Frequently Asked Questions

I have lost the baking instructions for the WHOLE TOURTIERE that I purchased at Christmas time. Please help!

Instructions to bake the Whole Christmas Tourtiere-

Follow these instructions for the PERFECT Pie:

Keep frozen until ready to bake. Bake this pie on the day you will serve it for the freshest pie. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place frozen pie on a baking sheet on the BOTTOM rack of the oven. Bake pie for 1- 1/2 hours till bubbly and golden all over. May need to tend with foil to prevent over browning of top crust. Rotate pan half way through the cooking time for even baking. IMPORTANT! Allow pie to cool at least half hour or more so the filling will set and the get perfect slices. Can be reheated gently in the oven.

Best served warm with gravy or best-quality mustard on the side.

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! Please note that our kitchen is also NOT nut-free.


Pork sausage, spices, potatoes, roasted red pepper, egg, cheese.

THE HAM + SWISS (regular size/snack size):

Smoked ham, Thunder Oak Cheese Farm Swiss, cheese, poppy seed.

TOURTIERE (hand pies and whole pies):

Beef + pork, fresh potato, milk, spices, onion.


Beef, soy, sesame, chili flake, brown sugar, spices, garlic, sesame seeds.


Double cream brie, red chilli jam (red bell peppers, chili peppers, vinegar, lime juice, pectin, sugar)


The Commissary smoked ham, egg, cheese, green onion.


Smoked Bogdala bacon, egg, cheese.

Cranberry Orange Hand Pies:

Whole cranberries, water, flour, organic cane sugar, orange marmalade (orange grapefruit and lemon peel, orange grapefruit and lemon juice, citric acid, sugar).

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie:

ground almonds, cocoa, coconut oil, peanut butter, pure maple syrup, crushed salted peanuts. 



We make many kinds of hand pies and have different symbols on each to help identify them from one another.  Having trouble figuring out which pie is what? Please see below for some of our latest pies and the symbols on the pies:

current pies + Christmas pies

Tourtiere (- - - - fork prick)

Ploughmans Pie (♥︎ pastry heart)

The Ham + Swiss (poppy seed on top)

Korean Snack Pies (sesame seed on top)

Local Pizza Pop ( ♦︎ diamond pastry cut out)

Classic Breakfast Pie with Bacon (★ pastry star cut out)

East End Breakfast Pie (completely plain on top, no markings)

Brie + Sweet Chili Appetizer Pie (little bear, star, heart pastry cut out)

Ham + Swiss Appetizer Pie (tiny hand pie with poppy seed)

Cranberry Orange (round hand pie with little bear, star, heart cut out)

pies from earlier this year that you may have in your freezer!

Wild Blueberry (pastry heart)

Local Apple (cinnamon sugar heart)

The Ham + Leek Pie (large pastry diamond with cross hatch)

British Style Onion + Cheese Cornish Pasties (very large hand rolled pie with a thick edged crust, either plain on top or with poppy seed)

Pie Prices

To accommodate the rate of inflation with our local ingredients, in addition for preparing for the rise in minimum wage in Ontario, you will notice that our two most beloved pies, The Ham + Swiss and the Ploughman's pie will go up in price beginning Saturday September 29th by 50 cents respectively. As have a few of our fruit pies in the past year.  Man, I wish it wasn't so!! But I thank you in advance for your understanding and we look forward to continuing to bring you fresh, delicious pies filled with happy, local ingredients!!!

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 on Saturdays.

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.  This past year, however she has ha more help and our pie production is growing! But 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?

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

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? 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!