Our Story

Founded in 2016, Knotty Pine Bakery is focused on strengthening the connections between food and community through its scratch-made baked goods made with locally grown and sourced ingredients. Our farm-to-pie philosophy ensures that our bakery creations not only taste good, but are good for our neighboring growers, our local economy and our environment. This holistic approach to what “good” food truly means drives our mission to provide customers with the highest quality, handcrafted baked goods in the Brainerd-Lakes area.

About Founder Marie Kirsch

Marie Kirsch’s passion for baking started at an early age, going back to childhood summers spent rolling out sweet roll dough in her Grandma Joy’s knotty-pine panelled kitchen on Nisswa’s Clark Lake. Since then, Marie has made it her goal to create a bakery experience that inspires the same feeling of warmth and comfort she feels in her grandma’s kitchen, and that exemplifies the importance of good food – both in its ability to nourish us and to bring us together with the people we care about. Marie was proud to bring this dream to reality in 2016 with the founding of her business – Knotty Pine Bakery – that has grown from a home-operated baking shop to a full-scale storefront bakery in Downtown Brainerd!