Meet The Farmer’s Dog Food
You spend a lot of time checking ingredients and watching what you eat. You prefer to shop organic and as locally as possible. You prepare your meals mostly in your own kitchen, but you also check reviews closely when you want to go out.
Your dog’s kibble is tired and mostly synthetic. It’s time to apply the same effort to your dog’s food but making raw or cooked meals for your pet is difficult and time-consuming. The Farmer’s Dog makes pre-portioned cooked meals that are delivered to your door for convenience. Is it worth it? We’ll find out.
Brand Quick Look
- Parent Company: The Farmer’s Dog
- Founded in: 2014
- Made in: USA
- Available at: thefarmersdog.com
- Types of Food: frozen cooked meal
- Real Meat in First 5 Ingredients? Yes
- Recalled in Past? No
Behind the Brand
Co-founder Brett Podolsky’s beloved dog Jada spent the first two years of her life sick with digestion issues. He tried everything he could, but it was when he finally switched to healthy cooked meals for her that she finally saw some relief.
That got him thinking. What if he could help other dog owners provide the same nutrition and relief to their own dogs without the hassle of experimenting and trial and error? He teamed up with his friend Jonathan Regev, and the rest is history.
The duo worked with veterinarians to create recipes that blend human grade ingredients for balanced nutrition. Protein sources are wholesome, and each recipe contains only one for better digestion. Plus, whole fruits and veggies deliver critical vitamins and minerals.
The recipes are portioned out based on your dog’s size and weight and delivered to your door. The bags are meant for a day’s worth of meals and are easy to store in the fridge when not being served. Deliveries happen each week, so you never have to run out at the last minute to get dog food.
What types of dog food does The Farmer’s Dog offer?
The company has three recipes of cooked food delivered to your house frozen. Meals are made in the company’s kitchens and delivered that week to preserve freshness. You fill out your profile and information about your dog or dogs. That information helps the company know how much food to send each week to cover your dog’s nutritional needs.
The recipe center around a single protein source and offer plenty of whole fruits and veggies plus balanced carbs so that your dog feels full and energized all day. Defrost and serve when your dog is ready to eat and use the included plastic container to store leftovers or unused portions in the fridge for a day or two. The bags aren’t resealable, unfortunately.
The flat bags are easier to store in a freezer for those of you who don’t have a deep freezer, but it would be nice if the bags themselves sealed. Otherwise, it’s really convenient and doesn’t have a lot of excess packaging like some other fresh food companies.
The company is on the verge of offering a DIY program where you would be able to receive the raw ingredients and recipe and cook the food yourself in your own kitchen, further reducing the risk of contamination and providing a genuine stepping stone to preparing your own dog food. If you’re interested, you can keep an eye on the company’s website for more details.
- Turkey and Parsnips
- Beef and Lentils
- Pork and Sweet Potato
The Farmer’s Dog Recall History
The Farmer’s Dog hasn’t been in business long, but it has a clean record of production: no recalls, no issues. They follow rigorous safety standards in their kitchens and source ingredients only from trusted providers so that each part of production is safe.
Best The Farmer’s Dog Food
The company makes only three recipes, but we want to give you some details about each option and why you might choose that one for your pet. You can find each recipe by going through the questionaire directly on their website.
Turkey and Parsnip
Turkey is a lean protein source and parsnips are a great way to help your dog feel full throughout the day. Whole fruits and veggies round out the vitamins and minerals aspect, but The Farmer’s Dog also has a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals added to the foods that help balance the diet. This is a good one if your dog has trouble maintaining a proper weight because turkey is an excellent source of lean protein.
Beef and Lentils
Beef is a hearty meat and lentils is an excellent grain-free alternative to some cheap kibbles. It uses lentils for a complete carbohydrate source that also provides more protein. It’s good for athletic dogs who need a denser protein count than others. Plus, fish oil and the vitamin blend help keep digestion and the immune system running smoothly.
Pork and Sweet Potato
Pork is an excellent option for pickier dogs or for those who may be allergic (or sensitive) to poultry and beef. Those protein sources are actually common allergies for dogs, so the more exotic pork option could help alleviate any lasting sensitivities your dog has had to other foods in the past. It’s also a great way to get picky dogs to eat because pork is usually a dog favorite.
Most customers like that the foods are high quality and have helped improve the health of their dogs. It’s harder to find customer reviews because the food isn’t available on most typical online websites just yet. However, from other reviews from major publications, we see that most people are grateful for their dog’s improved health and for convenience.
What do people like and dislike about The Farmer’s Dog food?
A lot of people want to feed their dogs much higher quality foods, but are at a loss for how to do that. Customers appreciated that the food arrived in easy to serve bags and that they never had to remember to get dog food after a long day.
The flat packages are a lot easier to store than some of the other ways companies package frozen cooked foods. THey’re easily stackable and don’t require as much packaging to ship. Less packaging for many customers was a definite plus.
The cost was prohibitive for some customers, but if you can manage it, you may see a reduction in overall vet visits due to improvements in the immune system and the skin. Also, some customers noted that the non-resealable bags weren’t as convenient as some other companies offering the same type of product. They do include a plastic container, but resealing could be a better choice.
All packaging is biodegradable and sustainably sourced. It has flexible deliveries, and they are piloting a DIY program in which they send you ingredients and recipes to cook yourself.
“After a few days of solely feeding Archie The Farmer’s Dog food, his bowel movements became more solid and regular. He also became a little more interested in eating at mealtime rather than ignoring the food for a couple of hours before eating it.” Kate Barrington, The Business Insider
“On the downside, I had to throw away several portions when Archie didn’t eat them right away because my house doesn’t have air conditioning and I was worried about the food going bad.” Kate Barrington, The Business Insider
The Farmer’s Dog Pork and Sweet Potato Recipe Dog Food Review
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Five Ingredients: Pork, Sweet Potato, Potato, Pork Liver, Green beans (Cauliflower, fish oil, nutrient blend)
We listed the rest of the ingredients because this fresh food recipe uses a limited ingredient approach to your dog’s health and wellbeing. The single protein source is easy to digest and doesn’t trigger common beef or poultry allergies the way the other two recipes might in sensitive dogs.
It uses sweet potato as the primary carbohydrate source, which is rich in vitamins and a lower glycemic choice. Regular potato isn’t our favorite because of the possible risk of triggering an enlarged heart condition, but other whole fruits and veggies offer critical vitamins and minerals.
The portions are customized to your dog’s size and weight and arrive at your door in biodegradable packaging. You could even wet the interior packing materials and send it down the drain (it’s that safe). There are several options for meal delivery timelines so that you can find one convenient for you.
The food is going to be a much more significant investment than kibble would be and it requires more finagling to store correctly. You won’t have the shelf life of kibble so you may have some food go bad in the beginning until you get your habits down.
The upside is that if you’re frequently at the vet for your dog’s stomach trouble or skin issue, this food may alleviate some of the triggers that cause them, reducing your vet trips. Many people saw improvements in their dog’s overall health on this type of food, so spending more money upfront for better health could be worth it.