Aunt Jack’s real homemade pastry
Aunt Jack’s Real Home Baking returns to the Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market this season to celebrate a special anniversary: 10 years of market sales.
The company was started in 2006 by Jack Van Boskerck after his departure from office life.
“I had a job at a company in Secaucus, New Jersey and the ride was coming in, and everyone was like, ‘you should just start a business,’” she recalls.
Van Boskerck grew up in a family of bakers and she worked in various restaurants throughout college.
“Food has always been my love,” she said.
She took time to develop a variety of offerings and spent the following years selling her delicious, sweet and savory products.
Aunt Jack’s has one of the most diverse item lists at the Saucon Valley Farmer’s Market, with sweet offerings ranging from fruit pies and assorted cookies to savory items like mac and cheese and baked beans.
Along with seasonal strawberries, one specialty Aunt Jack’s currently offers is her Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, which is made with rhubarb from the Bechdolt Orchards of Hellertown.
The use of locally sourced organic ingredients in its products is a priority for Van Boskerck. In addition to using ingredients from Bechdolt’s, she sources the produce from Epic Acre Farms, neighboring SFVM, as well as a number of farms near her home in Williams Township.
She even has her own family garden where she grows tomatoes, herbs and cucumbers, which she uses in her savory dishes.
Another favorite of the season is his lime pie, which Van Boskerck also sells at the 3rd and Ferry Fish Market and at the Pomfret Club in downtown Easton.
Lemon-blueberry and pistachio bundt cakes are available at SVFM, as are a variety of sweet breads, including Triple Chocolate, Apple-Cranberry, and Hawaiian Banana.
Among its most popular savory offerings are its gluten-free quiches, which are made with grated potato crust and a variety of cheeses, vegetables and meats.
His chicken pies, made with a homemade puff pastry crust, vegetables and white chicken breast meat, are constantly selling.
Fans of summer grilling will want to try its pulled pork, made with pork loin and barbecue sauce. Around July 4 and Labor Day, Aunt Jack will be selling her popular BBQ ribs.
His other popular dishes are his Polish noodles, four cheese mac and cheese, asparagus pie and gruyere and pastry pizza.
Aunt Jack’s Real Home Baking will be in the market on the first and third Sunday of the month this season. The market is open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. next to the Hellertown area library on Constitution Avenue, across from Dimmick Park.
Van Boskerck recommends that customers shop early, as she can only supply a few of each item.
Customers can also place orders by calling Aunt Jack’s at (610) 252-6995, or sending an email [email protected] to arrange pickup or delivery (if local).
Also be sure to follow Aunt Jack’s real homemade pastry on Facebook, where they occasionally post weekly specials and featured articles.
Read some of our other Saucon Valley Farmer’s Market vendor profiles before visiting them.