Every summer, the farmer’s market offers a large selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Not only do these seasonal treats smell and taste wonderful, but they also offer an array of nutritional benefits. When you bring your pup along for the ride, they’ll want to enjoy the bounty as well. Enjoy these dog-friendly farmers market treats this season!
Dogs, like people, are omnivores, and as a result, can enjoy and benefit nutritionally from many of the same foods that we eat making summertime their favorite season for fresh fruits and veggies too!
Dog-friendly farmers market treats
On a hot summer day, there is nothing better than biting into fresh, juicy watermelon. Now your dog can join you! Dogs can eat watermelons, cantaloupe, and honeydews. All melons are high in vitamin C offering protection against immune system deficiencies. For a real treat, freeze them for a cool, refreshing snack.
Berries are in season from June to August starting with blueberries. Dogs can eat blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Blueberries are considered a superfood as they are a rich source of antioxidants. So the next time you make a mixed berry salad, remember to share some with your dog.
Everyone knows that dogs love peanut butter, but most brands are high in sugar and salt. At the farmers’ market, there are fresh, unsalted, whole peanuts that are perfect for a small treat. Peanuts are a good source of vitamin E, which helps to maintain healthy skin by protecting against harmful free radicals. Buy a bag and your dog will love you.
You wouldn’t think so, but dogs really dig green beans. In the summer, they are slightly sweet and have a great texture. Fresh green beans are high in vitamin B and even after cooked, can retain up to 90% of their nutritional value. Remember to steam them before serving them to your dog and skip the salt.
Planted in the spring, this root makes a sweet, crunchy treat for any dog. Carrots are packed with vitamin A, proven to be vital for healthy eyes. However, carrots are also high in sugar, so be sure to limit your dog’s serving to prevent cavities from forming.
Remember that all foods should be eaten in moderation, and human food should only supplement a dog’s regular diet.
This post was originally published on August 14, 2012 and updated on August 1, 2019.