By Danielle French

Funny Fathers: Father’s Day

I met Denis Grignon about seven years ago through his wife Nancy Payne. Their boys were at the same elementary school as a couple of my daughters and we soon discovered we shared a love of many things: small-scale farming, rural life, raising chickens and kids, baking and preserving.

Nancy makes an award-winning peach pepper preserve that, I confess, I’ve adopted. And in fact it was with Denis that I shared the purchase of what Denis calls a “stinkubator” (his name for an incubator—maybe after the smell if things didn’t work out so great in the chicken-hatching front?).

Anyway, Nancy became a fast friend and now helps me with South Pond on many fronts. I was very familiar with Denis’s sense of humour from our personal interactions and had seen him perform on stage at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay. Recently, though, I saw him on his No Foul Language Comedy Tour at Showplace in Peterborough and fell for his routine all over again. I took my 12-year-old daughter Aubrey Rose, and we both laughed OUT LOUD for the entire two hours.

I knew Denis was funny, but I guess I wasn’t expecting him to be THAT funny. Honestly, I couldn’t stop laughing! So I was thrilled that he and his fellow No Foul Language participant Steve Levine are coming to perform after dinner on Father’s Day at South Pond on June 16th. Spaces are limited, so reserve a spot for you and your favourite guy via

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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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