourbon to classic pecan pie, giving a warm, southern twist to this Thanksgiving favorite. 10” pie, Serves 8.

Brown Butter Salted Honey Pie
Kelsey Vala’s signature salty-sweet custard pie is sure to be a surprise favorite in any Thanksgiving dessert buffet. 10” pie, Serves 8.

THE DETAILS

2 Ways to Order:
1. Online
2. At The Pie Barn (through October 31st)

Price: $16.99
Orders Due By: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Pick-up: Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 8am-8pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, No Refunds

The Pie Barn Pie Menu (Sneak Peek!)

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Narrowing down our pie menu to just 8 favorites was a huge challenge. We’re all so enthusiastic about pie that it was much easier to add to our list of favorites than it was to edit them down (at one point we had 5 different versions of apple pie on our list!). Plus, we wanted a balance of classic and unique offerings, so there’s something for everyone.

One of our most unique pies is Kelsey Vala’s Brown Butter Salted Honey Pie (pictured on the left). We first tried this pie at Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn, New York and then Kelsey rediscovered it at Sweedeedee in Portland, Oregon. Inspired, Kelsey came up with her own version of this recipe, and it is completely irresistible. The sweetness of honey is countered by shards of sea salt sprinkled on top, as the nutty flavor of brown butter permeates each bite. Paired with our signature all-butter crust, this decadent pie could easily just be called Butter Pie, and there’s nothing at all wrong with that. We hope this pie quickly becomes one of our signature offerings and a fan favorite.

But, the stand-out winner in our pie case is our Salted Caramel Apple Pie. This pie has it all — nostalgic feel, double crust, the best fall apples, plus a modern spin with caramel mixed in and sea salt sprinkled on top. We use three different varieties of fall fresh apples, so you get a mixture of apple flavors and textures. It’s tart and sweet with just a hint of salt. You really can’t beat this pie.

And, of course, mark your calendars for our weekly pie specials listed below. Come out and try them and let us know what you think. These are pies that were cut from our original pie menu but we couldn’t bare to not bake them at all. We love them and we hope you do too!

THE PIE BARN PIE MENU, 2014

Apple Crumb
Salted Caramel Apple
Sour Cream Apple Walnut
Pumpkin
Pumpkin Pecan
Chocolate Fudge
Bourbon Pecan
Brown Butter Salted Honey

PIE SPECIALS
September 19-September 30: Triple Berry Pie (a late summer/early fall treat!)
October 1-October 7: Lemon Walnut Pie (just in time for our Grandpa Chuck’s birthday)
October 8-October 21: Pumpkin Chocolate Pie (a great flavor combo!)
October 22-October 31: Apple Cranberry Pie (this used to be our Grandma Hazel’s specialty)

Pie (Barn) in the Sky

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Vala’s has been in operation for 30 years, and we’ve been dreaming of a “pie barn” for almost as long. It seems like every time we made an addition to the farm, we would talk about where the “pie barn” would fit in — this building could be the future pie barn, the orchard should be near the pie barn, this is where we should put the pie barn… For years and years, it seemed like a fantasy that would never actually come to fruition — Vala’s pie (barn) in the sky. That makes this years’ addition of The Pie Barn (after calling it “the pie barn” for so long, we couldn’t really give up the name) extra sweet.

This is the first large (huge!) project at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch that has been initiated and implemented by the next generation of Valas, Kirsten, Kyla and Kelsey. We grew up eating our Grandma Lois’ and our Grandma Hazel’s beautiful pies, so pie is a pastry near and dear to our hearts, conjuring lots of nostalgic memories. Add to that the fall factor and the fact that we’re a farm, and no one could deny that pie would be the perfect addition to Vala’s.

Actually building the barn and setting up the shop was more challenging than drawing up the concept (isn’t it always!) but we had lots of help from our experienced Vala’s crew and professional contractors. Sand Creek constructed our post-and-beam building around the old barn loft, a momentous feat in itself. We contracted with some Amish artisans to build our tables from reclaimed barn wood. And we even hired a designer, Lisa Vitale Janvrin of Brand Hero Creative, to help with our logo and interior design (check out the amazing red chairs!).

