About 7 years ago, our beloved Golden Retriever, Lucy, was diagnosed with stomach cancer. As she became increasingly hard to feed, we learned a lot about dog food and how much garbage most brands contained. Many of them were little more than shredded cardboard full of sub-standard ingredients. It was then that we decided to start making our own dog food using people grade, sustainable ingredients. I’ll admit that it is a big commitment and I realize that many people don’t have the time to put that much effort into feeding their pets. For those people, I am excited to introduce a new vendor to the market – Portland Pet Food Company. Owned by Kate McCarron and her son Matt, PPFC strives to make “human-grade, artisan dog food” from natural, local ingredients, including free-range beef and chicken from Cascade Natural. They never use chemicals or additives. Currently they make two flavors of dog food – Rosie’s Beef N’Rice and Tuxedo’s Chicken & Yams.
In addition to the two flavors of dog food, they also make doggy treats known as Portland Beer Biscuits. They are made from spent brewing grains obtained from local brewers which are low in wheat, wheat-free rye, peanut butter and egg (no actual beer is used!). They also make gluten free biscuits.
Kate and Matt admit that “locally-sourced, sustainable dog food” sounds like material for a Portlandia skit and I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t worked into an episode or two. If that is the case, I hope that Portland Pet Food Company gets a cameo on the show, because they have made a case for feeding our pets with the same care and commitment in which we feed ourselves.
We'll see you at the market! Saturdays through Nov. 22, from 9:00am-1:30pm!