Farmers Markets are Great Places to Find High Quality Dog Food and Treats
By: Cindy Steyer, Owner
My family and I ventured out to our local farmers market this weekend in Tucson, Arizona. We encountered all of the great items you would expect at a farmer's market - locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh baked breads and other goodies, handmade soaps and lotions, potted plants, and much more.
What we also encountered were several vendors selling various meats, which is also a staple of many farmers markets. We happen to be in-between deliveries of raw dog food from our usual vendor, and are about a week short. We were delighted to find Double Check Ranch, a local farm that raises beef that is grass-fed and hormone and antibiotic free. Along with their regular beef cuts, they also prepare and sell raw dog food made of muscle meat and organ meats. We happily purchased enough raw dog food to fill in the gap between deliveries from our regular vendor. They also told us we could contact them anytime to check availability for upcoming markets or to place a special order. We now have a secondary local option for sourcing our dog's raw food!
Whether or not you are a raw dog food advocate, farmers markets are a great source of a wide variety of dog food types. Many farmers markets also have vendors catering specifically to dogs or who carry dog food items in addition to their products for people. Be sure to check your local farmers markets for:
- raw dog food, especially high-quality hormone and antibiotic free meats;
- locally prepared dog food;
- and homemade, all-natural dog treats.
More and more commercial dog food and treat brands are recalled because of questionable ingredients and dogs that get sick or die. As an alternative to these questionable food sources, consider locally sourced, high-quality foods for your pups that are safe and support local small businesses in the process!
What do you think of farmers markets as a source for dog items? Leave me a comment below!
- Cynthia Steyer