Feeding newbie eaters fresh-from-the-farm homemade purees is easier and less time-consuming than you may think—especially since there are a couple of baby food delivery services in the DMV that will do the recipe developing, testing, blending, and packing for you. There may only be two baby food chefs in the D.C.-area (for now!), but they are mighty, offering simply irresistible solids made with fresh, local produce. And the icing on the cake? They deliver the goods to your front door (or workplace).

baby-eating-baby-foodPhoto: betherann via Flickr

Baby SLOP
The goal of Baby SLOP (FYI “slop” stands for seasonal, local, organic puree) is simple—to get kids to love veggies. Bethesda-based founder Adria Kinnier does this by loading her baby food recipes with seasonal, locally-sourced, and downright delicious produce. But, it’s her unique flavors, infused with palette pleasing herbs, that make her purees (available for 6-8 month olds and 8-12 month olds) irresistible. Kinnier hand delivers the goods twice-a-week in reusable BPA-free jars.
Wait, there’s more: For every jar of baby SLOP that is sold, a jar is donated to a local area food bank for a baby at risk of hunger.
Babe fave: Organic beets, apple and cannellini beans (all blended together).

Cost: $30/week (twice-a-week deliveries with three 4-ounce jars of purees); $60/week (twice-a-week deliveries with six 4-ounce jars of purees)
Online: babyslop.com

 

baby-slopPhoto: Baby SLOP via Facebook

Bambino Bites
This D.C.-based operation is hyper-focused on pumping your little one with as much nutrients (from their food) as possible. It’s the main reason they stick to steaming the fruits and veggies that they put into their purees—steaming locks in the most vitamins out of any other cooking method…snatch! Bambino Bites also leaves out the sugar and salt that you might find lurking in canned baby food varieties. Deliveries happen once a week (in D.C. and MoCo), and there is a $25 order minimum, but you can pick and choose any flavors and products (they also offer baby sweet potato chips and apple/pear chips) that you wish.

Wait, there’s more: Stay tuned! Bambino Bites has plans to offer baby food subscriptions. Yes, BABY FOOD SUBSCRIPTIONS.
Baby fave: Sweet potato, apple and thyme (with rolled oats or quinoa for added texture).

Cost: $5.75-$6.75/8 ounce container
Online: bambinobitesfood.com

bambino-bitesPhoto: Bambino Bites via Facebook

Have you tried a baby food delivery service yet? Tell us about it in the Comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady