Exploring Ontario: South Pond Farms, Kawartha Lakes

Exploring Ontario: South Pond Farms, Kawartha Lakes

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Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, and I’ll be doing a little series here on Diary of a Toronto Girl in celebration of all things Canadian!

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous South Pond Farms property, and it was an absolute dream. I’d never been on a farm and I’d never been in the Kawartha Lakes area, so I was extremely excited! Danielle French is the mastermind and owner behind South Pond Farms, and she gave us a tour around her stunning property.

These photos don’t even begin to give any justice to how beautiful South Pond Farms is – you need to go see it for yourself.

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South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

I wore this backless maxi dress I received courtesy of SheIn with a pair of nude wedges from Michael Kors (similar here). I loved the way the dress looked with my tattoos! I was seriously worried I’d be overdressed and I even considered changing outfits at the last minute, but I’m really glad I didn’t because it looked awesome in photos. It does look very weddingy or prommy, so it’s definitely more of a special event type of summer dress.

South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario SheIn White Lace Overlay Backless Pleated Maxi Dress

South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

The setup of everything was just so on point. Everything from the pretty little flowers to the wooden furniture to the mismatched plates gave off very rustic, homey vibes.

I’d never taken any serious thought into where I would want my future wedding to be (okay, maybe I googled “Toronto wedding venues” once or twice), but after seeing the beauty 0f this place, I am 99.99% sure I want a farm wedding. In fact, my entire wedding board on Pinterest would suit a farm wedding… So it was basically fate that brought me to South Pond Farms.

South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

We had canapés in the garden, featuring Stinging Nettle Chèvre Truffle, BBQ shades of Gray Rabbit Rilette, and the Wild Leek Pide. I’d never had rabbit before this, and I was a bit hesitant to try it, but I ended up really enjoying it. It tasted just like chicken! (The same thing I said about the deep fried frog legs I tried at a buffet in Ottawa 9 years ago.) But seriously, it was good.

South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

The signature cocktail for our day outing was the Hotter than Hades Strawberry Mojito, and while it was a bit strong for me, it was sweet and tasty.

South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

After our canapés, we explored the property a bit before heading back into the barn for lunch. Our first course was a salad made with Lunar Rhythms baby lettuce, Heirloom carrot, Carlyle’s honey, pumpkin vinaigrette, and herbs from the farm. One of the great things about the food at South Pond Farms is that more than half of it is locally-sourced or grown! Also, Chef Kevin McKenna doesn’t really use dairy in his products unless it’s absolutely necessary – perfect for my lactose-intolerant friends.

South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

We got some bread with dip, and I don’t know what the dip was, but it was amazing. Next we had the Maple Smoked Beef Brisket with Silo BBQ Sauce, Jessica’s Asparagus (not mine if that’s what you’re thinking), Wild Rice “Risotto” Vegan Parm, and Cold-Pressed Canola Oil Hempseed Rocket & Maple Champagne. The brisket was so unbelievably tender!

South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

For dessert, we had Rhubarb Strawberry Shortcake with Sumac Chantilly and Garden Peppermint Sugar. The cakes looked way too pretty to eat, but I ravaged my plate within minutes of taking this photo. It was my first time trying rhubarb, and it was yummy!

South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

I wanted to take this mirror home with me. The barn interior is just so goals! Excuse the bad quality iPhone photos – I only had my 50mm lens with me and couldn’t take any wide shots.

South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

SheIn White Lace Overlay Backless Pleated Maxi Dress

We also had the chance to preview the Ironhorse Ranch, which hasn’t opened as a venue yet. It’s an absolutely gorgeous space! The lake pictured below was actually placed there by the talented owner, Shawn Sutcliffe, who also restored the South Pond Farms barn to the beauty it is now.

South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

South Pond Farms | Kawartha Lakes, Ontario SheIn White Lace Overlay Backless Pleated Maxi Dress

Thank you so much to Danielle, Christine, and the whole South Pond Farms team for being such lovely and welcoming hosts. I hope to return again soon!

For more information on South Pond Farms, visit their website.

Photos featuring myself by Nadine J.

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  • Tori Dunlap

    Such gorgeous photos! Everything looks so Pinterest-worthy (and that food!)

    Tori || Victori Media

  • Bella Bucchiotti

    Southern Ontario is so beautiful with all the farms and old buildings. Love it there. Your dress is so beautiful!

  • Your dress is SO gorgeous!!

  • Everything here looks amazing, but I’m especially loving that strawberry shortcake. Haha!

  • Greta Hollar

    This is such a lovely venue. I’d love to get married here!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Oh my goodness this is so beautiful and the food looks amazing! Love the dress – it definitely looks amazing in pictures!

  • wow this is stunning!!! It’s like a dream!

  • What a stunning venue!! I love the dress you chose to wear. It has an ethereal, summer feel.

  • Gor•geous. These photos are magnificent!

    erika || http://www.entirelyerika.com

  • This place looks absolutely surreal! It is so perfectly rustic and charming. Also that strawberry shortcake made my mouth water just looking at it! I’m sure it was yummy.


  • This venue is gorgeous! All the food is sooo fancy! I’m drooling.

  • Beautiful pictures!! I love this white dress, and the colors are amazing!


  • Mary Duggan

    Oh my gosh, this is my favorite blog post of yours so far! Everything from the location to your flowy maxi to the little details is so picturesque. Amazing!

  • mckenna bleu

    This place is so cute!! I LOVE the maxi you are wearing, it is so beautiful and looks great on you!

  • Bruce Schinkel Jr.

    I love visiting quaint places like this, and having it so close (I’m also in Toronto) is amazing. No reason not to visit!

    • It’s absolutely beautiful and worth the visit!

  • South Pond Farm looks completely beautiful I am seriously drooling over all of the yummy food and the gorgeous presentation. You look so lovely in that white dress too, it’s such an ethereal look for a day at that gorgeous ranch!

  • Anesu E. Mutsaka

    oh Lovely dress dear! Love how it also shows your tatoos in the back

  • Francesca Gariano

    #1: That dress is GORGEOUS! It’s the most perfect summer dress!
    #2: This post is really kicking my a$$ into gear and making me more eager to finally take the day to go explore Canada considering the border is literally 15 minutes from my house. South Pond Farms looks so so cute and adorable!

    • Haha thanks so much Francesca! If you ever come by Toronto I’d love to meet you!!

  • Haha I just finished reading about Jackie’s experience at South Pond Farms from Something About That! You guys are so lucky – this looks like so much fun! Also, I am IN LOVE with your dress! So gorgeous!

    • Haha it was such a beautiful venue and fun event! Thanks Deb!!

  • What a lovely venue! That dessert looks absolutely incredible!

    Jennifer Ashley

  • debbie_savage

    The white maxi dress is stunning on you and I absolutely need to visit this place! Beautiful!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

  • This place is absolute goals! Love this flowy maxi on you~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • thesophiadiaries

    Wow this honestly looked so much fun! The pictures look amazing!!! And I didn’t know you had tattoos hahaha

    • Haha it was so much fun! I have a few but I purposely put them in more hidden spots 🙂

  • What a beautiful place to explore and your dress is stunning! I hope to make it to Ontario someday..crying shame I am a Canuck and havent been! Your dress is stunning!

  • Kimberly Hsieh

    Your dress is so pretty!! I love how it shows your tattoos 🙂 and the food looks so freaking amazing <3

    • Thanks so much Kim!! The food was actually so delicious 😭