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.
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.
Herb of the Month
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.
Oh my gosh! I just love summer. Each morning, rain or shine, I wake up feeling super refreshed and eager to start my day. I love watching the morning sunlight peek through my blinds and scoping out the scene of the newly blooming... read more.
I know it may sound fairly counter-productive for skin care, but June’s Out of the Woods Apothecary Box contains one of my favorite products to prevent and ease the effects of sunburn: St. John’s Wort Oil. Though we foraged some... read more.
One of the first steps Matt and I ever took before embarking on our new healthy eating, healthy lifestyle kick was to branch out from our local food stores. Of course we recognize the convenience that mass supermarkets have to offer, but in... read more.
One of our first products created in the Mayernik Kitchen was a room spray. It was fall, the spray held a woodsy, autumn scent, and we received rave reviews. Since our room spray was such a hit, we decided to reinvent the wheel and change... read more.
As we are about to kick off summer, we can’t help but notice all of the ads and marketing focusing on beach bodies and healthy living. Of course, we know that fad diets and crash weight loss are never the healthiest options, but sometimes... read more.
One of my favorite homemade products is our salves. I love blending the scents of specific plants along with the health benefits they promote. In our June Out of the Woods Apothecary Box, we put a new spin on our salve blend by infusion... read more.
Hello, start of summer! Am I the only person who gets super excited for the change of seasons, regardless of which we are entering? I hope not! While I love my boots and cozy sweaters, I also love fresh, local produce. In... read more.
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