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Almonds: Rancho product of the week

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Growth and Production

Approximately 80% of the world’s almond crops are harvested from the drought-stricken state of California. They are ranked as California’s top agricultural export and largest tree nut crop in both dollar value and land usage. With close to 900,000 acres of mature orchards in the Central Valley, almonds are a crop that positively affects many industries in communities throughout the state. California’s entire almond crop uses approximately 10% of the state’s agricultural water usage annually.
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Candied Toffee Almonds

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DSC_0068B-sqFor those who don’t receive our annual newsletter, we thought you should also know about this recipe!

I love these sweet almonds, although I have made the same recipe with a number of other nuts with great success.

Almonds, like most nuts, are very nutrient-dense, specifically good for those who don’t get enough calcium in their diet.

Try this recipe for a sweet snack that still offers your body real fuel to get you though your day.
Read more on “Candied Toffee Almonds” »

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2015 wholesale season, here we come!

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DSC_0409-sqWelcome to the beginning of our 2015 wholesale season and 35th anniversary!

We’ve had a busy few weeks talking to the people who grow and produce the many delicious products we carry, we’re hearing great things about this year’s crops and we’re excited to be bringing another harvest to you.

We’re also excited to announce a few contest winners!
Read more on “2015 wholesale season, here we come!” »

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Hemp Greek Salad

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DSC_0041R-sqGreek salad has become a favourite salad of mine over the last few years, perfect in the summer and fall when fresh veggies are plentiful.

I love having a big bowl, it satisfies my hunger and cravings while being primarily a vegetable-based meal.

Because of the high vegetable content, I like to mix in some hemp seeds. I find they complement the salad really well and add some extra natural oils, protein and essential nutrients.

Keep this salad in mind for gatherings and potlucks. A large batch is easy to put together, with only some basic chopping skills needed!
Read more on “Hemp Greek Salad” »

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Contest: Fuel for your body

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In the lead, our own Shanda Hill, one of Rancho Vignola’s sponsored athletes.

Since the beginning of time, nuts and dried fruits have been a staple food for humans.

Walnuts were considered food of the gods by the early Romans, and almonds were among the first plants to be cultivated.

Drying and dehydration were the earliest forms of food preservation: hunters and gatherers collected sun-dried fruits fallen from the trees and valued them for their longevity and their concentrated sweetness.

Modern trade systems allow for easy access to these products on a global scale and they continue to make up a significant portion of the human diet around the world. Read more on “Contest: Fuel for your body” »

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Contest: Recipe of the year

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Recipe2Over the years we have been able to put together an incredible collection of recipes for our readers to enjoy. It is one of our favourite sections at the website and we really believe there is something for everyone. So many memories are made in the kitchen, and many family traditions have solid foundations built amidst those four walls. We have always been inspired by top-quality ingredients and strive to bring people together through wholesome, and sometimes playful, food.
Read more on “Contest: Recipe of the year” »

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What is a superfood anyway?

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The term “superfood” was coined by the health food industry to help consumers identify foods that are nutritionally dense and offer dietary benefits. There is speculation that the term drives sales of exotic (read: expensive) imported foods which don’t necessarily have more nutritional value over their North American or local counterparts. While there are no official rules when it comes to labelling a food as “super,” the usual suspects consist of plant-based edibles and some fish that have an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals ~ basically, the good stuff!
Read more on “What is a superfood anyway?” »

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2015 MusicFest memories

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gift-basket-winner-sqThanks to everyone who braved the rain and came out to Courtenay/Comox Valley to celebrate another MusicFest!

Brilliant performances by so many great musicians from BC, across Canada and the globe meant that we could forget the rain and get lost in the magic of the music.

Thanks also to our friendly customers who stopped by the Rancho booth to say hi, taste some great products and purchase a bag or two; we greatly appreciate your support.

Congratulations to the winner of our gorgeous gourmet Gift Basket, local resident and long-time Rancho customer Medwyn McConachy!
Read more on “2015 MusicFest memories” »

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Date Squares

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DSC_0046B-sqGrowing up, date squares were a dessert my mother would always make.

While she’s a very talented cook, she never loved baking sweets.

The beauty of these squares is that they’re not nearly as finicky as many desserts, and the flexibility makes them great for those who may not love baking or are still learning.

Date squares have been around for many years, and for good reason!

Using Barhi dates instead of the traditional Deglet or Medjool gives this dish a whole new flavour.

These squares are fabulous on their own, with a dollop of whipping cream or a scoop of ice cream.
Read more on “Date Squares” »

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Nut Butter Freezer Fudge

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DSC_0043B-sqI know we’ve shared this recipe before in our summer newsletter, but I feel it’s worth revisiting due to its popularity!

With only a few ingredients, no cooking skills needed (kid-friendly!) and never-ending variations, this recipe doesn’t get old.

We all crave sweets sometimes, so why not indulge in something you can feel good about having made yourself?

Not to mention nut and seed butters are packed with healthy nutrients your body loves, and your taste buds will as well.

So dig in, have a bite (or more) and don’t feel guilty, we all deserve some sweetness in our lives.

