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Where can you go to enjoy farm events such as farmhouse feasts and full moon suppers; workshops in cooking, crafting, bread making and floral arranging; trails for hiking and skiing; roasting delicious pastries over a winter fire; and plan your country wedding or host a private event?

The answer is South Pond Farms. They deliver  “Experiences that connect you to agriculture, enjoyment, learning, and inspiration.” 

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 Source: https://www.facebook.com/southpondfarms/photos/a.330021410382100/1972867652764126/?type=3&theater 

Danielle French is the founder and owner. It all started just 10 years ago, as a small food delivery business and has grown into a culinary destination – plus lots more!

The property is over 60 acres of land tucked into Bethany Hills. While there you can enjoy a farm fresh lunch and baked goods – proof of the strong connection between the land and the food that is grown.  Take your purchase to go, sit and enjoy it in the kitchen or by the fire. Reservations are recommended though!

News of a good thing usually spreads by word of mouth or social media – and it certainly did in the case of South Pond Farms. But there is one more way that people are discovering everything the farm has to offer – South Pond Farm was discovered by Netflix. The creator of a new DIY channel, Makeful, was looking for a unique location to build a series around – South Pond Farms was perfect.

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Source https://southpondfarms.ca/about/media/our-show/ 

The series is called “Taste of the Country .” Special event planner Danielle French hosts memorable moments at her idyllic farm, where guests enjoy fresh local ingredients and handcrafted décor.”  

I peaked at the trailers for some of the episodes. If Episode 2 is an example, you will want to watch the whole series. The Trailer opens with Danielle showing first-hand how they will prepare for 80 guests for a Texas Barbecue Supper Club. Check out the trailers of each show at https://southpondfarms.ca/about/media/

And don’t miss any of the upcoming workshops, such as this one for flower arranging. They sell out fast!

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/southpondfarms/photos/a.330021410382100/2101478709903019/?type=3&theater

South Pond Farm is open now for the Fall and Winter from Thursday to Sundays, 11 – 3.

1020 Gray Rd,

Pontypool, ON L0A 1K0

Phone 705-277-1649

Email connect@southpondfarms.ca.

 

 

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It never fails to amaze me – living in the Bethany area provides unlimited opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding us. And the month of June is a perfect time to get out and enjoy the local conservation areas.

CPRA celebrates the month of June as Parks and Recreation Month.  We take this opportunity to recognize the benefits of parks and recreation, encouraging Canadians to get out and be active in their communities.  This initiative raises awareness about the importance of parks and recreation and the role it plays in the quality of life for all Canadians.”   (Canadian Parks and Recreation Association)

There are 2 conservation areas within 10 km of Bethany: Fleetwood Creek Natural Area and Squirrel Creek Conservation Area.

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Source: https://ontarioconservationareas.ca/component/geocode_factory/?view=mapcb&idMap=1&Itemid=538 

Fleetwood Creek Natural Area is a river valley system located within the Oak Ridges Moraine. Visitors can discover and experience a distinctive part of Ontario’s natural heritage including lowland forests, hardwood bush, meadows and steep valleys. You will also find over 250 kinds of plants and 44 types of birds, including wild turkey that were reintroduced into the region during the 1980s.

And if geology is a hobby of yours, you will find a variety of geological formations caused by the past glacial period including kames, kettles, eskers and ice-contact ridges.

Squirrel Creek Conservation Area sits along the Otonabee River. In addition to the natural vegation it includes a beach, picnic shelters, baseball diamonds, boat launch and small dock. If you have an event, you can rent the picnic shelters and ball diamonds.

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Source: https://ontarioconservationareas.ca/ 

Travel a little further. Within a 25 km radius there are 9 more conservation areas.

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Source: https://ontarioconservationareas.ca/component/geocode_factory/?view=mapcb&idMap=1&Itemid=538

CPRA is encouraging followers on Twitter and Facebook to help spread the word about what ‘June is Parks and Recreation Month’ means to you.

Post pictures to @CPRA_ACPL or to Canadian Parks and Recreation Association on Facebook, using #JPRM2018 over the month of June.

All participants will be entered into a draw for the chance to win 1 of 3 – $50 Mountain Equipment Co-op gift cards to start your summer off right with new recreation gear.

You can post your pictures all month long!

 

 

 

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The Grand Daddy Fair of all time – the Bobcaygeon Fair!

