The March issue of Martha Stewart Living arrived in my mailbox today. The cheery cover, full of happy bouquets and posies, nearly made me sing with delight. (Too many days of sleet and grey and cold and muck and yuck.) This March issue is a departure from March issues past in that it is not an issue devoted to gardening. The March issue had formerly been designated the annual 'special gardening issue' with a focus on sowing and growing. In her letter, editor-in-chief Pilar Guzman says she intends to feature a garden in every issue of the year, rather than bundling all the gardening advice and inspiration into one single issue. Sounds good.
There is still a definite nod to the outdoors with fresh takes on spring bouquets, tips on foraging for edible vegetation and the benefits of composting nearly everything. (You can thank Martha for that last one.) The issue inspires a bit of travel fever, too. The magazine heads north to Canada (yay!) with a visit to the province of Nova Scotia and a beautiful seaside herb farm. Then, it's down to "good ol' Texas" for some flea market excursions. You won't find any Easter ideas in the March issue, however, even though the holiday does fall on the last day of the month. Since it is so close to April, the editors opted to do their Easter celebrating in the April issue instead, which will hit newsstands a couple of weeks before Easter.
The March issue also marks the arrival of the first Everyday Food supplement for Martha Stewart Living subscribers. The magazine ceased publication last year with its December/January issue and it will no longer be seen on newsstands. The supplement was attached to the cover of Living, which came sealed in a plastic sleeve. The new publication (pamphlet size at about 30 pages long) was accompanied by a letter from Martha explaining some of the ways you can follow the Everyday Food brand online. There will be several more issues like this throughout the year for Martha Stewart Living subscribers. Expect to see Everyday Food supplements in the May, July, October and December issues.