Farmer’s Market Today!

We are at the Beaches Green Market today in Neptune Beach at Jarboe Park from 2-5p. Come get your herbal products!

This Saturday, Making Elderberry Syrup Class!

There’s still room in this Saturday’s Making Elderberry Syrup Class!

In this class we will be making our own Elderberry Syrup.

Elderberry Syrup is one of the most esteemed cold and flu remedies in herbal medicine.

Elderberries are known for their fabulous immune-enhancing properties. They are also antiviral and have been known to reduce the duration of flu symptoms to mere days. They are also excellent at clearing mucus from the sinuses and reducing inflammation in the respiratory system.

Elder flowers are an excellent diaphoretic, meaning they help induce sweating, which helps the body reduce fevers.

Combined with raw, local honey and other excellent immune-enhancing, anti-viral, warming and calming herbs like Echinacea, Ginger, Cloves and Chamomile you can make an excellent syrup that even the most finicky people in your life will willingly take.

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In this class you will make a 4oz bottle of Elderberry Syrup from start to finish, like the one pictured above. You will learn the medicinal properties of the herbs you will use. As well as, have a basic understanding of how to make medicinal syrups that are honey based, which can be applied to other medicinal syrups such as cough syrup, hibiscus or ginger syrups. You will also leave with a booklet that contains the Elderberry Syrup recipe and everything else you learned in the class for future reference.

SPACE IS LIMITED SO SIGN UP TODAY!

Click HERE to get your ticket and reserve your spot!

CLASS COST: $35 — INCLUDING TAX AND MATERIALS

WHEN: SATURDAY, JANUARY 27TH, 2017

WHAT TIME: 1PM TO 3PM

WHERE:
THE MANIFEST NEST
805 AMBERJACK LN.
ATLANTIC BEACH, FL 32233

CLASS SIZE: 8 PEOPLE

TEACHER: HEATHER SHEPPARD

For more information or questions please call Heather Sheppard at 808-782-5406 or email themanifestest@gmail.com or visit our website at www.themanifestnest.com

My husband and I are in the latest edition of Edible Northeast Florida Magazine!! And we’re so excited!! 

Yesterday, we got our copy of Edible Northeast Florida Magazine to see that we made the cut! We had been contacted by them in December to do a photoshoot on backyard chickens, and were excited to see how our little urban homestead and our beautiful hens would be portrayed!

Well, it came out lovely! We are so excited to be representing sustainable, backyard, local food systems in our community. And I love that my husband, Lang, grabbed the pitchfork for a modern take on the famous “American Gothic.”

All the ladies, except Marigold, got a cameo. They’ve been well rewarded for their modeling skills with grub worms, sunflower seeds and scratch!

At The Manifest Nest we do more than just herbs. We believe in sustainable health not just from herbal support, but from food as medicine.

Today, we will be at the Beaches Green Market with lots of lovely herbal support. After a few freezes we will not have any garden produce today, but we will have a fresh batch of Fire Cider Tonic and Fire Cider Tonic Especial, fresh batches of Immuni-Tea and Inner Peace Tea and lots of other goodies to keep you happy and well as the weather changes and our bodies adapt.

The Beaches Green Market is today, Saturday 1/20 from 2-5pm at Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach. We will have extra copies of Edible Northeast Florida as we always do, even when we aren’t in it, so come on by and say hello!

 

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We’ve updated our Apothecary Page!

Check out our new Apothecary page here!

We’ve finally added some information here on our website about our fantastic Herbal Apothecary here in Atlantic Beach!

We offer over 100 different herbs! All of our herbs are sourced with not only the wellness of us humble humans, but also with the wellness of the plants and the earth in mind.

All the herbs we carry are Certified Organic when we can get them, many are Fair-Trade when appropriate. If they are not Certified Organic then they are Wild Harvested (with wild population’s health in mind) or Cultivated Without Chemicals. Many of our herbs are also Certified Kosher.

We sell all our herbs by the ounce. If you’d like to come by the Apothecary to get some herbs for your homemade remedies just give us a call, text or email to arrange a time.

808-782-5406 or themanifestnest@gmail.com

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.