First I should apologize to my friends that I laughed at (behind their backs, of course) in the past when they said they were going to make their own baby food. Seriously, I thought there was no way that making food for the baby on top of all the other baby duties and taking care of the rest of the family was easy. I was wrong.
I fell into making baby food. A few weeks ago, my baby was approaching 6 months, my husband was out of town, and I wanted to start solids. I had some frozen peas and one of those stick hand puree thingy bobbers. I steamed the peas, pureed them, and voila! Baby's first food.
Now I can't stop. I found this great website: http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/ and I've been pureeing anything I can get my hands on! His favorite is Parsnips. Last I checked, Gerber doesn't make that. :-)
In the interest of full disclosure, I still buy the Gerber stuff for easy travel, but I try to use as much home made food as I can.