Danielle FrenchFounder & Owner - South Pond Farms
I moved to the Bethany Hills from Toronto with my four daughters, Carlyle, Grace, Olivia, and Aubrey Rose and our dog Mollie.
It seemed like a good thing to do – we were ensconced in the city and I thought if I had any chance getting them to experience rural life, then it was the right time.
I grew up in Vermont immersed in grass routes culture involving local food and farming.
I was also influenced by my grandmother, Isabel, and my grandfather who I spent the summers with on their farm in Michigan.
She cooked on a wood stove, baked bread every other day, persevered fruits and vegetables that they grew
on the farm, and lived a lovely, simple life. I yearned for this and wanted my girls to have it as well.
One day in a cafe in the middle of January in Toronto with my girlfriends, I was lamenting on what the
next steps were with my life and, on a more practical side, what to have for dinner that evening.
I drove home and drafted some concepts in my mind and decided on starting Farm Flavours, a business making
prepared food from things grown by me and local farmers. I would deliver a meal called “weekend baskets to go”, which included a menu with a short story about life on the farm, or where I got the recipe, or some details about the traditional foods my grandmother made, and I found people actually appreciated knowing where their food came from.
Meals didn’t have to be complicated but simple based in local and seasonal ingredients.
And so, it began.
With a simple neighbor referral, I met Shawn and with his restoration of the barn, a testament to what all traditional bank barns looked like – word traveled, and people came wanting to have special celebrations, weddings, private, corporate curated events, and workshops about local food.
This has not been a single effort but collaboration of our family and now extended family, all helping to make this a
With the launch of our Netflix show ‘A Taste of the Country’, airing in over 11 countries, South Pond Farms has become an international rural destination for many and remains a hidden gem, and our home.
I’m happy to be able to share it and help others create their own memories