Producer of the Month: Cornish Duck
In 2006 Roger and Tanya Olver set up the first commercial duck farm in Cornwall offering free range tender tasty duck to chefs and the general public and as such new they had to lead the way. Their ‘hatch to dispatch’ free range system, with everything done on farm, ensures there is minimal stress to the ducks. Tanya has created the unique ‘Terras Duck’ breed with a fat to meat ratio that chefs prefer to work with and a flavour that has. been described as ‘umami’. The farm model enables Cornish Duck to offer top quality and service to their customers. The products range from whole Duck to duck burgers and eggs, with many of them receiving top awards Country wide; most recently 3 stars from The Great Taste Awards for the Terras Farm smoked duck breast – a fantastic result! They are planning to further develop their ready to eat products to offer pate, liver parfait and confit to name but a few. For poultry fanciers Tanya has just started an in-house course on incubation with plans to extend to the rearing aspect, something Roger and Tanya relish as they are sharing their passion.
Why do you do what you do?
Farming is in our veins, we are so passionate about where our food comes from, how it is produced and the standards to which it is produced.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Knowing that we produce a clean, top quality, award winning product that is well sought after and comes highly recommended.
What do you least enjoy about your job?
Probably the processing, but unfortunately it is an essential element of what we do!
What achievement are you most proud of?
Our proudest achievement is winning the BBC Food and Farming award for Best Food Producer 2019, we are still pinching ourselves!
Why should we buy British produce?
We have the the highest standards and welfare. Plus we are fortunate to have 4 seasons in the UK so should make the most of it, buying seasonal produce. Buying seasonally means we are supporting the land and the environment around us. Plus most importantly, British seasonal produce is delicious.
How do you think we should be promoting British?
We can promote British by shouting about our high welfare standards and making us all more proud of them. If you compare other countries with us, we are by far superior. Plus educating the young about British food producers and farmers by interactive learning will help them understand the importance of local sourcing.
The biggest promotion is by calculating the carbon footprint of the food we eat.
If you were in advertising or marketing what slogan would you use to promote British?
British food, quality on your doorstep!
What is on your menu for dinner this evening?
Primrose Herd pork chops. We buy all our meat from our fellow producers at local farmers markets.
How can people get hold of your products?
Direct from the farm, Truro and Helston Farmers Markets and online at cornishduck.com