“My summer of training has been mostly dry-land training such as roller skiing, running and biking in and around Canmore, Alberta, but highlighted by a three-week, on-snow training camp in August at Snow Farm in New Zealand. Starting in May, the first few months of summer training are focused on building up our aerobic base,… Read more »
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Welcome, October! Now that it is officially fall, it’s time to shift our focus to all things autumn. The nights are becoming cooler, the leaves are beginning to slip from the trees, and it’s time to break out those favourite harvest-time foods. One of my go-to snacks, raw, roasted or salted, hulled or in-shell, there’s… Read more »
With autumn just around the corner, it only seems fitting that this month we feature a Thanksgiving dinner staple: the cranberry! Small yet powerful, cranberries, also known as Vaccinium macrocarpon, bear berries, mossberries or fenberries, are small, round, ruby-coloured berries that pack a punch.
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 »
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.
Mark your calendars, everybody – it’s that time of year again! We’re currently busy contacting our farmers and suppliers to get the latest crop news and up-to-date pricing for this year’s harvest. Remember, buying wholesale is only available once a year in September, and it’s the absolute best way to get the products you want,… Read more »
This month we get to feature the blushing apricot – what a beauty! Sweet, tart, dense, chewy, dried apricots have it all going on. Add the impressive nutritional benefits and the gorgeous shades available, and we think you should definitely be adding these tasty gems into your diet on a regular basis.
Rancho Vignola proudly sponsors athletes across Canada through product donations. As many of our wonderful customers will attest, quality nuts, seeds and dried fruit are an ideal fuel for sustaining active lifestyles and pursuits! One athlete that we are so proud to fuel is Shanda Hill of Vernon, British Columbia.
Chances are good that your summer has so far included at least one of a delicious crisp summer salad, a soft hamburger bun, or a delicious creamy scoop of hummus made from sweet tahini. The humble yet mighty sesame seed was likely a part of each of those! This month we celebrate and learn more about the delicate yet powerful sesame seed.
This month we highlight one of our favourites, the always-popular hazelnut. Hazelnuts are a very common choice in confectionery and baking applications. Their wonderfully nutty and slightly sweet taste, crisp crunch and firm texture, however, make hazelnuts a diverse accompaniment in cooking, in addition to making a tasty snack.