Small Discoveries Saturdays is a series of journal entries on SCOUT’s site where we shine a light on the little tips and treats that we have found help make pregnancy and parenting go a bit smoother.
We’re excited to introduce you to this month’s guest contributor, Jemina Boyd, owner of Chubby Bunny fresh frozen baby food. A local pioneer in the farm to high chair movement, Jem provides parents and caregivers healthy time-saving meal options for little ones and has been delighting tiny tastebuds all across the Nashville area since 2013.
This month: spring market madness + easy first foods that will make your baby squeal!
There’s something about a tiny flower in bloom and a tease of warm weather that can spur a frenzy of vacation and wardrobe planning and some slightly irresponsible sandal purchasing. All the sandals!
One more thing that’s sure to trigger spring fever: farmers’ markets! They’re sprouting up everywhere and in one location you can get fresh produce, local, allergy-fighting honey, ethically raised meat, eggs, fresh loaves of bread, and more, all from local businesses, wherever you may be. By shopping at farmers’ markets, you’re not only ensuring that your family is getting seasonal and fresh produce, you’re also sustaining the local economy. Your dollars make a yuuge difference to these vendors. It’s wonderful to see families going to markets together and learning about the fresh produce that they’re going to cook for dinner that night. Want your kid to love veggies? Get them to pick out their own—a proven mama Jedi mind trick.
If you’re just starting out making your own baby food, try orange veggies like carrots, butternut squash, and sweet potato, which have a similar sweetness to breast milk or formula, and very low incidences of allergic reactions. Steam veggies until soft (when they’re easily pierced with a fork), then puree them with breast milk, formula, or the water they were steamed with until smooth and creamy. Sit back and enjoy your baby’s expressions of amazement when they try something so fresh and delicious for the first time!
Chubby Bunny also got its start at farmers’ markets, and remains committed to buying as much of our produce locally as possible. We wouldn’t have our premium and delicious organic baby food pouches (to toot our own horn!) without farms like Beaverdam Creek, Bloomsbury, or Delvin Farms. We fresh-freeze our pouches to truly give you what is on the label and nothing else. No preservatives, acids. Nada. When our products are pouched and frozen, the nutrients and flavor of those organic fruits and veggies stay fresh for up to a year. Simply take it out of the freezer and let it thaw by lunchtime, or place them under warm running water if you’re short on time. Easy peasy.
If you make your own baby food, high five! We have always said fresh is best. The products and services we provide could just serve as a supplement for parents who don’t have the time or inclination to make their own fresh food and now provide options. And aren’t new options one of the best parts about being an adult? But, seriously, all the sandals.
For more great tips on introducing new foods, click here.
If you’d like to try the Chubby Bunny subscription delivery program, enter code: ChubbyBunny20 for 20% off your first month!
Photographs by Dottie Beasley Photography