Articles by 'Matt'

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 Travels

Hidden treasures, don’t we love them all? I grew up in Clifton, New Jersey, just minutes from Cedar Grove and not until the past year or so, did I know there was a working farm, that grew organic veggies, fruits and flowers, next the historical... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in MK Untapped

A typical Saturday for us is to head out early and see where the day takes us! On this specific Saturday, we only had one place on our list, Well Sweep Herb Farm. As we were heading out to Port Murray, NJ to purchase our perennial herbs for the year... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Food Profile

Happy Summer Solstice! Whenever I think of summer, I think of sweet, little strawberries that can be picked and enjoyed right in the fields. Strawberry smoothies, pies and desserts all scream summer time! But here in the Mayernik Kitchen, we like to... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in MK Untapped

Let’s take a ride up to New York State, the Hudson Valley to be exact. It was a rainy weekend but sometimes breweries in the rain can be fun because we can’t be out in the garden, so we might as well sit and enjoy locally brewed beer! For... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Food Photography

I {LOVE} to bake. I {LOVE} sweets. I am the only one in the house who enjoys sweets though so it’s sometimes hard to bake often. But I had some friends coming over to plan our trip to Greece so I thought this was the perfect dessert to... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in MK Untapped

Let us take you on a tour of three breweries in Northern New Jersey. Matt and I ventured out on St. Patrick’s Day to visit some new breweries. This was not a planned day at all. We woke up, got some things done around the house and around noon,... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in MK Untapped

Well it’s no secret, Matt and I love breweries. We also love supporting local, small businesses so we wanted to share with you all our travels and adventures as we make our way around the states trying out new breweries and eateries. This idea... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Food Photography

In 2015, I took a 3-week food photography class with Gina Weathersby and it was such an awesome class. If you read last week’s blog post, you saw one of my favorite images (coffee & cinnamon) that was taken during that course. Over the... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Personal

Hello! Long time no chat. It’s been a while since the blog has been updated, but there is no better time than now to get back into it, right?! Can you believe we are already one month into 2018? January was a long month, so I was looking... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Wellness

Common Milkweed also known as the butterfly flower is a native plant to the eastern part of the United States and I am so happy to have found some just miles from my home. Common Milkweed is a new plant for me, as I have just identified and learned... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Food Review

Have you ever had maple water? If not, I highly suggest you give it a shot. I recently came across Sap on Tap at my local Whole Foods and I knew I had to try it. Living in the Northeast of the US, I know how abundant Maple Trees are in my area. Soo... read more.

By Shannon, Posted in Personal

The Mayernik’s are Backyard Beekeepers! Can you believe it? I can’t. I have had a fear of bees for as long as I can remember. It was never the fear of them stinging me or crawling on me, it was the BUZZING sound. It literally would drive... read more.