Amy Deaver makes jams, pickles and preserved cherries in Wrightwood, a ski town in the San Gabriel Mountains outside of L.A. Among her creations: Elephant Heart plum jam with tarragon, garlic scape pickles and Southern-smoked cherries. The Lemon Bird preserves are sold individually, in gift boxes and in “of the month” clubs. $12-$250. http://shop.lemonbirddesign.com
for the locavore
Amy Deaver has earned a loyal following with Lemon Bird Preserves, the vivid, creatively spiced jams and pickles she makes in her southern California kitchen. Now, she’s offering cocktail cherries in three versions: straight-up Maraschinos made from Rainier cherries, subtly sweet and bright yellow; Cocktail Cherries, seasoned with finger limes and vanilla; and Southern Smoked Cherries, soaked in whiskey, ready to drop into a Manhattan. Bonus: The leftover syrup is terrific drizzled over ice cream.