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Meet Amanda Duncan of Down-home Duncan’s in Queen creek

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Duncan.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
As a young teen, I suffered an auto immune disease that greatly impacted my life. Through years of hospitalizations and medication I saw no improvement and things only seemed to get worse. Until the day came I started learning about food and started making subtle changes to my diet. The changes were small at first but the impact they made was huge. Food was doing what years of medication was supposed to be doing. I was finally getting better. I then developed a very intimate relationship with food and let’s just say the rest is history.

Moving forward, and 9 years in remission later I’m still eating myself healthy. My meals are made from scratch with local or homegrown ingredients. My goal being that my recipes are nutrient rich, easy, kid friendly and delicious. I am a mother of three after all, so I don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen.

I never imagined food would change the direction of my life in so many ways. But part of this intimate relationship with food is knowing where it’s from! So what better source than your own backyard. Therefore this city girl traded her heels for boots, learned how to milk a goat, and can trap a gopher like it’s no bodies business!

I have learned so much along the way I decided to create a blog, Down-home Duncan’s where you can find nutritious recipes that give just as much nourishment as they do comfort, testaments of the joys of motherhood and marriage, and everything in between, including all I have learned about food and backyard farming.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Oh yeah, there have been struggles! Neither my husband nor I come from a farming back ground so everything we know has been self-taught. Learning how to garden, raise livestock, and maintain property has come with many mishaps, sweat and tears. But in return, it has also been extremely rewarding.

Eating healthier is a lifestyle change, and we as humans are usually resistant to change. In the beginning, taking out gluten or refined sugars can be difficult, and you will more than likely get very moody. I promise though, if you give yourself a little time to get through the withdrawal period your body will start rewarding for all the effort! You will also soon realize that eating healthy does not mean deprivation or a life sentence of boring tasteless food.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Down-home Duncan’s – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I specialize in making homemade, organic, mostly gluten free, mostly refined sugar free meals and I share those recipes online. I say mostly because I believe everything in moderation, and when it’s my child’s birthday, they are getting a cake made with sugar! I am also a big advocate for local, raw, grass fed ingredients. Farm to table to my motto!

How do you define success?
Success and perseverance I believe go hand in hand. Success will come when you push through the difficult times, and keep climbing that mountain no matter what. I don’t believe success is something that is easily measured, it’s unique to the individual and a personal achievement. For me personally, success is when my children do a random act of kindess, when my husband and I come out of an argument having more respect and love for one another than even before, and when my hollandaise sauce comes out thick and creamy! But in all seriousness my end goal is to help families bond together seated at dinner table, eating a delicious meal that provides just as much nourishment as it does comfort. I’m hoping we can make a small change in the world, one bite at a time, one prayer at a time.

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