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Richard and the low-down on Breakfast Mix

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Even though breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for many of us, we just don’t make adequate time in the morning to nourish ourselves properly.

In this video, Richard explains a simple way to make a quick and nutritious breakfast for yourself or a whole family. Rancho Vignola proudly produces our own line of trail mixes that are unique, colourful and delicious. Our Breakfast Mix is the product of Richard’s experimenting with which nuts, seeds and dried fruit he loves on his morning oats. Containing all certified organic raisins, dried cranberries, baby native pecans, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds, this balanced mix meets a body’s requirements to start a good day.
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Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins: YUM!

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You can have muffins for breakfast, dessert, snacks or whenever you like to eat them; they’re delicious and everyone has a favourite.

These are one of my mine and I’ve made them often for myself, friends, family and co-workers. They’re always received with enthusiasm.

Careful when you start sharing them though, you’ll be asked to make more!
Read more on “Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins: YUM!” »

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Shanda’s Power Bars

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Shanda HillShanda Hill is not only an inspiring athlete, she also is an excellent vegetarian cook. Over the many years that Shanda has worked with Rancho Vignola, she has provided countless soups, casseroles, cakes, pastries and almost every Rancho product dipped in chocolate. Around this girl, no one will ever go hungry!

Thanks, Shanda, for your many talents and all that great food!
Read more on “Shanda’s Power Bars” »

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From the archives: Why do we always run out of organic mango?

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It’s no secret, if you have ever had the chance to try Rancho Vignola’s organic dried mango, you know it is simply delicious… and addictive! If you haven’t tried it yet, get in on the good stuff by ordering it wholesale in September, otherwise there won’t be much left for you to try! Every year we order extra, and every year we run out ~ it is THAT good.

Sue and Richard Vignola

In 2008, Sue and Richard Vignola had the chance to travel to Mexico to see what made these dried mangoes so fantastic, and they were thrilled to see the operation behind one of our most popular products. Rancho Vignola sources organic dried mango from a company called Fine Dried Foods. It’s also where we get our unsulphured pineapple and our organic whole dried bananas. Fine Dried Foods (and Mazazul Organics, its Mexican counterpart) is comprised of a group of shareholders committed to fostering sustainable agriculture in developing countries. Rusty Brown, the head of the company, not only manages the office and warehouse in Santa Cruz, California, but also custom designs all the equipment used in the processing plants in Mexico. After completing university with a background in alternative engineering, Rusty was the recipient of a US government grant to build solar drying equipment. The mango processing plant is located just outside the town of El Rosario, roughly 100 kilometres south of Mazatlan.
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Another successful season

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Jayme McKillop bumps into Faye Oswald on the streets of Victoria! Faye is a long-time employee, customer and friend from Camrose, Alberta.

We here at Rancho Vignola have had a fabulous few weeks clearing out our warehouse and shipping orders all over the country. A huge thank you to all who ordered from us during our Spring Clearance Sale. We hope you had a good experience with us, and that you enjoy your wonderful food! We will finish shipping this week, so if you haven’t received your order yet, it is on its way.

We have the best warehouse and office staff! They work so hard to help customers get the products they want, out of quickly depleting stock, and they do it with a smile. A giant thank you to our wonderful staff for pulling off another successful Spring Clearance Sale with grace!
Read more on “Another successful season” »

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SPRING CLEARANCE SALE UPDATE

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After an amazing response in the first few days of our Spring Clearance Sale, the shelves in the Rancho warehouse are already starting to look bare! Products are selling out quickly but we still have some great deals on many of the popular favourites including cashews, pistachios, walnuts, cranberries, goji berries and raisins, as well as our own custom-made trail mixes! Ordering will remain open until Saturday, March 15th so get these and other great products while they last.
Read more on “SPRING CLEARANCE SALE UPDATE” »

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Moroccan cooking with Chef Heidi Fink

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Lamb tagine with prunes and sliced almonds.

 

The London Chef, Victoria, BC’s culinary classroom, was filled with the aromatic smell of exotic spices, thanks to Chef Heidi Fink and Rancho Vignola partnering to host a Moroccan-themed cooking class on February 16th. Twelve enthusiastic students embarked on a culinary adventure on a rainy Sunday night, taking them to the bazaars of Morocco and back.
Read more on “Moroccan cooking with Chef Heidi Fink” »

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From Chef Heidi Fink: Spanish Spiced Almond Tapa (Almendas Fritas)

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Hey, Everybody! 

