Canmore! The gateway to Alberta… and… lots of bunnies!
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!
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Rancho Vignola “picnic packs” available now at Summerhill Pyramid Winery
You 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.
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Project CHEF, how we love thee…
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.
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Hitting the blogging highway with Rancho Vignola
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
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Chia Pudding, anyone?
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.
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