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Posts By: Indra McMorran
Wholesale ordering begins!

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Welcome to another harvest season of The Best of the New Crop! We know many of you, like us, have been suffering with the smoky skies for weeks now. Fortunately, it’s nowhere near as bad as the deadly fires experienced in Southern California and parts of Europe.  

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Crop news: bringing in the harvest!

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Building and maintaining relationships with the farming families who grow and process our products has always been one of Rancho Vignola’s highest priorities. Our family members have travelled the world to shake the hands of those we work with so closely, and we think this strong connection helps us to bring you the very best… Read more »

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Pandering to pumpkins! A visit to Schalk Müehle, Styria, Austria

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The soil appears baked dry under the relentless sun, but even with no rain in the forecast for this area of Austria – Styria – the farmer we’re visiting seems optimistic about a good harvest! This region is famous for its Styrian pumpkin seeds, which is a sturdy crop with few predators and, fortunately, somewhat… Read more »

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Rhubarb Delights

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It is rhubarb season! Rhubarb is a wonderful perennial plant to have in the garden – so easy to grow and care for. If you have an abundance of rhubarb and no time to use it, you can easily chop up the stalks and freeze it for later use, but let’s talk about some delicious and… Read more »

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Nuts about nuts? So are we!

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The farmers markets are back in full swing around our home province of BC, and with them comes an abundance of fresh local produce. One of the things we love to get at this time of year is fresh salad greens! If you’re looking for a way to make your lunch or dinner salad a… Read more »

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Wild harvesting nettles, smoothie recipe and cooking inspiration!

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One of the sure signs of spring for me, besides more sunshine, is the sight of young nettle plants coming up. Stinging nettle is one of my favourite wild plants to harvest. It is the first edible spring green that I like to forage for and it is delicious! Nettle season is now upon us here in… Read more »

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Racing, travelling and bringing familiar foods to faraway places

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March is here, the ski season is over halfway done and I’m currently midway through a trip in central Europe, gearing up for another few weeks of international racing! This winter has so far been an amazing whirlwind of racing, recovery and travel. The season kicked off in December with some NorAm (national-level) races at… Read more »

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Eat More Bars

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We love it when customers share recipes with us! We’re all big fans of food here at Rancho Vignola and we’re always up to trying out something new. We’ve gotten lots of positive feedback from staff and customers who’ve enjoyed this recipe, so we wanted to make sure you got a chance to try it… Read more »

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News from the 2017 harvest!

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In a nutshell: the California summer is hot, but the almond harvest is anticipating a bumper crop; a price rise for Brazil nuts due to low rainfall in Peru; a bumper crop expected for pistachios; walnut prices remain stable; hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds prices are down; raisin prices remain stable; and overall, dried fruit… Read more »

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Welcome home to Shanda Hill, ultra-athlete!

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We at Rancho Vignola are very excited to be among those welcoming our long-time staff member and ultra-athlete Shanda Hill back to Vernon after a month’s absence in Switzerland! Shanda has just finished the Swissultra Deca race in Buchs, Switzerland, which took place August 16 to 31.

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