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Imby Apr 4, 2012 08:14 AM

I think that says it all. Where can I buy fresh duck in the Boston area? Ideally, I'd love to know where to get it and not pay an arm (wing?) and a leg.

And if someone feels great about their frozen duck source, I guess I'd like that idea, too.

Thanks in advance!

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    lurker77 Apr 4, 2012 09:21 AM

    Wilson Farms in Lexington has what looks to be fresh duck (I don't think it's been previously frozen) for about $20 a piece.

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      smtucker Apr 5, 2012 06:32 AM

      Just so you know, Wilson Farm's duck has been previously frozen.

    2. Dave MP Apr 4, 2012 10:04 AM

      Could be worth calling Mayflower Poultry. Their website just lists frozen duck, not fresh, but perhaps they sometimes have fresh (or could order it?)

      http://www.mayflowerpoultry.com

      Also, there was a recent thread about the bone marrow there: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841782

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        itaunas Apr 5, 2012 06:33 AM

        Dave MP generally their duck is frozen and from Long Island. Its possible you might find it thawed at the holidays, but presumably previously frozen (Demoula's Somerville has geese fresh and maybe duck at holidays, frozen from Canada and other places the rest of the year). You may have to order it, but Mayflower can provide duck legs (and breast -- duck proscuitto is easy to make as far as cured meats go) both of which people sometimes look for. Asian markets are generally less expensive and duck is more plentiful, but if you are ok with frozen Mayflower is a good choice. BTW, an incomplete list of their game is linked below.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/451234

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        Madrid Apr 4, 2012 10:57 AM

        Savenor's. and Sometimes Sherman Market in Union Square has them frozen. Sometimes also at WF.

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          hyde Apr 4, 2012 11:58 AM

          if you are more metrowest, owens poultry farm will get them for you, in the winter they usually have two or three in the case.
          i usually call on wednesday afternoon for friday day pick -up. get three, confit the legs for cassoulet, grill-roast some breasts, duck prosciutto with two of the breasts, stock from the trimmings, and a duck liver sandwich for the chef.

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            gimlis1mum Apr 4, 2012 12:39 PM

            The Hong Kong market usually has fresh duck (Malden location, at least.) Pekin duck with it's feet and head still attached. Very reasonable price, about $12 for a 5-6 lb duck.

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              teezeetoo Apr 4, 2012 12:47 PM

              I've found it at Super 88 as well though I always check in with Mayflower first.

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                Spike Apr 5, 2012 07:18 AM

                I think they're formerly frozen...at least the ones at Ming's Market were...you can sometimes see ice on them...

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                  honestcuisine Apr 5, 2012 09:38 AM

                  Poultry flesh freezes at 26 F, so the presence of ice crystals does not definitively mean that the bird itself had been frozen.

                  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/M...

              2. trufflehound Apr 5, 2012 05:01 AM

                Roast duck at Kam-man or the BBQ place next to Hei la Moon runs about $16 for a whole duck. I recently bought a frozen duck at Aldi for $13. Still in the freezer. I've bought fresh duck at Whole Foods a couple of times.

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                  grant.cook Apr 5, 2012 06:57 AM

                  Fresh Pond WF had duck in the refrigerated-meat area this morning... not sure what variety

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                  Imby Apr 5, 2012 09:27 AM

                  Thanks to everyone for your suggestions!

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