Organic Farm and Hatchery for Rare Heritage Breeds
Latest News: September 8, 2014
With the spring and summer rearing seasons behind us, it's time to take stock of the stock! New layers and breeders pictured above.
Tani Creek Waterfowl will offer exciting new duck breeds for the upcoming 2015 hatching season including a variety of Runners, Black Cayuga, Jumbo Peking, "Bronze" Welsh Harlequins, rare Bantams and gorgeous White Muscovy! These new beauties will join our existing flocks of Saxony and "silver" Welsh Harlequins to greatly expand our duck breed offerings, egg production and our meat development program (more on this later).
Tani Creek's geese flocks continue to improve this year. We have combined and culled our rare Shetland flocks down to a magnificient 16 with an emphasis on beauty and selection for single lobes, calmness, hardiness, and of course, the classic rugby ball shape! We have also improved the genetics of our American Buff flock by selecting the best from a 30 count batch of goslings from Metzer Farms this year to join our existing flock. Our American Buff flock now numbers 20 with 5 males, virtually all are "show quality" with good weight, feathering and balanced dual lobes. They look absolutely regal on a green lawn at sunset. Finally, our Embden program continues with the addition of a trio of show quality Embdens from Holderread Waterfowl Farm to join our "Best of the Metzers" team. One of our Embden breeders reached 14.2lb. at first full feather (7.5 weeks). Our Embden program focuses on size and early weight gain over beauty, nonetheless, we sure have some beautiful big ones.
What's for sale now:
MEAT: Heritage organic duck and goose meat, including a limited supply of Muscovy duck. On farm or market pickup. We can also ship anywhere in WA state. Reserve your bird here.
LIVE WATERFOWL: Saxony and Welsh Harlequin mini-flocks are back! A mini-flock has 4 ducks aged 1.5-2.5 years and a show quality drake raised this year. Also there are a few remaining Shetland and Embden adult pairs. Check the live waterfowl page for availability.
July 2014 -Tani Creek Farm and Brendan McGill of Hitchcock's hosted an "Outstanding in the Field", North American Tour event (over 150 guests on the bank of our main pond). This culinary tour pairs exceptional chefs with exceptional farms across America. We are honored to have hosted this event on July 15 which was a smashing success by all accounts and literally sold out in 5 minutes. The menu featured Tani Creek produce, some 38 Saxony ducks and a delicious duck egg aioli with our own fresh veggies.
If your new to cooking waterfowl, we recommend Hanks's new book "Duck, Duck, Goose" for some great and creative waterfowl recipes.
November, 2013 The Kitsap Hearald published an informative article on local farms producing food for the holidays. The article has some nice photos of Tani Creek American Buffs and young Embdens. Here's the link: http://www.northkitsapherald.com/lifestyle/232125481.html
October, 2013. Smoked Tani Creek geese was a big hit at the Tom Douglas / Futurewise event on October 15. In support of Futurewise, this event featured local farm food prepared by Seattle's top chefs. Brendan McGill of Hitchcocks's smoked several of our heritage geese varieties for this charity gala providing possibly the most unique and delicious food on the diverse menu. Check out futurewise.org and help preserve local farmland.
Tani Creek Waterfowl Farm is dedicated to preserving heritage breeds of geese and ducks. Our waterfowl display the virtues of an agricultural past, here today. Please check back regularly for new site additions including informative blogs, and product galleries but look no further for certified organic, rare heritage geese and ducks.
100% Organic Hatchery:
Shetland geese, American geese, Embden geese, Saxony ducks and Welsh Harlequin ducks -and new breeds coming for 2015.
Waterfowl can be reserved by pre-order and will be available from birth in the spring through approximately 20 weeks of age. Adult breeders sometimes available.
100% Organic Farm:
Freshly butchered or frozen Organic Geese, whole roasters/smokers, 3 breeds available, distinct in flavor, texture and size,
Freshly butchered or frozen Organic Duck, whole roasters/smokers. New for 2014 organic Muscovy duck.