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, […]

photo 1

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 […]

Santa Portrait Day 2014-lr

Market Events this Saturday

Between the Santa-themed Photos for Food “food-raiser” and the fabulous Movember Fashion Showcase planned by vendors Shine Photo and Mustang Sally Vintage for the Market’s second floor this Saturday, it’s going to be a fun and festive weekend for patrons of all ages. Bring your donations of non-perishable food items and your rosy-cheeked children (smiles […]

Big Talent, Tiny Packages

If you’ve never stopped into Dawn Bodnarchuk’s little niche to admire her work, this would be a good time. Like many of our second-floor vendors, Dawn ramps up her production and her imagination in the months leading up to the Christmas holidays, knowing there will be an extra-big demand for the beautiful things she creates. […]



Get on the Naughty List

“There is nothing good for you here,” Bobbi told us the last time we interviewed her at her table on the second floor. The remorseless baker behind the sinful treats at Crazy Horse has weathered a lot of questions from patrons hoping she offers gluten-free, low-cal and other health-inducing options in her baking, but Bobbi […]

Vendor Profile: Pie.ology

Hand Pies Made with Heart. This Alberta girl has brought her wildly successful hand pies to Thunder Bay!? Hand pies are delicious pastry bundles filled with savory or sweet ingredients. All of Liesl’s pies are handmade using the freshest of ingredients including her rich and tender all-butter pastry. Wherever possible, she uses local ingredients from […]

photo 1