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South Pond Farms: Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

South Pond Farms: Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

Name: South Pond Farms
Address: 1020 Gray Road, Kawartha Lakes, ON L0A 1K0, Canada
Website: Website
Phone: (705) 277-1649
Wifi: No
Tender: Credit, Debit, Cash
Neighbourhood: Kawartha Lakes, Ontario
Type: Farm/Event Space

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting South Pond Farms, which is located in the Kawartha Lake region of Ontario just 1.5 hours northeast of Toronto. It’s the perfect place to escape the noise, stress, and congestion that can often plague the city. The travel time to the grounds is also reasonable if you’re looking for a mini getaway. Especially if you’re a passenger like me and end up passing out for majority of the ride

South Pond Farms: Farm Grounds/Exterior
South Pond Farms: Farm Grounds/Exterior

Known as an event space (and rightfully so), it is frequently the site of weddings and galas with it’s sprawling hills and dream-like country backdrop.

South Pond Farms: Outdoor Seating Area
South Pond Farms: Outdoor Seating Area

The space is owned by Danielle French, who packed up her life in Toronto, purchased the farm,  and then moved to the area to raise her 4 daughters. With the help of friends, family, and courage the run-down barn, as well as the land surrounding it,  was restored to reflect a traditional bank barn in all of it’s natural beauty. It is not only the setting where they run events and weddings, but it is also the place they call home.

South Pond Farms: Barn Interior
South Pond Farms: Barn Interior + Indoor Event Space

South Pond Farms is so much more than an event space though. In addition to being the setting for special celebrations they also frequently run workshops where you can learn about local food and how to prepare it. One such workshop is the pizza making workshop where you learn to make your own pizza dough, forage your own toppings from the land, and then bake it in the stone oven that resides on the property.

Below, is the goat cheese and honey pizza. The dough is made and rolled on spot and topped with just a few locally sourced ingredients. It only takes a few minutes to heat up in the stone oven that resides on the farm. It is simplicity at it’s finest.

Workshops run throughout the summer and range from whisky tastings, bread baking, painting & wine, and afternoon tea sessions where you can bake your own scones and enjoy tea in their gardens amongst wild flowers and foliage.

 

South Pond Farms: Honey and Goat Cheese Pizza
South Pond Farms: Honey and Goat Cheese Pizza

We spent part of the afternoon creating floral arrangements using flowers and foliage that are grown right in the gardens of the farm.  Flowers are picked daily and are often used as centerpieces and accents during events.

South Pond Farms: Floral Arrangement Workshop
South Pond Farms: Floral Arrangement Workshop

In addition to workshops a monthly Thursday night Supper Club is run from May-September ($55 CDN taxes included for individual dinner, 3 dinners for $145 CDN, or 5 dinners for $235 CDN). There are four courses served and each meal features ingredients that are fresh, local, and whatever is in season. Gluten free and vegetarian options are also available. Drop-by visits to the farm are also available on Wednesdays where you can tour the farm or have lunch. The menu changes daily and prices and lunch options will vary depending on what is season.

South Pond Farms: Family Style Meal
South Pond Farms: Family Style Meal + Supper Clubs

We then get to enjoy a family style meal around a large farm table. Everything is prepared by their in-house chef using ingredients directly grown on the farm or sourced by a local producer within 70 km of the farm, and it definitely tastes like it.

First, we start with the Carrot and Dill Soup. Again, the freshness of the produce shines through and it is the type of soup that can be enjoyed both cold or warm.

South Pond Farms: Carrot Dill Soup
South Pond Farms: Carrot Dill Soup

For the table there is a vegetable charcuterie with marinated feta and a bread board with oregano and white bean spread. Everything is simple, yet flavorful and tastes exactly as it should – fresh from the land.

South Pond Farms: Vegetable Charcuterie with Marinated Feta + Bread Board with Oregano White Bean Spread
South Pond Farms: Vegetable Charcuterie with Marinated Feta + Bread Board with Oregano White Bean Spread

Next, is the main course – sliced ham with rhubarb chutney, new potatoes & sorrel sauce, braised spring onions, lovage and chives. The rhubarb chutney is made on the farm and the sliced ham sourced by a local producer. The potatoes , spring onions, and lovage are what truly shine though. I honestly think I could be happy eating nothing but vegetables if this is what they tasted like all the time.

South Pond Farms: Sliced ham with rhubarb chutney, new potatoes & sorrel sauce, braised spring onions, lovage and chives
South Pond Farms: Sliced ham with rhubarb chutney, new potatoes & sorrel sauce, braised spring onions, lovage and chives

Finally for dessert their famous butter tarts. It is the perfect end to farm fresh family-style meal and tastes freshly baked with simple and pure ingredients.

South Pond Farms: Butter tart
South Pond Farms: Butter tart

We end the day with some iced tea. Sadly, it ended up pouring rain so we weren’t able to tour the tea gardens where the leaves are picked daily and made into iced tea. Luckily we were still able to enjoy some iced tea using tea leaves that had been picked earlier on in the day. It’s a refreshing end to the perfect day being amongst nature and calm of the country.

South Pond Farms: Floral Arrangement + Iced Tea
South Pond Farms: Floral Arrangement + Iced Tea

 

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South Pond Farms: Mollie, family dog + resident of South Pond Farms

Truthfully, I had no intention of visiting South Pond Farms. When I received the invite I was planning on blowing it off because I had already had plans to visit a few new restaurants in the city that I’ve had my eye on for awhile. After some convincing from my friend that this would be a fun, unique, and relaxing experience I finally conceded and accepted the invite. I’m glad I did because she was right (which sounds so much better than saying that I was wrong).  It was a rewarding (and VERY TASTY) experience to see and sample some truly local and fresh meals that were prepared expertly by the people who harvested the land and ingredients themselves.

While I’ll always be a city girl at heart  a day in the country is just what I needed to reset. It’s amazing how quickly the calm of the country affected me because when I returned home the noise of the city, while welcoming and familiar, it suddenly seemed much louder than it had ever had before.

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, however the meal was complimentary. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting, please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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