Open Farm Information

Open Farm is a Canadian pet food brand based in Toronto, Ontario. The development, formulation, and distribution of their recipes are all done within Canada.

However, their manufacturing facility resides in the United States in Minnesota. This is as most of Open Farm’s suppliers are in the United States.

You can learn more about the brand on their FAQ page which you can find here.

Unlike many other pet food brands, you can purchase Open Farm’s products directly from their site and do not have to go through a 3rd party.

They offer subscription services and discounts like many of their competitors. This is a growing trend as pet food brands attempt to provide convenience to consumers.

Despite the ability to purchase Open Farm products directly from their site, they can still be found on popular sites such as Amazon and Walmart or at local pet food stores.

You can also use Open Farm’s store locator tool to find out if there any local sellers of their products.

Open Farm Logo

Open Farm Product Range

Dog Food

Open Farm has an expansive range of dog food products that is larger than most of their competitors. This range includes traditional dry dog food, wet dog food, fresh dog food, dog treats, and dog supplements.

You can see a sneak peek below or find the full range here.

Open Farm Product Range

Open Farm has a limited selection of niche recipes, but they do produce a puppy and senior dog food recipe in their dry range.

However, this lack of other specialty recipes is as Open Farm believes their standard range is suitable for almost all dogs.

Open Farm’s “fresh” range is worthy of discussion. It is known as Gently Cooked and is very similar to products produced by the big “fresh home-delivered” brands. Examples of these brands include The Farmer’s Dog, Ollie, Nom Nom, and Spot & Tango.

This type of dog food usually is freshly produced, frozen, and then shipped directly to consumers. These brands also usually run on a subscription model where the size and regularity of the deliveries are optimized.

However, in Open Farm’s case, direct shipping is not yet available, and you must purchase the products from physical stores.

To learn more about this new branch of dog food and why it’s growing in popularity, check out our Best Fresh Home Delivered Dog Food article.

Cat Food

Open Farm’s cat food product range is significantly smaller than its dog food range. It only includes dry cat food and wet cat food, which means there is no freeze-dried or fresh dog food available.

Despite this, there is still some variety in their recipes, and they use a mix of meat and fish ingredients, one of which will surely appeal to most cats.

Open Farm Nutrition

Dog Food

The nutrition provided by Open Farm varies significantly. This variance is particularly true between the different types of products. For example, their freeze-dried food provides significantly better nutrition than their dry dog food.

Despite this variance, Open Farm dog food tends to provide nutrition that is above-average. The nutritional profile tends to include above-average proportions of protein and fat but a reasonably large proportion of carbohydrates.

Below is an example of the nutrition offered by an Open Farm dry dog food recipe.

Open Farm Example Nutrition

If you are interested in learning more about canine nutrition, we highly recommend you check out our Dog Food Guide.

Cat Food

The nutrition provided by Open Farm cat food recipes is similar to their dog food recipes. Generally, it is above-average and includes above-average proportions of protein and fat.

However, there are still significant portions of carbohydrates present. Cat’s do not need a high proportion of carbohydrates in their diet as they are obligate carnivores.

You can learn more about what Obligate Carnivore means in our Cat Food Guide.

Open Farm Ingredients

High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Salmon
  • Whitefish
  • Herring
  • Mackerel

Open Farm uses a broad range of high-quality meat and fish ingredients. This range includes many of the industry favorites like Chicken, Beef, and Salmon.

These ingredients are so popular because they can provide excellent nutrition at a relatively low price.

However, other ingredients see less use, such as Pork, Herring, and Mackerel. Despite their lower use, these are still high-quality ingredients that can provide high proportions of protein and fat.

Salmon Swimming Upriver

Other Notable Ingredients

Open Farm uses all three of the popular legume ingredients. These are Peas, Chickpeas, and Lentils. These are widespread in grain-free dog food as they are inexpensive and can provide above-average nutrition.

However, in recent years, there has been growing concern about a link between high legume consumption and canine heart disease.

Read more about this in our articles Best Dog Foods Without Peas & Peas, Pea Protein, Pea Flour, and Pea Fiber in Dog Food.

However, Open Farm has responded well to this concern and now has a range of grain-inclusive products that utilize high-quality grain ingredients. These recipes can be used by dog owners who are concerned or think their dogs are susceptible.

