A Friend With Pie is a Friend Indeed

We’ve been talking a lot about pie lately, it seems.  There are a few vendors making pie at the Market.  Lest you think there’s duplication, we’d like you to know, first off:  they’re all different.  And that’s a good thing, because everybody’s got a different idea of what makes good pie.  And you’re all right. […]



Celebrating Their First Sweet Year 1

First off:  there’s going to be ice cream.   It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since Liesl and Dan joined us on our second floor behind their first, modest chalkboard and the words Pie.ology:  Hand Pies Made With Heart.  On the other hand, when you consider what they’ve done in a year, it’s also […]

Vendor Profile: Debi Savela-Lacroix

I grew up in Graham & Armstrong Ontario.  There I learned to appreciate the outdoors and activities like hunting and fishing. As I’d always enjoyed stained glass, in 2007 I began learning the art and fell in love with it.  Being a welder most of my career, this new direction is a natural fit.  My […]


Try These: Veal Meatballs

“Ingredients:  Thunder Bay Veal, Spices.” There’s not a lot of room in that description for filler material.  Mike Visser of MyPride Farms will tell you there’s no room in his meatballs for filler, either. Mike’s been with the Market for about two years now and has been growing his operation the whole time, developing both […]

There is a Second Floor

Rumour has it that some of our patrons don’t know about the second floor. This is completely understandable. On the first trip to the Market, many of us are overwhelmed by the hubbub. We follow the backs of the people in front of us through the front foyer into the main part of the Dove, […]

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A Year’s Worth: Our Bakers and Food Makers

Last year was a seriously good year for local Makers and Bakers, both within the Market and without. At the Market, we welcomed new baking vendors like Gluten-Free Kitchen and Pie.ology, who enriched the Market – and your gustatory enjoyment – with Ashley’s gluten-free sweet and savoury baking and Liesl’s amazing “hand-pies made with heart.” We […]

A Year’s Worth: Our Growers 1

Thunder Bay’s local food community is growing, and we’re so happy to be part of it!  2014 was a banner year for growth in the local food sector in many ways, and not just for farmers.  Stay tuned for the next couple of posts while we check out some of the ways local food has changed […]



Two More for 2014

Our Market is kind of like a giant department store, but then again it isn’t. It’s like a giant department or grocery store because at the Market you’ll find a similarly huge variety of products – “from soup to nuts and much more sandwiched in between,” as one of our Market Friends said on Facebook a […]

Found at the Market This Week

We spent some time shopping on Wednesday during our first Christmas Wednesday Market.  There was a great turnout of vendors and patrons – less shoppers than Saturday morning, naturally, but enough to generate the cheery background hubbub of a busy Market and keep vendors busy. If you’ve been finding Saturday’s whirl and bustle a little overwhelming sometimes… […]



New Thing: H&P’s Horseradish Cranberry

…or is it cranberry horseradish?  Is it a jam?  A salsa?  A sweet condiment, or a savoury?  Whatever you decide, this zippy little package of electro-charged flavour will add some wow to dinner this holiday season, whether you’re dabbing it on turkey breast or slathering it on smoky ham, sandwiching it between stacks of cold-cuts […]

Each One a Universe

“I can’t stop looking into my coffee cup,” a patron said to Fritz Lehmberg recently, “there’s a whole universe in it.” Comments like that make Fritz’ day.  As someone who’s dedicated his whole life to the making of small things – mugs to hold coffee, bowls to hold soup – he finds his rewards in the feedback […]



Your Aging Best Friend

This is the time of year when you start to see it: a certain stiffness that wasn’t there before when he gets up, a few extra circles turned on the carpet before he lays down, as if the floor’s a little harder this year than it was last year. Before you break out the baby […]

Holiday Markets: Extended Hours for 2014

EXTRA CHRISTMAS MARKETS: Wednesday, December 10: 4 – 7pm Wednesday, December 17: 4 – 7pm Wednesday, December 24: 8am – 1pm Saturdays 8am – 1pm till December 20 Closed Dec 24 – January Yes! This December the Market will be opening for extra dates so you can spend more of the holidays with your most […]


A Hat Above

Shopping at Elli’s Hats and Headbands is always fun, and not just because Laura and Margy, the two bubbly ladies you’ll meet in their U-shaped gauntlet of fashion temptation, are a hoot. It also means a legitimate opportunity to tear through their inventory“trying on.“ If, like many of us, you had a bin of dress-up […]

Superfood Desserts: Too Good Not to be True

Leanne Wierzbicki of Breathe, Live, Believe: Whole Foods Vegan has started something amazing on the second floor. Since she joined us near the beginning of the year we’ve seen her booth evolve from a simple table and a tiny fridge to a lovely and welcoming niche she now shares with neighbour Fritz of Early Snows […]