From the farm to your community

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About us. Rancho Vignola has been bringing in the “Best of the New Crop” since 1980! Our products are purchased by individuals, families, buying groups, fundraising organizations and retail stores across Canada. Most of our products are sold on an annual “fresh from harvest” basis through our wholesale ordering season, which is effective each September. We also organize direct-to-consumer Harvest Sales, which currently take place each November in various communities across Western Canada (click here for details on all our Harvest Sales). Included in our product line of quality, bulk nuts and dried fruit are a variety of Gourmet Gifts, which are hand-packed in our Armstrong production facility.
Filbert trees, Fraser Valley

Our history…

Richard and Sue Vignola
Company founders Richard and Sue Vignola’s involvement in the food industry springs from the days when we operated a natural food store in the Okanagan town of Vernon, BC, in the late ’70s to early ’80s. Since our retail outlet was too small to carry a large inventory of bulk foods, we offered a bulk-buying service through a printed order sheet. This enabled our customers to purchase in large quantities at substantial savings. This service soon expanded to include the new crop harvest of quality and from California. After we sold our retail store, we became affiliated with a natural foods wholesaler in Vancouver as representatives for the BC Interior and Alberta. At the same time, our annual new crop sales continued to grow to the level where, in the fall of 1999, we gave up other work commitments to focus all our energies on our “nutty” business.

Our customers…

We started our family business selling to a small local group of friends and loyal customers from our health food store, but word spread quickly! Over the years, our customer base has diversified considerably, both in our customers’ lifestyles and locations. Our extensive list of products has something for everyone, especially those “foodies” who are concerned not only about how their food is grown, but also about the people who grow it. Rancho Vignola is committed to sourcing from farmers, growers and processors with whom we have established long-term relationships. Many of our customers place orders as individuals or families, while others order through larger community groups who, with their work colleagues, fundraise by selling Rancho products or operate retail stores. Our greatest concentration of customers is still in BC and Alberta, but we ship nationwide to customers as far away as Halifax and Inuvik.
Each year we see a lot of familiar names as well as some new ones. Some customers have been ordering with us for long enough that we hear from multiple generations of their family members, and we’re proud to have become part of their family traditions. We also love taking the opportunity to meet some of our customers at our annual Harvest Sales and at the festivals, sports extravaganzas and community events we sponsor.

Our growers…

our growers
We pride ourselves on being a direct link from the farm to your community! We travel far and wide, visiting farmers and processors, learning about growing practices and establishing positive relationships with the people who grow our food. Rancho Vignola is fully committed to fair trade principles and to valid certification for our organic products, wherever they are grown. We have many wonderful growers to thank for the wide variety of quality, wholesome products we offer, and encourage you to read our annual newsletter for stories about our farm visits all over the globe!
Each year we see a lot of familiar names as well as some new ones. Some customers have been ordering with us for long enough that we hear from multiple generations of their family members, and we’re proud to have become part of their family traditions. We also love taking the opportunity to meet some of our customers at our annual Harvest Sales and at the festivals, sports extravaganzas and community events we sponsor.

Why only once a year?…

Rancho Vignola products are the freshest on the market! We have built our business on the guarantee of new crop products, fresh from the current year’s harvest. We do not warehouse products from year to year and make an effort to sell out our inventory by Christmas. We also have an extensive donation program that allows us to provide nutritious products to those less fortunate, especially during the holiday season.

Annual newsletters…

Every summer we produce a colourful and informative newsletter to keep our customers up to date on what’s happening at Rancho Vignola. Here you can find a link to our current newsletter as well as many of the newsletters from years past.