Our Heritage

At Artisan Farms, we are not just farmers, we’re family. After 120 years of regenerative farming we understand exactly what it takes to raise an animal thoughtfully and sustainably, while producing the healthiest and most delectable product possible. From our farm to your family’s table.

Our focus is on producing clean food free of harmful additives that we can’t pronounce. Would you feed that to your children? Neither would we. We take the welfare of our animals very seriously. This means no steroids, no antibiotics and no added hormones. Our animals are pasture-raised and feed freely in an open grassland just as nature intended.

Reducing climate impact through regenerative farming is our focus today for a better tomorrow. Artisan Farms is also a proud member of 1% for the Planet.

As a 4th Generation farmer, we keep it clean at the farm so you can eat clean at your family’s table.” – Farmer Greg Nolan


The Nolan Homestead

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


Early Days

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.


Bar 5 Farms

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, Ontario.



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 and veal.


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.


The Artisan team continues to bring hormone free, antibiotic free meats from local farms to the Ontario market. Artisan Farms becomes proud member of 1% for the Planet donating 1% of net sales to environmental organizations.

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