Artisan Farms’ mission is connecting farm to market.

We know that Canadian farmers produce world class beef, lamb, pork, and poultry, especially in the hormone free, antibiotic free, grass fed and organic spaces. The Canadian agricultural community is also a leader in benchmarking and verifying sustainable farming methods and ethical animal handling practices.

We want to see Canadian farmers succeed by helping them bring their top-quality products to market.

Four ways we can help:

  • Wholesale Distribution
  • Retail & Prepared Foods
  • Livestock & Farming Services
  • 3rd Party Logistics

Canadian consumers are increasingly interested in where their food comes from, what goes into it, how it’s raised and by whom. At the same time, taste and affordability remain their top food concerns. Artisan Farms is uniquely positioned to leverage our resources including our sales force and customer relationships to ensure Canadian producers can sustainably fill consumer demand.

We support family-run farms across Canada in their pursuit to continue the tradition of livestock agriculture and stewardship of the land.

Our Story


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


Wagyu herds are introduced into the farming activities.


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


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


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


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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6400 Shawson Drive
Mississauga, ON L5T 1L8

636077 Euphrasia-Holland Townline
Markdale, ON N0C 1H0

Phone: 905-670-3450
Fax: 647-498-1444