Our Food Philosophy

Here at Sugar Ridge we like to encourage people to eat as if the future matters. Everything we serve is plant based, whole food. It’s healthy for your body and awesome for the environment. Most of what we serve is vegan and gluten free with minimal refined oils, minimal salt and natural sugar (in dessert only).

We support organic farmers and buy local as much as possible.. Why not try some of our favourite recipes at home?

We offer many retreats throughout the year which focus on mindful eating, juice fasting, safe detox, and cooking classes.

Just call Liz if you don’t see what you’re looking for on our current retreat offerings. 866-609-1793

Why Vegan?

In keeping with the philosophy of what is known as ahimsa, or non-harming, in yoga, we try to minimize the harm done in order to feed people. Farming of animals is contributing to global warming, pollution of water supply and a use of land which does not sustain the human population. Non harming also applies to not killing animals for use in food. We prepare each meal with love and compassion for those we feed.

We do serve eggs which we buy from an organic farm down the road with happy chickens running all over the place. If we serve cheese, it is vegetarian and organic.

Environmental Issues

As noted in a recent report from the World Health Organization, it is more beneficial to the environment to be vegetarian than it is to reduce fuel consumption in your home and/or car. Being a vegetarian and driving an SUV is much healthier for the environment than eating meat and driving a small fuel efficient car. Article on environmental reasons for eating vegetarian

If you are curious about global warming and the impact of meat on it, you’ll enjoy (and be disturbed) by the film Cowspiracy. You can find it on Netflix.  The film is based on the science behind the UN report which cites the animal agriculture industry as the leading factor in global warming.  You can read the facts here.

Why Organic?

There is lots of debate as to whether organic food is better for you or not. Our personal experience has been a change in physical wellness when eating organic foods. We also think flavours are richer. It costs much more, but why not err on the side of caution and do less harm to the environment? We are lucky to have an organic farm literally around the corner from us.  If you live near us you can contact John Williams at Williams Farm (705-526-8036) to buy produce. We also harvest a lot of our own produce in the garden here at Sugar Ridge.

You don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy the food here. We have surprised many die-hard meat-eaters with how great vegetarian food can be. It’s not just salad and boiled potatoes! Check out our menu, or better yet, come and taste for yourself. We dare you!

If you want more information on being vegetarian or on animal rights issues visit the Toronto Vegetarian Association or PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)