Farmers’ Market Finds for Fifi and Fido


If you plan on stocking up on fresh produce at your farmers’ market this weekend, why not pick up a few items for your pets as well? Commercial dog food may be harmful to the environment, but you can lessen the amount of kibble you feed your pup by adding in-season produce (bonus points if you find locally-grown options).

So which of the summer produce work for your pets? Surprisingly, you have many options that add very few calories to your pet’s diet. Though you should introduce foods to your pet slowly to watch for any reactions, your dog or cat is bound to discover a fresh, new favorite.

Here are a few to consider when you’re shopping the market this week:


  • cucumbers
  • summer squash (cooked and pureed is best)
  • corn
  • green beans


  • watermelon (seedless)
  • strawberries
  • cantaloupe
  • blueberries
  • raspberries

Bonus: For a special summer treat to help beat the heat, freeze a variety of fruits to provide nutritious munchies that help keep your pet hydrated.

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