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About South Pond Farms

I’m Danielle French, founder and owner of South Pond Farms. South Pond was founded in 2008 as a small food delivery business. I would grow food in my garden, make prepared meals and deliver them all over the GTA. Since then, the farm has been slowly restored and converted into a culinary destination, offering special events, weddings, workshops and corporate retreats all set in our restored century barn in the rolling hills of rural Ontario. My vision is to create a connection to the land, the food we grow and prepare in our kitchen to bringing people together.

Our Philosophy

We acknowledge that the farm is on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe Mississauga.

Our Mission is to provide authentic culinary experiences that connect people to the land by preparing delicious and simple food from ingredients that are grown on our farm and in our region. Through focus on the details, quality of service and natural beauty of the farm, we strive to create a place for celebration, community and learning. 

We believe it is our responsibility to be custodians of the land and educate our customers on the importance of informed food sourcing, environmental protection and community contribution. We commit to working with the members of our community to create business and elevate the region as a whole. We operate on our farm, which is located on the Oak Ridges Morraine, with respect for the land and a goal to improve the soil quality and ecosystems that exist on it. We are increasing pollinator habitat by the introduction of native species and tall grass prairie. We do not use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides and all of our farming is done by the thoughtful hands of our wonderful farmers.

At all of our events, we serve an ever-changing menu of the best ingredients from our farm and of our region inspired by seasonal country cooking. We are proud to serve vegetables and protein not only from our own farm but from neighbouring farms and feature a variety of different greens, shoots, herbs and flowers in every salad that we present to you. All our meats are sourced locally. We may not always present a menu in advance as we like flexibility to offer the freshest ingredients and varieties of vegetables as they become available throughout the season.

We hope that our guests leave enriched by the simplicity of good food and connection to each other and relax amongst naturally beautiful surroundings

Meet our amazing team

Many special people make South Pond Farms the magical place it is. My vision could never have been realized without their dedication. It began with my daughters and my friends’ children – some of those “children” are still working here at the farm – and grew to the amazing team I have here today. I cannot express how grateful I am for everyone, past and present, who has played a part in our success.

Danielle French

Owner and Creator

Carlyle Apps

General Manager

Andrea Bernacchia

Event Coordinator

Mitchell Collins

Operations Manager

Neale Aziz

Chef

Jarrod Craig

Farm Manager

Frequently Asked Questions

We are a farm and none of the parking area, driveways or paths are paved. We are on a gravel road which often is bumpy. We have plenty of parking when you arrive and you may drop someone off in front of our silo. The parking area is a mowed field, relatively flat but still a field. We have accessible access into the barn with a gravel ramp that winds around the silo. The washrooms are also wheelchair accessible but you may require some assistance in getting down a slight grass slope to access them. If you are attending a wedding, we have the ability to provide transportation to and from the ceremony space.

We accept cancellations and offer full refunds up to 7 days prior to your booked experience. Any cancellations made within 7 days may not be refunded or transferred to another date. However, all reservations are transferable.

Yes. The reservation is completely transferable. Selling the ticket is not permitted.

We may not always present a menu in advance as we like flexibility to offer the freshest ingredients and varieties of vegetables as they become available. We serve an ever changing menu of the best ingredients from our farm and of our region inspired by seasonal country cooking. We are proud to serve vegetables and protein not only from our own farm but from neighboring farms and feature a variety of different greens, shoots, herbs and flowers in every salad that we present to you. All our meats are sourced locally.

Yes, we always try to accommodate any and all dietary restrictions as long as we are given advance notice. All of our food that we serve is made from scratch in our kitchen, so we can confirm ingredients with you but we can’t guarantee that your meal has not come in contact with traces of any allergens you may have. If you have a severe or deathly allergy, please take necessary precautions. Dietary preferences may be accommodated on a per case basis. While we want to accommodate preferences, we also do not want your experience of the menu to be hindered by critical modifications. We want to do everything that we can to ensure your experience at the farm is as enjoyable as possible.

In full transparency to you our customers we would like to announce a change in our pricing this year for our ticketed events. We are committed to our staff and all of those who work to contribute to the unique experience you will have at the farm. This year we have removed the practice of tipping to ensure our team is paid equitably. Instead you will see that the prices have increased to include a hospitality fee. This process makes it more comfortable for you by removing the awkwardness of presenting a gratuity at the end of an experience and it supports our staff with fair wages. We are grateful for your support as we make this change. For our brunch and lunch in the farm, as the menu is a la carte, gratuity is not included.

If you are attending a dinner, please arrive at the start time listed for your event. You don’t need to worry about arriving early, we leave time for you to grab a drink from the bar and visit the washrooms before finding your seats. If you are attending brunch, you may arrive early and wander the property and trails, but we may not be able to seat you until your reserved time.

For all of our ticketed events we do not accept walk-ins, you must purchase a ticket in advance. For our lunch and brunch we recommend making a reservation to guarantee your seats, however if there is space we do accept walk-ins.

Our barn is not insulated, so dress as if you were eating outdoors and dress for the weather. We are a farm, so keep that in mind when you are selecting footwear. High heels can be difficult maneuvering the grass and the barn floor. We do not impose a dress code. You are welcome to wear what you are comfortable in or dress up!

For all our dinner events our fully licensed and stocked bar will be open. We offer a specialty cocktail made with our own handcrafted syrups and garnishes using herbs and berries from the farm. Our bar stock is made up with at least 50% wines, craft beer and spirits from Ontario producers that share our philosophy about food. We have two draft beer taps that we rotate with local craft beers as well as provide a combination of domestic and craft beers in bottles or cans. We also have a selection of non-alcoholic beverages on hand, made with the same care as the food and using the same regional ingredients. Alcohol can be consumed inside the barn and outside of it within the fence.

Yes, we have designated smoking areas for cigarettes and cannabis outside the barn by the silo, West of the barn under the elm tree, behind the barn by the washrooms, and by the bonfire pit. We do not allow smoking in any other areas. We provide labelled buckets for butts so we can avoid littering. Please be sensitive to the animals that live on and around the farm and dispose of them correctly as they can be quite harmful if accidentally ingested.

The Ballyduff trail network that we are connected to is managed under easement with the Kawartha Land Trust. South Pond is an access point to them for the public year-round. You are welcome to park your car at South Pond while you use the trails.  You may want to call our office in advance to find out about trail conditions. Please note that dogs as well as motor vehicles such as snowmobiles, ATV’s and dirt bikes are not permitted. Trail maps are available on our website or a paper copy is available in our office and gift shop during regular office hours. 

No dogs are permitted on the farm. We are a working farm, so for the protection of the animals that live on the farm, we do not permit dogs. We do have three dogs that live on the farm who you may meet while you are here for a visit.

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