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Duck breats in Chapel Hill, Carrboro or even Durham?

LulusMom Apr 26, 2012 12:19 PM

I'm looking to find non-frozen duck breasts not too far from home (CH). I just talked to WFs, and they don't carry any except frozen. I did an online shop at Southern Season and it seems as if they don't carry them (although I know they carry D'Artangan products, so it is still a possibility). I have tried Cliff's in the past and only been able to get duck legs. Anyone have any other ideas? Might the Meat House carry them? Anyone seen them anywhere near CH?
thanks so much!

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    dbird May 8, 2012 10:02 AM

    Spain Farm has them just about every Saturday at the Durham Farmers' Market. As some one else mentioned, Fickle Creek has started duck and had fresh this past Saturday.

    1. LulusMom May 5, 2012 04:34 PM

      Stopped by Southern Season yesterday. They had smoked duck breasts, duck bacon and even (I think) whole ducks, but were currently out of the regular D'Artagnan breasts. But I asked around and they told me that they do normally carry them, and they are getting a shipment next week. They must go quickly because I was advised to put my name on a list so that they could call and get them so they wouldn't run out. Very happy to have found a source, although I still find it odd that these things are so hard to find around here. Extra info: they now carry bottarga which I've been looking for for ages. The woman said they'd only started doing so a month or so ago. I'm thrilled.

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      1. re: LulusMom
        D R C May 6, 2012 08:59 AM

        Fresh Market semi-regularly stocks the D'Artagnan fresh duck breasts at a much better price than anyone else in the area.

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          LulusMom May 6, 2012 09:51 AM

          Oh, I wish I'd known! Next time ...

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            burgeoningfoodie May 7, 2012 08:44 AM

            Fickle Creek had lots of Muscovy duck at the Southern Durham Farmers market on Hwy 55. They may have more but I think the main durham farmers market will be closer for you.

            Have you checked with Weaver St. as well. They carry some local farm products. I'd also check with Cliffs to see if he knows of anyone that carries or if you have a fave restaurant that does Charcuterie...

            1. re: burgeoningfoodie
              LulusMom May 7, 2012 02:18 PM

              When we first moved here I asked at Weaver Street and was told they didn't carry duck breasts. Cliff was wonderful, but only carries the legs, and you have to let him know in advance that you want them. If it is true that Fresh Market regularly has them that would be fantastic, as it is about a 5 minute drive from home. Southern Season is also pretty close, so I'm a happy camper right now, duck wise!

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                megabytes May 7, 2012 07:12 PM

                I get them all the time at the Cary Fresh Market.

                1. re: megabytes
                  LulusMom May 8, 2012 02:36 AM

                  Good to know, but I am hoping to stay on this (Chapel Hill) side of the Triangle.

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                    burgeoningfoodie May 8, 2012 09:25 AM

                    I'll double check there on the way home if you'd like and update this. Unless you go there today.

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                      LulusMom May 8, 2012 12:54 PM

                      Right now I'm waiting on Southern Season, who promised to come through for me with them this week. But thank you so much, bf!

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                        burgeoningfoodie May 9, 2012 09:04 AM

                        Since it is Weds. Check out Carrboro's farmers market and see whats going on or at least inquire there and maybe see what the price difference is.

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        cervisiam Apr 27, 2012 07:21 AM

        i've seen them (not sure fresh, frozen, or both)at durham farmer's market - our friend raves about them.
        Spain Farm
        Linda & David Spain

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        1. re: cervisiam
          LulusMom Apr 27, 2012 11:11 AM

          Fantastic - thanks!

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            burgeoningfoodie Apr 30, 2012 09:48 AM

            Yeah I would check the durham or carrboro farmers market for best bets. They should be vacuum sealed and on ice but not frozen. Though the meat I've purchased from durhams farmers market recently leaked blood out of its bag when I thawed it back out. Thankfully it was on a plate and came out fine. You should have looked into the farm tour this weekend. I bet you would have found a supplier.

            I'd also check Asian Grocery like Li Ming.

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          bbqme Apr 26, 2012 06:40 PM

          I've seen vacuum sealed Dartagnan Magret duck breasts in Southern Season in the past. Not sure if they were frozen at one point or not. I'd given them a call and ask.

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          1. re: bbqme
            LulusMom Apr 27, 2012 02:16 AM

            Great, I knew I'd seen some of their products there but somehow had missed the duck breasts. I'll give them a call. Thanks.

          2. meatn3 Apr 26, 2012 03:13 PM

            They are frozen at the Meat House.

            This link:

            has two farms which list duck. Asgard Farms is closest too you - might be a nice day trip!

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              brokegradstudent Apr 26, 2012 12:34 PM

              I've only seen them frozen around here.

              Restaurants must be getting them from somewhere (unless they are buying frozen). In the past (and not around here, to be fair), I've bought product out of the back door of restaurants; someone with duck on the menu may be able to hook you up.

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              1. re: brokegradstudent
                LulusMom Apr 26, 2012 01:54 PM

                That is a great idea, and you're so right. So many restaurants are selling duck breast these days, which I love. Thanks for the tip.

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