THEN: The original founders and their duck truck at the market.
NOW: The fabulous 3rd generation female farmers who lead the flock.
THEN: 1951 where it all began.
NOW: In 2016, we opened our farm fresh retail store and head offices.
NOW: 21st century equipment has helped us continue to use best farming practices by recycling our compost and shavings.
Three Generations of Farmers
Our Egg to Plate Process
Natural and Responsible Farming
For over 65 years and four generations of our family, we have remained true to time-honoured farming practices that epitomize integrity in sustainable, responsible farming.
Clean Label Ingredients
Good food is clean food; “clean” of additives and unnatural elements that affect the integrity of taste and nutrition. Our clean label: No horomones or growth stimulants. No food colouring or addictives, phosphate free and gluten free. Nitrates are used in several fully-cooked products to ensure a 30-day refrigerated shelf-life, standard in North American food retail.
Animal Welfare & Humane Handling
King Cole has long been heralded for its leadership and stewardship in the area of animal care. Ducks are raised free run in large spacious barns with plenty of fresh air ventilation, unlimited water and natural feed. The barns are bedded down with recycled fresh wood shavings daily and washed out for maximum sanitary conditions.
Leaders in Recycling
In the past two years we have won 3 major business awards in areas of recycling and zero product waste. King Cole purchases recycled wood shavings from local wood-working companies to use in the barns on our 14 different farm locations. After cleaning out the barns each day, some shavings are recycled along with 2 tons of water, and are transformed into the best natural soil enhancer. We then bag this soil called DUCK DIRT, which is sold to golf courses, landscapers and every-day customers for healthy and thriving gardens. Visit our store and pick up a bag today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is duck a healthy choice?
The skinny on duck fat: Duck fat is healthier for the heart than butter or lard: 33% saturated fat vs. 62% in clarified butter (Yikes!). Duck fat is also higher in cholesterol-fighting mono-unsaturated fats: 49% vs. butter’s 29% (Globe & Mail). Duck fat is used by chefs throughout the world in place of butter, while in France and other European homes, it is used daily. Its rich flavour and higher smoke-point make it perfect for frying potatoes or onions, in omelettes and pastry, for frying steak or any meat, or enriching a stew.
Is duck complicated to prepare?
Roast Duckling is perhaps one of the easiest meals to prepare with results that are guaranteed to please. One of the keys: make sure the bird sits on an elevated grill or rack in the cook pan, to ensure the fat has a place to collect in the bottom, away from the bird.
Do you make foie gras?
No we don’t. “Force feeding” is against King Cole’s natural farming philosophy and the Pekin duck is not used for foie gras production.
Are your ducks gluten-free?
Yes they are. They are also phosphate-free.
What are the ducks fed?
They are raised on a controlled diet of natural grains and fresh water. There are no hormones, growth stimulants or antibiotics used in the production of King Cole ducks.