Cover Artist, Anne Butera Some of the last blooms in the autumnal culinary garden grace our cover. Field Notes from the Editor, Tina Sams Lighting the herbal fire in a child. This issue has everything, but it’s particularly helpful in making food be your medicine. Autumn Canning, Rebekah Bailey 4 not-so-typical things to jazz up the pantry shelves Herbal Condiments, Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh Salsa, chutneys, relishes, and sauces to bring pizazz to the table A Story of Spearmint, Isabella Bergum A brief tale of how spearmint traveled to West Virginia “Brain” Mousse, Maryanne Schwartz No brains were injured in the making of this skin cream, it just looks that way. The Moon Garden, Barbara Steele The pure delight of night-blooming or pale silvery plants in the night The Plight of the Bumblebee, Kathy Musser As an herb farmer, Kathy has seen a change in how people plant their gardens, and it’s a good thing. DIY Botanical Cocktails, Jackie Johnson How to put together a botanical cocktail bar for a large group Making Fresh Horseradish, J B Shaffer Try some fresh horseradish. Learn about the plant/root, and prepare it as a condiment. Peruvian Maca, Marita Orr All about the adaptogenic root Maca Peppers, Anyone? Marci Tsohonis Info on peppers and how to work with them. And LOTS of ways to use them. Mad for Motherwort, Kristine Brown Motherwort has so much to offer us. Kristine tells us all about it. Autumn Harvest, Tina Sams Do you work with new herbs each year? Be ready to study them in winter. Nasturtiums,Tina Sams Nasturtiums as medicine and food. Yup – medicine! Witching Herbs? Maryanne Schwartz Renaisance fair enchantments Making a Medicinal Travel Bag, Molly Sams It really only takes a few things for most people.