About the Farmer
Mark Ardry is a fourth generation farmer and co-owner of Ardry Farms. He was born and raised on his family's farm and began selling produce at farmers' markets alongside his grandfather at age seven. It is safe to say that farming is in his blood. Mark's great grandfather, Howard Sr., worked on the railroad and purchased part of the land that his family still farms in 1933. Howard, Sr. began his farming career before purchasing the current farm, making house calls in the 1920's and selling produce at what was once the Renovo Farmers' Market. In 1936, he helped establish the Bellefonte Farmers' Market, which the Ardry family still participates in. As the years went on, the family began to branch out, eventually growing everything from corn, soybeans, wheat, potatoes and tomatoes to strawberries, cabbage, squash and melons.
Today, Mark, his father, Willis, and his brothers, Tom and Wayne, farm about 350 acres of crops. In addition, the farm is home to beef cattle and chickens. Not only does the farm participate in area markets, but we also supply grocery stores like Wegmans and Save-A-Lot with produce throughout the year. Small and large restaurants in the area, along with local fairs such as the Bloomsburg Fair and the Grange Fair also turn to Ardry Farms for consistently high quality items and service. It's safe to say that if you've lived in this area long enough, you have eaten an Ardry french fry at one point or another.
Most recently, Ardry Farms began selling both produce and baked goods through the Friends and Farmers Cooperative. The co-op connects community members directly with local farms, allowing customers to purchase products online and pick it up weekly, or even have it delivered to their front doors.
The Ardry family has been a consistent presence in the Centre County community for nearly 100 years, participating in farmers' markets and selling produce online and to local grocery stores. The family works side by side everyday, "nose to the grindstone" as Mark is fond of saying, always striving to have a better harvest than their last. Here's to the next 100 years!