Aphrodisiac Tea – Perfect for that Special Someone!

Today I will be at the Midweek Market in Atlantic Beach with free samples of my lovely Aphrodisiac Tea. I’ll be there from 3-6p.

This tea blend is a mix of lovely herbs to increase vitality and set the mood.

Oats, both oatstraw and oat tops, are both a nutritive tonic, increasing vitality body, mind and spirit, and a strong sexual tonic for both men and women.

Damiana has a long standing reputation as an aphrodisiac. It is known to increase blood flow to the loins which can benefit both men and women. It is also useful as an aphrodisiac when a lack of interest is caused by anxiety and depression.

Ashwagandha Root is known to improve energy. It is prized for its ability to normalize the bodies sex hormones and has been known to increase fertility.

Hibiscus has many health benefits, specifically its full of antioxidants and vitamin C, supports upper respiratory health and is a useful circulatory and heart tonic. In this blend it adds a beautiful pink color and tart flavor.

Lastly we have Ginger. Ginger is used for it warming medicinal qualities, increasing blood flow, warming the body from the inside out, and as a sexual tonic as it also increases blood flow to the loins. It is also used for its spicy flavor.

This blend is both beautiful, effective and delicious. Get your sweetheart some today!

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!

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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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!

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

 

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!

The Manifest Nest at the Beaches Green Market in Neptune Beach

Well today was my first day at the local farmers market, and I have to say it was a fabulous success!

I met so many wonderful new people and was supported by many of my friends and family coming out. Thanks to all of you that came came out with hugs, support, and the desire for herbal products, veggies and seedlings!

I also found out I will be there next week! So come on out and join me if you haven’t gotten the chance or come say hi again.

The market is at Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach on Saturday’s from 2-5pm.

Here are a few pictures from today!

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