Sweet Hobby

by | Oct 2023

Apple Pies

Photos: Bill Von Bank

Baking has always been a hobby for Bill Von Bank of Prior Lake, but a few years ago, Von Bank realized that his hobby could provide him a new way to give back and connect with the community. After perfecting his pie crust, he started selling fruit-based pies as Bill the Pie Guy at the Prior Lake Farmers Market and at pop-up sales around town. His fresh pies are based on what’s in season, and during the fall, he focuses his efforts on apple, caramel apple, chocolate-bourbon-pecan and cran-apple. He also fills custom orders as his schedule allows—he has a full-time job as the vice president of marketing and communications for Experience Rochester when he’s not baking. Pies cost $20 for a 9-inch pie and $10 for a 5-inch pie, and Von Bank donates a portion of his proceeds to hunger relief organizations.

Bill the Pie Guy


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