To look at the shelves in a typical grocery store, you’d think it was impossible to make meals or treats – even so-called healthy ones – without a long list of ‘extra’ ingredients. But we’re here to tell you (and show you) that it’s not.
I’m Jackie Kwitko, the founder and owner of Fressie Bessy Foods Inc. We make healthy meals and frozen treats that are 100% free of preservatives, additives, salt, sweeteners or artificial anything (and taste delicious – exactly the way mother nature intended).
We’re best known for our all-natural real fruit puree ice lollies, which we sell at farmer’s markets across Toronto and through our rapidly growing roster of retailers. We also offer lunchbox meals – perfect portions for easy re-heating and transport to work or school – family meals, and baby food.
Fressie Bessy began in 2014 when I was looking for a new path. Inspired by my love of food and commitment to feeding my daughter healthy, home-prepared fruits and vegetables (all of which she loved), I started making baby food and selling it at local farmer’s markets.
One warm summer day, I got the bright idea to freeze some of my leftover purees in small baggies, pop sticks into them, and sell them as (very rudimentary!) popsicles. People LOVED them and, just like that, our flagship product was born.
We create all of our products in a certified commercial kitchen right here in Toronto using fresh, local, in-season ingredients, the majority of which are organic. (This means we end up doing crazy things like pureeing and deep-freezing 12 giant buckets worth of local apples in a day – but it’s 100% worth it when our customers tell us all year round that our apple lollies taste just like biting into a fresh fall apple!)
Fressie Bessy is a family-run operation led by yours truly, and supported by my husband David, daughter Alexandra, and a small hard-working staff.
Making our products is a labour of love for all of us, and selling them to customers myself is a true pleasure. It brings me so much happiness to know that our products bring joy to children, peace of mind to their parents, and choice to those who can’t – or don’t want to – consume sugar, salt or other additives.
Click here to read more about our products, here for a list of our retail locations, upcoming events and farmer’s markets, or here if you’re a retailer interested in carrying Fressie Bessy in your store.