FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Will pie.ology be up and running again at the Thunder Bay Country Market?

We're back! Under new ownership, but with the same great pies (and some new ones too!)  The Hope Family would be delighted to see you every Wednesday and Saturday at the Thunder Bay Country Market!

What is a hand pie?

-A hand pie is a portable, fold over pie (roughly the size of your hand) that is an individual portion (so you do not have to share with anyone!) Hand pies are baked fresh on-site at the Thunder Bay Country Market, or can be purchased frozen for you to bake off for yourself, family and friends whenever you would like them.

-Sweet and Savoury hand pies are great for eating on the run. Savoury hand pies make great lunches or dinners when paired with a soup, salad or vegetable.  Sweet hand pies are an excellent option when entertaining as they allow you to serve freshly baked pies right out of your own oven with little time or effort in the kitchen permitting you more time to spend with your guests.

Are pie.ology pies available anywhere else in the city?

Currently no, you can only purchase pie.ology hand pies at the Thunder Bay Country Market. However, we will be looking for some retail partners once we fully ramp up pie production.

How can I subscribe to the pie.ology newsletter?

You can subscribe to the newsletter by scrolling down to the bottom of the page on this website and enter your email address where you see "Newsletter"-- information about upcoming pies, seasonal pie orderings and updates are sent through this forum approximately every second month.

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Pie Ingredients Lists

All of our hand pies are made with an all butter pastry and contain wheat flour. All of our pastry is brushed with an egg wash to give it a golden brown glow when baked!
Regarding nuts - the only type of nut we will be using in our pies is the pecan. However, we cannot guarantee that all the products we use in our pies come from peanut-free facilities.

PLOUGHMAN'S PIE
North Country Meats pork sausage, spices, B&B Farms potatoes, roasted red pepper, egg, cheese, mayonnaise, milk.

THE HAM + SWISS
North Country Meats smoked ham, Thunder Oak Cheese Farm Swiss, cheese, poppy seed.

MUSHROOM & SWISS (Vegetarian)
Mushrooms, Thunder Oak Cheese Farm Swiss, cheese, onion, garlic, herbs.

TOURTIERE
Sandy Acres Farms ground beef + pork, B&B Farms potatoes, milk, spices, onion.

EAST END BREAKFAST PIE
The Commissary smoked ham, egg, cheese, green onion.

pie.ology CLASSIC BREAKFAST PIE
Smoked Bogdala bacon, egg, cheese.

THE BIG BREAKFAST PIE
Sandy Acres Farms ground pork, spices; Bogdala's smoked bacon, egg, cheese

What types of hand pies do you make?

We make both sweet and savoury hand pies!

Sweet hand pies are completely seasonal in nature as we only use fruit from the area such as foraged wild blueberries, apples, backyard rhubarb, urban pears and raspberries. They are delicious served warm alongside a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Savoury hand pies are also seasonal, however some hand pies are demanded year round, such as the Ham + Swiss and the Ploughman's Pie! In the summer time we offer Debruins Roasted Tomato, Mozza and Basil Pie and in the winter we turn to comforting "warm your belly" offerings such as The Beef and Stout hand pie with Sandy Acres Farms beef simmered for 12 hours in the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company's Skull Rock Stout. We will also be looking to use ingredients from our own garden as much as possible.

How can I order pie.ology pies?

Please see the "Pies" page 

I lost the baking instructions! Help!

To bake hand pies:

Keep pies frozen until ready to bake. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees. Bake hand pies on a parchment-lined baking tray for approximately 25-30 mins or until golden brown all over. Every oven is different- you may need to rotate your baking tray during baking or use the upper rack in your oven for best results. Remember fruit pies will ooze a bit during baking. 

Sometimes when I come to the Thunder Bay Country Market, you are sold out. What can I do to avoid disappointment?

-Pre-ordering is always recommended.  We always have a selection of pies for sale on a first come, first served basis as well, but it is best to come early.

Can I pre-order baked hand pies and pick them up at the Thunder Bay Country Market? Or do all pre-orders come frozen?

When you pre-order, your pies will come to you frozen so that you are able to bake them off fresh for when you need them. At this time we do not accept orders for pre-baked pies at the Thunder Bay Country Market.

Do you make gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian pies?

We are currently looking to expand our pie offerings to include all of the above categories! We just introduced a Mushroom & Swiss pie, for example, which is a vegetarian alternative to our very popular Ham & Swiss.  We will also be experimenting with gluten free and vegan options.  Check back often for updates!

I would like to order a whole pie for a birthday gathering. Can I order this from you?

-At this time we do not make whole fruit pies for special events.  However, depending on the nature of your gathering I am able to accommodate you with seasonal fruit hand pies that could be served alongside ice cream/whip cream. One per person is recommended.

Tell me more about the homemade beverages you have for sale at the Thunder Bay Country Market!

Throughout the course of the seasons we occasionally have an excess of fruit, fruit not suitable to make pies or an abundance of herbs.  We try to use this up by making delicious homemade beverages so that nothing goes to waste! Drinks such as rhubarb lemonade, rosemary lemonade and pressed apple juice have all made appearances this year! 

 Do you use social media? 

-Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are the three main platforms of social media that we use. Check us out!