Read more on “Nut Butter Freezer Fudge” »

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Almonds: Rancho product of the week

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

Almonds-Resized-sq

Growth and Production

Approximately 80% of the world’s almond crops are harvested from the drought-stricken state of California. They are ranked as California’s top agricultural export and largest tree nut crop in both dollar value and land usage. With close to 900,000 acres of mature orchards in the Central Valley, almonds are a crop that positively affects many industries in communities throughout the state. California’s entire almond crop uses approximately 10% of the state’s agricultural water usage annually.
Read more on “Almonds: Rancho product of the week” »

Tags: , , , ,


Candied Toffee Almonds

Posted by & filed under recipe.

DSC_0068B-sqFor those who don’t receive our annual newsletter, we thought you should also know about this recipe!

I love these sweet almonds, although I have made the same recipe with a number of other nuts with great success.

Almonds, like most nuts, are very nutrient-dense, specifically good for those who don’t get enough calcium in their diet.

Try this recipe for a sweet snack that still offers your body real fuel to get you though your day.
Read more on “Candied Toffee Almonds” »

Tags: , , , , ,


2015 wholesale season, here we come!

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

DSC_0409-sqWelcome to the beginning of our 2015 wholesale season and 35th anniversary!

We’ve had a busy few weeks talking to the people who grow and produce the many delicious products we carry, we’re hearing great things about this year’s crops and we’re excited to be bringing another harvest to you.

We’re also excited to announce a few contest winners!
Read more on “2015 wholesale season, here we come!” »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,


Hemp Greek Salad

Posted by & filed under recipe.

DSC_0041R-sqGreek salad has become a favourite salad of mine over the last few years, perfect in the summer and fall when fresh veggies are plentiful.

I love having a big bowl, it satisfies my hunger and cravings while being primarily a vegetable-based meal.

Because of the high vegetable content, I like to mix in some hemp seeds. I find they complement the salad really well and add some extra natural oils, protein and essential nutrients.

Keep this salad in mind for gatherings and potlucks. A large batch is easy to put together, with only some basic chopping skills needed!
Read more on “Hemp Greek Salad” »

Tags: , , ,


Contest: Fuel for your body

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Shanda-sq

In the lead, our own Shanda Hill, one of Rancho Vignola’s sponsored athletes.

Since the beginning of time, nuts and dried fruits have been a staple food for humans.

Walnuts were considered food of the gods by the early Romans, and almonds were among the first plants to be cultivated.

Drying and dehydration were the earliest forms of food preservation: hunters and gatherers collected sun-dried fruits fallen from the trees and valued them for their longevity and their concentrated sweetness.

Modern trade systems allow for easy access to these products on a global scale and they continue to make up a significant portion of the human diet around the world. Read more on “Contest: Fuel for your body” »

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Contest: Recipe of the year

Posted by & filed under article.

Recipe2Over the years we have been able to put together an incredible collection of recipes for our readers to enjoy. It is one of our favourite sections at the website and we really believe there is something for everyone. So many memories are made in the kitchen, and many family traditions have solid foundations built amidst those four walls. We have always been inspired by top-quality ingredients and strive to bring people together through wholesome, and sometimes playful, food.
Read more on “Contest: Recipe of the year” »

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What is a superfood anyway?

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The term “superfood” was coined by the health food industry to help consumers identify foods that are nutritionally dense and offer dietary benefits. There is speculation that the term drives sales of exotic (read: expensive) imported foods which don’t necessarily have more nutritional value over their North American or local counterparts. While there are no official rules when it comes to labelling a food as “super,” the usual suspects consist of plant-based edibles and some fish that have an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals ~ basically, the good stuff!
Read more on “What is a superfood anyway?” »

Tag:


2015 MusicFest memories

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gift-basket-winner-sqThanks to everyone who braved the rain and came out to Courtenay/Comox Valley to celebrate another MusicFest!

Brilliant performances by so many great musicians from BC, across Canada and the globe meant that we could forget the rain and get lost in the magic of the music.

Thanks also to our friendly customers who stopped by the Rancho booth to say hi, taste some great products and purchase a bag or two; we greatly appreciate your support.

Congratulations to the winner of our gorgeous gourmet Gift Basket, local resident and long-time Rancho customer Medwyn McConachy!
Read more on “2015 MusicFest memories” »

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Date Squares

Posted by & filed under recipe.

DSC_0046B-sqGrowing up, date squares were a dessert my mother would always make.

While she’s a very talented cook, she never loved baking sweets.

The beauty of these squares is that they’re not nearly as finicky as many desserts, and the flexibility makes them great for those who may not love baking or are still learning.

Date squares have been around for many years, and for good reason!

Using Barhi dates instead of the traditional Deglet or Medjool gives this dish a whole new flavour.

These squares are fabulous on their own, with a dollop of whipping cream or a scoop of ice cream.
Read more on “Date Squares” »

Tags: , , , , , , ,


Nut Butter Freezer Fudge

Posted by & filed under recipe.

DSC_0043B-sqI know we’ve shared this recipe before in our summer newsletter, but I feel it’s worth revisiting due to its popularity!

With only a few ingredients, no cooking skills needed (kid-friendly!) and never-ending variations, this recipe doesn’t get old.

We all crave sweets sometimes, so why not indulge in something you can feel good about having made yourself?

Not to mention nut and seed butters are packed with healthy nutrients your body loves, and your taste buds will as well.

So dig in, have a bite (or more) and don’t feel guilty, we all deserve some sweetness in our lives.

Read more on “Nut Butter Freezer Fudge” »

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