By Danielle French

Some Men Bring Flowers…

A dozen roses. A bunch of tulips. A bouquet of freshly picked wildflowers. They’re all lovely. But they’re also a bit too conventional for Shawn.

You should know that when Shawn does demolition projects, he salvages everything of interest. And I mean everything. The windows in the barn at South Pond are from one project of his; the floor from another. He has all kinds of fascinating architectural bits and pieces stored away at his place: hinges, fixtures, doors, signs, wooden beams and much, much more.

What does that have to do with flowers? Well, as I said earlier, some men bring flowers. Shawn brings crabapple trees. He salvaged them from a recent project and carefully transported them to South Pond, where he had them planted and mulched in no time.

And now, six months later, I have the pure joy of seeing them bloom. What could be more glorious? After all, a bunch of cut flowers is beautiful, but a flowering crabapple gives a gift again every year.

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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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