Pasture Raised Pigs
At Ard’s we believe our animals should always having access to green pastures. Our pigs are the embodiment of that concept. We have a number of different permanent pastures through which the pigs rotate, as well as moving them across sections of cover crops, finished sweet corn patches, and pumpkin patches after the seasons are over. Our pigs are always guaranteed to be antibiotic and hormone free. Select cuts of pork are available in our freezer, and we also have whole and half hogs available for purchase.
Meet the Farmers
Alan, along with his parents Ray and Nancy, were the original “Ard’s Farm”. The three started Ard’s Farm Market in 1991. Since that time, Alan has taken over the business and has watched it grow leaps and bounds for over 25 years. While many owners do not have a hand in the day-to-day operations in their business, that is what sets him apart from the rest. Alan knows his employees on a first-name basis and even has nicknames for most!
He has been around for the initial building of Ard’s market, the day they sold the cows, the addition on to the market, the addition of the restaurant and has helped with the most recent 2017/2018 renovations. His love has always been the outdoors, though. He focuses mainly on the farming here! Alan is passionate about producing food that is grown in healthy soil, using a no-till process. “No-till allows earthworms and other beneficial insects to live undisturbed in the ground. It has definitely been a part of our success in farming.”
On the other end of things, he still enjoys cooking. Alan is our main smoker guy at Ard’s. He travels offsite to weddings, family reunions, birthday parties and even brew festivals smoking ribs, pork belly and more! Alan loves connecting with the public and telling the story of where we are at today!
Growing up at Ard’s, farming was the name of the game for Ethan as the son of Kyle and Alan Ard. He has been around almost as long as Ard’s has! At the age of 12 he started helping where he could around Ards. He was a crucial corn maze employee growing up, who laid the maze out for many years. During his high school days he could also be found in the market as a cash register worker. From there, he decided to pursue college at Bloomsburg University, graduating in 2014 with a business management degree. As a member of the family, he decided to try something new before committing to the family business. He worked in construction for two years prior to realizing that Ard's was where he belonged.
In 2016, Ethan jumped on board the Ard’s crew, taking on more responsibilities than ever! He is now, our handy man and second farmer! He assisted with renovations to the restaurant in 2017 and worked his magic again renovating the market in 2018. From there, he also takes care of our chickens (making sure the market has farm fresh eggs for sale), manages the pigs, and has a greenhouse that provides fresh produce to the restaurant. Let’s not forget where it all began though! Ethan is now in charge of the maze park during the fall, where he makes sure field trips, group trip and everyday activities go smoothly for us. As Alan's right hand man (or "partner in crime," depending who you ask) Ethan is an integral part of the Ard's team!