I recently came across Open Farm on Instagram and was intrigued. I requested and received a free bag of grain free Catch of The Day Whitefish & Green Lentil Recipe from Open Farm in exchange for a review.
Who Is Open Farm?
Open Farm is a Canadian company located in Toronto, Canada whose dog food is manufactured in Brainerd, Minnesota by Barrett Petfood Innovations.
They are the first pet industry partner of Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) and the first Certified Humane pet food. Their motto is “Do Some Good” which means they are committed to raising the bar for farm animal welfare. All of their farms employ humane practices in raising their animals from providing healthy diets free from antibiotics to ensuring their animals have sufficient space and enrichment where they can exhibit their natural behaviors. Cages, crates and tie stalls are strictly forbidden. Further, all farmers and ranchers they partner with must have their processes and facilities inspected by third party auditors to ensure that they meet strict standards for the ethical and humane treatment of farm animals during transportation and slaughter. These humane practices will be evident in the quality of the meat.
They’ve also partnered with Terracycle to start the first nationwide pet food bag recycling program. To recycle your empty Open Farm bags go to www.terracycle.com
What Are The Products?
Open Farm makes three grain free kibbles: Homestead Turkey & Chicken Recipe, Catch Of The Season Whitefish & Green Lentil Recipe, And Farmer’s Table Pork & Root Vegetable Recipe.
Since I consider home cooked the best option for Kirby, his kibble intake is limited to a handful placed in an interactive treat dispenser in the morning when I leave for work or when we are traveling. If your dog only eats commercial dog food then I recommend alternating the dry kibble with canned or adding bone broth since a dog’s diet requires 70% moisture meaning over time dry kibble takes its toll on the kidneys.
What Are The Ingredients?
I’ll focus on the ingredients in the Whitefish & Green Lentil Recipe since that’s the one we received. The other two products are just as good.
Ocean caught whitefish, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), ocean caught whitefish meal, field peas, green lentils, ocean caught menhaden fish meal, coconut oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), tomato, natural flavor, flaxseed, sunflower oil, cranberries, pumpkin, carrots, apples, sun cured alfalfa, chicory root, salmon oil, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, rosemary extract, vitamin E supplement, calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement,, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, zinc proteinate, calcium carbonate, iron, proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate.
Open Farm works closely with organizations like Ocean Wise and Seafood Watch to make sure the places they source their fish from meet the most current standards in aquatic sustainability which means the fish are sourced in a way that is the least damaging to marine habitats as well as limiting the impact on non-harvested and endangered species. What is also very unique to Open Farm is their Whitefish & Green Lentil recipe uses whatever fish is currently seasonal to ensure they are using the species that is the most abundant during specific times of the year. To see which fish is used, check for the label by the “best before” date! Our bag contained Alaskan Pollock.
I absolutely love that I can “see what’s in your bag” by entering the lot code from the bag on their website which tells me the ingredients and place of origin. Talk about telling consumers what they want and need to know!
What Did Kirby Think?
Kirby loves fish, any fish, so he wolfed this stuff down! He didn’t care that it was healthy. He didn’t care that it was family farmed. He didn’t care that it was humane. He trusts me to provide healthy nourishing foods so he just loved the crunchy flavor in the small bite size pieces.
Open Farm produces a top brand I feel very comfortable feeding Kirby. The cost is a bit expensive at $22 to $24 for a 4.5 lb bag until you consider the vet bills you'll save and Dog Food Advisor gives it 4.5 stars stating it has above-average protein, near-average fat content, and below-average carbohydrates when compared to a typical dry dog food.
I also like that I can email or call the company if I have any questions or concerns.
Sadly I've lost all of the pictures I took of Kirby enjoying this kibble. You'll have to take my word that he scarfs it down. I will add pictures when he starts on his next bag.