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Rumtopf: Clean out your freezer to make room for your new Rancho stock!

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Without fail, every year I find little bits of this and that left over from last year’s Rancho order that need using up. I’m sure some folks can relate. And every year, I am looking for ways to clean up and clean out my small chest freezer to make room for all the summer fruit I froze and all my Rancho goodies coming in November. This year a friend mentioned making rumtopf out of her seasonal summer fruit and I was struck by inspiration!
Read more on “Rumtopf: Clean out your freezer to make room for your new Rancho stock!” »


Tomato Apple Chutney with Goji Berries and Candied Ginger

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I have so many tomatoes in my garden this year. I have dehydrated, canned, frozen, made sauce, made more sauce and eaten so many! I wanted to do something different with a few pounds of them before I just started giving them all away! Something that I had never made, but that I thought would really enhance my winter collection of canned goods. I settled on making a chutney! My love of hot curries, stinky cheese and roasted veggies make having chutney around in the winter a real treat. So I searched for the right recipe online. Here in the Okanagan, apples in September are NOT hard to find. In fact, there are so many types of apples that the hard part is figuring out which ones will taste right with which recipe. I found a recipe at AllRecipes.ca that I thought would be perfect for my existing ingredients, though I am physically unable to leave a recipe alone. I just had to change it a teeny bit.
Read more on “Tomato Apple Chutney with Goji Berries and Candied Ginger” »


Rancho Vignola and the Parade Brigade

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The Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) happens every September long weekend in Armstrong and let me tell you, it is a spectacle. Armstrong isn’t a big town, maybe 4,500 people not including the surrounding area. So when the town swells to host 150,000 people for five days, you feel like you are in a swarm of bees! I suppose that might be why the theme for the IPE this year was ~’Catch the Buzz’~.

Rancho Vignola has been involved with the parade every year for the past five or so years and, I must say, we just have such a good time! We give out little bags of trail mix to the folks watching the parade. Now, not everyone can have one, because there are sometimes up to 20,000 people at the IPE parade! Oh, but those folks that do get our little package of goodies love us! Well, at least most of them do. We often hear mothers say to their kids, “Hey, that’s Mom’s treat; you can have the candy,” or, “Ooooo, grown-up goodies!” Sometimes children will say, “Oh, it’s okay, I don’t want that. I thought it was candy.” This year, we had a little boy say, “Eeeewww, this has raisins in it!” So, much to our chagrin, not everyone loves our treats.
Read more on “Rancho Vignola and the Parade Brigade” »


Health matters

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It is so easy to forget about eating healthy when you’re in a hurry. Rushing out the door in the morning or grabbing something at lunch time, rather than planning for healthy choices, is common in our fast paced world. There’s that tricky word… “planning.” Easier said than done, I know!

Dried fruit and nuts are convenient grab-and-go snacks! They are semi-perishable and can be kept in your cupboard for a year when bought fresh. I keep the bulk of my dried fruits, nuts, and seeds in my freezer and transfer them to my cupboard when I need them. That way, I’m not always having to dig around in my freezer and my cupboard stays well stocked for the year.
Read more on “Health matters” »


Summertime fun! A whole lot of art and music

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Sample, anyone?

Rancho Vignola is a very proud supporter of the arts and music community all over BC and we are spreading our love a bit more every year. Through community sponsorships and opportunities to promote our brand, we have had the pleasure of working with many organizations to share food and fun. It truly is a wonderful way to highlight what we do best: deliver good food to good people.

This year our summer adventures began at Vancouver Island Music Festival.
Read more on “Summertime fun! A whole lot of art and music” »


Canmore! The gateway to Alberta… and… lots of bunnies!

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Bunnies were everywhere. Nibbling here and there, completely unattainable to a self-professed snuggly creature cuddle-lover like myself. I couldn’t catch any of those little things. Not from lack of trying, I’ll have you know!

