Pasture-Raised Pekin Duck: A Cultural Delight and Community Focused Food

Pasture Raised Pekin Duck at Over the Moon

Offerings: whole birds

Cultural Relevance of Duck in Diverse Cuisines

Duck has long been a staple in many culinary traditions around the world, offering a unique and flavorful meat that satisfies a wide range of palates. From classic French cuisine to Asian delicacies, duck has found its way into diverse cultural dishes, becoming a symbol of celebration, sophistication, and gastronomic delight.

In Chinese cuisine, for instance, the iconic Peking duck has become synonymous with culinary excellence. The tender and succulent meat, crispy skin, and delicate flavors create an unforgettable dining experience. Similarly, duck confit in French cuisine is renowned for its rich, savory taste and tender texture, often enjoyed in traditional recipes or contemporary interpretations.

Supporting Local Communities in Iowa

When it comes to sourcing pasture-raised Pekin duck, supporting local farmers in Iowa is essential for several reasons. By choosing locally raised duck, we directly contribute to the economic growth and sustainability of our communities. Here are a few key reasons why raising ducks locally is important:

  1. Promoting Local Agriculture: By supporting local farmers who raise ducks, we help maintain a vibrant agricultural sector in Iowa. This, in turn, preserves open spaces, sustains rural economies, and fosters a sense of pride and connection with our local food systems.

  2. Reducing Environmental Impact: Raising ducks locally reduces the carbon footprint associated with long-distance transportation. It minimizes the use of fossil fuels and decreases emissions, contributing to a more sustainable and eco-friendly food production model.

  3. Ensuring Freshness and Quality: Locally raised ducks allow for shorter supply chains, meaning the meat can be delivered to consumers at its freshest. This ensures higher quality, better taste, and supports the overall health and well-being of our communities.

  4. Preserving Culinary Traditions: By investing in local duck farming, we help preserve and promote culinary traditions that have been passed down through generations. These traditions enrich our food culture and create opportunities for chefs, restaurants, and home cooks to explore diverse and delicious recipes.

Humane Treatment and Happy Lives for Pasture-Raised Ducks

At Over the Moon Farm, we are committed to the ethical and humane treatment of our pasture-raised Pekin ducks. Our ducks enjoy a happy and fulfilling life that aligns with their natural instincts. Here are a few ways in which our pasture-raised ducks are treated humanely:

  1. Spacious Pasture Access: Our ducks have ample space to roam and forage on lush green pastures. This allows them to engage in natural behaviors, such as grazing, swimming, and socializing, promoting their physical and mental well-being.

  2. Natural Diet: Our ducks are fed a wholesome and natural diet, consisting of grass, insects, and grains. This ensures their nutritional needs are met and reflects their natural foraging habits.

  3. No Hormones or Antibiotics: We prioritize the health of our ducks and do not administer hormones or antibiotics. This ensures the integrity of our meat and provides a healthier option for consumers. Please note hormones are not permitted in any poultry production in the US. 

  4. Animal Welfare Standards: Our farming practices adhere to rigorous animal welfare standards. We prioritize their comfort, provide suitable shelter, and take measures to minimize stress and promote overall duck welfare.

By choosing pasture-raised duck, you not only enjoy a delicious and culturally relevant meat but also contribute to a more sustainable, humane, and community-focused food system.