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Sunday-morning slow jams call for even slower jam, like those from Serious Jam. Jam Mistress Heidi Skoog crafts each small batch with fruity blends that have uses far beyond spreading on toast. These jams are perfect in cocktails, between cake layers, to glaze meats, or even just by the spoonful. Flavors include Blueberry Bourbon Sage, Chai Spiced Pear Butter, and Meyer Lemon Earl Grey Marmalade. $12 per jar, seriousjam.com
Fringe & Fettle
Local potter Joanna Craw crafts contemporary heirlooms for the home. Each piece is hand-thrown, resulting in organic shapes that are functional things of beauty. Her dreamy color palette emphasizes light and dark with a repetitive pattern of grooves, polka dots, and more, adding texture to the porcelain. Joanna says it best: She’s simply “making things that I love.” Berry Bowls start at $40, fringeandfettle.com
A Gourmet Thyme
Donna Cavanaugh and Bonnie Alon have been baking artisan shortbread since 2011 in St. Paul. Each flavor perfectly blends herbs and spices to elevate the humble buttered shortbread. Perfect with everything from afternoon tea to charcuterie boards and hors d’oeuvre. Flavors include Lemon Thyme, Persian Spice, Pistachio, Cayenne, and Chocolate Espresso. Shortbread Sleeve, $6.95, agourmetthymetoo.com
Kym Jolstad launched her locally roasted coffee company to honor her mom, Kathie, while raising awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer. Since April 2020, Kathie’s Coffee has donated almost $20,000 in her mom’s name. A lifelong coffee drinker, Kathie enjoyed her cups best when shared with family and friends. Kym knew this was a fitting tribute to a life well lived, and thus brewed up the “coffee for a cause.” The signature blend is masterfully crafted with notes of the coffee Kathie enjoyed most. Available online at kathiescoffee.com; coffee beans start at $15
Local mixologist Alex Zweber took his insider’s knowledge of creative cocktails to create his line of small-batch, cold-press shrubs. They’re perfect from the kitchen to the bar, in cooking and in cocktails. Each flavor profile brings the right balance of sugar (just a bit), a bit of tang, and fruit flavor. The Humdinger Shrub celebrates his ongoing collaboration with Tattersall Distilling. Humdinger Shrub, $15, sharabshrub.com
Spring Forward Mocktail:
1 oz. Humdinger Shrub
1 1/2 oz. Simply Lemonade
3 oz. Ginger Beer
- Place strawberry at bottom of glass.
2. Combine lemonade and ginger beer in flute and stir to swirl, then top with Humdinger shrub.
3. Garnish with basil leaf.
4. Add gin for the adult version.
Vikings & Goddesses Pie Company
Local pastry chef Rachel Anderson is known for her work at some of the best-known restaurants in Minneapolis and for her pies at Mill City Farmers Market. But did you know you can pick up (or have home-delivered) her frozen doughs, including biscuits, croissants, and pastries? They will fill your home with the smell of baked goods. Rachel believes it is all about the ingredients and classics, helping her to “bake with purpose.” Frozen croissant dough, $8, vikingsandgoddessespiecompany.com