Rancho Vignola has, once again, teamed up with the lovely and talented Chef Heidi Fink for another great opportunity. Check out the details below and if you are in the Victoria area and one of the lucky winners of the discounted class, we hope to see you on February 16th! 

From Chef Heidi:
Read more on “From Chef Heidi Fink: Spanish Spiced Almond Tapa (Almendas Fritas)” »


Welcome, 2014! How about a new recipe!

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First off, we wish our friends in the East the very best in all this extreme weather. I couldn’t imagine what -40° feels like, and I really hope everyone is warm and safe. Getting back to normal after such intense weather must be very challenging. Our hopes and thoughts are with you all at this frightening time.

Sometimes wonderful recipes come to us in the strangest ways. For instance, this recipe came from a friend who works in Vernon, BC as a social worker, with an organization that helps to encourage and empower young mothers in the community. My friend sent me a message asking what the ingredients are in Rancho’s Own Organic Breakfast Mix. I sent back the list of ingredients, then asked why she needed them. She informed me that one of her clients had received the mix in her Christmas hamper and had no idea what to do with it. So they baked cookies! The result was delicious, and my friend wanted to recreate the mix and bake the cookies again.
Read more on “Welcome, 2014! How about a new recipe!” »

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December is here already?

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OnlineDecCardDecember has totally snuck up on us, yet again! The temperature is dropping dramatically around here, but the warehouse is still bustling and busy, because… it’s our December Harvest Event Online!

So, if you weren’t able to get all you wanted at our Harvest Events in communities across BC and Alberta, now is your chance online.

NO order minimum and shipping is free to major centres [after] if you spend over $300.00.
Read more on “December is here already?” »



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Richard and the low-down on Breakfast Mix

Posted by & filed under article, recipe, video.

Even though breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for many of us, we just don’t make adequate time in the morning to nourish ourselves properly.

In this video, Richard explains a simple way to make a quick and nutritious breakfast for yourself or a whole family. Rancho Vignola proudly produces our own line of trail mixes that are unique, colourful and delicious. Our Breakfast Mix is the product of Richard’s experimenting with which nuts, seeds and dried fruit he loves on his morning oats. Containing all certified organic raisins, dried cranberries, baby native pecans, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds, this balanced mix meets a body’s requirements to start a good day.
Read more on “Richard and the low-down on Breakfast Mix” »

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Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins: YUM!

Posted by & filed under recipe.

You can have muffins for breakfast, dessert, snacks or whenever you like to eat them; they’re delicious and everyone has a favourite.

These are one of my mine and I’ve made them often for myself, friends, family and co-workers. They’re always received with enthusiasm.

Careful when you start sharing them though, you’ll be asked to make more!
Read more on “Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins: YUM!” »

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


Shanda’s Power Bars

Posted by & filed under recipe, video.

Shanda HillShanda Hill is not only an inspiring athlete, she also is an excellent vegetarian cook. Over the many years that Shanda has worked with Rancho Vignola, she has provided countless soups, casseroles, cakes, pastries and almost every Rancho product dipped in chocolate. Around this girl, no one will ever go hungry!

Thanks, Shanda, for your many talents and all that great food!
Read more on “Shanda’s Power Bars” »

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From the archives: Why do we always run out of organic mango?

Posted by & filed under article.

It’s no secret, if you have ever had the chance to try Rancho Vignola’s organic dried mango, you know it is simply delicious… and addictive! If you haven’t tried it yet, get in on the good stuff by ordering it wholesale in September, otherwise there won’t be much left for you to try! Every year we order extra, and every year we run out ~ it is THAT good.

