For many, farmers marketing is a sacred morning ritual during the summer months. And for folks who frequent the Olde Worthington Summer Farmers Market, mornings spent rummaging through fresh produce often end with one of the gorgeous pastries from Sassafras Bakery.

For many, farmers marketing is a sacred morning ritual during the summer months. And for folks who frequent the Olde Worthington Summer Farmers Market, mornings spent rummaging through fresh produce often end with one of the gorgeous pastries from Sassafras Bakery.

AJ Perry, the pastry expert behind Sassafras, has been selling her pies, cookies and scones at the Worthington market since 2007, and she's built up quite a following - her booth is often completely sold out by 10:30 a.m.

Sassafras Bakery has had a higher profile than ever this year - fans can now find Perry's cookies, granola bars and scones at Market 65 Downtown and the Bexley Coffee Shop, plus she's started tweeting out her weekly market offerings to entice customers.

Perry's appreciation for aesthetics shines through in every aspect of the business.

Her pies are magazine-cover-worthy pretty. She packages her baked goods in tiny cellophane bags closed with hand-labeled stickers. Her market offerings are displayed on ceramic platters and in rustic wire baskets, and her yellow-and-burgundy logo catches eyes from across the street.

And what she makes tastes just as good as it looks. Perry bakes everything from scratch in her home kitchen, using locally sourced ingredients like Snowville Creamery milk, Lynd's Fruit Farm apples and Polter's Berry Farm strawberries.

This past weekend, some mini-sized Strawberry Rhubarb pies ($8) proved most tempting. A sugar-sanded lattice crust was filled to the brim with juicy, ripe strawberries and tender, sweet rhubarb chunks. We split our five-incher among several people, but only because there were many more treats to try.

More pies, in fact. A little Elderberry Hand Pie ($2.50) used the same great pie crust wrapped around a dollop of sweet-tart berry jam. And on the savory side, the earthy Mushroom Chive Pocket Pie ($2.50) was a welcome break from the sugar.

Cinnamon Rolls ($3) are huge, perfectly gooey and topped with just the right amount of glaze. They also pair quite nicely with a cup of coffee. Saucer-sized cookies ($2) came in refreshingly herby Glazed Lemon Rosemary and good old-fashioned Chocolate Chip Chunk varieties.

Customers go crazy over Perry's Kitchen Sink granola bars ($2), and for good reason. The dense, chewy and incredibly moist bars are filled with plump dried fruits, rolled oats, nuts and other goodies. An Almond Butter & Apricot flavor was particularly tasty.

See you there bright and early next Saturday.