A few minutes with a duck farmer who’s found her place in the Detroit
She’s selling fresh eggs to a local restaurant
By Jim Schaefer
Detroit Free Press Staff
Apr 21, 2013
Detroit is an odd big city, with treasures and surprises and things that make you smile, shake your head or do a double take.
And that brings me to the small duck farm on Neff on the far east side, just a few blocks from Grosse Pointe.
Suzanne Scoville, 42, put in a mail order for a couple of hatchlings. Three years later, she’s selling fresh eggs to a local restaurant, her friends and whoever finds her on Facebook.
She sat down with me while a couple of fuzzy ducklings skittered around her feet.
QUESTION: How did this happen?
ANSWER: Um, I was just going to have a few ducks on the down low. And word got around that I had duck eggs from the ducks. And a friend of mine referred the Woodbridge Pub to me because they wanted to start serving duck eggs. And they offered to buy me more ducks. I told them that ducks really aren’t that expensive, and I could probably get them myself. But then I doubled my flock so I could start giving them a couple dozen eggs per week. And demand kept growing and the flock kept growing and also my property kept growing. I kept adding more lots. So now I have 18 ducks.