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Open Farm Review

About Open Farm

Open Farm Review

By now, we know that what we feed our pets matters, but have you ever stopped to think about where that food comes from? Open Farm has started the conversation about transparent pet food with its certified humane dog and cat food dishes.

The brand serves up a healthy serving of clarity about farm practices alongside nutrient-dense meals that include a good chunk of meat, superfoods, and antioxidants. 

You’ll find a well-rounded range of pet foods in its selection, cooked up or freeze-dried for picky eaters used to the textures and tastes of traditional eats.

Pets deserve the best, and that begins with diets rich in superfoods and nutrients. This study concludes that the true goal of pet food is “delivering bioactive components in a predictable, safe and functional manner to effectively reduce the risk of disease and support the domestic animal’s body.”

Open Farm’s modern approach has led to questions about why we haven’t looked at pet food like this before. Featured in big-name media outlets like CNN, Refinery29, and The Daily Beast, and its 130k followers across its social media platforms speak to the importance of this approach as well.

What can you expect in this Open Farm review? All the meaty details about the brand and its best-selling dishes. We’ll dig up a healthy dose of customer feedback and a range of FAQs to help you decide whether to add this brand’s pet food to your four-legged friend’s diet. Let’s get to it.

Overview of Open Farm

Open Farm Review

It’s odd that as people who opt for sustainably-sourced fish and ethically-treated meat, we draw the line when it comes to our pet’s meals. As primarily meat-eaters, cats and dogs consume an animal-heavy diet, yet those animals come from sources with big question marks surrounding them.

Open Farms was created by Isaac Langleben, Jacqueline Prehogan, and Derek Beigleman, a trio who, even though they wanted fresh, meat-dense pet food for their animals, found that none of them came with where that meat came from, nor how the animals were treated.

On the brand’s website, Jacqueline writes that animal welfare is an issue that’s near and dear to her heart for her own diet. When choosing what to feed her dog, she couldn’t find anything that fit her morals.

Starting the brand took years of researching and visiting farms to find ones that fit within its high standards. In 2014, Open Farm was officially launched to bring transparency to the pet food market, blending a love for animals with the need to protect the planet and all who dwell on it.

Ready to find out what else makes this brand so special? Take a peek at its highlights just below. After that, in this Open Farm review we will walk you through a range of its human-grade dog and cat foods in lip-licking textures and flavors.

Highlights

  • Large range of food types (wet, freeze-dried, supplements, etc.)
  • Humanely Certified meat
  • Nutritious, balanced meals
  • Auto-ship program
  • 15% off promotion on auto-ship orders 
  • Offers shipping to Canada as well as the US
  • Free shipping over $50
  • Satisfaction Guarantee
Open Farm Review

First landing on the brand’s website, we were greeted by a happy little puppy and a range of its human-grade dog food. Prompted to build our “Pet’s Perfect Bowl,” we took the quiz, which involved the most adorable graphics. It was simple, too—we selected answers for their ages, activity levels, appetites, and allergies.

This quiz helped us understand how much this brand cares about pets by ensuring they’re getting exactly what they need. In the next section of this Open Farm review, we’ll dig up a little more information about its dog and cat food and an age-specific pick for growing pups.

Open Farm Dog Food Review

The Open Farm dog food selection is the largest of its offerings, dishing out a broad spectrum of food types from stews to freeze-dried to treats and bundles that combine all three. Coming up, we’ll feature the brand’s best-selling dog food, a range that includes one of each of its formats in their most popular flavors.

Open Farm Homestead Turkey & Chicken Dry Dog Food Review

Open Farm Homestead Turkey & Chicken Dry Dog Food Review
Open Farm Homestead Turkey & Chicken Dry Dog Food

You may not know that two of the main ingredients in conventional dog food are corn and soy. These filler foods are great for calories but are pretty absent of nutrition and don’t give your dog what they need to feel their best, often leading to weight gain, sluggishness, and even aggravating joint issues.

Poultry is lean meat, and it has many benefits as protein is the primary energy source for our canine companions.  Poultry provides all the required benefits without the big calorie count, which helps build lean muscle mass in dogs and delivers fatty acids that help sustain shiny coats.

