By Mariah Rankin
If you’ve ever taken a stroll through the Saratoga Farmers’ Market you might have noticed a lot of “Saratogians” accompanied by their furry four-legged companions. It seems as if dogs and the farmers’ market have begun to come hand in hand, and we now have a vendor who caters especially to them.
Mugzy’s Barkery, located on the north lawn of the Saturday market at High Rock Park is serving up hand-made healthy treats that are the perfect snack for any pup.
Jaime Kelley, the owner, and creator of Mugzy’s Barkery, first started crafting these treats with the goal of making healthy alternatives for her beloved dog, an Old English Bulldog named Mugzy.
After Mugzy’s trainer saw these healthy treats she suggested that Kelley should try selling them, and Mugzy’s Barkery was born.
Since starting in 2014, Mugzy’s Barkery has expanded all over the Capital Region, making its way to us here at the market. Mugzy’s specializes in crafting all-natural treats that are wheat, corn, and soy-free and made with locally-sourced and organic ingredients.
What makes Mugzy’s unique is the openness that they have with their customers about what it is that their dogs are consuming. “It’s very important to be transparent with people,” says Kelley. “So many dogs have allergies and people want to know what they’re giving their pets.”
Mugzy’s offers a wide variety of bagged treats and their apple cheddar training treats becoming a favorite among market goers. Mugzy’s also offers “Pupcakes” and “Woofie Pies” which are also a crowd favorite and sure to please.
Along with being here with us at the market, Mugzy’s has a treat truck that often makes its way to the Saratoga dog park and they also have birthday party packages, so your favorite pooch can celebrate their big day in style.
Mugzy’s booth has become a hotspot for K-9 fun at the market and a place where dogs of all breeds gather to show off their tricks and skills for a tasty reward. To learn more about Kelley’s products and get some treats of your own, stop by Mugzy’s Barkey’s booth at the Saturday market.
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