By Danielle French

A Season in Review

It has been another busy summer season at South Pond Farms: weddings, Full Moon Suppers, Country Farmhouse Dinners, brunches, private events and to cap it off, becoming the recipient of the Haliburton- Kawartha Lakes- Brock Canada 150 Award! When we think back on Summer 2017 we know that it would not have been possible without our wonderful staff, local purveyors and support from our community.



Having been selected as the recipient of the Haliburton- Kawartha Lakes- Brock Canada 150 Award is a huge honour. It means that our community feels that our business has had a positive impact in the region. This business, and any positive feedback that we have received because of it, simply would not be possible without our terrific team. For those of you that have attended our events, you will have met some of our amazing young servers. All of these hard working individuals are from this area, most are students striving to save for school. We are lucky that these remarkable young people choose to work with us during their time home and we wish them luck as they head back to their respective schools this fall! To everyone who has helped this season; students and non-students alike, thank you for the dedication and kindness that you have brought to each and every one of our events. We cannot thank you enough for your positive attitudes, smiling faces and hard work this season; it takes a village to bring each event to fruition and we could not have done it without you.




Speaking of villages, we are lucky to live in a community with so many talented and like minded purveyors. Fresh, local, farm to table food is what drives our business. Though we do our best to keep our gardens bountiful all season long, we would not have been able to provide fresh seasonal produce at each event without the help of Jessica Foote and the Lunar Rhythms family. If you are wondering where we get our one of a kind Chèvre? Look no further than Chasing the Cheese in Peterborough and Crosswind Farms; you would have sampled some of their amazing products on our bruschetta, pizzas, pides and on top of our salads this summer. Primal Cuts, Nesbitt’s Meat Market, Traynor Beef, Linwood Farms we thank you for sourcing local and sustainable products so that we can offer the very best to our guests. There are countless individuals that work behind the scenes so that we can stay true to our vision and Feast On mandate.



Last, but not least, we wanted to extend great thanks to Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development for their support this year. The initiatives that we are striving to undertake require a great deal of internal infrastructure – this infrastructure comes in various forms including: software, consultations, and new personnel. Thank you KLCFD for recognizing and supporting us in these endeavours.

As a new seasons crests the horizon, our commitment to great service and fresh local food is unwavering. We look forward to continuing on this wonderful journey with you all and cannot wait to see what Autumn has in store!

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Danielle French - Ash Naylor Photography

About Danielle

Looking for a simpler way of life for her four daughters and herself, Danielle moved from Toronto to this farm in the Bethany Hills of Southern Ontario, and over time together with her family and her partner Shawn, restored the barn, the iconic heritage silo and the land.

Danielle loves to create unique settings and menus for the many events she offers at South Pond Farms, such as authentic farm-to-table gatherings, bread-making workshops, culinary classes, and weddings. Danielle’s vision is to inspire others to share her vision of a traditional life and way of cooking and to feel the sense of history on this beautiful land.  

Danielle was also the host of a television series called Taste of the Country

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