The Open Farm Turkey & Chicken Dry Dog Food is made from a blend of protein-packed poultry and whitefish meal for a dose of healthy fats, potatoes, lentils, and garbanzo beans to benefit digestion.

Help your fluffy pal feel their best with this nourishing meal. Get it in bags of 4.5 lbs, 12 lbs, or 24 lbs for $26-$88.

Open Farm Grass-Fed Beef Freeze Dried Raw Dog Food Review

Open Farm Grass-Fed Beef Freeze Dried Raw Dog Food Review
Open Farm Grass-Fed Beef Freeze Dried Raw Dog Food

The Open Farm Grass-Fed Beef Freeze Dried Raw Dog Food is packed with nutrients, made from 85% raw beef, organs, and bones for full-body health. Coupled with a blend of leafy greens, squash, and pumpkin seeds, your pup will also feel the benefits of antioxidants and joint-healthy fats.

This meal has been freeze-dried to protect the nutrients inside but also to give your pup an alluring crunch they’re familiar with. You can get these tasty nuggets in bags of 3.5 oz, 13.5 oz, or 22 oz for $10-$50.

Open Farm Grass-Fed Beef Gently Cooked Recipe Review

Open Farm Grass-Fed Beef Gently Cooked Recipe Review
Open Farm Grass-Fed Beef Gently Cooked Recipe

The Open Farm Grass-Fed Beef Gently Cooked Recipe looks like a delicious ground meatloaf. We’re allowed to say that and not sound gross because it’s human-grade food and of high enough quality that you could technically serve it up on your own plate served alongside French cut beans and maple-glazed carrots.

Gently cooked to retain essential vitamins and minerals, this recipe is made with grass-fed beef along with a blend of leafy greens, pumpkin, and coconut oil—not an ounce of wheat, corn, or peas in sight. 

This study supports that research collected and analyzed over three decades suggests that grass-fed beef has a more desirable saturated fatty acid and lipid profile. 

Served in 16 oz packages, treat your pup to a delightful meal in an 8lb bag for $80 or an 18 lb bag for $150.

Open Farm Grass-Fed Beef Rustic Stew Wet Dog Food Review

Open Farm Grass-Fed Beef Rustic Stew Wet Dog Food Review
Open Farm Grass-Fed Beef Rustic Stew Wet Dog Food

How comforting is a stew? The Open Farm Grass-Fed Beef Rustic Stew Wet Dog Food is an easy pick for hungry pets with meaty chunks and a thick, savory gravy. It’s made from humanely-raised beef, non-GMO digestion-friendly pumpkin, and superfoods like coconut oil and turmeric for balance.

Packaged up in a case of 12 x 12.5 oz containers, dish this one up on top of dry food or put it out alone. Add a case to your fluffy pal’s diet for $48.

Open Farm Bone Broth Bundle for Dogs Review

Open Farm Bone Broth Bundle for Dogs Review
Open Farm Bone Broth Bundle for Dogs

Bone broth is made by simmering animal bones and connective tissue, infusing a ton of nourishing minerals into an easy-to-consume, tasty liquid. It’s equally beneficial for dogs as it is for humans, and it turns out the Open Farm Bone Broth Bundle for Dogs is human-grade, although maybe save this one for Sparky.

Bone broth is super healthy for dogs since it’s packed with vitamins and minerals that make it a good source of protein and collagen. This study concludes that calcium and magnesium levels in bone broth are no greater than five percent of the daily recommended levels. The risks associated with the ingestion of heavy metals in broth are minimal.

Including one of the 12 oz Homestead Turkey Bone Broth, Harvest Chicken Bone Broth, and Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth, you’re giving them a healthy serving of collagen to help their joints, skin, and coat flourish. Pick up the pack for $20.

Open Farm Cat Food Review

While serving a well-rounded range of wet, dry, bone broths and meal toppers, Open Farm cat food offers poultry, beef, and fish recipes designed for the most refined palates. Just ahead, we’ll walk you through the brand’s best-selling cat food, a mix of dry and wet blends, along with a nourishing broth bundle.

