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

1902

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.

1938-1960

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.

1967

Bar 5 Farms

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

1973

Relocation

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

2002

Amalgamation

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 and veal.

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.

2021

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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