Peas Close Up

However, not all of Open Farm’s dog food recipes are grain-free, and some are grain-inclusive. These recipes make use of grains such as Oats, Sorghum, Quinoa, and Brown Rice.

All of these grains are considered to be the higher-quality options as they are not highly processed and can provide additional nutrition beyond their carbohydrate content.

Pumpkin can be found in some Open Farm recipes. Pumpkin is a fantastic addition to dog food and can provide beneficial vitamins and minerals as well as fiber. The fiber can particularly potent to dogs who struggle with regular digestion and stools.

You can learn more about Pumpkin’s use in dog food and some of the best dog food recipes featuring Pumpkin, our article Best Dog Food With Pumpkin.


Flaxseed is a regular addition to many dog food recipes, especially premium brands. It is probably the best plant-based source of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids, along with some other beneficial micronutrients. These fatty acids are believed to provide several health benefits to cats and dogs.

Read more about Flaxseed and its benefits in our article Flaxseed In Dog Food.

Alfalfa, which is also known as Lucerne, is added to dog food recipes as it is believed to provide certain health benefits and some micronutrients.

However, these benefits are far from conclusive despite the large number of brands that utilize the ingredient.

Read more about Alfalfa in our article Alfalfa In Dog Food.

Open Farm Animal Testing

Unlike most pet food brands, we do have some information on what type of animal testing, if any, that Open Farm participates in.

In the FAQ section of their website, they state the following:

Our number one priority at Open Farm is the health and safety of animals, from implementing standards to ensure the ethical treatment of farm animals to creating food for our pets with clean, nutritious ingredients.

We do not experiment on animals when testing our products, and you can rest assured that animal welfare is a top priority in everything that we do.

This state is appreciated and sheds some light on Open Farm’s approach and actions.

We strongly believe that testing on animals in an invasive manner or in a laboratory setting is a cruel and outdated practice and one which we hope will be eliminated.

Open Farm Recalls

To the best of our knowledge and research (FDAAVMADogFoodAdvisor), Open Farm has no history of product recalls. This would suggest that they are recall-free.

This lack of recalls shows that Open Farm takes the safety and quality of its manufacturing processes seriously. We hope that Open Farm maintains these high standards going forward.

Despite this, we always encourage consumers to be vigilant of any future recalls of Open Farm or any other pet food brands.

Best of Open Farm

Wild Caught Salmon Review

Open Farm Wild-Caught Salmon

Open Farm’s dry dog food recipes are their most popular, and from the extensive range they have on offer; our favorite is the Salmon recipes. The recipe makes use of a mix of Salmon, Whitefish, and Herring as its core fish offering.

Salmon is a fantastic ingredient to be found in dog food. It can provide high levels of protein and fat, which should be at the core of every dog’s diet. Also, Salmon is one of the best sources of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

These fatty acids are believed to provide several health benefits, including healthier skin and coat and reduced risk of heart disease and other health issues.

The recipe uses a mix of plant-based ingredients, including Peas, Chickpeas, Lentils, and Pumpkin. These combine to provide a portion of carbohydrates and fiber.

Gently Cooked Grass-Fed Beef Recipe Review

Open Farm Gently Cooked Grass-Fed Beef

Open Farm’s Gently Cooked range is their fresh dog food offering. The products are freshly prepared and then frozen to keep them safe.

There are four recipes in the range, and the Beef recipe is one of the best. It offers fantastic nutrition that is high in protein and fat. This nutrition would be suitable for the vast majority of dogs, including those who are very active.

This nutrition is thanks to a generous portion of fresh Beef and Beef Liver. Liver is the most common organ meat to be included in dog food, and for a good reason. It can provide many beneficial vitamins and minerals that traditional meat cuts lack.

This recipe also includes several fresh vegetable ingredients, including Carrots, Kale, Zucchini, Squash, and Pumpkin. This combination consists of some less common additions. However, they should not be feared and are great additions.

Chicken & Salmon Rustic Stew Review

Open Farm Chicken & Salmon Rustic Stew

While Open Farm’s Rustic Stew range may come in a box, it is, in fact, wet dog food. Traditionally this is stored in cans, but Open Farm has chosen to use more sustainable and recyclable packaging, which is appealing to consumers.

Most Open Farm recipes do not mix different types of meat and fish ingredients, but the above recipe is one of a few exceptions. It combines Chicken and Salmon ingredients to provide a unique flavor.

