Des Moines Mom Starts Baby Food Business

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DES MOINES, Iowa— Home-made baby food is an idea many parents like, but most don't have the time to do it. A local mom decided to start a business to bring farm fresh food to babies in their homes. A year and a half later, it's growing as quickly as her young kids.

Julie Burroughs started Farm Baby Foods a year and a half ago after making fresh baby food for her own kids. "I remember sitting in my kitchen one day thinking I wish there was a service that could make this baby food and bring it to me because it can be sometimes be overwhelming when you're working or busy," she said.

Burroughs rents space from a commercial kitchen in Des Moines. She peels, steams, and purees organic produce from mostly local farmers. No other ingredients are added. She said, “Once I started to learn how shelf stable baby food was made, I realized that there's this untapped market of fresh baby food that parents are wanting and they need."

The company has expanded to make products for older kids. The food is put in reusable pouches. "Initially, when I started this product, I was thinking more for the toddler age. But then, I learned that this product can be for anyone,” said Burroughs. "My 14 year old also takes them to lunch. I have people who travel and like to take them with them on road trips."

Farm Baby Foods started as a delivery service for local families. Now, you'll also find the food in the freezer section of some area grocery stores. Burroughs plans to grow it even more. "I would hope by the time my little ones are in school that it truly could be a full time job, and we would be a national brand. That would be my goal, to be a household name," she said.

The four ounce baby food containers sell for $4 a package. The pouch costs $3.50 a package. The Farm Baby Foods website lists where you can find it in area stores.

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