Our Story

1902

The Nolan homestead, Rockyford Farms, is settled in Iron Springs, AB in the valley of the Old Man River just East of Picture Butte.

1938-60

Ron Nolan Sr., father of Greg Nolan, grows up on a mixed farm in Southern Alberta. Today that farm is owned by Ron’s nephew Larry Nolan who operates a large feed lot and farming operation.

1967    

Bar 5 Farms is established in Manitoba to import Simmental cattle from Europe.

1973

The Nolan family moves to Ontario and purchases the “Harkaway” farm in Markdale, ON.

2002   

Bar 5 amalgamates all farms to Markdale, ON and expands the Angus and Simmental herds to over 400 cows.

2003  

Certified Ontario Beef Ltd. (COB) is founded to be the selling arm of Bar 5 Farms.

2004   

Top Meadow Farms (TMF) Certified Artisan Beef program is approved by CFIA for “Raised without Antibiotics” (RWA) beef label claims.

2008   

Wagyu herds are introduced into the farming activities.

2010   

Artisan Foods Limited (AFL) is formed, amalgamating COB and TMF with its purchase of Kerr Farms Ontario Angus Beef.

2014  

Artisan Farms Direct Ltd. (AFD) takes over wholesale beef sales from AFL and expands into different species such as lamb, veal, pork and chicken.

2017   

AFD opens a fresh meat distribution centre at 6400 Shawson Drive in Mississauga to better serve Ontarians.

2018   

The Artisan team continues to grow and charge forward with their mission of Connecting Farm to Market, supporting producers and farming communities and showcasing the quality of our local meats to an ever-growing market.

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Address
Office:
6400 Shawson Drive
Mississauga, ON L5T 1L8
Canada

Farm:
636077 Euphrasia-Holland Townline
Markdale, ON N0C 1H0

Contacts
Email:info@artisanfarms.ca
Phone: 905-670-3450
Fax: 647-498-1444

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