Little Harvest was born out of a need our founder, Ashley Gilday, had when her son started eating solid food.
Ashley soon encountered an all-too-common dilemma for busy working parents; she wanted to be in control of what her baby ate by feeding him homemade meals and not packaged, off-the-shelf foods to help him develop healthy eating habits from his first bites.
However, as a working mom, she had little time to plan, shop, prep, and package the food without sacrificing precious time with her family.
That’s when Ashley realized that parents should not have to choose between convenience and quality. So, she started thinking about what it would take for parents to have it all - dynamic, organic food with no preservatives, added sugar, salt or artificial flavors. Menu items and meal plans created with the help of a Pediatric Nutritionist. And food that is safe, nutritious and customized to your needs, and dropped fresh at your doorstep within hours of it being made.
After a lot of thinking and planning, Little Harvest was born.
AT LITTLE HARVEST, WE BELIEVE THAT…
Food is an experience to savor, not rush...at any age.
Enjoying time together as a family - including meals - is priority #1.
Nothing should get in the way of that.
Babies are allowed to explore and play with food.
It might get messy…but it’s a necessary step in their development.
Less is more. Foods are best in their simple, natural state.
The food we feed our family should be freshly made and have a short shelf-life.
It is most pure this way.
Embracing diversity - in every aspect of life - makes us grow.
Exposing babies to a variety of foods, flavors, and seasonal ingredients helps them develop an appetite for healthy foods.
What you see should be what you get. Because it’s what’s inside that really counts.
Parents have the right to be in full control of what their babies eat
and where their food comes from.
It’s important to be aware of the impact our food choices have on other people, the planet, and ourselves.
Reducing waste helps feed more people.
As a business and as individuals, we should “pay it forward” - every chance we get.
Helping local farmers
Reducing carbon footprint
Use of "Ugly Produce"
why they are good for your baby + how they help reduce waste
Founder & CEO
Ashley is a true food-lover. She loves to experience new cuisines and has worked in the food industry for over 12 years, developing a great understanding of what it takes to bring safe, nutritious, clean food to our tables. Armed with this passion, Ashley is dedicated to educating the public about good food; the kind that is natural, tastes delicious, is good for adults, babies, and toddlers, and doesn’t harm the planet.
When she’s not working to make sure things run smoothly at Little Harvest, Ashley can be found spending time with her family and friends. This is what’s most important to her in life.
Ashley is so excited that you are considering trying Little Harvest out and is available to answer any questions you may have!
Chief Inspiration Officer (CIO)
Little O is the face of our company. He writes our newsletters and has personally tested and approved every recipe and meal suggestion in the Little Harvest rolodex. Quite simply, if he didn’t like it, it didn't make the menu.
When not busy green-lighting new recipes for other babies to enjoy, Little O spends his time with his family, figuring out how things work and cooking with mom. Already a basketball lover, Little O hopes to one day play in the NBA and Little Harvest has set him on the right path to achieve his dreams!
Dream big little ones.
Peace, Love & Carrots - Little O
Marisa Persky MPH, RD, LDN
Pediatric Nutrition Expert
Marisa Persky is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (MPH, RD, LDN) with a Bachelor in Dietetics from Indiana University, a Masters in Public Health from Benedictine University, and a certification in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management.
Marisa is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the ADA Pediatric Practice Group. In addition to working with Little Harvest, Marisa is the Pediatric Nutritionist for Pediatrust, LLC, a Pediatric Network and spent the past 11 years working as a Pediatric Dietitian for Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL.
In 2009 she founded Eat with Confidence, her private practice, where she continues to provide nutrition counseling and education services to individuals and families.
Over the years, while managing nutritional needs for infants, toddlers, and children, Marisa has built many trusting relationships with her patients and their families.
Marisa is excited to serve as a resource for the Little Harvest community and help parents make healthy nutrition choices for their babies and toddlers.
Matthew Botos, ConnectFood
Food Safety Expert
Matthew Botos is the President and CEO of ConnectFood; a knowledge exchange platform that connects industry and regulatory professionals to start, run, grow and safely produce new food products in an industry where the small and medium-sized food companies makes up the majority of the industry.
Matthew is also the former Director of the Illinois Center for Food Safety and Technology, a non-profit consortium of Illinois food companies, regulatory personnel and academicians focused on food safety and the advancement of science and technology for both local and global food sources. As Director, Mr. Botos managed and administered statewide outreach programs and clusters involving the training and education of industry, regulatory, and academic institutions.