You’re in the grocery store trying to plan for your family for the week. So you spend time reading labels for ingredients and how the food was processed. Buying fresh everything gets expensive and even then you don’t know for certain that you’re getting the best product. So do you make the choices of convenience and hope for the best?
Every parent wants to feed their child the freshest, healthiest food available. But what does a young mother do when she wants to feed her family food that is healthy and free of things like bleached flour, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavorings and other engineered ingredients?
Cara Joyner not only decided feed her family the freshest, healthiest foods available, she’s turned that into a business to provide you with the freshest breads and desserts using the most natural ingredients possible. She also provides a range of delicious low-carb options for diabetics.
Inspired by her mother-in-law who operates Mimi’s Whole Grains as well as a class at VCU that sparked her passion for organic and GMO-free foods, Cara decided it was critical that her family eat food in its purest form, without any industrial modifications. So using that knowledge, she not only feeds her family the best, she now makes her products available to you in the Richmond and Charlottesville areas.
Cara shops carefully for the ingredients in her foods, and she makes this commitment to you the consumer.
- I will not make food that I would not feed to my family.
- I will do everything that I can to stay away from bleached flour, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavorings, and other engineered foods.
- I will always be up front about what goes into my products and prepare them with the same care that I would for my own family.
- I will not cut corners or compromise on the above statements in order to save money.
After the birth of her first child, Cara expanded her business to include a line of baby food items. Distressed that even the organic choices for baby seemed to be highly processed and contain unwanted ingredients, she decided to make her own. Realizing that there might be other parents out there equally disappointed with what was available in terms of baby foods; Cara expanded her business to be that provider of healthy, natural baby food.
All parents have opened up those jars of baby food and wondered at the look and smell, not to mention the taste. But believing that baby food should look, smell and taste like the food source Cara altered her business plan to provide the freshest baby food in town.
Cara is careful not to include foods that are common allergens in her line of baby food, and she also makes sure that no food is inadvertently introduced by cross-exposure during the preparation process.
Foods can be kept up to three months and are all marked with expiration dates. Cara also provides instructions for thawing and preparing the foods for your child’s consumption. Any baby foods that need to be cooked will always be steamed or baked, to retain as much of the nutrients as possible.
Cara operates her business out of a business out of a VDACS (Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) Inspected Kitchen in the West End of Richmond. You can reach her on her website and can order foods through Relay Foods or visit Cara at the Farmer’s Markets listed on her website.