For Anique Thomas, owner of Too Good Eats, one of the toughest parts of running her own food business is finding the time to cook while also raising a small child and working as an elementary school teacher. She’ll tell you it’s tricky, but not impossible, to start a successful food business when you have a three-year-old!
Anique’s days are spent teaching special education and her evenings are spent playing with her son Ali, so her solution is to produce her handcrafted fruit-and-veggie ice pops and baby foods after her son goes to bed. That means she’s typically working in The Commissary kitchens at 9 and 10 o’clock at night. And that’s just one reason why our commercial kitchens are always open 24 hours a day.
Along with her fiance Ali Russell, Anique launched Too Good Eats in the summer of 2016 with handcrafted fruit and veggie ice pops in sweet flavors to help sneak in vegetables. The plan all along, though, has been baby foods. When Anique’s infant son started eating baby foods, she wasn’t pleased with the shelf-brand options. In creating her new line of locally made baby foods, which officially launches March 17, Anique found inspiration in the idea that baby food doesn’t need to be boring.
She's not afraid to cook with fresh herbs and spices, so think sweet potatoes and peas punched up with rosemary, or apples and zucchini mixed with cinnamon. The end result is you're getting your baby to eat veggies while also, hopefully, starting down the path to raising an adventurous eater. Win-win!
Too Good Eats is currently crowdfunding a 0% interest loan in Kiva that would go toward building brand awareness, better equipment to increase production, packaging, required licenses, and the launch of the baby food line. If you'd like to support their mission, here's where you'll find the Too Good Eats profile page on Kiva.org.
Order ice pops and baby foods online at toogoodeats.com.