As we’ve discussed extensively, Chicken and Salmon are excellent additions to dog food and can provide high-quality protein and fat, including high levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

The wet dog food recipes from Open Farm contain a minimal amount of plant-based material. This particular recipe uses small portions of vegetables like Pumpkin, Carrots, Green Beans, and Spinach.

Catch of the Season Whitefish Review

Open Farm Catch of the Season Whitefish Cat

Just like their dry dog food range, Open Farm’s dry cat food range is their staple and is very popular.

Open Farm has a unique trait when it comes to its Whitefish recipes. The variation of the whitefish catch from the fishing industry means that the exact fish and the ratio of each in their Whitefish recipes vary. This unique makeup means that each batch of the recipe that is produced is slightly different.

This variation could be very appealing to cats who would normally eat an almost identical meal every day.

Open Farm’s dry cat food contains a mix of legumes like Peas, Chickpeas, and Lentils, just like their dry dog food counterparts. While these ingredients are not ideal additions to a cat’s diet, the portion size of each is modest.

Herring & Mackerel Rustic Blend Review

Open Farm Herring & Mackerel Rustic Blend Cat

Most Open Farm recipes tend to stick to the same meat and fish ingredients regardless of whether it’s a dry food recipe, wet food recipe, or a freeze-dried recipe.

However, Open Farm does have a few unique recipes, such as the above Herring and Mackerel Blend, which is only available as a wet food recipe.

Herring and Mackerel are oily fish and, as a consequence, are excellent sources of beneficial fats like the Omega 3 Fatty Acids. The high levels found in this recipe could improve cats’ fur and overall health.

Thankfully the vast majority of the recipe is made up of these two fish ingredients and moisture. However, there are small portions of some vegetable ingredients, including Pumpkin, Carrots, Spinach, and Lentils.

Open Farm Featured Articles

Best Dog Food In Canada –  Finding information on Canadian dog food can be a challenge given that almost all pet sites seemed focused on US pet food.

However, in this article, we break down those barriers and discuss some of the best Canadian dog food available. Given Open Farm’s excellent recipes and Canadian roots, they make a well-deserved appearance.

Open Farm Full Product Range

Dog Food

Dry Dog Food

Homestead Turkey & Chicken

Homestead Turkey & Ancient Grains

Harvest Chicken & Ancient Grains

Grass-Fed Beef

Grass-Fed Beef & Ancient Grains

Wild Caught Salmon

Wild Caught Salmon & Ancient Grains


Puppy Ancient Grains

Senior Recipe

Pasture-Raised Lamb

Pasture-Raised Lamb & Ancient Grains

Catch of the Season Whitefish

Catch of the Season Whitefish & Ancient Grains

Farmer’s Table Pork

Farmer’s Table Pork & Ancient Grains

Freeze-Dried Raw Food

Grass-Fed Beef Recipe

Surf & Turf Recipe

Homestead Turkey Recipe

Harvest Chicken Recipe

Farmer’s Table Pork Recipe

Pasture-Raised Lamb Recipe

Wet Dog Food

Grass-Fed Beef Rustic Stew

Homestead Turkey Rustic Stew

Harvest Chicken Rustic Stew

Chicken & Salmon Rustic Stew

Wild-Caught Salmon Rustic Stew

Herring & Mackerel Rustic Stew

Gently Cooked Dog Food

Homestead Turkey Recipe

Grass-Fed Beef Recipe

Harvest Chicken Recipe

Surf & Turkey Recipe

Dog Treats

Dehydrated Cod Skins Treats

Dehydrated Chicken Treats

Dehydrated Turkey Treats

Dehydrated Beef Treats

Dehydrated Pork Treats

Dog Supplements

Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth

Harvest Chicken Bone Broth

Homestead Turkey Bone Broth

Raw Organic Grass-Fed Kefir

Cat Food

Dry Cat Food

Wild-Caught Salmon

Catch of the Season Whitefish

Homestead Turkey & Chicken

Pasture-Raised Lamb

Wet Cat Food

Harvest Chicken Rustic Blend

Homestead Turkey Rustic Blend

Grass-Fed Beef Rustic Blend

Wild-Caught Salmon Rustic Blend

Chicken & Salmon Rustic Blend

Herring & Mackerel Rustic Blend

Cat Supplements

Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth

Harvest Chicken Bone Broth

Homestead Turkey Bone Broth

Raw Organic Grass-Fed Kefir