Picture this. You're a baby. It's that time of day where dad is bringing the airplane in, piled high with that goopy stuff he likes to pass off as food. Into the hangar (your mouth) it goes, but instead of green pea mush, you taste... squash? And apple and cinnamon? And it is delicious? No need to fight him on this meal, you're sold.
And Angela Hersey and Aimee Carson are selling it. These two food-savvy women have created Beanstalk Baby Food: homemade, almost always locally sourced, preservative-free baby food. And they're launching this week!
These entrepreneurs have been experimenting with local foods, spices and herbs to create a line of baby food unlike any other.
"About a year ago my nephew was born and I realized that there was just so few baby foods on the market that I wanted to feed him," says Carson. "I was really inspired to make homemade food for him and just started experimenting and realized that wow, he can eat really well."
Both with backgrounds in food, Carson and Hersey got to work. Not only on sourcing as much locally produced food as possible, but on having baby food that actually tastes good.
"Babies develop an interest in flavours very early on and lot of other baby foods don't include things like that. We want to try and help parents introduce as much variety and flavour into their baby's meals and lives as soon as they can," says Hersey.
Starting with 10 different flavours (including Bodacious Beets, Purple Lips, Scrumptious Squash and Gingery Parsnip Perfection), Hersey and Carson have set up in the lower level of Spring Garden Place at Bonne Cuisine (5640 Spring Garden Road) on Thursdays and Fridays between 5 and 8pm. Or you can head to the Alderney Farmers' Market in Dartmouth on Saturdays between 8am and 1pm. Click here for more Beanstalk.