Open Farm Homestead Turkey & Chicken Dry Cat Food Review

Open Farm Homestead Turkey & Chicken Dry Cat Food Review
Open Farm Homestead Turkey & Chicken Dry Cat Food

In the wild, cats hunt everything from birds to fish to rodents—basically anything small enough for them to get their paws on quickly.

You won’t find any weird meats in the Turkey & Chicken Dry Cat Food, though, just high-protein poultry blended with nourishing turmeric and coconut oil.

And since cats are prone to urinary tract infections, this recipe has non-GMO cranberries and dandelion greens to support bladder health. Available in 4lb and 8 lb bags, you can serve up this recipe for $26-$41.

Open Farm Harvest Chicken Rustic Blend Wet Cat Food Review

Open Farm Harvest Chicken Rustic Blend Wet Cat Food Review
Open Farm Harvest Chicken Rustic Blend Wet Cat Food

Cats can be incredibly picky when it comes to food. Many of them prefer wet food to dry, but even then, they tend to turn their noses up at anything that doesn’t suit their taste.

The Open Farm Harvest Chicken Rustic Blend Wet Cat Good blends certified humanely-raised chicken with superfoods like non-GMO cranberries, turmeric, and coconut oil. This study discusses how the digestibility of plant and animal protein sources in cat foods often exceeded expected results for cats.

Served up in 5.5 oz cans, this case of 12 can be gobbled up solo or added to dry food for an inviting texture. Get a pack for $32.

Open Farm Bone Broth Bundle for Cats Review

Open Farm Bone Broth Bundle for Cats Review
Open Farm Bone Broth Bundle for Cats

Bone broth so pure you could drink it yourself. It’s made from 100% human-grade ingredients, delivering a high dose of protein and nourishing moisture to give freeze-dried nuggets an alluring texture.

The Open Farm Bone Broth Bundle for Cats includes a 12 fl oz bag of one of each of the following:

  • Homestead Turkey Bone Broth
  • Harvest Chicken Bone Broth
  • Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth

Open Farm says that bone broth provides a slew of elements crucial for digestion, joint health, skin, liver, and immune health delivered by way of a tasty, rich broth. Be sure to stick to the guidelines for bodyweight with the broth, though the brand states that 2 tbsp for every 10 lbs of weight is perfect.

Serve this one up cool or warm to add a comforting touch to any meal. Grab the pack for $21.

Open Farm Puppy Food Review

Just like babies, puppies require a special diet to help them grow into strong adults. Open Farm puppy food includes a healthy range of freeze-dried, gently cooked stews, treats, and supplements suitable for puppies and makes puppy-specific recipes and packs. 

Below, we‘ll introduce you to the brand’s top-selling item, an essentials pack.

Open Farm Puppy Essentials Pack Review

Open Farm Puppy Essentials Pack Review
Open Farm Puppy Essentials Pack

Caring for your little one takes a lot of work. Between cleaning up their tiny surprises and tons of play, it’s nice to have some help in the diet department. The Open Farm Puppy Essentials Pack includes a mix of dry food, freeze-dried raw food, and meaty treats to keep them nourished and happy.

You’re getting a range of high-protein foods with no by-products that you can feel good about feeding your new furry friend. You’ll receive each of the following pup-friendly, delicious meals and treats:

  • Puppy dry food recipe (24lbs)
  • Surf & Turf Freeze-Dried Recipe (13.5 oz)
  • Dehydrated Turkey Treats (4.5 oz)
  • Dehydrated Chicken Treats (4.5 oz),  

The Puppy Essentials Pack brings together this tasty pack for $122—which is about a $10 savings than if you bought them all individually.

Who Is Open Farm For?

Open Farm Review

To put it bluntly, Open Farm is for pet owners who care about their pets, the earth, and other animals. If that sounds like you, this brand’s range of cat and dog food uses humanely and sustainably-sourced meat and seafood and comes in recyclable packages. 

It’s designed for cats and dogs of all life stages, from puppy or kitten to senior.

Offering all types of food, including wet, freeze-dried, bone broths, and treats, Open Farm focuses on nutrient-dense meals that include a spectrum of nourishing ingredients.

