Frequently Asked Questions

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

**NEW! YES! Our Petite Pies (mini hand pies) are now served at the International House of Tea on Algoma! These little pies are the perfect accompaniment to a steaming hot cup of tea and are baked fresh right on site. PETITE PIES ARE NOW SERVED DAILY at the International House of Tea! You cannot purchase frozen pie.ology hand pies at this location.

-Currently you can only purchase regular size pie.ology hand pies (both hot and take and bake) at the pie.ology booth located at the Thunder Bay Country Market (2nd Floor). To avoid disappointment it is best to arrive at the Market early or pre-order.

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.

What is happening with the Wednesday Markets?

The Thunder Bay Country Market has introduced a Mini Market that will run year round on Wednesdays on the first floor only for the entire 2017 season. At this time, pie.ology will not be attending this Market. We will continue with regular attendance on Saturdays beginning January 7th. Regular Market Wednesday's featuring both floors will resume in May and run until December.

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 Savory 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.

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!

Savory 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 spring it's wild foraged Fiddlehead Fern and Goat Cheese Pies! 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 Acre Farms beef simmered for 12 hours in the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company's Skull Rock Stout. Always something yummy to look forward to with each season!

How can I order pie.ology pies?

Please see the "Pies" page or contact Liesl directly at liesl.orford@gmail.com

 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. 

Do you make whole pies?

-At this time Liesl does not make and sell whole pies for purchase, however occasionally seasonal whole pies are sold by the slice at the Thunder Bay Country Market, some of which are pictured here or on Instagram.

Why do you not make whole pies on a regular basis?

-Liesl's specialty product is hand pies. Some day when we have a larger baking capacity we may add whole pies to our pie line-up.

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

-For the last 2 1/2 years, Liesl has been making hand pies on her own or with scattered help and most weeks it's been a one-woman show.  To ensure you get pies, 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?

Yes. Year round we do have vegetarian options based upon what vegetables are available from the Thunder Bay area farmers and what is in season.

**NEW** At this time we are beginning to offer vegan and gluten free inspired pies.   It is always best to pre-order these pies to avoid disappointment as they go quickly. To find out what Liesl is bringing and to ensure you can receive these pies, please email Liesl directly at liesl.orford@gmail.com

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! 

Liesl is often wearing beautiful vintage dresses and other vintage clothing at the Thunder Bay Country Market. Where can I purchase dresses such as these?

Liesl's dresses primarily come from shop owner Carly Vieira of Jewels of Crown Vintage Boutique right here in Thunder Bay. Her carefully curated, one-of-a-kind vintage shop is located at the Thunder Bay Country Market on the second floor beside Be Natural Pottery.  You can also check out Jewels of Crown on Instagram to learn more.

Do you use social media? Do you post what you will have every week to social media?

-Liesl chooses to use Instagram and Twitter as her main two platforms of social media. That being said, Liesl does not post constantly throughout the day what she will be having at the Market. Occasionally she will post a picture or a release a tweet here and there!  Mainly it's about the interactions that Liesl has with her customers at the Thunder Bay Country Market that let people know what is up and coming or what to look forward to!