- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—GLASGOW — The Bounty of the Barrens farmer’s market offers several healthy things for consumers, including homegrown produce, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini.

“Since everything here is local, the produce that these farmers and vendors bring is at its peak flavor and nutrition, so when people come here they can expect to find the best-tasting and healthiest produce around,” said Josh Johnson, market manager.

Ida Godsey, of Edmonton, who was a vendor at the Bounty of the Barrens on Saturday, agrees.

“More people now prefer the farmers’ market foods than the grocery store foods,” she said.

But there are some things that can be found at the farmers’ market other than the typical homegrown produce that also have healthy attributes, such as bitter melon.

Godsey and her husband, Sam, were selling bitter melon on Saturday.

Many are unfamiliar with the vegetable, so the Godseys taped a sign to their table explaining what it is. The sign said bitter melon is a vegetable used in making medicines in Asian countries and is good for detoxifying the liver and the kidneys.

“You can stir fry them and mix with other vegetables, but mostly they are putting them in a juicer and mixing it up with other foods,” she said.

Bitter melon was not the only thing the Godseys were selling on Saturday that is supposed to promote good health. They were also selling tomatoes, zucchini, string beans and raw honey.

“We do our own honey. We have our own honey bees,” Ida Godsey said. “It is raw, not cooked. The ones that you buy in the store are cooked and not good for you. It’s just sugar. This one is not cooked. The pollen is still in the honey. It is also good for allergies and colds and things like that.”

David Perkins, of Glasgow, stopped by the Godseys’ booth and noticed the sign taped to the table below the basket of bitter melon. He decided to give it a try and purchased some of the Asian vegetables.

“It’s supposed to be good for diabetes,” he said. “I have a little problem with it. I just thought I’d get it and see.”

The Godseys were just one among several vendors at the farmers market who were selling items on Saturday that promote good health, aside from typical homegrown produce.

Allicia Ill, who owns A World Away Massage and Spa, with locations in Cave City and Munfordville, was also at the farmer’s market.

“I’ve been doing massage for about five years,” she said, as she used her elbow to massage a customer’s stiff back.

Ill believes getting massages is good for people’s health.

“It’s great for improving circulation, keeping down stress, which causes a whole other bunch of issues (and) keeping your muscles relaxed,” she said. “If your muscles are tense and tight that can obviously lead to pains, but then also if it is pulling on the bones incorrectly, it’s easier to have injuries if you’re muscles are tight. I think massage has wonderful benefits.”

Set up next door to Ill was Jessica Jones with the Zest Juice for Life Company of Bowling Green.

Jones is the kitchen manager for the company, which makes juice in a variety of flavors, one of which is called Apple Zinger and is made with apples, lemons, maple syrup and cayenne pepper.

“The mission is for us to just bring healthy fruit and vegetable juices to normal people,” Jones said.

The company was started by Natalie Boddeker of Bowling Green.

“I watched a documentary called ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,’ and it is about a man who was overweight and on a lot of different medications. He went on a 50-day juice fast,” Boddeker said. “It completely changed his life. He went off all medications. He lost a lot of weight and felt better than he felt his whole life.”

On the spur of the moment, Boddeker decided to try her own juice fast.

“I wasn’t on any medications and didn’t feel bad, but it was just really inspiring. I went on a 50-day juice fast and it just really completely changed my life,” she said. “I felt so fantastic, and had a ton of energy and lost weight. My hair and nails were growing like crazy. My eyes were bright. My skin was clear. It just helped everything.”

Boddeker began telling everyone about her new discovery, and many people were interested, but they didn’t have the time to make their own juice. So, she began making it for them, and eventually it turned into a business. That was three years ago.

Boddeker now sells her juice at two farmer’s markets — Bounty of the Barrens and the community farmer’s market in Bowling Green.

In September, she will open a storefront in downtown Bowling Green where people can buy the juice she makes.

The Bounty of the Barrens is open every Saturday on Glasgow’s public square from 8 a.m to noon, April through October.

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