Stocking Stuffer: Sqirl


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Los Angeles-based company Sqirl makes some pretty tasty preserves -- jams, jellies and marmalades -- for stuffing inside stockings this year. Jam maker Jessica Koslow playfully displays her products for purchase alongside eccentric props and colorful backdrops on the company’s website. Made with local produce from family-owned farms no more than 200 miles from her kitchen, Koslow’s jams incorporate flavorful fruits -- some of which are on the Ark of Taste.

Among Sqirl’s preserves is a strawberry and rose jam, made with McGrath Family Farms Seascape strawberries, Rancho Del Sol Sorrento lemons and Earthtrine Farms rose geranium. Another favorite is the Santa Rosa plums and flowering thyme jam made with plums from Flora Bella Farm, Sorrento lemon juice from Rancho Del Sol and Shear Rock Farm flowering thyme.


Sqirl’s preserves range in price from $12 to $14 and can be purchased online or at Proof Bakery in Atwater Village.


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--Caitlin Keller