Holiday Shopping at the Manifest Nest

Merry and Bright!! 

This month we will be at the Farmer’s Markets regularly throughout the holidays! 

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Join us for our

Winter Solstice Open House!! 

Thursday, December 21st from 6-9 pm

There will be wine, light hors d’oeuvresgames and  prizes!

Do some holiday shopping while mingling, playing a bit of herbal trivia and winning prizes!

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We have Gift Baskets!!

Health and Wellness, Anti-Inflammatory and Pain Relief, The Power of Flowers and many more!

We also have lovely collectable Tea Tins, Holiday Spice Room Spray, Massage Oils, and a new batch of Cough Syrup and Elderberry Syrup! And many more new products to come!

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Don’t know what to get for someone this holiday season?

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Give the gift of health and wellness with a gift certificate. They are good for herbal products, classes, events and herbal consultations!

Small Business Saturday at the Beaches Green Market

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, and The Manifest Nest will be at our Beaches Green Market at Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach to help kick off our Buy Local for the Holidays event, which will be every Saturday until Christmas. The market is from 2-5pm.

We will be there with lots of lovely herbal products that make lovely gifts for yourself and your friends and family.

We have lots of great items to keep your immune system healthy. We have a fresh batch of Immuni-tea with free samples while they last. We also have Elderberry Syrup and Fire Cider Tonic.

It is supposed to be a lovely day here at the beach, so come by and see us, as well as the many new artisan vendors that have joined us for this holiday season.

Fresh Batch Fire Cider Tonic–Get Your’s at the Farmer’s Market Today!

The temperature is dropping and now’s a good time to keep that inner fire burning with a fresh batch of fire cider tonic.

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Fire Cider Tonic is organic, raw, apple cider vinegar that’s been infused with horseradish, garlic, ginger, onion, lemon, rosemary and cayenne, and then a touch of raw, local honey is added.

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It is excellent for colds and flus, digestive issues and keeping the upper respiratory system and sinus healthy.

So come on by the Midweek Market at Adele Grage in Atlantic Beach from 3-6pm!

Blending Herbal Teas Class

As I’m preparing for tomorrow’s class, I found some pictures I took right before class began last time I taught this class.

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This is one of the most fun classes I teach for two reasons.

First of all, we learn about a large number of herbs in this class. We go over the medicinal properties of 15 herbs categorizing by some general properties, such as general tonic herbs, herbs for immunity, and herbs for digestion.

Secondly, we taste all of these herbs and mix them together to get an idea of their flavor profiles. As a hands on learner, this is my favorite type of class.

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So if you haven’t signed up there is still a bit of time! You can read more about the class and sign up here.

We’ve got eggs!!

After more than twenty-one long weeks and a lot of chicken drama, we’ve begun to get eggs.

When chickens first start laying there is a lot of abnormality for the newly maturing ladies.

Our very first egg was a soft shelled egg that had broken on the pine shavings when laid, and it looked as though the chickens ate the insides a bit, so there wasn’t much to take a picture of. But after a few more days our girl Rose laid us the beauty you see above and below.

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We couldn’t get Rose to look up for a picture, but she was very proud. She sang the loudest egg laying song ever to announce she was going to lay right before she did, so I was able to get her egg still warm from the nesting box! 

The next day we found two more soft shelled eggs. I think they were laid by Tulip and Marigold, but I’m not positive as they were there at dawn when I let the hens out of their coop. It was wet and rainy that day, as you can see by how wet my hand is in the picture below.

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You can see what I mean by soft shells. They are literally soft and the one on the right also had been punctured slightly by the shavings. I brought them in though and opened them up to see what was inside. 

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The one on the left was completely whole, with no punctures and you can see it is a beautiful (no filter) egg with all its whites and what have you. I actually pinched and pealed away some skin to break the egg open. The one on the right was the one that had been punctured by the shavings. I ripped it open and you can see that it lost most of its whites. 

I’m sure you can eat these soft shelled eggs, but I just didn’t think I wanted to, so I ended up scrambling them and feeding them to the chickens.

The next day we got another regular hard shelled egg. All of these eggs have been pretty small but they were from my very own chickens. So two eggs seemed pretty good for the next days breakfast.

