Happy Nest Mock Duck

Happy Nest Mock Duck Owners: Sarah and Jim Nevins  

Bayfield, WI 

happynestmockduck@gmail.com

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We started Happy Nest Mock Duck in 2015 in Bayfield, Wisconsin. We love delicious food and we want to live gently on the earth. In 2007 we moved from our hometown of Saint Paul, MN and started traveling to different organic farms to live, work and learn. We learned how to grow food organically, compost, raise chickens and pigs, and preserve food by drying, fermenting and canning. We also began foraging wild food and hunting wild mushrooms. Along with this foray into food fun came making our own mock duck.  

We have been vegetarians for a long time and were introduced to mock duck (which is also known as seitan) at the many delicious Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants in the twin cities.   Once we perfected our recipe, we realized there was a lot of potential here. We have always loved muck duck, but until we began having lots of it on hand we hadn’t realized how versatile it is. We use it in salads, tacos, lasagna, sandwiches, stir-fry, soup, casserole and pot pies; we even marinate and grill it and roast it in the oven.  

We fell in love with the Bayfield Peninsula the first night we were here back in 2008. In 2016 we purchased our first home just outside of Bayfield Wisconsin. We feel incredibly lucky to be able to live in this amazing place on Lake Superior and we want to do what we can to strengthen the community and promote sustainable business in the area. Two percent of our profits are donated to the Bad River Band of Ojibwe and the Bad River Watershed Association to help care for the waters we all love.

We’ve always wanted to be our own bosses and we are excited to share a delicious meat replacement that is small on carbon and big on awesomeness. We use gmo-free wheat gluten to make our mock duck and we compost all of our food scraps from producing it. We are currently processing in a local church kitchen, but will be building a processing kitchen on our land and we plan to use green building materials and passive design principles wherever possible.   We believe in doing things the best you can the first time around, we apply this to our treatment of the Earth and animals, our business and our lives. Our goal in the near future is to start an educational non-profit organization leading field trips with kids and hosting activities aimed at connecting them to their Earth and their food. Our own educations were lacking in this area and we feel it is an important use of our experiences and resources to encourage consciousness of the soil food web, and the benefits of treating the Earth with respect.  

Make your nest a happy nest!