Bridget Jawara smiles brightly amid the morning heat of the Old City Farmers Market, offering cool sips of her delicious, organic soup line under the name Green Veggie Co. With names like “Refreshing Cucumber,” “14 Karat,” and “Strawberry Basil,” a delicious mix of whole plant-based nourishment awakens the taste buds and satisfies the palate while providing a nutritious boost.
A lifelong vegan, Bridget began selling her soups at local farmers’ markets in North Carolina and Florida in 2013. She soon realized how many people desired healthy lifestyle support with a fast, healthy option. By creating nutritious, plant-based soups made in a sustainable way, she was able to support herself and her philosophy to fuel the body and soul – without compromising flavor or satisfaction. Today, she partners with local, organic farmers to select the perfect mix of seasonable produce for each soup. She has 15 cold blends and 20 hot soups (think fresh broth, leafy organic greens, Japanese herbs). The organic, vegan, and non-GMO concoctions are created without additives, preservatives, sugars, dairy, eggs, or animal products.
Known for detoxifying the body, souping recently replaced the juicing trend after it evolved into a less-than-healthy mix of high sugar content lacking nutrients. Soups provide sustained energy by stabilizing blood sugar levels. They clean the gut and boost metabolism, melt fat, strengthen immunity, and bring a glow to the skin. Moving into the winter months, soups also provide a warmer way to nourish the body. Green Veggie Co. utilizes nutrient-rich plants resulting in soups with easily digestible fiber and healthy fats from coconut, avocado, and olive oils, helping “soupers” maintain a healthy lifestyle.
With the approaching holidays, embarking on a souping cleanse for as little as one day can provide an immediate recharge for those lacking time for a longer program. Bridget offers five soups for $65. Her three day cleanse of 15 soups for $195 is touted to strengthen digestion, build healthy body tissue and rid toxins from the system. Of course, before embarking on any cleanse, Bridget recommends speaking with your healthcare provider.
Green Veggie Co. is currently based in Fort Mill, South Carolina, but Bridget is in the process of moving her operation to St. Augustine. We’ll soon be able to count her among our trendsetting residents. You can buy her soups firsthand at the market, or through her website for $8 to $12 bottle.
In the spirit of getting more involved in the St. Augustine community, Bridget is expanding from just selling at the market. She will soon be embarking on a partnership to sell her soups at The Corner Store in Lincolnville with “The Beet Lady,” Nyk Regine.
To find out more about the Green Veggie Co, visit www.greenveggieco.com