We’re so excited to open The Pie Barn on September 19th. It connects us to the past, nostalgia, fond memories, but it’s also a symbol of the future and the next generation.

NEW at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch for 2014

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Opening day is less than two weeks away (doors open at 9am, September 19th!) and we’re so excited to share everything we’ve been working on this year! We’re celebrating our 30th year of making memories with two huge additions to the pumpkin patch.

Pie, Pie, Pie, Oh My!
The Pie Barn, which was started last year but not complete, will be open featuring a tempting menu in a unique indoor eating space. We moved an old barn from Papillion and built a post-and-beam barn around it, to create an impressive eating area. Even better than the space is the menu — pie, pie, pie! Kelsey Vala is our lead baker and she is making from-scratch pies with our signature all-butter crust. Salted Caramel Apple Pie is sure to be the favorite, but we hope our Brown Butter Salted Honey Pie will be a surprise signature pie for us once people get a taste of it. Along with pie, The Pie Barn will be serving up a great lunch and dinner menu of soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as savory pot pies.

Ball-Throw Games Area
Right next to The Pie Barn, we added a fun new attraction, a sports ball-throw games area. Kids and adults alike will have fun throwing baseballs, footballs and more, plus testing their strength at the strongman high striker. All these games are included in our general admission price, so can be played at no extra cost. We’re sure this will be lots of families’ new favorite attraction at Vala’s.

Discount Days at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, 2014

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September Discount Days (For Everyone!)

Weekend admission prices in September are discounted to $12.49 per person.

Monday through Thursday Discount Days (For Everyone!)
Monday through Thursday admission prices to Vala’s are discounted to $10.42 per person.

Online Ticket Discount (For Everyone!)
Save $1.00 off October weekend admission prices by buying your tickets online.
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Military Discount

For 2014, military personnel can purchase discounted admission tickets to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch at the Offutt Air Force Base Information Ticket & Travel Office.
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PinPoint Discount Day
Sunday, September 21nd
PinPoint Rewards members receive buy one, get one free admission to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch (limit one per PinPoint card).
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Girl Scout and Boy Scout Weekday Discount Days
Monday through Thursday, September 22 – 25
$5.00 off Discount day price, $5.42 + tax ($.30) = $5.72 for girl and boy scouts, plus family or troop. Scouts should wear t-shirt or part of uniform.
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Girl Scout Weekend Discount Day

Sunday, September 21
$9 admission per person for girl scout and family when the scout wears her scout sash, vest or t-shirt. This price includes a two for one train ride coupon.

Boy Scout Popcorn Kickoff Day
Friday, September 26th 4-10 p.m.
$9 admission per person for boy scout and family when the scout wears his Class A uniform or unit t-shirt.

Awana’s Night
Tuesday, October 7th
Admission is free for any child or student wearing their Awanas t-shirt or by showing participation in Awanas. Admission for parents and siblings with the child/student is $10.99 per person. Sponsored by 100.7 The Fish Radio in Omaha.
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No Frills/Bag n’ Save Super Pass

When you buy admissions tickets at No Frills and Bag n’ Save you get a coupon for $2.50 off a pumpkin and $1.00 Vala buck that can be used for any item or attraction.

Party Barns, Tents and The Pavilion at Vala’s

Did you know we have Party Barns, Tents and a Pavilion that you can reserve for private events at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch? They make the ideal home base for your birthday party or farm get together, including a campfire site, picnic tables and electrical outlets. Here’s a peek at what they look like. For more information browse our private events page, and reserve your site online today!
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Military Discount at Vala’s, 2014

valas-flagFor 2014, military personnel can purchase discounted admission tickets to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch at the Offutt Airforce Base Information Ticket & Travel Office.

