Farm-to-table events and experiences at South Pond Farms

Join us for music, art, comedy, rambles in the woods and more, always paired with memorable meals

At South Pond Farms we hold several different event series and experiences. Click below to learn more about everything we offer. 

    Country Farmhouse Supper Series

    Country Farmhouse Supper Series

                   Holiday Events

                   Holiday Events

          Full Moon Supper Series

          Full Moon Supper Series

            Wednesday Public Lunch

            Wednesday Public Lunch

              House Concert Series

              House Concert Series

                 Explore the Trails

                 Explore the Trails

           Seasons on the Moraine

           Seasons on the Moraine

 

Country Farmhouse Supper Series

Our original supper club series continues as the Country Farmhouse Supper series. A monthly dinner series featuring farm to table dining. Each event will have a unique theme and menu. This series is an opportunity for South Pond to experiment with flavour and culture in the romantic rustic setting in the rolling hills of Bethany. Seating this year is limited to 60 guests to maintain an intimate and enjoyable atmosphere. 

You may purchase individual supper tickets, or a 3 dinner membership at a discounted price. 

Menus are based on whatever is fresh and in season and will be posted online prior to the dinner. Gluten Free and Vegetarian diets always welcome.


Individual tickets:  $65 per person for the farmhouse country supper
(Price includes dinner, music. Taxes are not included)



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Farmhouse Country Supper Club Membership: $175 per person (savings of $20!)
Price includes 3 dinners with music and a Gift Bag with South Pond Farm Flavours Products. Taxes are not included.


 

Full Moon Supper Series

Our Full Moon Suppers are inspired by seasonal abundance familiar to this territory, and produce that may have been used by early settlers in our region, and celebrate the close ties between traditional agriculture and lunar rhythms. With each full moon South Pond will celebrate the bounty and the land through dinners made with local, fresh ingredients of the season to create unique and delicious menus. Full Moon Suppers are served al fresco, under the stars with a bonfire.

Full Moon Suppers and Sharing Traditions. I am honoured to announce that Kim Wheatley, an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) band member of Shawanaga First Nation and Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant will join us for our Full Moon Strawberry Supper to share her knowledge and traditions of Full Moon Ceremonies.  Kim is Turtle Clan and a proud grandmother of 2 granddaughters and mother of 3 daughters. Her spirit name is “Shkoden  Neegaan Waawaaskonen” which translates to "Head/Leader of the Fireflower". Kim’s love of Indigenous hand drumming/singing and Anishinaabe traditional teachings defines her life journey and is always the framework of interaction that shapes her worldview. She is deeply committed to creating and promoting awareness of the Indigenous perspective utilizing her gifts of song, storytelling and Traditional teachings.

Chef McKenna prepares four courses profiling our own and local produce, meats, cheese, bread, beer and wine. Menus are based on whatever is fresh and in season and will be posted online prior to the dinner. Gluten Free and Vegetarian diets always welcome.

Served al fresco weather permitting. 


Individual tickets:  $75 per person for each Full Moon Supper
(Price includes dinner, music. Taxes are not included)



Purchase in advance, save & receive special offers!

Full Moon Supper Club Membership: $200 per person (savings of $25!)
Price includes 3 dinners with music and a Gift Bag with South Pond Farm Flavours Products. Taxes are not included.


Full Moon Supper Club Membership (3 Dinners)
200.00

3 Dinner Membership
Tickets are $200 plus tax ($25 savings)

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House Concert Series

An opportunity to hear wonderful live music in an intimate setting 

Seasons on the Moraine 

South Pond Farms is offering an exciting new series of events from April to October – eight guided/interpreted nature walks on the Ballyduff Trails adjoining South Pond.  The walks are designed to deepen understanding and increase appreciation of nature as it unfolds its marvels month by month here, on the edge of the Oak Ridges Moraine.   

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The walks are being led by eminent local naturalists – ecologists, geographers, botanists, authors and artists – all of whom have vast experience in interpretation.   Each event will also feature a “farm-to-table” meal, which is the essence of South Pond Farms.

The Seasons on the Moraine events are not-for-profit.  They are undertaken in collaboration with our neighbours, Jean and Ralph, and in cooperation with the Kawartha Land Trust which has been entrusted with the ongoing protection of their property.  South Pond Farms is a strong supporter of the Kawartha Land Trust and of its mission.

Each of the events is outlined below.  Some events are in the morning, some are in the afternoon – one is in the evening.  Participants are encouraged to wear boots and to dress appropriately for trail–walking “come rain or come shine”.  No other special equipment is required.  However, you are encouraged to bring a camera and binoculars if you have them.  