Is Open Farm Organic?

Open Farm Review

Organic meat is important, but for an animal to be truly considered “organic,” it needs to be fed an organic diet only. Open Farm tells us that that’s the extent of organic meat—there is no certifying body that overlooks farm standards past the food they use.

Instead, Open Farm emphasizes Certified Humane meat. This standard ensures that farm animals are fed a vegetarian diet with no animal by-products (did you know that some farms feed their animals same-species meat?).

Its same certification assures that farm animals consume no antibiotics or growth hormones and that they’re treated well, giving them ample space to grow and roam. And with the Certified Humane program, Open Farm also confirms that each farm has ethical slaughtering standards.

Is Open Farm Ethical?

Open Farm Review

When we’re looking at whether a brand is ethical or not, we want to find out how it handles moral principles. In the case of pet food, we’re concerned with how it treats the animals its food is made from. In their genetic makeup, cats and dogs are designed to eat meat.

They can eat and benefit from plants and grains as well, and some dogs can even exist and thrive on a plant-based diet—cats can’t. With that said, the ethical treatment of cows, poultry, and fish is super essential here as it’s the majority of their diets, and therefore a lot of animals are required to make their food.

Open Farm understood this from the start and searched for farms that raise and slaughter its animals humanely. The brand states that its main priority is “the health and safety of animals,” extending to animals across the board.

They don’t test any of what they sell on animals, aside, perhaps seeing how much Fido enjoys scarfing down a bowl of food.

Open Farm Reviews: What Do Customers Think?

Open Farm Review

When it comes to pet food, we don’t get to try it ourselves…well, most of us don’t. Instead, we learn from the cues our animals give us—the main ones being that they actually eat it, look healthy, and act more energetic.

Since we can’t talk directly to the dogs and cats that have tried this brand’s food, in this section of our Open Farm review, we’ve turned to pet owners to find out what it’s really like.

The first place we checked for feedback was OpenFarmpet.com. Below, you’ll find a list of ratings for some of the brand’s bestsellers:

  • Turkey & Chicken Dry Dog Food: 4.8/5 stars from 439 reviews
  • Grass Fed Stew Rustic Beef Wet Dog Food: 4.9/5 stars from 289 reviews
  • Bone Broth Bundle For Dogs: 4.8/5 stars from 46 reviews
  • Puppy Essentials Pack: 4.9/5 stars from 50 reviews
  • Harvest Chicken Rustic Blend Wet Cat Food: 4.6/5 stars from 327 reviews

All with really high ratings, we’ll take a shot in the dark here and say that, most likely, pet owners liked what they saw in their four-legged pals. And upon looking closer at the Harvest Chicken Rustic Blend Wet Cat Food, we found out why. One Open Farm review read:

My boys love this wet food! Even Benson who is a wet food snob. I love the packaging as it’s easy to open, rinse, and recycle. Great all around.” Other cat owners reported healthier fur and firm muscles, two great signs that their kitties are getting ample nutrition.

One of the other things we read a lot about was how much cats enjoyed this food, especially those who are picky. That’s a great sign because many animals struggle a bit when switching to fresh food as the taste and texture are usually pretty different.

The Harvest Chicken Rustic Blend Wet Cat Food may succeed over other human-grade cat foods because its pureed texture looks similar to traditional wet foods on the market. That means that adjusting to a new food is a little easier for your cat.

We checked out an Open Farm review on Dog Food Advisor for the Grass-Fed Beef Dry Dog Food for our next bowl of feedback. We chose this source as it’s super reliable in assessing the quality of dog food on the market. Having reviewed hundreds of brands, we appreciate how this source breaks things down.

The first important note we came across about the Open Farm dry dog food read: “Based on its ingredients alone, [the dry dog food] looks like an above-average dry product.” Further down in the review, it concluded:

Open Farm is a grain-free dry dog food using a significant amount of named meat meals as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars. Enthusiastically recommended.

A few words here caught our eye, like “significant,” “named meat,” and, of course, “enthusiastically recommended.” This kind of recommendation is huge coming from a site that has reviewed every brand on the market, and we love that they’ve shown us that even the Open Table dry dog food has a ton of meat from known sources—not just unspecified meat meal.

