SIDNEY — Shennon Boyer and her aunt, Jenny Boyer, have collaborated to have something for everyone frequenting the Great Downtown Sidney Farmers’ Market for the last two years.
Shennon makes treats for the people, and Jenny makes treats for the dogs that people bring with them.
“I went to culinary school and wanted to start my own business after graduation. I found I liked both baking and cooking but didn’t want a restaurant. So, I started cooking and baking meals for people. It’s grown from there,” said Shennon, founder of Shennon’s Everyday Shenanigans.
“I have an 18-year-old dog. When she was 12, she started having issues with store-bought treats. Every time we gave them to her, she would get so sick. The vet said it was the treats. Certain dogs, the older they get they can’t handle it. So, I had to start doing some investigating and finding treats that will work for her,” said Jenny, founder of Jenny’s Treats.
Shennon has been baking treats and catering for four years. Jenny began making treats for her dog six years ago.
“I sell baked goods at the farmer’s market: cookies, brownies, sugar-free donuts, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes,” said Shennon.
“I make a chicken treat, a beef treat, a pumpkin-cinnamon treat, a peanut butter-carob chip cookie and a peanut butter-carob cookie,” shared Jenny. “I also make a dog birthday cake. It’s carrot-based with carob powder and peanut butter frosting. I will take special orders for the dog birthday cakes.”
Shennon enjoys spending her Saturdays on the square with her aunt. She finds it fulfilling to see people enjoying her treats and supporting small business.
Jenny enjoys helping people provide healthy treats their dogs will enjoy.
“I check everything with my vet to find out what will work and what won’t. I have about six recipes right now that are tried and true. I’m famous for my chocolate one. It has carob, so it’s dog-friendly. The dogs think they’re getting something they’re not allowed to have,” Jenny said. “They are healthier because there are no preservatives in my treats. They’re basically made of things you’d have in your own cupboard. I used wheat flour, flaxseed sometimes, oats, broth, coconut oil, pumpkin, cinnamon, those kinds of things.”
Shennon and Jenny will be doing business on the square every Saturday throughout the season.
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