Forget farm to table, forget farm to bar, farm to glass. May us introduce Farm to Bowl. That bowl, by the way, is a dog bowl.
Today the New York Times finds three boutique New York butchers that sell homemade dog food. One of the butchers, Jake Dickson of Dickson's Farmstand Meats, explains that it's not only good for the dog, it's an act of sustainability for local farms and interwoven into the nose to tail ethos. It's about respecting the animal. Basically, he takes cuts and scraps that might have been thrown away for cosmetic reasons or out of surplus, roasts them, mixes them with produce, and sells it for $10 per one and a half pound package.
An owner of Fleisher's Grass-Fed and Organic Meats, which also sells dog food ($4 for four two ounce patties) tells the Times, "If you’re not feeding your dog human-quality food it’s a terrifying thing." The third butcher featured, of course, is Marlow & Daughters in Williamsburg, which sells $6 pints of dog food. Meanwhile, a tipster found a vendor selling gourmet dog food at the Dekalb Market this weekend with the tag line, "People food for dogs, because dogs are people, too."
· For Dogs, Entrees From Same Butchers Who Feed Their Masters [NYT]
[Pic of dog food at Dickson's via NYT]