We waited until Isla was nearly seven months old to begin solids for a number of reasons. Since we were planning to use the baby led weaning method of feeding, we wanted her to be able to sit unassisted, grasp and feed the food to herself, have the support to push herself up onto straight elm=bows from lying face down, and have good head and neck control. She wasn't sitting unassisted until about a week prior to starting to feed her solids, but that was the final ability on this list that she needed.
We are so fortunate to live in Santa Barbara, California, where there is a farmer's market almost every day, year round. Some days even have two different markets. We headed to the Sunday market in Goleta, the town bordering Santa Barbara to the north, to pick out Isla's first food, spaghetti squash, and also got her a butternut squash for later.
The Goleta market is located in a shopping area and there is usually live music in the courtyard where kids dance and run around. It's definitely a very family-friendly atmosphere. Jason and the kids listened to the music for a bit while I took a few photos to document the purchase of Isla's first food and finished shopping.
We bought the small squash from the stand for Ellwood Canyon Farms, a farm located nearby in western Goleta that follows sustainable organic methods of farming. They have such a beautiful display of their fruits and vegetables at the market that it's hard not to stop and purchase something.