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takuhead Feb 23, 2009 02:24 PM

I'm finally tried some from a farm in Sonoma and i am hooked - I would love to find some closer to home (Palo Alto area) - any leads?

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    Rose Hill Farm Jan 11, 2010 10:37 AM

    Hello - I have a small local hobby farm near Stanford and the Palo Alto area. I sell my duck eggs locally. I dont have large quantities and do have people that really love duck eggs so they do go fast. If you are looking for a duck egg source I would be happy to put you on the list. I also have chicken eggs from my banties - so they are small but both are delicious - you can certainly taste the difference between our eggs and store bought . My girls are fed flax meal daily - rich in Omega 3,6 fatty acids for heart health. You may contact me at (650)949-1619.
    $5 per dozen for duck eggs and $3 per dozen for the chicken eggs.
    Thanks so much. Rose Hill Farm.

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      CYL Mar 19, 2009 05:06 PM

      Saw lots of fresh Olivera Egg Ranch fresh duck eggs (~ 20 dozens) at Marina Foods Market in San Mateo this morning. Now 4.99 a dozen.

      1. farmersdaughter Mar 1, 2009 07:38 PM

        I saw them yesterday (Sat. 2/28) at the Alemany Farmer's Market.

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          takuhead Mar 1, 2009 10:27 PM

          great - do you know who the vendor was and any idea of what they were charging?
          thanks for the lead

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            farmersdaughter Mar 2, 2009 06:12 AM

            I am pretty sure they were at or near the egg vendor on the aisle that is farthest from the parking lot. The market's not big, should be easy to find though.

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              bong Mar 20, 2009 11:45 AM

              Haney's Egg Ranch sells Duck eggs (along with regular eggs) every Saturday at the Alemany Farmers Market.

              http://www.yelp.com/biz/haney-egg-ran...

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              Alemany Farmers' Market
              100 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94110

          2. Shrinkrap Feb 24, 2009 07:43 PM

            Not duck, but chicken eggs in Vacaville. Just happened to discover my own neighbors through a link here, and Vacaville never gets any "props" so...

            http://www.soulfoodfarm.com/eggs.html

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            soulfoodfarm
            Vacaville, CA, Vacaville, CA

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              Missmoo Feb 25, 2009 08:55 AM

              Soul Food eggs are excellent! Chez Panisse uses them.

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                takuhead Mar 1, 2009 07:10 PM

                I still haven't been able to locate any duck eggs but FYI - at Ranch 99 in Mountain View - they are balut not just duck eggs...so be on the lookout.

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              happenstance Feb 24, 2009 07:26 PM

              The Tuesday Berkeley farmer's market has them most of the year. I saw some there today!

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                Robert Lauriston Mar 19, 2009 05:30 PM

                This week he had goose eggs.

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                Louise Feb 24, 2009 01:17 PM

                Be careful that you are not buying balut. It would be a surprise, and not a pleasant one.

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                  ML8000 Feb 24, 2009 02:35 PM

                  Haha... FYI: a vendor sells balut at the Old Oakland FM, or they have in the past.

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                  CYL Feb 23, 2009 07:11 PM

                  Closest source from Palo Alto is Marina Foods Market, Hillsdale exit off101. Eggs are from Olivera Egg Ranch in San Jose at 4.99 a dozen. Saw them last Tuesday. Will be buying soon to make salted duck eggs in preparation for Dragon Boat Festival.

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                    Melanie Wong Feb 24, 2009 01:35 PM

                    I've added the Place link below (click on the blue link to go to a map and other info).

                    Also wanted to mention that I was in the Marina Foods in Cupertino this afternoon, and there were no duck eggs on display. I wasn't planning to buy them anyway, so not a loss for me. I was impressed that more than half the inventory of chicken eggs were organic/cage-free from Olivera, Clover, and a company in Aptos, so mostly local.

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                    Marina Food
                    2992 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403

                  2. BerkshireTsarina Feb 23, 2009 03:03 PM

                    Can you tell me (before I make the major investment it would involve at my local gourmet grocery), why duck eggs are so special? I love eggs, just plain old chicken eggs, and find it hard to imagine what is so different about duck eggs. I know taste is hard to communicate without, well, tasting; but maybe you could give it a try? It would be much appreciated.

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                      Melanie Wong Feb 23, 2009 03:15 PM

                      Duck eggs taste quite different from chicken eggs. They're richer, deeper and earthier in flavor, and i suspect have a higher fat content. Sort of the same difference between the taste of a duck breast and a chicken breast.

                      I hope takuhead will tell us the Sonoma duck eggs were sourced.

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                        takuhead Feb 23, 2009 03:26 PM

                        Sure - i got them at www.salmoncreekranch.com
                        A coop member in my group (mostly for raw goat milk and cheese) ordered some for us. They are much richer in taste - creamier.
                        According to a few of the farmer's websites - Duck eggs have (compared to chicken eggs)
                        1. Bigger egg
                        2) Richer Yoke
                        3) Fluffy Textured White
                        4) More Vitamin E
                        5) More Omega-3 Oils
                        6) Lower in Cholestrol
                        7) No Sulphur Taste

                        also many people who have allergies to chicken eggs can have duck eggs with no problems. I just think they are yummy.

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                          BerkshireTsarina Feb 23, 2009 05:05 PM

                          Thank you for the reply. Duck eggs at my grocer are about double the price of good chicken eggs. I never thought to look at the source, but I plan to now.

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                            Melanie Wong Feb 23, 2009 05:09 PM

                            Cool, I saw a muscovy duckling from Salmon Creek Ranch in the case at Green Grocer in Windsor last weekend and was just getting around to doing a web search for more info. The chevon offer looks good too. Glad we're in synch!

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                            Salmon Creek Ranch
                            1400 Bay Hill Rd, Bodega, CA

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                        ML8000 Feb 23, 2009 02:30 PM

                        Try 99 Ranch or a similar market (the Chinese market on Castro St. in MV), if you happen by. I'm sure they carry them, but ask. Also check the farmer's markets.

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                          takuhead Feb 23, 2009 02:41 PM

                          Thanks - I have checked the Palo Alto and Menlo Park Farmer's market - no luck - I saw preserved duck eggs at Ranch 99 - I'll ask if they ever get the fresh - of course they won't be organic pastured like the ones I had - so delicious!

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                            ML8000 Feb 23, 2009 05:24 PM

                            You know, the ducks eggs at 99 Ranch and Chinese markets might be organic, although who knows. Most ducks (and eggs) that get to Chinatowns and Chinese markets in NorCal come from Petaluma and Sonoma Co, where most or all are free range and feed decent feed (duck fat holds flavor). Any way, good luck. You might check the Mountain View farmer's market on Sunday.

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