June Taylor pours hot marmalade preserve into jars at The Still Room in west Berkeley. Photos: Tracey Taylor

Berkeleyside recently dropped in on June Taylor at The Still Room, the artisanal jam and preserve business she started in west Berkeley.

It’s citrus fruit season and Taylor and her small staff were nose to the grindstone turning Meyer lemons and blood oranges into candied peel and marmalades. Taylor is one of the country’s most respected artisan preserve makers and a shining example of a successful Berkeley-based entrepreneur. She is currently working to fill orders for scores of accounts in Japan, where her brand has something of a cult following.

Read our full profile of Taylor, an Englishwoman who has lived here for many years, published in January last year.

Candied peel is air-dried at the preserve workshop

The name of Taylor’s company, by the way, derives from the term used for a pantry in old English manor houses where beverages were made and preserves stored. The Berkeley Still Room is housed in a former industrial building at 2207 Fourth Street.

Taylor will be joining the panel at Startup Berkeley, Berkeleyside’s Local Business Forum, which takes place on the evening of March 5 in downtown Berkeley.

Visit our gallery of photos from our February 16 visit to The Still Room on our new Pinterest account, and feel free to “pin” them.

The Berkeleyside Local Business Forum 2012 is organized in partnership with Mechanics Bank, and is sponsored by GreenerPrinter and Autodesk. Updates on the Forum are posted regularly on the Startup Berkeley Forum Facebook page and on Twitter (#BerkForum).

When: Monday March 5th, 7:00- 9:00 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm (time before and after for networking).
WhereFreight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley. Refreshments, including beer and wine, available to purchase.
Buy tickets: $10 ($5 for students and seniors), available through Brown Paper Tickets.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...