Offutt AFB Information Ticket & Travel Office (Co-Located w/Outdoor Rec and Auto Hobby)
105 Union Ln. Bldg. 362
Offutt AFB, NE 68113
402-294-4049
Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 9 am to 5 pm
Closed: Wed, Sun, & Holidays

Apply to Bake Pies!

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The Pie Barn at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch is almost complete (remember Kelsey’s post about testing pies?), but we have one last crucial element that we’re missing. We need a team of passionate pie bakers ready to take on the fall season! We’ll be baking homemade, from-scratch pies at a fast pace, with Kelsey Vala leading the way as the head baker. If you have an aptitude for baking, like working in a dynamic environment, and if you’ll be available to work at least 15 hours per week September 19 through October 31, we want to hear from you!

To Apply
You must be age 16 years or more by September 19th to work at Vala’s. Call 402-332-4200 to arrange a time for an interview or email us at info@valaspumpkinpatch.com with the times you are available for an interview and we will get you signed up for a time slot. Vala’s holds group interviews so you will be interviewing with a group of 5 or 6 other people.

2014 Interview Times
Saturday, August 2nd at 9am, 10:30am, 12 noon, and 1:30pm
Sunday, August 3rd at 12 noon, 1:30pm, and 3pm
Tuesday, August 5th at 5pm and 6:30pm
Wednesday, August 6th at 5pm and 6:30pm
Thursday, August 7th at 5pm and 6:30pm

Find more details on our Join Our Team page (if you’re not a baker, we’re hiring for all areas of the fall festival now as well).

Pumpkin Pancake Recipe: Start a Tradition

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My Grandpa Chuck makes the very, very best pancakes. They’re nothing fancy, just buttermilk, flour and eggs, but straight off the griddle they’re fluffy, hot and oh, so good – classic comfort food. So when we decided to have pancake breakfasts on the pumpkin patch, only Grandpa’s tried-and-true buttermilk pancake recipe would do – no mixes here! And, of course, we had to throw an ultra-moist, spiced pumpkin pancake onto the menu (since we are a pumpkin patch!). The result? Saturday mornings at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch this year felt just like a special visit to Grandpa’s house. It was the best way to start a day at the pumpkin patch.

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It occurred to me today that we’re halfway through November, and even though pumpkin treats are delicious all year long, we’re coming up on the end of the official pumpkin-eating season. It’s time to take one more stab at those recipes for pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars and pumpkin pie, whether it’s for a family treat, a work party or your Thanksgiving table. Here’s one recipe I hope will keep the Vala’s Pumpkin Patch pancake tradition alive in your home.

Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe
Serves 2 hungry people

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 cup milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 large egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and spices. In a separate bowl whisk together the milk, pumpkin, egg, butter and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed.

Heat a pan to medium-high or and an electric griddle to 375 degrees F and grease lightly. Ladle 1/4 cup measures of batter onto the hot pan or griddle cook for about 2 minutes per side.

Serve with butter and warm, real maple syrup.

Discount Days, Coming Up (2013)

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Dates: Tuesday, October 29 to Thursday, October 31
Bring cans of food to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch next Tuesday through Thursday, and you will receive a $2.50 off of a pumpkin coupon with general admission (one per person). All canned food will go to the Gretna Neighbor’s Food Pantry.

Halloween Day Discount
Date: October 31
Admission to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch will be discounted to $7.50 on our last day, October 31. So make one last trip to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch on Halloween Day to stock up on kettle corn and caramel apples!

PinPoint Discount Days: Next Monday through Thursday
Dates: Monday, October 28 to Thursday, October 31
PinPoint Rewards members will get buy one, get one FREE admissions to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch on Monday, Oct. 28 through Thursday, Oct. 31. Just show your PinPoint card at the Vala’s admissions windows. For more information on how to join PinPoint (it’s free!), call PinPoint at 402-502-4401 or email info@pinpointrewards.com.
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