From Janelle Deatsman, Maple Leaf Farms, posted December 11, 2014
Maple Leaf Farms is a fourth generation family-owned business located in Leesburg, Indiana. Although the company is the leading provider of duck products to retailers, restaurants and institutions throughout the country, it has a very rich Hoosier heritage and partners with more than 140 local farmers who care for its ducks each day on their family farms. The company is vertically integrated and controls all aspects of duck production from farm to table, even formulating its own feed.
Maple Leaf Farms produces a variety of duck products from ready-to-cook products like whole ducks, boneless duck breast and ground duck meat to fully cooked items like roast half duck with orange sauce, duck leg confit, and pulled duck meat. The company also offers unique items like rendered duck fat, duck bacon and a line of duck appetizers.
In addition to finding Maple Leaf Farms duck products in larger retail stores throughout the country, Hoosier consumers can purchase duck products at specialty meat markets and high-end grocery stores throughout the state, at the Broadripple Farmers Market in Indianapolis or even order it directly from the company’s online store at www.mapleleaffarms.com/shop .
To help those with little experience preparing duck, the company has several recipes and instructional videos on its website that show consumers how to easily and properly prepare duck at home. For those who enjoy a cooking challenge, the company offers the “Strut Your Duck” Recipe Contest annually that awards more than $7,500 in prizes to cooking enthusiasts who submit original duck recipes. The company recently announced the top three winners of the 2014 contest, which may be viewed at www.duckrecipecontest.com.