Now, Canmore, I swear, has grown by ten thousand people since I was there last year! It is such a bustling little mountain town. I suppose, with it being June, that many of those people were tourists, yet judging by the amount of housing development going on folks are moving there without a doubt. This is where I first met Melanie Schultz. Melanie contacted Rancho Vignola last summer saying that she had eaten our products her whole life, because she is from Camrose. Now she is a competing world-class biathlete who really needed sponsorship. A match was made and we are so thankful to have her as one of our athletic sponsorships. She is so amazing at sharing our information with people all across Canada. This trip we had hoped to meet up, but she was in BC while I was in Alberta. So we couldn’t have a visit, but she introduced me to an amazing lady at an empowerment program for young women called Fast and Female. Melanie had told me about this program and how amazing it is for girls. She told me that Marie-Helene and I would hit it off and Rancho would be a great fit with the program. Fast and Female doesn’t just support young female skiers, this program looks at all girls in sport and really tries to be a resource for ANY young women wanting to keep competing. Gives me goose bumps just thinking about it!
Read more on “Canmore! The gateway to Alberta… and… lots of bunnies!” »


Rancho Vignola “picnic packs” available now at Summerhill Pyramid Winery

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Summerhill Pyramid WineryYou know what goes well with wine? Organic nuts and dried fruit! Well, at least that’s what we think and what better place to have a picnic than at Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

We have partnered up with the prestigious Okanagan organic Summerhill Pyramid Winery to sell our organic mixes, hand mixed in our Armstrong warehouse, then packaged in perfect little, resealable, pouch bags.

Go in for a spectacular wine tasting and grab a healthy snack while you’re there.
Read more on “Rancho Vignola “picnic packs” available now at Summerhill Pyramid Winery” »


Project CHEF, how we love thee…

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One of my long-term goals in life has always been to be part of an educational program that helps people learn about the importance of eating a whole foods diet. I figured that that meant I needed to work with adults who had not learned to cook very well. Boy, was I wrong on that fact! Kids are far more interested and curious about learning to cook and eat. Especially when you make it fun! That’s why I was so proud to see Rancho Vignola sponsor a program like Project CHEF.
Read more on “Project CHEF, how we love thee…” »


Hitting the blogging highway with Rancho Vignola

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Having just come out of a Spring Clearance Event online that attracted WAY more customers than we anticipated, we are learning a lot about the art of online purchasing. How to appeal to our amazing customers, as well as keep our inventory records up to date and functioning. Business is so unique these days. A business like ours? Completely unique! “Catch up” is a game we often find ourselves playing.

Rancho Vignola operates under a different set of principles than most companies. We pride ourselves on providing quality whole food products to customers in rural regions of Canada and we offer a service that most companies don’t. We offer the freshest nuts, dried fruit, seeds and fine confection available and we ship it to you. The catch is, we don’t operate year round! We have specific times of year that you can purchase from us and each time it’s a bit of a different shopping experience. I’m going to break it down for you:

September: WHOLESALE ORDERING ~ IN A NUTSHELL!

  • Wholesale ordering is only available in September.
  • Order minimum is $500.
  • Products are available in full case and 5 lb quantities.
  • This is set up as pre-orders. Orders are shipped to customers in November.

November: Ship wholesale orders across Canada
Read more on “Hitting the blogging highway with Rancho Vignola” »


Chia Pudding, anyone?

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Chia seeds are remarkable tiny morsels of goodness and I have found them to be a necessary part of my regular diet. Get it… regular? Well, that’s what I meant! Just make sure you drink plenty of water when you first start eating chia seeds! Once you place chia seeds in a liquid, they will continue to expand until they have taken up all the liquid there is. This can be really great for our insides, but it also can have a few side effects. Keeping those little guys moving is the key!

The list of health benefits on these “celebrity seeds” (yes!, your chia pet is made from chia seeds; we should have been eating our “pets” a long time ago!) is sooo long! I’m not going to focus on that too much. Instead, I’m going to share what I love about them and how they make me feel. I love how they thicken things when you add them to a liquid. Salad dressings, smoothies, sauces, and puddings all become thicker and have a better consistency with a touch of chia! I also feel very satiated after eating them. Because chia seeds are relatively high in protein, they leave me feeling full and satisfied.
Read more on “Chia Pudding, anyone?” »



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Rumtopf: Clean out your freezer to make room for your new Rancho stock!