The origin of fall fairs in Ontario goes back to the Bobcaygeon Fall Fair in Kawartha Lakes. It has truly earned the reputation of being the Grand Daddy of all fairs as it celebrates 157 years of tradition. You will not want to miss it September 29th to October 1st.

What can you expect to see at the Fair? Plenty!

  • Horse shows including a miniature horse show
  • Tractor and Truck Pull
  • Demolition Derby

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  • Pony rides
  • A parade
  • Talent Show
  • Horse Pull

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  • Dog Show, Sheep Show and a Goat Show
  • What fair would be complete without a Midway?
  • A talent show! You can register for children 5 and under, Juniors 6 to 12 years and Youth from 13 to 21 years old. But no lip syncing allowed!
  • Lots of music including the James Barker Band on Saturday night – and this is an all ages event!

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An Interesting History

Bobcaygeon was incorporated as a village in 1876, and became known as the “Hub of the Kawarthas”. There is some mystery to where the name originated from however. History records 4 versions for the origin of the name:

It may be from the Mississauga Ojibway words

  • Baabaagwaajiwanaangmeaning “at the very shallow currents”,
  • giishkaabikojiwanaang meaning “at the cliffed cascades”,
  • obaabikojiwanaang” meaning at the currented rocky narrows”,

Or from the French beau bocage “beautiful hedged farmland”.

There are lots of other celebrations in Bobcaygeon including:

Unlock the summer event. The first lock in the Trent-Severn Waterway was built in Bobcaygeon in 1833. During the last weekend in May or first weekend in June, Bobcaygeon hosts the “Unlock The Summer” Event, as a kick off for summer, and the first opening of the locks of the season.

Ontario Open Fiddle & Step dance Competition. Bobcaygeon also hosts the annual Ontario Open Fiddle & Step dance Competition during the last weekend of July – an event that has been going on since 1970. The annual Bobcaygeon Fall Fair takes place during the last weekend of September. The first was held in 1858.

But with the end of summer upon us, the focus is on the Bobcaygeon Fall Fair.

We hope you will enjoy your visit to the “Daddy of ’em All” and appreciate the many samplings of Entertainment and Agricultural displays we have assembled.

Bobcaygeon Fall Fair President, Pieter VanOudenaren

 

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South Pond Farms is one of the Kawartha Lakes’ best-kept secrets. Nestled in the rolling fields of Bethany Hills, South Pond Farms provides breathtaking scenery and excellent accommodations. It is an ideal and picturesque location for weddings and other special events.

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Their unique wedding venue – complete with a charming barn, fields and pond – would provide a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony, reception and photographs. The knowledgeable staff can provide a variety of options to choose from, including some great ideas for outdoor weddings or small weddings. Their in-house event planning team can simplify the planning process by taking care of food and flowers. They can also recommend suggestions for music, entertainment and photography.

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But if planning a wedding isn’t on your to do list South Pond Farms also offers farm fresh dinners, group workshops, corporate and special events.

The South Pond Supper Club is a fantastic way to experience local fare presented in unique ways. Menus are posted online two weeks prior to the dinner and they are always happy to accommodate gluten-free and vegetarian diets. Upcoming Supper Club events include Where the Wild Things Are (May 21st), featuring locally sourced wild greens, and A Trip to the Greek Islands (June 25th), which features a Mediterranean themed dinner.

Other upcoming events include concerts, fashion shows, an art show and sale, and a variety of workshops including concrete sculpting, pottery pit firing, and silk scarf dyeing. At South Pond Farms they’ve created workshops that combine local interests with Bethany’s uniqueness: artisanal food and cooking classes, art and culture, and more. Bring together your group for an unforgettable opportunity to learn something new!

And even though spring has sprung, preparations are already underway for their annual Christmas in the Country event being held on Saturday, December 5, 2015. This is worth noting since you have to book early! You can join them for a festive family day of tree decorating, ornament making, winter hiking, and snowshoeing. And because it’s a South Pond Farms event you can be sure there will be delicious food and drinks such as mulled wine, German sausages, homemade delicacies, and maple snow taffy.

If any of this has piqued your interest South Pond Farms’ website offers delicious local recipes, an FAQ section, and contact information. Signup for their mailing list or request an information package today!

South Pond Farms, 1020 Gray Road, Pontypool, Ontario L0A 1K0 705-277-1649

www.SouthPondFarms.ca

connect@southpondfarms.ca

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