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.
Northern California in March is perfection! Matt and I headed out there in mid-March for a nice little get away. And boy did we leave right in time. We ended up missing a snow storm that dumped 14 inches of snow while we were sipping wine in 76-degree... read more.
Well, this winter’s weather has been crazy! One day it’s sunny and warm and the next it’s cold and snowing. We hear from a lot of people that the change in barometer can cause some serious migraines for those that suffer from them.... read more.
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We thought it would be a perfect time to re-introduce ourselves to you, especially if you are new to Mayernik Kitchen.
Mayernik Kitchen was an idea started in April of 2015. At... read more.
Hello, September! I just love, love, LOVE that summer is coming to a close. That means, pretty soon, I’ll be in my comfy boots and cozy sweaters, readying up for my favorite time of year. Since September kicks off the fall... read more.
Life sure is funny sometimes. Just as I was trying to convince myself not to interrupt my day with a nap because I have so much work to do (darn headaches!), I remembered that I needed to share some thoughts on our lemongrass tincture.... read more.
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.
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