I was fortunate enough to spend the day in Woodstock at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. It’s only 2 hours north of the city, and is well worth the visit. If you haven’t met a sheep or a turkey, a cow or a goat – make sure to take a day and head up to visit and meet some of the animals who have been rescued from some harrowing situations. It’s thrilling and surprising how complex, intelligent, and affectionate these critters are (especially considering their previous experiences around humans). Sanctuary founders Doug and Jenny are incredible hosts and give daily tours of the farm.

After a day of relaxing, exploring and socializing on the farm – Garden Cafe on the Green was the scene for our dinner. We sat outdoors in the garden, and Master Chef Pam created a delectable menu:

Curried Panko Crusted Fresh Green Pea Fritter lightly pan fried with toasted coconut sauce.

Spring Vegetable Risotto Cake with Balsamic Caramelized Onion tempeh with red pepper basil artichoke sauce, sauteed greens.

Vegan Caesar tossed with red onions, homemade croutons and toasted almonds.

Polenta with Peas and Mushrooms with Basil Leek Tomato Sauce roasted asparagus and marinated artichoke salad with black olive mustard dressing, pan fried tempeh round with caramelized onion and roasted pepper relish sauteed greens.