So when I went out at dawn again, I found a soft shelled egg, and then a few hours later I found a third hard shelled egg. This one was in the run, I don’t know what’s going on there, but we now had three small eggs. So this morning I fried them up!

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Three small eggs! Look at those beautiful yolks! And I love how the light makes a gold ring around the inner edge of the pan in the bacon grease. It reminds me of an eclipse! 

The eggs were divine. We are so happy our girls are growing up. I’m pretty sure we are still waiting on two more girls to even begin laying, as they do not have many of the maturity signs. Things such as bright red combs and waddles, squatting for me when I get near, and going in and out of the nesting boxes. But as the days get cooler and shorter I am interested to see how our girls provide for us.

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Here are all the ladies in my little make-shift “chicken playpen,” so they can free range without leaving our yard or going in my garden beds. It only sort of works. LOL

 

October Market Schedule and Events at The Manifest Nest!

 

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To check on the status of the Beaches Green Market and the Midweek Market check out Dig Local on Facebook here. And for more information about this great event at Omnisara Labyrinth and Gardens click here

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For more information about this event click here.

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For more information about this event click here.

September Hiatus at The Manifest Nest!

 

What a whirlwind Hurricane Irma has been. I hope that each and every one of you are healthy and well. I know that many of you either sustained some damage from the storm or know someone who has, my heart goes out to each and every one of you.

In the wake of Irma I am not going to have any events, classes or farmer’s markets until October! I apologize for any inconvenience that this may have for any of you, but please know that I am here at the Apothecary if anyone needs anything. 

I know that I have been feeling a bit emotionally taxed, stressed, and that my adrenals and immune system are both suffering because of it. I have a great supply of herbal needs at this time should you be feeling similar and need some herbal support.

I have my Restorative Tincture that is full of adaptogens to help the body deal with and overcome the side effects of stress. Both my husband and I have been taking this 2x a day and it has really helped.

I have both Fire Cider Tonic and Elderberry Syrup to help your body boost immunity and to fight off any cold or flu symptoms.

I have a few new products as well!

I have a Skin Bliss balm that is specific for rashes, eczema and psoriasis.

I also made a batch of Herbal Insect Repellent which is great for all the bugs that have been around after all this water and flooding. (And don’t forget my Anti-Itch Salve if the bugs have already gotten you.)

Again, I hope that all of you are recovering physically and emotionally from the storm, and if you can help your neighbors and friends as they recover, please do so.

Take time for yourself as well: get a massage, go to the chiropractor, watch a funny movie, get some ice cream that wasn’t lost in the power outage, and nourish your body with whole foods and herbs. Whatever soothes your soul do so.

Hurricane season is only half over, and even when it is not natural disasters at our door, the universe will send us challenges that help us to grow and expand. Sometimes, it is necessary to retreat inward in order to find the strength to grow and expand and that is ok too.

Again, please don’t hesitate to contact me should you need any herbal products or an herbal consultation. You can find more information here.

Kind thoughts,
Heather

808-782-5406
themanifestnest@gmail.com

This Saturday, Making Herbal Tinctures Class!

There’s still a bit of room in Saturday’s Making Herbal Tinctures Class!

If you’ve always wanted to take more control of your health and wellbeing and that of your family’s, then this class is for you.

For more information about the class, click here.

Join us at the Markets this week!

Today I am at the Mid Week Market at Bull Park in Atlantic Beach from 3-6pm.

I have a few garden items, such as the delicious chocolate cherry tomatoes and fresh tarragon. I also have lots of lovely herbal products, including Fire Cider Tonic, Elderberry Syrup, Arnica Balm and much more.

This market is excellent for bringing the kids or your dog. The park here is covered and there are so many laughing happy children for yours to play with. So get out today and enjoy this beautiful summer day!

I will also be at the Beaches Green Market this Saturday from 2-5 pm. So, if you can’t make it today please join us Saturday!

 

 

Beaches Green Market Today!

Hello all! Things are looking sunny and bright here at the beach and it should be a lovely market day! Come on by the Beaches Green Market at Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach today from 2-5p and get your herbal needs met!

If you need a last minute gift for that fabulous father of yours, we have a few things that may fit the bill. Arnica Balm is a great gift for that hard working dad! We also have a brand new batch of Elderberry Syrup to keep your immune systems strong and healthy.

Hope to see you soon!