The comments section is filled with many happy stories about how this particular type of food has positively affected the lives of many pets and their owners. One read:

Our Aussie stopped eating her food…she LOVED food. So we knew something was wrong…here’s what happened when we switched her food to this brand: 1. She started eating again. 2. She stopped scratching herself and gnawing at her paws. 3. She stopped shedding…decreased by 75%.”

Stories like this make us truly understand the power of a healthy diet. We’re so conditioned to believe that our pet’s health has to be a certain way, and it’s incredible to see how much a nutritious diet can positively impact an animal’s life, in the end, showing us how toxic conventional pet food is.

Overall, what we found out about Open Farm from customers has opened our eyes to the difference a healthy, wholesome diet for our pets can make. But not just that, we also learned how this particular brand is a cut above other human-grade pet foods, favored by animals for its texture and taste.

Is Open Farm Worth It?

Open Farm Review

We know the difference a nutritious diet makes in our lives, so why wouldn’t it be the same for our pets? Making the switch to human-grade, healthy pet food can be life-changing for your cat or dog, and knowing the difference it makes, it’s kind of a no-brainer to help them feel their best and live long, happy lives.

So why Open Farm? Well, in terms of ingredients and sourcing, the brand pulls ahead of others on the market. Just like you choose ethically-sourced meat for yourself and take care to choose sustainably-sourced fish, the same applies to your fluffy pal, who probably eats more meat than you.

Designing its food and packaging to be good for the earth and your pet, we’d recommend this brand for anyone who wants to make a positive change.

Open Farm Promotions & Discounts

Open Farm Review

While writing this Open Farm review, we kept an eye out for any deals that may pop up, and the first thing we saw was that the brand is running a 15% off promotion for auto-ship orders. This promotion works on your first three subscription shipments, and all you need to do is enter promo code BIGTREAT at checkout.

In addition to the promotion, all subscription orders get 5% off, and we also found that any orders that total over $50 ship for free.

Where to Buy Open Farm

Open Farm Review

Open Farm pet food is available in over 5k stores around the US. If you like to shop in person, you can use the store locator tool available on the brand’s website.

More of the virtual shopping type or want to benefit from the auto-ship program? Head to OpenFarmPet.com and start shopping.

FAQ

Open Farm Review

Who owns Open Farm?

Isaac Langleben, his wife Jacqueline Prehogan, and her brother Derek Beigleman own Open Farm. To create the brand, the trio went around to farms themselves to find ones that met their high standards.

Are Open Farm meat, poultry, and fish products raised humanely?

Yep. That was one of the brand’s founders’ requirements when starting Open Farm. In fact, all of the farms they work with are audited and certified in humane animal care. As for their fish, they’re wild-caught using sustainable fishing practices only verified by Ocean Wise and Seafood Watch.

Does Open Farm ship internationally?

Open Farm ships to the contiguous US and Canada. If you live in the Great North, head to the Canadian version of the website by clicking on the flag at the upper right-hand corner of the brand’s webpage.

What is Open Farm’s Shipping Policy?

Ordering over $50 worth of pet food? Then your order will ship for free. A $6 shipping fee will be tacked on to your total for all other orders. Open Farm ships via FedEx, meaning your package will arrive Monday through Friday as they don’t deliver on weekends.

In general, deliveries take 3-5 business days from the time you place them online, but if you need to check in on your order, you can do so by logging into your Open Farm account.

What is Open Farm’s Return Policy?

Open Farm was created out of care for animals, so they only want to make them happy. If your four-legged friend, or you, aren’t 100% satisfied with your order, the brand offers a satisfaction guarantee that will accept returns within 15 days of purchase.

This return policy covers up to three of each type of product purchased. Here’s how you go about making one:

  1. Email or call customer care with your request
  2. Either include or have handy your order number, the reason for return, and details on what you’re sending back
  3. An agent will send you a return mailing address and instructions on what to do next

How to Contact Open Farm

We hope you found all the information you came looking for in this Open Farm review. Though if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the brand Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST. You can reach them by:


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