We are excited to announce a new flavor of dog treats for Autumn –
Happy Harvest Superfoods! – Bite-Size Drops!
Back when I opened my online shop last winter, another company had contacted me about trying and reviewing their dog treats. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to review other treats while selling my own, but I was intrigued because their treats were superfood-based, that was their “thing”. As it turned out, I never heard from them again, but I had it in my mind then that I’d like to do a similar thing. When I started to do more research on superfoods for dogs, I realized I was already using a lot of those ingredients in not just Luke’s homemade meals, but in my dog cookie recipes as well.
But I still wanted to do something special with those, and even wrote a whole post on the subject: “Our 10 Favorite Superfoods for Dogs“. Since I grow a lot of these fruits and veggies in our own garden, harvest time seemed like the perfect time to do it. I knew I wanted kale to be at least one of the ingredients, since it is one of our crops that has done quite well! Hubby and I don’t eat a lot of kale ourselves, I have just a couple favorite recipes with it, so I mostly grow it for Luke and for the farm birds. I chose other ingredients that we grow: carrots, blueberries, apples. While not all the ingredients come from our own garden (our crops are small), right now I am using our own kale and carrots. That’s why I decided to make it a seasonal recipe for autumn.
It’s my opinion that anything we make is only as good as the ingredients we put into it, so I’m constantly on the lookout for better and fresher ingredients to put in our cookies if I don’t grow it here. Therefore, I want to source as many ingredients as I can either on our own farm or locally wherever possible. We only have a few blueberry bushes as well, but those are now gone by. That’s why I went to a local organic blueberry farm and picked almost 7 pounds of blueberries back in July! They freeze well and I can use them all winter in our other flavor of dog treats, Blueberry & Banana.
We do have our own apple trees, but the apples are pretty small! It would be too labor intensive to make my own applesauce, so I buy my applesauce from a company in Vermont called Vermont Village. It is made in small batches, USDA organic and Non-GMO Project verified. I use oat flour as a base for all our recipes; I get the oats from Maine via amazon.com and grind them into flour myself. Coconut oil – also a superfood, would be tough to source locally! But I found one on amazon that I like, and it is virgin, cold-pressed, and also USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. I use Ceylon cinnamon, which is said to be the only true cinnamon, unlike what we normally buy in the stores (called Cassia). I buy that in bulk, also from amazon, made by a company in Iowa. It is USDA Organic and Fair Trade Certified. I hope to source my ginger from them as well in the future.
Of course, one thing that always comes from our own farm is eggs, which by the way, are also considered a superfood! I’m particular about what I make for Luke, and I’m particular about what I make for other people’s dogs as well!
It’s all well and good, of course, but in the end, Barking Dog Farm dog Luke has to approve anything new around here!
Thank goodness he does! Along with our new recipe, we will also have our Pumpkin Spice and Apple ‘n Spice cookies available from now through Thanksgiving! We offer free shipping to the contiguous USA states for all orders over $10, so we hope that you will visit our online shop soon!
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