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

Without fail, every year I find little bits of this and that left over from last year’s Rancho order that need using up. I’m sure some folks can relate. And every year, I am looking for ways to clean up and clean out my small chest freezer to make room for all the summer fruit I froze and all my Rancho goodies coming in November. This year a friend mentioned making rumtopf out of her seasonal summer fruit and I was struck by inspiration!
Read more on “Rumtopf: Clean out your freezer to make room for your new Rancho stock!” »


Tomato Apple Chutney with Goji Berries and Candied Ginger

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

I have so many tomatoes in my garden this year. I have dehydrated, canned, frozen, made sauce, made more sauce and eaten so many! I wanted to do something different with a few pounds of them before I just started giving them all away! Something that I had never made, but that I thought would really enhance my winter collection of canned goods. I settled on making a chutney! My love of hot curries, stinky cheese and roasted veggies make having chutney around in the winter a real treat. So I searched for the right recipe online. Here in the Okanagan, apples in September are NOT hard to find. In fact, there are so many types of apples that the hard part is figuring out which ones will taste right with which recipe. I found a recipe at AllRecipes.ca that I thought would be perfect for my existing ingredients, though I am physically unable to leave a recipe alone. I just had to change it a teeny bit.
Read more on “Tomato Apple Chutney with Goji Berries and Candied Ginger” »


Rancho Vignola and the Parade Brigade

Posted by & filed under article.

The Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) happens every September long weekend in Armstrong and let me tell you, it is a spectacle. Armstrong isn’t a big town, maybe 4,500 people not including the surrounding area. So when the town swells to host 150,000 people for five days, you feel like you are in a swarm of bees! I suppose that might be why the theme for the IPE this year was ~’Catch the Buzz’~.

Rancho Vignola has been involved with the parade every year for the past five or so years and, I must say, we just have such a good time! We give out little bags of trail mix to the folks watching the parade. Now, not everyone can have one, because there are sometimes up to 20,000 people at the IPE parade! Oh, but those folks that do get our little package of goodies love us! Well, at least most of them do. We often hear mothers say to their kids, “Hey, that’s Mom’s treat; you can have the candy,” or, “Ooooo, grown-up goodies!” Sometimes children will say, “Oh, it’s okay, I don’t want that. I thought it was candy.” This year, we had a little boy say, “Eeeewww, this has raisins in it!” So, much to our chagrin, not everyone loves our treats.
Read more on “Rancho Vignola and the Parade Brigade” »


Health matters

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It is so easy to forget about eating healthy when you’re in a hurry. Rushing out the door in the morning or grabbing something at lunch time, rather than planning for healthy choices, is common in our fast paced world. There’s that tricky word… “planning.” Easier said than done, I know!

Dried fruit and nuts are convenient grab-and-go snacks! They are semi-perishable and can be kept in your cupboard for a year when bought fresh. I keep the bulk of my dried fruits, nuts, and seeds in my freezer and transfer them to my cupboard when I need them. That way, I’m not always having to dig around in my freezer and my cupboard stays well stocked for the year.
Read more on “Health matters” »


Summertime fun! A whole lot of art and music

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Sample, anyone?

Rancho Vignola is a very proud supporter of the arts and music community all over BC and we are spreading our love a bit more every year. Through community sponsorships and opportunities to promote our brand, we have had the pleasure of working with many organizations to share food and fun. It truly is a wonderful way to highlight what we do best: deliver good food to good people.

This year our summer adventures began at Vancouver Island Music Festival.
Read more on “Summertime fun! A whole lot of art and music” »


Canmore! The gateway to Alberta… and… lots of bunnies!

Posted by & filed under article.

Bunnies were everywhere. Nibbling here and there, completely unattainable to a self-professed snuggly creature cuddle-lover like myself. I couldn’t catch any of those little things. Not from lack of trying, I’ll have you know!

