About Danielle French

and South Pond Farms

about

Danielle French

About Danielle French

After falling in love with a dilapidated farm in 2006, I, together with my four young daughters, cats and dogs, left a comfortable city life behind to spend the next 12 plus years bringing love and life back to a sadly neglected farm and the land it sits on. The farm is on the Oak Ridges Moraine in the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe Mississauga.

South Pond started as a small food delivery business making fresh prepared meals from ingredients in my garden. Together with my family, we restored the barn, the iconic heritage silo and the land to become a vibrant, working event space and destination for authentic culinary experiences, weddings, celebrations,workshops and homemade food products. 

Taste of the Country - South Pond Farms

I also was host of the Netflix series, Taste of the Country which documented our adventures in 13 episodes!

After falling in love with a dilapidated farm in 2006, I, together with my four young daughters, cats and dogs, left a comfortable city life behind to spend the next 12 plus years bringing love and life back to a sadly neglected farm and the land it sits on. The farm is on the Oak Ridges Moraine in the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe Mississauga.

South Pond started as a small food delivery business making fresh prepared meals from ingredients in my garden. Together with my family, we restored the barn, the iconic heritage silo and the land to become a vibrant, working event space and destination for authentic culinary experiences, weddings, celebrations,workshops and homemade food products. 

Taste of the Country - South Pond Farms

I also was host of the Netflix series, Taste of the Country which documented our adventures in 13 episodes!

In 2021, after many hard working years to build the business into the success that it became, I was ready to move away from the farm. As much as I loved the land and living in the country, it was time to let someone else bring their passion to what we had created. It is by happenstance that our family home and event business has passed on to a new family under a new name. We all wish them the happiness we shared at that magical place.

My new home is in Peterborough, Ontario where I’m finding time to write, contemplate next steps, train my dogs, blog about recipes and interesting explorations and unpack! I am also planning to share my experiences in building an event business from scratch including the permitting process, budgeting, marketing and general knowledge I have accumulated over the years. Stay tuned for this part of my new chapter.

It is my hope that through my stories, I still share my vision of a simpler life, living in the city, love for cooking and exploring.