Lindsay Gregory has lived with her family in Tyler for less than a year, but she hopes to become a fixture of its pet-loving community. She moved from Houston to a 109-year-old farmhouse in East Texas, which gave her the name for her new homemade treat business - Farmhouse Pet Bakery, which sold its first treats on Saturday, July 1.
“I managed dog kennels for seven years” Ms. Gregory said. “Now I have three kids, and kind of just put the two together.”
Farmhouse makes homemade, all-natural treats, but as a small business start-up, she says her new company has the same licenses as commercial feed brands, such as Purina. Her recipes are all lab-tested, pet-tested, and even family tested.
“All of my treats are actually safe for humans to eat too,” Ms. Gregory said. “Our dog now lives in front of the oven waiting for more healthy treats to be made.”
She currently sells four products: cheddar bacon treats for dogs and cats, peanut butter pumpkin dog treats, grain-free tuna cat treats, and “chick bricks,” an oatmeal pecking block for chickens. All are priced under $10, and she hopes to add more over time.
The Gregory family has a dog, a rabbit, four cats, and 16 chickens. She says her pets like the peanut butter pumpkin treats the most, but the bacon cheddar treats have been most popular at market.
Ms. Gregory plans to bring Farmhouse Pet Bakery treats each Saturday at the Rose City Farmer’s Market, as well as special events like East Texas Brewing Co.’s Yappy Hour.
“I just want to see all the dogs gobble the treats up right on the spot,” she said with a laugh. “Even though it was so hot, we had five come on Saturday, and I wanted to stalk them across the parking lot.”
The Rose City Farmer’s Market is located at 7212 Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler on Saturdays. For more information, or to order online through PayPal, visit Farmhouse Pet Bakery on Facebook.