The golden days of autumn.

Autumn is, hands down, my favorite time of the year. It always has been. As a child I loved the fall season because it brought a few of my favorite things, like my birthday and the start of a new school year and new school supplies. I was one of those kids who got more excited about the new pencils and notebooks than the school clothes or the thought of seeing my friends again. As an adult I find this time of the year is still full of some of my favorite things, though they, like me, have evolved.

Both of my children were born in October, making it special in a whole new way, and as an artistic person and a manic gardener, I find inspiration in the changing of the seasons, whether it be the color of the leaves, the transformation of the light or the change in temperature. For me, it’s all a bit magical.

Another thing I’ve come to appreciate about the fall is the harvest season. Whether we’re talking pumpkins, wheat or wine grapes, the harvest process can be fascinating. I have been lucky enough to be able to write about food, gardening and wine for a number of years and during that time I have come to learn a bit about the process of wine making. I am by no means an expert, and there is always more to learn, but I have enjoyed mixing and mingling with some wonderful Idaho wine makers who have taken the time to help educate me, therefore allowing me to educate others.

Perhaps you’ve noticed that the craft brewery business is now booming in Boise? It’s just another wonderful thing about our city we can brag about. And now, distilled spirits are making their appearance. Like wine making and beer brewing, creating whiskey is art and science all rolled into one. We are truly lucky to be fostering an environment that is attracting passionate and creative artisans to our city.

It’s been a pleasure putting together my first issue of the magazine. I hope you enjoy our articles on local beer, wine and spirits, as well as the wonderful look at upcoming events in the Idaho Botanical Garden and other informative stories about the people and places of Boise who are making a difference in their own special way.