Now, Canmore, I swear, has grown by ten thousand people since I was there last year! It is such a bustling little mountain town. I suppose, with it being June, that many of those people were tourists, yet judging by the amount of housing development going on folks are moving there without a doubt. This is where I first met Melanie Schultz. Melanie contacted Rancho Vignola last summer saying that she had eaten our products her whole life, because she is from Camrose. Now she is a competing world-class biathlete who really needed sponsorship. A match was made and we are so thankful to have her as one of our athletic sponsorships. She is so amazing at sharing our information with people all across Canada. This trip we had hoped to meet up, but she was in BC while I was in Alberta. So we couldn’t have a visit, but she introduced me to an amazing lady at an empowerment program for young women called Fast and Female. Melanie had told me about this program and how amazing it is for girls. She told me that Marie-Helene and I would hit it off and Rancho would be a great fit with the program. Fast and Female doesn’t just support young female skiers, this program looks at all girls in sport and really tries to be a resource for ANY young women wanting to keep competing. Gives me goose bumps just thinking about it!
Read more on “Canmore! The gateway to Alberta… and… lots of bunnies!” »


Rancho Vignola “picnic packs” available now at Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Posted by & filed under article.

Summerhill Pyramid WineryYou know what goes well with wine? Organic nuts and dried fruit! Well, at least that’s what we think and what better place to have a picnic than at Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

We have partnered up with the prestigious Okanagan organic Summerhill Pyramid Winery to sell our organic mixes, hand mixed in our Armstrong warehouse, then packaged in perfect little, resealable, pouch bags.

Go in for a spectacular wine tasting and grab a healthy snack while you’re there.
Read more on “Rancho Vignola “picnic packs” available now at Summerhill Pyramid Winery” »


Project CHEF, how we love thee…

Posted by & filed under article.

One of my long-term goals in life has always been to be part of an educational program that helps people learn about the importance of eating a whole foods diet. I figured that that meant I needed to work with adults who had not learned to cook very well. Boy, was I wrong on that fact! Kids are far more interested and curious about learning to cook and eat. Especially when you make it fun! That’s why I was so proud to see Rancho Vignola sponsor a program like Project CHEF.
Read more on “Project CHEF, how we love thee…” »


Hitting the blogging highway with Rancho Vignola

Posted by & filed under article.

Having just come out of a Spring Clearance Event online that attracted WAY more customers than we anticipated, we are learning a lot about the art of online purchasing. How to appeal to our amazing customers, as well as keep our inventory records up to date and functioning. Business is so unique these days. A business like ours? Completely unique! “Catch up” is a game we often find ourselves playing.

Rancho Vignola operates under a different set of principles than most companies. We pride ourselves on providing quality whole food products to customers in rural regions of Canada and we offer a service that most companies don’t. We offer the freshest nuts, dried fruit, seeds and fine confection available and we ship it to you. The catch is, we don’t operate year round! We have specific times of year that you can purchase from us and each time it’s a bit of a different shopping experience. I’m going to break it down for you:

September: WHOLESALE ORDERING ~ IN A NUTSHELL!

  • Wholesale ordering is only available in September.
  • Order minimum is $500.
  • Products are available in full case and 5 lb quantities.
  • This is set up as pre-orders. Orders are shipped to customers in November.

November: Ship wholesale orders across Canada
Read more on “Hitting the blogging highway with Rancho Vignola” »


Chia Pudding, anyone?

Posted by & filed under recipe.

Chia seeds are remarkable tiny morsels of goodness and I have found them to be a necessary part of my regular diet. Get it… regular? Well, that’s what I meant! Just make sure you drink plenty of water when you first start eating chia seeds! Once you place chia seeds in a liquid, they will continue to expand until they have taken up all the liquid there is. This can be really great for our insides, but it also can have a few side effects. Keeping those little guys moving is the key!

The list of health benefits on these “celebrity seeds” (yes!, your chia pet is made from chia seeds; we should have been eating our “pets” a long time ago!) is sooo long! I’m not going to focus on that too much. Instead, I’m going to share what I love about them and how they make me feel. I love how they thicken things when you add them to a liquid. Salad dressings, smoothies, sauces, and puddings all become thicker and have a better consistency with a touch of chia! I also feel very satiated after eating them. Because chia seeds are relatively high in protein, they leave me feeling full and satisfied.
Read more on “Chia Pudding, anyone?” »