Sue and Richard Vignola

In 2008, Sue and Richard Vignola had the chance to travel to Mexico to see what made these dried mangoes so fantastic, and they were thrilled to see the operation behind one of our most popular products. Rancho Vignola sources organic dried mango from a company called Fine Dried Foods. It’s also where we get our unsulphured pineapple and our organic whole dried bananas. Fine Dried Foods (and Mazazul Organics, its Mexican counterpart) is comprised of a group of shareholders committed to fostering sustainable agriculture in developing countries. Rusty Brown, the head of the company, not only manages the office and warehouse in Santa Cruz, California, but also custom designs all the equipment used in the processing plants in Mexico. After completing university with a background in alternative engineering, Rusty was the recipient of a US government grant to build solar drying equipment. The mango processing plant is located just outside the town of El Rosario, roughly 100 kilometres south of Mazatlan.
Read more on “From the archives: Why do we always run out of organic mango?” »

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Another successful season

Posted by & filed under article.

Jayme McKillop bumps into Faye Oswald on the streets of Victoria! Faye is a long-time employee, customer and friend from Camrose, Alberta.

We here at Rancho Vignola have had a fabulous few weeks clearing out our warehouse and shipping orders all over the country. A huge thank you to all who ordered from us during our Spring Clearance Sale. We hope you had a good experience with us, and that you enjoy your wonderful food! We will finish shipping this week, so if you haven’t received your order yet, it is on its way.

We have the best warehouse and office staff! They work so hard to help customers get the products they want, out of quickly depleting stock, and they do it with a smile. A giant thank you to our wonderful staff for pulling off another successful Spring Clearance Sale with grace!
Read more on “Another successful season” »

Tags: , , , ,


SPRING CLEARANCE SALE UPDATE

Posted by & filed under recipe.

After an amazing response in the first few days of our Spring Clearance Sale, the shelves in the Rancho warehouse are already starting to look bare! Products are selling out quickly but we still have some great deals on many of the popular favourites including cashews, pistachios, walnuts, cranberries, goji berries and raisins, as well as our own custom-made trail mixes! Ordering will remain open until Saturday, March 15th so get these and other great products while they last.
Read more on “SPRING CLEARANCE SALE UPDATE” »

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


Moroccan cooking with Chef Heidi Fink

Posted by & filed under article.

Lamb tagine with prunes and sliced almonds.

 

The London Chef, Victoria, BC’s culinary classroom, was filled with the aromatic smell of exotic spices, thanks to Chef Heidi Fink and Rancho Vignola partnering to host a Moroccan-themed cooking class on February 16th. Twelve enthusiastic students embarked on a culinary adventure on a rainy Sunday night, taking them to the bazaars of Morocco and back.
Read more on “Moroccan cooking with Chef Heidi Fink” »

Tags: , , , , , , , ,


From Chef Heidi Fink: Spanish Spiced Almond Tapa (Almendas Fritas)

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

Hey, Everybody! 

Rancho Vignola has, once again, teamed up with the lovely and talented Chef Heidi Fink for another great opportunity. Check out the details below and if you are in the Victoria area and one of the lucky winners of the discounted class, we hope to see you on February 16th! 

From Chef Heidi:
Read more on “From Chef Heidi Fink: Spanish Spiced Almond Tapa (Almendas Fritas)” »


Welcome, 2014! How about a new recipe!

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

First off, we wish our friends in the East the very best in all this extreme weather. I couldn’t imagine what -40° feels like, and I really hope everyone is warm and safe. Getting back to normal after such intense weather must be very challenging. Our hopes and thoughts are with you all at this frightening time.

Sometimes wonderful recipes come to us in the strangest ways. For instance, this recipe came from a friend who works in Vernon, BC as a social worker, with an organization that helps to encourage and empower young mothers in the community. My friend sent me a message asking what the ingredients are in Rancho’s Own Organic Breakfast Mix. I sent back the list of ingredients, then asked why she needed them. She informed me that one of her clients had received the mix in her Christmas hamper and had no idea what to do with it. So they baked cookies! The result was delicious, and my friend wanted to recreate the mix and bake the cookies again.
Read more on “Welcome, 2014! How about a new recipe!” »

Tags: , ,


December is here already?

Posted by & filed under article.

OnlineDecCardDecember has totally snuck up on us, yet again! The temperature is dropping dramatically around here, but the warehouse is still bustling and busy, because… it’s our December Harvest Event Online!

So, if you weren’t able to get all you wanted at our Harvest Events in communities across BC and Alberta, now is your chance online.

NO order minimum and shipping is free to major centres [after] if you spend over $300.00.
Read more on “December is here already?” »