THE STORY OF THE

ARTISAN FARMS COMMUNITY

We are a sustainable company connecting farm to table.
We do this by supporting hardworking, local, farming families. All of our meat is ethically and humanely raised in Ontario. 

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.

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1967

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

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2002

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

2004

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

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2010

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

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2017

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

2021

The Artisan team continues to bring hormone free, antibiotic free meats from local farms to the Ontario market. 

1938-1960

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.

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1973

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

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2003

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

2008

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Wagyu herds are introduced into the farming activities.

2014

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

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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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