Dear Readers,

Despite the mild winter and early spring, I can’t think of a year when I’ve been more excited to garden! After a long summer last year of remodeling the back of our house, our yard is looking a bit worse for wear and now the season is upon us to make it beautiful again. What’s your inspiration this spring?

The Green issue is always a fun one. The conservation and recycling revolution is continuing with more and more options for responsible ways to deal with our trash. And for some, that trash truly is treasure. Savers is a great example. Did you know that the largest recycler of fabric in the world has locations in the Northland? That’s right. When you shop at Savers, you’re not only finding a good deal, you’re supporting local non-profits and people in need in other countries. That’s something to feel good about.

Kenneth Kieser shows us how to hunt the elusive morel mushroom. Not many mushroom hunters will reveal their secret stashes but if you find a good spot, then you’re in luck! These wrinkly beauties are a culinary goldmine, the truffles of North America.

For a good beverage to go along with your dinner of mushrooms, you can have a cocktail mixed with 360 Vodka, made locally in Weston, Mo. This spirit company has made a nearly closed circuit of production with recycled glass bottles and most materials coming from less than 95 miles away. How’s that for green?

No matter how you do it, I hope that you are thinking about the footprints that we leave behind on this earth. The planet is a precious gift and it has been entrusted to us. To whom much is given, much is expected. So let’s do our part and take care of our home!

Happy Earth Day!