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.
One of the most widely used spices in all of cooking is salt. While we all know we should limit our salt intake, there is no denying that it offers tons of flavor. Just as herb infused olive oils spiked on the specialty food scene, herb... read more.
Herb of the Month
I know we’ve posted a ton about lavender in the past, but we love this plant so much that we named it our August Herb of the Month. Because of its health benefits, sweet smell, and wide array of uses, lavender has become one of the most... read more.
Alright, ladies…who’s with me in the fight against dry cuticles? Try as I may to pamper myself every now and then with a professional manicure, I still find those flaky little layers of skin popping up at the most inopportune... read more.
Ironically enough, most people practice yoga to keep themselves healthy – inside and out. However, when we insert the modern fad of germophobia, I must ask, is your yoga practice really keeping you as healthy as you intend? I... read more.
Summer is a time for tons of rest, relaxation, BBQs, and friends, but it could also be super tough on our bodies. As we are outdoors more – hopefully doing more physical activity and keeping active – we tend to neglect ourselves a... read more.
Each year, one of our most successful planting stories comes in the form of an age-old favorite: basil. Basil, like many other herbs, tends to take off in growth and can quickly take over an entire area of the garden. We generally like to... read more.
In the early spring, an amazingly underrated, sweet fruit begins to sprout in New Jersey. We decided to harvest some rhubarb just after we picked some of our own fresh strawberries at a local farm in early June – before the weather... read more.
Anyone that knows Matt knows that he is open to eating pretty much anything. Though this used to extend a bit further – you know, with the meat and seafood world – he has definitely kept up an active palette even since becoming... read more.
Since it’s prime crop season in New Jersey – and that, of course, formed the basis of the whole Mayernik Kitchen conception – Matt and I decided to begin crowning an “herb of the month” from our garden. This year,... read more.
Matt and I were so excited to launch our new summer challenge: #MKEatLocal. Through this, we challenged our friends, family, viewers and readers to add in one fresh, locally grown (or purchased) item each week to their diets. So far, we... read more.
So, I’m not going to lie to you, with as much as I love summer, I am definitely not the tanning goddess that I used to be. Shocking, right? Though I love me some vitamin D as much as the next gal, somewhere along the line, I lost my... read more.
During the summer months, many people recognize the necessity of keeping their skin healthy. The one area that most people neglect, however, is their lips. One of the most sensitive areas of the body, the lips should not be forgotten.... read more.
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