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House warmings in warm houses with home-made date truffles

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It is the beginning of December… another season of sharing food. I had a house warming potluck to attend and  I needed to be inspired... I just love being welcomed into other folks’ homes to share food and company. Currently in Vernon, it is warm and quite sunny! A rare treat on a December day, usually the valley can be quite socked in this time of year, with thick heavy clouds. I didn’t feel like making something heavy and rich, I wanted to be refreshed with a dish that would be remembered.
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The talented Chef Heidi Fink and her “nutty” giveaway!

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We have some incredible customers. The stories they tell of splitting up their wholesale orders every year are so delightful. One of our great customers is chef Heidi Fink of Victoria. Chef Heidi has an infectious personality and truly makes you love food and want to make it with passion and love.

Right now on chef Heidi’s blog, she is giving away one heck of a “nutty” deal. The Great Rancho Vignola Giveaway is a chance for one of YOU to receive a Gourmet Gift Basket from Rancho Vignola RIGHT before Christmas! To qualify for delivery, you must have a Canadian shipping address. Enter the draw in one of three ways:
Read more on “The talented Chef Heidi Fink and her “nutty” giveaway!” »


Announcing Rancho Vignola’s Online Harvest Event in December!

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It’s December already and that means it’s time for Rancho Vignola’s final Harvest Event of the season! On now until the 15th of December, don’t miss this final opportunity of the year to purchase Rancho Vignola’s fresh nuts, new crop dried fruit and fine confection. This annual event has no ordering minimum!

LAST DAY TO ORDER: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
We have a great variety of items available, including Rancho’s own certified organic mixes and some delicious treats from our hand-made Gourmet Gifts selection. In keeping with the holiday season, we’re offering special discounts on Gourmet Gifts as follows:
Read more on “Announcing Rancho Vignola’s Online Harvest Event in December!” »


Sue’s Savoury Nuts

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Have you ever had a potluck to go to and you just can’t find something simple to make? Or maybe you are having folks over for dinner and you want to have some snacks out for people to enjoy before the meal. Either of these issues can be solved with this one, simple little recipe!

Sue Vignola is a master of this recipe! She has proven dozens of times that these nuts are tried and true! You can use any kind of nut you would like, but almonds are a great way to get the flavours just right.

Click this link to see the YouTube video of how to make Sue’s Savoury Nuts.


Job fair day!

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We have a bustling warehouse on our hands right now. Hair-netted workers are busily packaging and boxing products to be shipped across Canada and sold at our retail events. On Tuesday, October 16th we held a job fair to help acquire all the new staff we need to get this big job done. We have about six weeks to coordinate thousands of wholesale orders and seven Harvest Events. It is fun, but intense!

Every fall, we take all of your wholesale orders in September just before harvest, place our orders with our growers and processors, then have all the products shipped to us in Armstrong, BC. So before October our warehouse is empty… REALLY empty! Since many of the crops are harvested in the fall, we often have to wait a little while before they come off the trees and are dried or shelled, and ready to go. Read more on “Job fair day!” »


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” »



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House warmings in warm houses with home-made date truffles

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

It is the beginning of December… another season of sharing food. I had a house warming potluck to attend and  I needed to be inspired... I just love being welcomed into other folks’ homes to share food and company. Currently in Vernon, it is warm and quite sunny! A rare treat on a December day, usually the valley can be quite socked in this time of year, with thick heavy clouds. I didn’t feel like making something heavy and rich, I wanted to be refreshed with a dish that would be remembered.
Read more on “House warmings in warm houses with home-made date truffles” »

Tags: , , , , , , , ,


The talented Chef Heidi Fink and her “nutty” giveaway!

Posted by & filed under article.

We have some incredible customers. The stories they tell of splitting up their wholesale orders every year are so delightful. One of our great customers is chef Heidi Fink of Victoria. Chef Heidi has an infectious personality and truly makes you love food and want to make it with passion and love.

Right now on chef Heidi’s blog, she is giving away one heck of a “nutty” deal. The Great Rancho Vignola Giveaway is a chance for one of YOU to receive a Gourmet Gift Basket from Rancho Vignola RIGHT before Christmas! To qualify for delivery, you must have a Canadian shipping address. Enter the draw in one of three ways:
Read more on “The talented Chef Heidi Fink and her “nutty” giveaway!” »


Announcing Rancho Vignola’s Online Harvest Event in December!

Posted by & filed under article.

It’s December already and that means it’s time for Rancho Vignola’s final Harvest Event of the season! On now until the 15th of December, don’t miss this final opportunity of the year to purchase Rancho Vignola’s fresh nuts, new crop dried fruit and fine confection. This annual event has no ordering minimum!

LAST DAY TO ORDER: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
We have a great variety of items available, including Rancho’s own certified organic mixes and some delicious treats from our hand-made Gourmet Gifts selection. In keeping with the holiday season, we’re offering special discounts on Gourmet Gifts as follows:
Read more on “Announcing Rancho Vignola’s Online Harvest Event in December!” »


Sue’s Savoury Nuts

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

Have you ever had a potluck to go to and you just can’t find something simple to make? Or maybe you are having folks over for dinner and you want to have some snacks out for people to enjoy before the meal. Either of these issues can be solved with this one, simple little recipe!

Sue Vignola is a master of this recipe! She has proven dozens of times that these nuts are tried and true! You can use any kind of nut you would like, but almonds are a great way to get the flavours just right.

Click this link to see the YouTube video of how to make Sue’s Savoury Nuts.


Job fair day!

Posted by & filed under article.

We have a bustling warehouse on our hands right now. Hair-netted workers are busily packaging and boxing products to be shipped across Canada and sold at our retail events. On Tuesday, October 16th we held a job fair to help acquire all the new staff we need to get this big job done. We have about six weeks to coordinate thousands of wholesale orders and seven Harvest Events. It is fun, but intense!

Every fall, we take all of your wholesale orders in September just before harvest, place our orders with our growers and processors, then have all the products shipped to us in Armstrong, BC. So before October our warehouse is empty… REALLY empty! Since many of the crops are harvested in the fall, we often have to wait a little while before they come off the trees and are dried or shelled, and ready to go. Read more on “Job fair day!” »


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

Posted by & filed under article.

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

Posted by & filed under article.

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” »