Pride and Pureed
Whoa, momma! Wholesome organic baby food is made right here, and by woman-owned companies. Open wide, here comes convenience.
Finally! A homemade frozen treat for little ones. When you order a frozen-pop-making kit from the HopeFULL company, launched in 2010 by Twin Cities sisters Jessica Welsch and Stephanie Williams, you’ll get recipes, molds, nutritional information, and cute wooden spoon sticks perfect for tiny hands. (Note: also great for those in chemotherapy and those with sensory issues or food allergies.) thehopefullcompany.com
2. Happy Family
Minneapolis native Jessica Brekke is a founder of this line of minimally processed, organic baby food since 2006. The company is now headquartered in New York, but the food is produced locally in Foley and Blue Earth, and it got its first launch in local Targets. Since then, the brand’s gone national; Inc. magazine named Happy Family one of the fastest-growing organic food companies two years running, and sales have topped $70 million. That’s a lot of applesauce. happyfamilybrands.com
3. Petit Organics
You don’t even need childcare to purchase it. The Twin Cities arm of New York–based Petit Organics debuted in April when local momma Christine Johnson began making fresh, organic, vegan, and wheat-free baby food and delivering it to doorsteps. A wide swath of the seven-county metro is covered—from Maple Grove to Cottage Grove and everywhere in between. Best part? Not slicing your thumb cleaning your Cuisinart.