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Matt

Matt Mayernik is a gardener, herbalist and plant medicine maker based in Northern New Jersey.   Co-Owner of Mayernik Kitchen, Beekeeper & Educator. Matt’s passion for gardening started at a young age while being put in charge of the families small garden.  Over the next 30 years Matt educated himself on growing vegetables and medicinal herbs. Today Matt’s garden in Northern New Jersey grows over 100 different species of vegetables, herbs and fruit annually.   From seedlings in February to harvesting and seed collection throughout the year, Matt has developed a sustainable ecosystem to produce hundreds of pounds of harvest each year all on a small backyard garden.

 

By Shannon, Posted in Personal

Last year, Matt and I were so excited to kick off 2015 with a new challenge: no meat for a whole month.  We had gone down this road before, so I imagine we would be successful (it would’ve been hard to not be with Matt’s... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

The best part of the holiday season: cheery time spent with family and friends.  The worst part of the holiday season: overindulging (in a variety of ways) with those very same family and friends.  I really do love the holidays, but what I... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Personal

With the holidays quickly approaching, this should be a time for togetherness, family, and cheer.  However, people tend to become so bogged down with their shopping stresses that they forget what the holidays are truly about.  In classic... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

When Matt and I first decided to host a Mayernik Kitchen “relaunch” of sorts, we knew we would need to find a selling point. After he was bottling up jar after jar of dried oregano (amazing, by the way), we knew exactly what we could do... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

With winter approaching, the days get shorter and the nights longer.  There is nothing better than cozying up with a good book and a warm blanket, knowing that eventually, sleep will prevail, and you’ll be dreaming away.  For some,... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Food Review

As many of you know, I am enrolled in the Academy of Culinary Nutrition with Meghan Telpher. Meghan Telpner is a Toronto-based author, speaker, nutritionist, and founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. Her humorous, engaging and real... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Food Photography

Strawberry: 1. a sweet soft red fruit with a seed-studded surface. 2. the low-growing plant that produces the strawberry, having white flowers, lobed leaves, and runners, and found throughout north temperate regions.     Ahhh the... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Garden

June 29th....Already....Where has time gone? The month of June flew by! I can't believe we are celebrating Independence Day in just a few days. The garden is doing amazing! So much has grown and there are tons of flowers/fruit on the plants. We even... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Garden

The Mayernik Garden is 100% underway. I can't believe how much has grown in just a few short weeks. We've had some wacky weather....real hot and dry and then super cold with a chance of frost. We are now just starting to get some rain which the plants... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Garden

The garden is ALIVE! With today being the last day of April, I wanted to get out there and check out what was growing before we go away for a long weekend. The herb garden is really starting to come along, as well as some of the plants in the veggie... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Food Photography

During the cold, dark month of February, I signed up for a Narrative Food Photography Online Course with Gina Weathersby. O-M-G what a fantastic course it was. It was a three week course that taught us how to tell a story through food. What an amazing... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

What is a tincture you may ask? Before learning how to make a tincture, it is important to learn what a tincture is! Tinctures are herbal preparations that use something beyond water as a solvent. Using a solvent like alcohol, vinegar, or glycerin,... read more.