Why is it difficult to get waterfowl processed? There is a shortage of inspected poultry processing capacity for small farms in Illinois. Plants stay busy with chickens and turkeys. Plus processing waterfowl is more time consuming and requires additional equipment.
Several hundred years ago French farmers raised domestic ducks resembling large mallards. Rouen Ducks make fine roasting ducks with rich, delicately flavored meat. Rouen ducks look like overstuffed wild mallards and are noted for quiet dispositions, beautiful plumage and appetite for insects.
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy places the Rouen at the Watch level. More information is available at http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/waterfowl/rouen.html
Please note our heritage poultry are only available through an early order program. Our birds are pre-sold with pick-up at selected locations. Birds are raised slowly outside on pasture to produce poultry that is naturally juicy and rich tasting.
Preorder Caveny Farm Bourbon Red turkeys for pickup before Thanksgiving or Christmas. All turkeys are pre-sold. No additional birds are available at pickup. Processing is done at an inspected plant in an Amish community. All turkeys are processed shortly before pickup and delivered flash-frozen for peak flavor.
The facility processing our turkeys (and much of the turkeys raised by small Illinois farmers) will not clean gizzards. This is good news for those not using the extra bits stuck in the bird as they no longer pay for them. It is bad news for giblet gravy lovers but outside our control.
Caveny Farm delivers to select local & Chicago farmer’s markets for pickup for the holidays. Or choose on-farm pickup and get a $12 credit per bird! Order your Heritage turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas now before some sizes sell out!