By Danielle French

A Traditional Wedding Gift: Corn Flower

    Not long ago, I grabbed the girls for an overnight road trip over to Collingwood and down through Creemore with a stop in at the Dufferin County Museum near my friend Claire’s farm. I’d whooshed by this spot countless times, but on this occasion, we stopped. I’m so glad we did! The museum has the largest public collection of Corn Flower glass around. I had never heard of this quality glass, which is sometimes called Hughes Corn Flower, but apparently, it was started by a man named Jack Hughes around 1912 and was produced here in Canada until the 1980s.

    If you were married in Ontario in the forties or fifties, you probably received Corn Flower items as wedding gifts. I’m not a collector, but the museum’s display really intrigued me, so I asked my “personal shopper” Ron if he had seen any in his travels. Sure enough, he showed up the next week with a lovely, delicate little candy dish that any bride would have been thrilled to receive.

    At least, I would like one if I were getting married… which I’m not!

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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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