Most events begin and end at South Pond Farms.  Some, however, begin at Jean & Ralph’s place (851 Ballyduff Rd.) and end at South Pond.  We will provide transportation back to the cars for those who choose not to retrace their steps on the trail.

At each event there will be a display table with information on:

  • The Kawartha Land Trust - Kawartha Land Trust - Protects the Land We Love.  The Ballyduff Trails, where 'Seasons on the Morraine' is taking place, is protected by the Kawartha Land Trust through a Conservation Easement Agreement.  KLT is also providing expertise through their volunteers as guides for some events. To learn more visit: www.kawarthalandtrust.org

  • Peterborough Field Naturalists and Kawartha Field Naturalists – providing expertise for the events and ongoing learning opportunities for nature lovers 

  • Kawartha Conservation – managing and stewarding the Fleetwood Natural Area – the ecological heart of the valley.

We hope you will join us for at least some of these events and share time on the trail and time at the table with other interested and interesting people who care about our natural world.


Please click on each event for more information about the programming, schedule and any recommended equipment

April 22nd:    Night Sounds – leader,  Dan Bone
Pond, wetlands and forest come alive as spring peepers, trilling toads and wide-eyed owls break their winter silence.  Event concludes with stone oven fireside supper.

 

May 6th:    Song Bird Sighting – leader, Ian Attridge
As morning is breaking greet the arrival of migrating songbirds – to find their mates, build their nests and raise their young.  Bring your binos.  Event concludes with hearty breakfast at South Pond Farms.

 

May 13th:   Wild Flowers and Other Wild Things – leader, Mike McMurty
Follow the woodland trails to discover the delicate ephemeral flowers of spring.  Watch and listen as songbirds reclaim their summer habitat.  Enjoy lunch at the farm.


June 18th :  Dragons & Damsels…and Butterflies too – leader, Colin Jones
Beginning with lunch spend an early summer afternoon enjoying a close up encounter with the fascinating winged –world of dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies.  Learn to identify – and build your list through the summer months.

 

July 23rd :  Wetland Wonders – leader, Bill Crins
In the cool headwater streams, wet meadows and marshes in of Ballyduff’s “back-40”  marvel at the diversity of ferns, sedges and rushes this landscape has to offer.  Watch and listen for breeding birds that make the wetlands their home.  Share summer fare by fields of ripening grain.

 

August 13th : Seeing the Forest for the Trees – leader, Thom Unrau
Trees tell a story - of the dynamics of nature and of interaction with humankind.  Listen with care and probe gently into the secret life of trees.  You may see them – and yourself – in a whole new way.  Lunch is served behind the barn.

 

September 17th : Feathers, Flowers and other Finery – leaders, John Vandenberg & Eric Davis
Nature clothes herself in new colours – gold and mauve and brilliant red.  You are there. Walk through the tallgrass prairie, watch for waxwings in the locust trees and savour the scent of fall.  The trail ends with the fruit of the harvest on the table.

 

October 1st :  Fleetwood Valley – Then and Now – leader, Barbara Heidenreich
The Fleetwood Creek valley is a distinctive part of Ontario’s natural and cultural heritage.  Following brunch and an opening presentation explore the valley terrain.  Learn of its glacial origins.  Trace the history revealed in its current fields and forests.  Ponder its future – and ours  

Join us again this summer on Wednesday's and see what Chef McKenna has in the kitchen. 

We are open to the public on Wednesday's from 12pm - 2pm for lunch. The menu is made with local fresh ingredients and Chef McKenna's Choice. 

You may call to make a reservation or drop in. We are happy to schedule private events for groups over 10. Contact us for details. 

 

Winter Trails Open to the Public!


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Come and enjoy week-end cross-country skiing and snow shoeing on the Ballyduff Trails.  Through partnership with our McKim-Garsonnin neighbours we are now able to offer you free access to the 7 kilometers of groomed trails on their adjoining property which is under the protection of the Kawartha Land Trust. 

Here’s how it works: 

  • Access is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm  (beginning       December 31st)
  • Parking is at South Ponds Farms – fee $10:00 per vehicle (cash only in the drop box)
  • Trails are self-guided.
  • Trail maps are available
  • Use of trails is at your own risk. 
  • Dogs are not permitted on the trails

The use of personal equipment such as snowshoes and cross country skis is permitted - there will not be equipment available for rent. 

Lunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays. It includes hot soup of chili, bread, butter tart and hot chocolate or coffee for $15.00. 

Holiday Events

South Pond Farms hosts specialty events to celebrate holidays throughout the year. We combine traditional experiences with a South Pond twist.